James R. Orr


  • Have been shooting for 25+ years, well versed in all stages of traditional "wet" photography.
  • Currently use modern digital equipment, techniques, and workflow. I am the Owner/Operator of a Canon DSLR system and Olympus prosumer equipment.
  • Completed Photography/Multi-Media courses at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 1983 - 1985.
  • Experienced at wedding/event video photography, portraits, and small product shots; enjoy event coverage/ photojournalism..
  • Experienced user of Photoshop for digital still photography post-production, retouching, compositing, and printing.


Operating Systems: Familiar with Windows, UNIX, Mac OS, MS-DOS, AmigaDOS, experienced resolving cross-platform issues.

Hardware: Capable of installation and configuration of a variety of internal components and peripherals: Motherboards, processors, RAM, hard drives, sound cards, video cards, modems, SCSI chains, network hardware, video capture cards, scanners, printers, CD-writers, and removable-media drives. I have built a number of PC systems from individual components

Software: Long time user of  Adobe Photoshop and Premiere (Digital content editing, for Video, Quicktime, AVI, and RealVideo), Sound Forge, RealProducer, MP3 compressors , Lightwave 3D, MS Office Suite.

Internet: Text-based HTML (including forms, tables, frames), Graphics for web, video, and print applications. FTP transfer, Telnet, streaming media. Have implemented and troubleshot Perl, Javascript, and CGI Scripts on a UNIX Web Server. I am author and currently administrate this site and Little Lake Theatre's site, as well as others.

Video Production and Post-Production:

  • Video Camera Operator, Grip, experienced Audio-Visual Technician.
  • Capable as one-man field production unit, or as a team member on an on-line multi-camera shoot.
  • Capable of operating most sound boards and audio components.
  • Knowledge of Industrial level video editing equipment, computer-based and stand-alone Edit controllers, video / computer systems integration.
  • Skilled in Computer Graphics for video, Non-Linear Editing, 3-D Animation, and special effects including morphs, digital video effects, color processing effects, and key effects.

Employment History

Freelance Photographer 2002 - present, based in Washington, Pa. Events, Portraits, Stage, Small Products.

Dancing Frog Productions  1992-2001 (self)

Videography, Video Editing, Graphic design for Video and Web/Internet applications, 3D Graphics and Animation, and Special Effects. Web Site Design, Photography, Computer/Internet Troubleshooting and Hardware upgrades.

Dream Photography and A Solid Gold Sound, Inc. - Pittsburgh, PA. - 1994-2001

                          Free-lance event Videographer / Video Editor.

Cobweb Internet Service - McMurray, PA. - 1996-1998

Phone Tech for startup ISP; shortly became primary Web Developer/Designer.

Free-Lance Video and Post-Production

                          ERP Video Services Penn Hills, Pa. 1995 present Videographer, Video Editor

L. E. Pettit Productions - Meadowlands, PA. - 1995-96 Camera Operator, Amiga/Video Toaster Operations.

Dream Photography, Inc. - Penn Hills, PA. - 1993-95 Videographer, Video Editor

Dancing Frog Productions, Inc - Pittsburgh, PA. - 1992-96 Independent Video Producer: Weddings, Music Video, Events, Sports, Theatrical plays, Casting, Promos, Training, Commercials, and Documentary Shorts

WRS Motion Picture Laboratories (1992 1993) Video Quality Control Inspector

Audio/Visual Technician: (1989-1992, Pittsburgh, Pa. area) (KVL AudioVisuals, AVCT, and Freelance)

Pittsburgh Vista International Hotel, Pittsburgh Hilton and Towers, David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Responsible for setting and breaking down audio/visual systems of varying functions and complexity, from simple projector/screen combinations to live multi-camera video shoots.


  • Independent Research and Hands-On Study (1990 present) in Digital Still Photography, including digital workflow and post-production.  Video Production, Video Post Production, Non-Linear Editing, Computer Graphics, Computer Photo Processing and Retouching, Multi-Media Production, 3D graphics and animation production, and F/X. Computer Systems, PC/Video systems integration, PC Hardware Assembly/ Upgrades/ Troubleshooting, Internet Connectivity, and HTML.
  • Computer Tech, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1989-90 - Personal Computer Programming , MS-DOS, DOS applications, Basic language programming.
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1987-88 - Film and Video Production - 8 and 16mm, Basic Field and Studio Production, Film Editing, Video Editing, Sound, optical titling and F/X.
  • Art Institute Of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. 1983-85 - Photography / Multi-Media - All phases of Photography; Lighting, B&W and Color Darkroom Techniques, Multi-Projector Multi-Media Presentation, Visual Design and Composition, Page Design/Layout.

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