Welcome to Jay Pierstorff’s Cool Photo Tools! This site was created to help photography enthusiasts of all skill levels find new tools and techniques that can improve your photography. There is no substitute for learning more about your craft and perfecting your skills. But sometimes, finding just the right tool, can be the difference between success or failure of the images you create. New gear, new software, new techniques and new trends combine to make modern photography one of the most interesting, rewarding and fun activities on the planet!
Professional Photographer, Jay Pierstorff has spent over three decades in photography including portraits, weddings, commercial and industrial images in both still and video. Today, Jay helps people improve their photography and digital image editing with a number of popular classes geared for photo enthusiasts of all skill levels, at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute. Originally born in Idaho, Jay lives year round in Tucson, AZ where he also volunteers at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as a Docent. In addition he also works on various photo/video projects.
Jay specializes in teaching digital cameras and media as they bring new power and possibilities to image making. Jay’s classes take advantage of the “learn by doing” approach including the popular “Behind the Scenes Photowalk.” The Desert Museum provides many unique opportunities for photo enthusiasts to practice their craft while taking classes at the Art Institute.
Jay has experience as a professional photographer, videographer, photographic retoucher, photo lab, sound reinforcement & audio recording technician and professional musician. He brings many traditional skills to modern, digital processes. Jay graduated from the Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento, CA and learned photo retouching at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.
He has worked in photo, video, audio production, computer graphics, website design and other digital media.