Photo of Paul with a camera

Biography

Paul Trapier Palmer, Jr. was born in Columbia, South Carolina and has lived there most of his life. He went to public and private school in Columbia until high school. Then Paul went to Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia. Later he returned to his home state to go to the University of South Carolina. There he earned a B.A. majoring in Psychology, and a Master of Criminal Justice. In June, 2002, he retired from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services.

Paul benefits from instructional experiences in his youth from the Columbia Museum of Art, Heathwood Hall School, and Crayton School. His friends and college roommates Bill Dowis and Grover Corwin involved Paul with various art and media projects at U.S.C. Like may people Paul enjoyed taking pictures on vacation travels. There he honed his skills as an amateur photographer. During his career with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, he applied some of his training in composition and light to photography and various types of media presentations with his work as a Probation and Parole Agent. Before he retired he began doing some web design starting probation and parole and later working for his cousin, Jim Palmer. Paul enjoyed doing such projects. When he retired from probation and parole, he decided that he would continue to cultivate his gifts at doing photography and graphic design. Another source of inspiration for Paul has been photographer Robin Smith. They are longtime friends from church. Paul always enjoys studying Robin's photography on display all over Kanuga Conference Center near Hendersonville, NC. They often collaborate on various media projects for the Episcopal Church.

During his employment with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services, Paul learned to use Corel Photopaint, Illustrator, and Presentations, as well as Microsoft FrontPage. In 2003, he began to transition to Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Paul has advanced expertise editing images with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and various plug-ins for these applications.

Paul is an exhibiting member of the Charleston Artist Guild. He is also a member of the Trenholm Road Artist Guild, the Carolina Nature Photographers Association, and the Episcopal Church Visual Artist's Association.

Paul has experience with Olympus film cameras and a variety of Canon digital cameras. Paul currently uses Canon EOS 5D Mark II & Mark III digital cameras and cabinet drawer full of professional Canon zoom, telephoto, prime, tilt/shift, macro, and ultra wide angle lenses. Paul continues his education photography going to workshops. He also participates in Photoshop tutorials on the web for several hours each month. Your may see his exhibition history here.

When Paul is not taking photographs or editing photos on the computer, you might find him at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church at worship, work, or group study. Paul regulary volunteers for Home Works of America projects, Habitat for Humanity, the Sierra Club, and the Carolina Peace Resource Center.

May God's peace be with you today.

This page was last updated on 07-23-2012.

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