Milton Heiberg’s life is similar to the history of photography. At age eight he was given a Brownie Target camera and started making black and white prints in the basement of his home in Brooklyn, NY, where he was born and raised. He grew up with a camera in his hand. It was usually, but not limited to, 35mm equipment outdoors, and everything else up to an 8×10 view camera in his Manhattan studio where he spent a good part of his adult life. Now, as a complete convert to digital photography and Photoshop, he has covered most of the revolutionary changes in the world of photography.
As a field photographer, Milton was appointed Chief Photographer for several archaeological expeditions in Israel (1972–1979) under the direction of Duke University, University of Texas at Austin, and The Smithsonian Institute. He also created a photographic series on the Methods of Archaeological Excavation for the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a charter member of the International Center of Photography, New York City. He won first prize and best of show in McGraw-Hill’s Annual Art Exhibition.
His undergraduate education in business administration at NYU prepared him to run a successful Studio business in Manhattan’s Photo District. There he did advertising and location photography including covers, promotional and editorial illustration photographic assignments for major ad agencies and publishers such as McGraw-Hill, HarperCollins, Time Warner, Penguin, and National Geographic Society.
His education at Cornell Graduate School of Biological Sciences further prepared him for his first love, wildlife photography. Throughout his career as a studio and outdoor photographer he has taught nature photography. He founded the New York City Audubon Society’s photo committee, its annual photo contest, and the Nature Photography course, which he taught until he moved to Florida in 1998. He currently works out of his studio in Orlando, and teaches photography and Photoshop courses at the Crealdé School of Art, in Winter Park, Florida. Most recently, since 2007, he is a faculty member of Digital Photo Academy, teaching all levels of photography and Photoshop courses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Orange Audubon Society and is involved with running their Chertok Photo Contest.
Milton has written seven books and numerous articles on photography. The most recent is The Essentials of Nature Photography, Tern Book Company—a complete handbook of nature photography. He is a frequent presenter and lecturer on wildlife photography, special effects, and general photography. Tens of thousands of his images have been published worldwide.
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