"Any formal training in photography?
None at all."
He's doing something right if he's hanging out with celebrities.
Its easy to hate the guy on top, huh?
I know Rukes from the photography-on-the-net forum, where there is the end all to be all thread or two about nightclub photography. He takes AMAZING nightlife photos.
I also do some club shooting-not only because its fun, but it is hard, and teaches you how to shoot in the worst conditions, and always in low(no)light.
I find it hard to believe people still think that people like Rukes, Al Powers, or or even people like Ron Galella do not have a place in modern art. Obviously there are formal ways of shooting, and all rules are made to be broken.
People like Drew and Al Powers have literally made people pick up cameras and love to take photos. They have also been selfless in sharing what they know to help others get better.
And, as was already pointed out, judging by Ruke's success, he is doing something right.
While I am on my soapbox, Please check out:
Nightlife threads on Photography on the Nethttp://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=415099http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=895331
My Friend Srika's Page-His work is Stunning.http://night-club-photography.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?5-Gallery&s=769633bb40cb692802f328e92cf30b5ehttp://night-club-photography.com/forums/showthread.php?10-srika-s-photos-*NWS*
Al Powers-Las Vegas-A former club shooter "gone good". He rarely shoots clubs now. He has also switched to the dark side. :-)http://powersimagery.com/blog/