About Mary Buck

mary buck

Photo by Amryn Soldier

Studio 2.8 Photography Learning Center


Mary Buck is the owner and instructor for Studio 2.8 Lightscapes Learning Center. Mary started her photography journey when she was just 18 years old. She was inspired by her brother Brad, who was already working as a photographer. She worked the corporate life until 1997 when she decided to open up a portrait studio in Duluth, Georgia called Lightscapes Photographic Artwork .

In 2003, she started to teach photography classes to just a handful of film photographers. Ten years later, she teaches hundreds of students in various levels of photography classes – from beginner to advanced including workshops on lighting, Photoshop and Still Lifes. She teaches photography classes in person at her Studio 2.8 Lightscapes Learning Center in Duluth. In 2014 she started her online courses.

Mary is a Certified Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of America and was recently awarded the PPA Craftsman Degree. Her photographs have been published in many well known publications such as Woman’s Day, Forbes and Landscape Magazine. She continues to operate her photography studio as well as teach classes.  She teaches online and at her studio in Duluth, GA.  One of her most popular online courses is How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids and How to Take Creative Control of Your SLR Camera. Her website is filled with free DSLR photography tips and many online courses. She also has a YouTube Channel for Studio 2.8 which provides instructional videos on how to use camera menu settings and much more.  You can subscribe on the right side.

Mary’s fascination with the internet let her to Gwinnett Technical College in 2010 to study Web Design and Development. She graduated in 2014 with a diploma.  She is now offering courses on How to Build a WordPress site and SEO for WordPress.

Her favorite saying is “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened” by Dr. Suess.  She lives by that motto of not being afraid to try new things.

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