Sandy Corless Fine Art Photographer and Digital Artist
Sandra Corless, a resident of Corrales, NM, is an award winning fine art photographer and digital artist. While she is committed to experiencing art in one form or another every day, photography is her passion which provides pure joy as well as a medium for self-expression. Her photographs of flower portraits have become known for their modern graphic style and striking color. Sandra's images are described as being "very painterly" in their appearance.
“The natural world is my passion and provides inspiration for my photography. While I appreciate those breathtaking views, it is Nature on an intimate level that I find most fascinating. Right now I am exploring and creating limitless imaginary environments where beautiful colors and forms look like paintings. My current work is clearly influenced by abstract Expressionism artists like Georgia O'Keeffe whom I have admired for years. The resulting photographs become sculptures of light, texture, and dimension that celebrate the physical and spiritual grace found within the simplest elements of Nature.”
Ms. Newton has been working as a professional photographer in the Albuquerque area since 1986, when she established her studio as Creative Images Photography. Her client list includes Allied Signal, Compass Bank, the County of Bernalillo, the State of New Mexico, Discount Tire Company, numerous magazines including New Mexico Magazine, Broker Agent Magazine, heathcare INFORMATICS Magazine, Living Natural Magazine, fmgb ROCK magazine, Las Vegas (Nevada) magazine, as well as the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Records, and others. Her images have appeared on Billboards for numerous radio stations and businesses and have appeared as full page ads in Vogue, W, W Jewelry, and Town and Country magazines.
Her subjects have included celebrities such as Kurt Russell, Sally Field,Ted Danson, First LadyLaura Bush, The Crown Prince of Spain, New Mexico Governors Gary Johnson and Bruce King, Chicago Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher; World Feather Weight Boxing Champion Danny Romero; and major recording artists Melissa Ethridge, Kid Rock, Bare Naked Ladies, Nickelback, and many others. Local Radio and TV news personalities include Augusta Myers, DeAnna Sauceda, Robin Marshment,Larry Ahrens, Jim Villanucci, and the staff of many of the Albuquerque radio stations.
Awards won include First Place in the national competition: The Baby and Child Portrait contest ($2,000 award); First place in Professional Portraits - Imaging Professionals of the Southwest, (a multi-state competition); First Place Award in the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Competition, Professional Division with the same image selected for use in the Official Balloon Fiesta Calendar; First place in Fine Art Photography by Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico; First place in Balloon Art Competition, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; and multiple awards from The New Mexico State Fair.
I specialize in outdoor and nature photography. My images are inspired by the incredible landscapes and by the amazing people of the American Southwest. I especially enjoy photographing the rich multicultural heritage of New Mexico, which is a tapestry of Native American, Mexican, and European influences. Photojournalism. My first experience with photography began while I was enlisted in the US Army in 1967-1969. For advanced training, I was sent to Ft. Campbell, KY, to train as a combat photographer. As fate would have it, I never saw combat. Instead, I worked as a photojournalist during my stint in the military, learning the craft of photography from photojournalists whose skills were honed in the crucible of war.
This experience in the military stimulated my lifelong interest in photography. Over the past 40 years, my photography has moved in a creative arc from the realistic photos of photojournalism to the impressionistic photos of fine art photography. Today, I strive to create images that stand apart as visual metaphors, depicting the spirit of a place, event, or person.
College Instructor. After the army, I pursued a career in higher education. For 25 years, I earned my living as a college instructor at five different colleges in the states of Washington, Nevada, and New Mexico. This collegiate vocation enabled me to travel throughout the American Southwest and to gather an extensive collection of thousands of photos.
My passion for photography began many years ago while processing black and white images in a high school darkroom. While the world of photography has changed a lot since those days, the passion of capturing images and painting with light has not. My areas of special interest in photography are in the realm of wildlife and nature photography. I continue to learn from, and enjoy every new photographic challenge I can find.
I am 2 time past president of the Enchanted Lens Camera Club, an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Nature Photographers Network, and the North American Nature Photographers Association. In each of the past 2 years, I have won awards in the ANPA International Showcase competition. I was the recipient of First Place in the Nature Photographers Network International Avian Photo competition with an image titled “Bosque Mist”.
My full time job is in the world of computing at Sandia National Labs where I manage a software development group. The marriage of computing and digital photography has been a natural for me. I truly enjoy sharing my knowledge of photography with others and have been active teaching digital post processing where Iʼm a recognized expert.
I hope youʼll consider joining me for my Photoshop classes to take your post processing skills to the next level.
My history in photography includes formal and candid portraiture, scientific and technical photography, product and commercial work, high-speed recording of explosive devices in action, nanosecond exposures of electric arcs, and, most recently, nature photography.
Technical factors are deeply intertwined with almost any photographic effort, but especially with close-up photography, which is not as simple as taking more conventional pictures. Special equipment is usually needed, particularly for higher magnification photos. The best results can only be obtained by avoiding the pitfalls in macro work and by using your best picture-making technique. In this class I will show you the various equipment choices with their pros and cons, and show you how to use this equipment to your advantage. Although it is certainly possible to spend large amounts of money to buy special-purpose macro hardware, I will show you methods which result in good photos for surprisingly few dollars.
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