What makes us click
We are the Chopstick Guys! There is only one thing that we love more than eating food with chopsticks.... thats photography. We have passion for sharing our passion. We eat, sleep and breathe photography. We think and talk about photography minute by minute and we never leave home with out a camera. (and a set of custom chopsticks) Now we realize that not everyone is as over the top crazy about photography as we are but we have a passionate desire to share our love with others. This is THE reason why Panoptic Chopsticks exists.
Mark Behrens -The other chopstick guy
Mark Behrens has been shooting high-quality photographs for over twenty years. Always interested in teaching others the art of good photography, he began conducting workshops emphasizing the various aspects of photography. These workshops have now been attended by thousands of amateur and professional photographers from around the world. Since 2010 Mark has also taught Adobe Photoshop in 38 states.
As well, he reaches thousands of photographers through his website, www.lightingasylum.com.
Whether in a classroom or at his latest workshop, Mark relies on a down-to-earth style to teach basic and advanced photographic techniques. He can never be found without a camera, believing that every good photographer’s camera should become an extension of themselves.
Mark’s past work has included Banzai magazine, ESPN as well as working with a number of musicians, A-list celebrities and professional athletes. When not working in his studio or conducting workshops, Mark spends most of his free time with his wife and their four children. Together, they enjoy boating, camping, hiking and riding quads in the mountains near their home in Redding, California.
Steve Batz - the other chopstick guy
Steve is an accomplished and published photographer with 30 years behind the lens. His images have been found in many of the top music magazines, album covers and artwork, newspapers and online throughout the web. Steve’s ability to capture emotion at just the right moment has allowed him to travel the globe as a humanitarian project photographer for World Vision, and Compassion International, and Focus of a Child.
Steve has been teaching photography, working with workshops and leading teams of photographers over the last 10 years and truly has a passion for helping others increase their skills in photography. You can describe Steve's teaching as fun, enthusastic and passionate.
Steve is a husband to one, father of two and a friend of many. He resides in Granite Bay California, with his wife and two daughters.