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.