BEHIND THE LENS
1. Amateur or Pro?
2. Describe your feed in 3 words.
- Hawaii - Landscape - Drama
3. What’s in your toolbox for taking and editing photos?
- Nikon D90, Nikon 10-24mm Lens, Tamron 90mm macro
4. What is Instagram for you?
- A place for inspiration and encouragement! Believe it or not, when I started Instagram I hadn't picked up my camera in over a year. After posting a few pics from my iPhone, and getting a little feedback, I thought; “This is kinda cool.” It wasn't until I dove deeper into the community, and discovered all kinds of amazing photographers who I could connect with, learn from and be inspired by, that my thoughts changed to. "This is really cool!"
Thanks to Instagram - I've met so many new people, been on countless new photography adventures, and boosted my artistic confidence as well. The ready audience and valuable feedback is a pretty powerful motivator. Just about every image I post comes from a photo mission within a few days of that post. If I want to put something up there, I gotta get out there! And really, thats a beautiful thing.
5. Who and/or what inspires you?
- The power and drama of nature inspires me. I love wild places. The Hawaiian Islands have so much to offer in that respect - big waves, deep jungle, volcanic peaks, and pristine beaches - all in vibrant tropical colors.
Artists inspire me in general. I'm a little daunted by the thought of creating a list, there are just so many. Since I'm a Graphic Designer and Landscape Painter (newer to the world of photography) it includes more painters and illustrators than
photographers, but this is expanding.
6. What is your best advice to a fellow photographer?
Light, Composition, Subject. In that order, if you are going for beauty.
Subject, Composition, Light. In that order, if you are going for story.
And all three of equal importance if you want to tell a beautiful story.
7. Who is your favourite photographer on Instagram?
- The one who just posted a crazy cool picture, that excites and opens my perspective - changes every day - every hour even.
8. Best photography secret?
- Shoot way more than you show. Study and be passionate about the work of others. Past and present. Try to be good rather than original. The history of art (humanity for that mater) is progressive. If you put yourself into your work, that’s all the originality required.
9. Things you want to be better at as a photographer?
- I'd love to learn more about making photos of people, both candid and studio style with flash, reflectors and the whole kit.
10. How much time do you spend on photography?
- Not enough. And as an amateur who has another job, more than I should!