Lori Barbely's eye for detail is a key reason why Islands is known for its photographic excellence. As photo editor for the magazine, she coaches the most accomplished professionals and the most eager amateur shooters alike. "What excites me is helping a picture go from adequate to excellent, with a few tips," she says. "To do that on location is the ultimate." Since joining Islands in 2006, Lori has helped the magazine win numerous awards for visual excellence, doing everything from selecting imagery, shooting and writing to overseeing a redesign, conceiving photo essays and spearheading an Annual Reader Photo Contest. Prior to joining Islands, Lori graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.A. in photography and climbed the ranks to deputy photo editor at First for Women magazine.