I first met John Paul Caponigro at a Master Photoshop class at UH Pacific New Media. I've taken many Photoshop classes in Hawaii and on the mainland from some of the top Photoshoppers in the country. His class had a depth about it that went way beyond Photoshop. I could tell that he was trying to teach a new way of seeing and thinking about images. That was in 2001.
I have since studied with John Paul at a workshop in Maine for the past four years. This year I talked him into coming to Hawaii to teach a workshop in Volcano. He'll be here for two weeks teaching private workshops to his old students. One of the amazing things about him is that he is so wise for his age. While here, he's going to be celebrating his 40th birthday. Many of his students are many years his senior, but it just doesn't matter.
John Paul has the amazing ability to teach and help develop creativity. His classes are not about photography or Photoshop, although he is clearly capable of teaching both. He's written two books on Photoshop.
He's going to be giving a public talk at the UHM Architecture Auditorium on June 9 from 7 - 9 PM on Mastering Digital Images. I suspect he'll be showing new work and talking about digital images. In two hours, he'll barely scratch the surface and what he's able to teach.