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Michael Stern first picked up a camera at age 12 and has yet to put it down. Turning the family bathroom into a homemade darkroom, Michael learned traditional B&W wetlab processes for film and print. Continuing with his photography education in jr. and sr. high schools and at Cal State Northridge as a sports shooter, he finally enrolled at Art Center College of Design in September of 1977. After three years of intensive training at this world-class institution, he left Art Center with a BFA in hand and a promising first studio in the heart of Hollywood.
During the course of his career, Michael has also operated studios in Burbank, North Hollywood and back to again to Burbank where he stayed put until 2006. Working first with advertising agencies shooting movie posters and promotions, then on to companies specializing in custom van conversions, windows, building design and construction. Eventually he became involved with multimedia, delivering highly-targeted marketing presentations to industry leaders.
Michael began working with The Walt Disney Company in 1982 and has been working with them ever since. Along the way he also worked with Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Paramount Studios and Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures where he photographed executives, celebrities, products, architecture and created special visual effects. His reputation is one of quality, creativity and making the deadline.
In 1995 he added digital imaging services to his repertoire. And in 2000, after a year of intensive Photoshop training he scanned, restored and printed over 140 aviation-themed historical photographs for Disney's California Adventure theme park. As a sought after digital restoration expert Michael continues to work on a variety of other projects for educational institutions, companies and private parties.
He has developed a series of workshops to help people understand photographic theory, Photoshop, business practices and salesmanship. The release of his first book has steadily gained in popularity. "Build A Better Photograph, A Disciplined Approach To Creativity", is an informative look at his career approach and processes for maintaining a professional photography presence beyond f/stops and shutter speeds.