Adam Hunter

M. Photog., Cr., Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert


My background is in graphic design but I landed in photography by chance. I specialize in Photoshop, Lightroom, digital post processing, and color. My passion is teaching photographers how to create high quality images in less time so they can make more money and have more time to spend with family and friends.

I learned about photography during the 12 years I spent working for master photographer Jon Read. Read Photography is a high volume studio in eastern Iowa and I was the head of their digital department and a photographer. I spent most of my time in front of a computer and I estimate that I have worked on over a million photos during my career. All that hard work and experience has paid off with dream jobs and national photography awards. My illustrative photography has garnered Photographer of the Year honors from my state four times, region twice, and nationally 6 times.

I became a regular convention speaker early in my career and that is where I discovered my passion for teaching. In the fall of 2012, I left Read Photography to become an instructor for the Hawkeye Community College Photography Program in Waterloo, Iowa. With so many new photographers joining our profession, I believe photography education has never been more important.


Lightroom Lightning

Too many photographers are spending too much time stuck in front of their computers. This class will show you how to speed up your image processing while maintaining the quality your clients demand. Adam will teach you, step by step, how to edit your sessions in record time using the industry-standard software: Adobe Lightroom.

Some of the topics will include:

  • How to use Lightroom catalogs
  • Sorting out the bad images in seconds
  • Competition quality image developing
  • Automating RAW to JPG conversion for speed
  • Retouching inside Lightroom
  • Quickly creating amazing effects that clients will buy
  • Backing up your files so you will NEVER lose a session again
  • Lots more!

Adam has edited over half a million photos in Adobe Lightroom. He will teach you the workflow that allowed him to maintain a 24 hour turnaround for his clients even when doing 10+ senior sessions a day. All skill levels are welcome in this class.

Over the Top Photoshop

This isn’t just another Photoshop seminar. The techniques you learn in this advanced class will raise the quality of your everyday work and help you design new products to offer. We will explore high fashion retouch and image compositing for your senior sessions. You will also learn how to build easy product templates that sell year after year. Next we will create a multifamily composite that is a great high-end product for your clients. That is only the beginning! Bring your best questions and your laptop to this information packed workshop.

Prerequisite skills:

  • Layers
  • Layer mask
  • Brush Tool
  • Healing Brush
  • Clone Stamp
  • Opacity
  • Blending modes
  • Selection tools
  • Adjustment layers

Adam Hunter


  • PPA Photographic Craftsman – 2012
  • Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert – 2012
  • PPA Master Photographer – 2009
  • Iowa Photographer of the Year – 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • HOA Regional Photographer of the Year – 2004, 2006
  • PPA National Photographer of the Year – 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011
  • 3 – Kodak Gallery Awards – 2004, 2006, 2008
  • 2 – Fuji Masterpiece Awards -2007, 2008
  • 2 – ASP Top Image Awards – 2009, 2010
  • Certified Professional Photographer – 2010
  • Planning creative sessions
    –    Balancing volume
    –    Creating a business workflow
    –    Loving what you do every day