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A protégé of the legendary Monte Zucker, Clay is a legend in his own right. Clay meticulously developed his photographic, teaching, and business skills during this 25-year association with Monte, first as an assistant, then as a co-educator and business partner.
In addition to his mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in filmmaking to create timeless pieces of cinematic storytelling. His world-class studio in Rockville, Md., supports a team of passionate photographers and filmmakers working with the newest technologies in the field. Collaborating with companies such as Canon, Tiffen, and Quantum, Clay has been among the first to test and evaluate new products for photography and HD-DSLR cinematography. He is a distinguished Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen of America.
Clay’s passion for photography is only rivaled by his passion for education. He is an integral part of Monte Zucker Photographic Education, formed in 2007 to continue Monte’s educational legacy. Clay lectures around the world, and his nationwide tours include “How to Photograph Everyone” (2012), “Photo-Fusion Revolution” with Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow (2010), and “Capture & Creativity” with Jane Conner Ziser (2008).
In addition, Clay is passionate about helping at-risk kids. He volunteers with the Leadership Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), teaching photography to middle-school children in Montgomery County, Maryland, who are adopted or in foster care. Clay believes that the best way to teach is by example. “Confidence comes from success, and success comes from practice,” he says.
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