George Simian

George Simian was voted one of the top 13 photo instructors in the United States in 2011. Photo District News magazine recently announced the results of their readers poll for best workshop instructors and George Simian made the list. PDN really put the effort into finding the best instructors and I think it fitting that George was in the top 13.

George is a frequent instructor at Samy’s EDU. He teaches Pro Lighting Fundamentals, Location Lighting, Photographing Your Children, and the Bodies in Motion workshop where students will learn to stop action at great locations like the Santa Monica Trapeze School.


We promoted the survey on Facebook and Twitter, and asked workshops around the country to help us get the word out. We also asked workshops to name their instructors who are evaluated most favorably by students. . . In all, we received more then 1800 responses, and 13 instructors emerged as clear favorites – PDN September 2011 issue

George on his Pro Lighting Class


I am a Los Angeles based commercial photographer with 25 years experience of providing services to Corporate and Editorial clients. Projects have included providing photography for annual reports, advertising and marketing materials, and magazine features, shot on locations around the US and the world.

I am also a photography educator who teaches at UCLA Extension (2007 Instructor of the Year), Samy’s Camera, and one-on-one. I lead travel photography workshops during summer, currently focusing on Bali, Indonesia, but looking to expand to other locations. In August 2011 I was recognized as one of the 13 Best Workshop Instructors, as selected by PDN Magazine, the Bible of the commercial photography industry.


  • Portraying people in environment
  • Ability to explain and support learning of digital imaging and computer operation.
  • Special expertise in color management