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The PetaPixel Team

DL Cade


DL is a writer, editor, and photography enthusiast based out of New York, New York. A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in BioMedical Sciences, he left his STEM roots behind nearly a decade ago and has spent the past 8 years writing and working for some of the largest companies and publications in the photo industry.

Michael Zhang

Founder & Editor

Michael is a photography enthusiast, entrepreneur, and programmer based in Northern California near San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with two degrees in computer science.

Jaron Schneider


Jaron Schneider is an award-winning commercial filmmaker as well as critically-acclaimed and internationally published journalist from San Francisco, California. His clients include Verizon, Facebook/Instagram, The United States Air Force Thunderbirds, and Grammy-award winning band Train, among others. Schneider specializes in evaluating video equipment, computers, storage devices and optics for the modern professional photographer and videographer, along with providing unique insight into the complicated and constantly-changing imaging market.

Mike “Sharky” James

Podcast Host

Sharky, as he’s known by friends, family, and his audience, is an award-winning newspaper photographer (retired) who lives in beautiful Utah with his wife and kids. He’s a former editor/publisher of a parenting magazine and his photographs have been published in Reader’s Digest, TIME for Kids and many other publications. He believes there’s something to learn from everyone and enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography through his varied experience as a photojournalist.