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The PetaPixel Team

Jaron Schneider


Jaron Schneider is a former award-winning commercial filmmaker and long-time digital imaging expert across the field of both video production and traditional photography. The former A/V Editor of Digital Trends, Features Editor of Imaging Resource, and Editor in Chief of Resource Magazine, his production work has been featured across multiple networks, from CNN, ABC Network News, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Daily Mail, Telegraph UK, and Jalopnik.

Michael Zhang


Michael is a photography enthusiast, entrepreneur, and programmer based in Northern California near San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with two degrees in computer science.

Michael Bonocore

Travel Editor

Michael Bonocore is an internationally published travel photographer and filmmaker based in Boise, Idaho. His work has been featured in tourism campaigns and magazines worldwide, including the ultimate photographer’s dream of having a full two-page photo spread in National Geographic. When he’s not writing, he can be found leading photography workshops with The Giving Lens, an organization that aims to teach creative arts to underprivileged children around the world. His adventures have taken him to more than 30 countries to date, with some of his favorites being Cuba, Morocco, Peru, Jordan, Namibia and Uganda.

Ryan Mense

Senior Staff Writer

Ryan Mense is a wildlife cameraperson passionate about sharing visual stories of birds and their ecology through filmmaking and photography. He’s the guy driving under the speed limit in front of you, binoculars in his lap, head whipping every which direction in search of new avifauna. As a writer, he has been covering photo industry news and producing camera gear reviews for the last decade.

DL Cade


DL is an art, science, tech writer based in Seattle, WA. When he’s not reviewing the latest gear for creative professionals, you’ll find him in a neuroscience lab at the University of Washington where he’s studying color vision.

Phil Mistry


Phil Mistry started one of the first digital camera workshops in New York City in the 1990s at The International Center of Photography. He has an MA and MFA in photography from the St. Univ. of NY. He set up the digital photography dept of B&H Photo in the mid-90s. At Popular Photography magazine, he was the director and teacher for Digital Days Workshops in collaboration with Sony. He has also taught the Mentor Series of workshops in partnership with Nikon. You can reach him here.

Anete Lusina

Staff Writer

Anete Lusina is a U.K. based social photographer and writer who enjoys working on documentary projects and traveling through Europe to shoot street photography. Alongside photography, Anete creates fiction and non-fiction eBooks and mentors others who want to learn more about pursuing personal photography.

Illya Ovchar


Illya Ovchar is a fashion photographer based in Budapest. For him, photography means painting with light, just as its Greek roots suggest. He can’t tell you the latest camera rumors, but he can go on forever about light. In his fashion work, Illya aims to tell stories with clothes and light.

Mike “Sharky” James

Podcast Host

Sharky, as he’s known by friends, family, and his audience, is an award-winning newspaper photographer (retired) who lives in beautiful Utah with his wife and kids. He’s a former editor/publisher of a parenting magazine and his photographs have been published in Reader’s Digest, TIME for Kids and many other publications. He believes there’s something to learn from everyone and enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography through his varied experience as a photojournalist.