About Sean


Sean is a commercial travel photographer and author specializing in adventure, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients.

He’s had freelance and contracted assignments with hundreds of publications and companies worldwide including Amazon, American Express, Backpacker, California Division of Tourism, CenterraEndless VacationFuji FilmGEO Germany, Hewlett Packard, Icon Display, Microsoft, National Geographic‘s bookcalendar, and online divisions as well as Adventure and TravelerThe New York Times, Nikon, The North Face, OutsideRandom House, Rangefinder, REITimex, the Travel Channel, and Visit Florida.

booksSean has shot 200+ assignments for Sunset, 150+ for Via magazine, and authored numerous feature articles for Engadget, LightroomOutdoor Photographer, Petersen’s Photographic, Photoshop User, and Shutterbug magazines.  He wrote and provided all images for his two books – The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (Jan 2009 – Amphoto/ Random House), and his latest endeavor, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography (Dec 2011 – Amphoto/ Random House), both receiving five star reviews.

As the Photoguru, he has also appeared on numerous television segments, radio and web shows including ABC San Francisco’s The View from the BayCBS San Francisco’s Bay Area FocusABC Radio Southeast, Scott Sheppard’s Inside Digital Radio and Nik Radio, and Ibarionex Perello’s The Candid Frame discussing various aspects of the photo industry.


A native Californian, he received his Bachelor of Arts in commercial photography from Brooks Institute in 1991, began his business thereafter combining outdoor, on-location, and studio photography. To date he’s shot over a million images, written numerous articles, and currently working on a tv show on photography. 

Shooting with a 36 megapixel Nikon D800E DSLR for all his jobs, Sean has used everything from a GoPro to 35mm, medium format to 8×10, film and digital.  He been a Mac user since the 80s (currently on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display & iMac desktop), stores his images on Lacie hard drives, packs his gear in Think Tank Photo and Lightware bags, and works with a variety of software including Aperture, Lightroom, Nik Software, and Photoshop.  Other gear he depends on are Gitzo tripods, Acratech ballheads, Tamron lenses, and The North Face clothing.

Sean has traveled around much of the US, and international locations including Canada, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and South America, and the UK.  He has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, traversed mountain ranges, rafted down rivers, mountain biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of.  Having lived in Iran in the 70s, he calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, base camp for all his travels.

Sean’s all over the web – join him on any of the social site links below:

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Photoshop User: Moon Over My Yosemite –  September 2014

Shutterbug magazine: HDR Realism –  2014 Digital Photography How-To Guide special issue

Lightroom magazine: The Develop Module – August 2013

Photoshop User: The Dynamic Range – July/August 2013

Photoshop User: The Dynamic Range – May/June 2013

Nik Software: HDR Efex Pro Webinar – April 2013

Photoshop User: Lightroom 4 techniques – January 2013

Outdoor Photographer: Full Dynamic Range Photography – December 2012 (online) / February 2013 (print)

Digital Photography Review: A guide to iOS – October 2012 (online)

Outdoor Photographer: Fall photography tip – October 2012

Petersen’s Photographic: Nature & Outdoor Photography (entire special issue- 10 articles) – September 2012

Engadget: Camera Metering Explained – March 2012

PPSOP: How to Survive the Credit Crunch – January 2012

Engadget: What is aperture, and how does it affect my photos? – December 2011

Engadget: Why your camera’s sensor size matters – December 2011

Outdoor Photographer: The Moors of California – November 2010

Koloist.com: Image Making 101 – April 2009

Alive magazine: Image Making 101, Basic Tips and Better Picture Taking – September 2006

Alive magazine: Cleaning Up the Digital Clutter – August 2006

Marin magazine: Castles and Countryside – June 2006

Marin magazine: A Land Untouched – May 2006

Marin magazine: Finding Nirvana in the US Virgin Islands – December 2005



Tamron Lenses eNewsletter – October, 2014

Tamron Lenses eNewsletter – August, 2014

ProNaturePhotographer.com – February 16th, 2014

The Candid Frame / Google+ HangoutMay 1st, 2013

Creating Realistic HDR Scenes using HDR Efex Pro 2 (Nik Software) – March 13th, 2013

Bay Area Focus (CBS San Francisco) – November 11th, 2012 – review nine 30-second clips of this ~5 min TV segment

Aurora NewsSeptember 2012

Photoshop User magazine – August 2012

Via magazineJuly/ August 2012

Scott Kelby’s Light It iPad magazine – January 2012  –  also visit: http://kelbytraining.com/lightit

Bay Area News Group: San Jose Mercury News/ Contra Costa Times – January 2012

FreeDigitalPhotographyTutorials.com January 2012

LookBooks December 2011

The New York Times November 2011

Nik Radio with Scott Sheppard October 2010

Bay Area News Group – March 2009

Inside Digital Radio – February 2009

The Candid FrameOctober 2007

Rangefinder magazineMay 2007

Photographer’s Market 2007

Sunset magazine – August 2005

Fuji ProfilesSpring 2002

Shutterbug magazine – September 2000

Nikon World – June 1995