Elinor Stecker-Orel got her first camera when she was five years old, and she's been taking pictures ever since. Her photographs have appeared in books, magazines, the Internet, as well as being exhibited in solo and juried group shows.

A contributing editor of Popular Photography magazine, she formerly was its senior editor. In addition to writing hundreds of articles on photography and video for various publications, including National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Time, U.S. Air, and Woman's Day, she is the author of seven how-to books on photography. This creative photographer delights in exploring special-effects and in innovating unusual techniques. This is exemplified in the Special Effects Photography Handbook (Amherst Media), her most recent book. She presently is collaborating with a poet on a cocktail-table book of her impressionistic photographs.

As associate dean of the New York Institute of Photography, Elinor is revising the course material as well as teaching there. She also has taught photography at the Westchester Art Workshop (part of the State University of New York), the Hudson River Photography Workshop, and at various locations throughout Westchester County (N.Y.). Elinor frequently lectures on many aspects of photography to amateur and professional photography organizations, and she judges local and international imaging competitions.

Articles about her and her work have appeared in Rangefinder and American Cinematographer magazines, and she is listed in Who's Who in Media and Communications. She has appeared as a guest authority on CNN, Fox, and on local radio and cable TV.

In addition to photography, Elinor is enthusiastic about making books and altered books, and she is the founder of the Westchester Altered Book Artists. She frequently conducts craft workshops and she wrote about photo-craft projects for the website www.takegreatpictures.com.

She has been a member of the Photographic Standards Committee of the International Standards Organization. Her website is www.famouselinor.com.