Host – Michael GW Stein

Michael GW Stein grew up in the Bronx, New York, in a family of photography hobbyists. He developed his own film and made prints in his home darkroom throughout his childhood.

Michael embraced the digital age of photography in 1999 and has never looked back. The instant feedback of digital cameras accellerated his learning of photography. Imaging software provided a level of control that he could never achieve in a darkroom. Combined with his strong computer background, it was a great fit. Michael shoots primarily with Nikon cameras. As a software designer in the healthcare industry, he is well versed in Unix/Linux, Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. However, his preference is to use Mac OS X for its great user interface with the power of Unix on the inside.

Michael and his friend Scott Sherman, two enthusiasts, routinely discussed the current events of photography while their children played together. In 2006, they decided to broaden their audience to the world. Michael and Scott produced and hosted the Digital Photography Show podcast for over two and a half years. From the very first episode, well known photographers, authors, and manufacturers appeared on the show to share their knowledge and expertise.

In both 2007 and 2008, The Digital Photography Show was nominated for two Podcast Awards, including the prestigious “People’s Choice” award, which recognizes the top ten podcasts from over 4,000 submissions.

Michael is not a professional photographer, but he strives to shoot at a professional level. His food photography has been published in "Edible Green Mountains" magazine. He routinely donates his time photographing events for local non-profit organizations in Vermont.

Michael loves to spend time with his wife Kate and two sons, Seamus and Rory. It is family time that fuels Michael's passion for photography.