Bob Coates

Leveraging Today’s Technology for More Creative Images


We have more creative tools than ever built into our cameras and computers. The gear is becoming lighter, faster and sharper than ever. Technology is making it possible for making more Creative Images than ever before. We can now remotely control the camera via wifi and see what the camera is seeing. Pull 18MP stills from 4K video, pick focus after the fact, create Time-lapse videos in camera. Capture an image after something has already happened. (I know it was hard for Bob to believe too!) Intelligent Auto can determine the subject matter and give pre-programmed settings so you can concentrate on composition. Let’s not forget post-processing techniques to work on the images after capture. It’s a great time to push the envelope! Bob will share how he’s combining the new tech from Panasonic Lumix Cameras, Adobe Photoshop, Skylum software such as Luminar, Luminar Flex and Aurora 2019 HDR software to make photography fun again.

Bob Coates-M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr.,CPP, EA-ASP

Coates started his official pro career in March of 1995 after picking up and putting downa camera for the previous Thirteen years. Based in the Caribbean for the beginning three years of business Bob concentrated on commercial photography. He was dragged kicking and screaming into the wedding side of the business and then embraced weddings. Upon his move to Sedona, Arizona to get out of the path of hurricanes,weddings were expanded and mixed with some commercial work. Coming full circle Bob is back toconcentratingsolelyon commercial projects,chasing wildlife and creating an art décorlineof images.Articles for magazines and books authored by Bob are part of how he gives back to the photographic community. In addition, Bob has presented programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean including National platforms at Imaging USA and other venues.Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob has shares his expertise in the industry.A Panasonic Lumix Ambassador for the past five years Bob has had access to the latest Lumix cameras and lenses. Coates has found that the gear has made capturing wildlife images more attainable with a longer reach and lighter weight.Bob has always believed inhelpinghislocalcommunity using his photographic skills.Among fundraising projects a couple notable ones were a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls that raised money and garnered lots of community awareness and National press for the Sedona Arts Center. He also photographed, designed,printed and sold a calendar titled‘Flowers for Food’ for the Sedona Community Center raising over$15,000.Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ with his wife Holly.