Partner, Director of Education and Training
It was my third day on the speedboat off the coast of Borneo, the salt spray coating my cameras, the sun baking my skin, the reefs and waves knocking me over. I couldn't wait to get back on land. But I didn't realize how good I had it. Land meant jungle: 105-degree temperatures and 95-percent humidity. Oh yeah — and leeches. In the end, the worst Eco-Challenge adventure race I'd ever covered made the best pictures.
Reed’s job at Blue Pixel: Develops all training sessions, materials and online education, remains one of the top experts on ever-changing digital photography.
He got his start as: A newspaper photographer for more than 20 years, covering presidential elections, the Super Bowl and the county fair. In 1997 he oversaw the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle’s transition to digital photography, making it the largest American paper to go all-digital. Suddenly, Reed’s expertise was in demand across the country and around the world.
Some favorite moments: Shot Eco-Challenge adventure races in Australia, Morocco, Argentina, Borneo, New Zealand and Fiji. Working for the Discovery Channel, he documented the recovery of Gus Grissom’s Liberty Bell 7 Mercury Capsule from the depths of the Atlantic (he stayed dry). Photographed television shows for Mark Burnett Productions (Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice, “Sylvester Stallone’s “The Contender,” “Rock Star”).
As a digital photo instructor he’s worked with: More than 40 companies, including The Associated Press worldwide, Best Buy, Microsoft, Nikon School since 2002 (he’s lead instructor and content creator) and American Photo Mentor Treks (Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Montana, to name a few).
You may have seen him speaking at: The TED Conference, PMA, The Lobby Conference, Photoshop World, the Rich Clarkson Digital Summit, the Lobby Conference, Visual Edge, the Southern Short Course, the Northern Short Course, the Women's Conference, the Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism.
Honors and Awards: Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Microsoft Icon of Imaging, Lexar Pro Elite Photographer, National Press Photographer's Association Regional Photographer of the Year (twice).