Digital Imaging from a Designer's Perspective - Mike Swoboda - April 17, 2019 - OD

Monday, April 8, 2019


On Weds, April 17th, 2019, Mike Swoboda will present:

"Digital Imaging from a Designer’s Perspective"
15 Essential Lessons of File Manipulation and Preparation

Michael Swoboda is an Associate Professor for the Design, Visual, and Performing Arts Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec where he coordinates the Graphic Communications and Digital Media programs. He has been awarded many teaching honors including Professor of the Year at Maryville University, The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for the Art, Art History, and Design department at the University of Notre Dame, and most recently the Emerson Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

His design and production work has been featured on multiple occasions in Communication Arts magazine – the design industry’s leading publication; he was awarded two national American Alliance of Museum awards for the design of museum exhibition catalogs; and has taught and lectured on design and digital imaging at a variety of locations such as Centene Corporation, Edgewood Children’s Center in Webster Groves, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, and for parolees at the St. Louis City Jail. 

At Meramec, he teaches a wide-variety of courses, including Portfolio Design / Professional Practices — a course for which he has developed and continues to organize and facilitate one of the largest professional design portfolio review events for two-year colleges in the country. 

Professor Swoboda has been a full-time faculty member at Meramec since 2010. He earned his B.A. from the University of Missouri - Columbia and his M.F.A. in Design from the University of Notre Dame.


Judge - Mike Jeffries

Mike Jeffries, for the past few bios here at the Club, has talked about not having a home yet in a particular photographic genre and that he simply likes to shoot whatever is in front of the best he can.  He finally figured out what that is and calls himself a photopportunist (trademark pending).  He shoots a full-frame Canon 6D and an infrared-converted Canon 40D. He has a flailing portrait side-business and is still trying to find the time to fully launch his fine arts photo website (

He has exhibited his work at Chesterfield Arts, the Camera Club’s 100th Anniversary exhibition at The Sheldon, and the Bullivant Gallery in Grand Center.  However, his greatest pride with the camera comes through his charitable donations.  Over the last few years his photography has raised over $20,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Caring Solutions, and a few other organizations. 

His greatest pride in life is his three kids Madigan, Marshall, and Malia who are now 15, 11, and 7.  Professionally he is a Manager of Clinical Operations in a large biotech research outfit, currently working in early-phase oncology clinical trials.

Having joined in 2010, Mike is in his 10thyear in the camera club. He’s a former director and current director-elect of the Club’s Board of Directors.  He’s participated on the print, Mississippi Valley, and PSA Youth committees as well as running our PSA Interclub efforts for 4 years.  He is Class A in Color Prints, Nature, and Travel and Salon Class in Mono Prints, Open Digital, and PJ, collecting over 200 club points along way.


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