BEHIND THE LENS
1. Amateur or Pro?
- Semi Pro.
2. Describe your feed in 3 words.
- Beach, Kids, California.
3. What’s in your toolbox for taking and editing photos?
- My main camera is the Canon 5D MII and I use a variety of lenses. I almost always carry a Neutral Density filter and Circular Polarizer with me as well. I use a Manfrotto tripod and ball head. For editing I almost exclusively use Adobe Lightroom 4 but I incorporate a variety of plugins including the Nik Software Collection. When posting to Instagram I almost always tweak things a little bit in Snapseed as well to make sure that things look good for mobile posting.
4. What is Instagram for you?
- Instagram for me is a wonderful place to connect with other people that love photography. I have been inspired and challenged so much by some of the people I have met through Instagram. These are people who I probably would have never interacted with otherwise. It has helped make our world slightly smaller and open doors for everyone to share and express their world to others.
5. Who and/or what inspires you?
- My ultimate inspiration comes from the beauty of the world around us and the relationships that we develop in it. I am also inspired by the creativity of others and seeing different perspectives and points of view. There is no right or wrong way of doing things and those that defy convention inspire me the most.
6. What is your best advice to a fellow photographer?
- Shoot from the heart. Follow your gut and trust your eye. We all see things in our own way and this is what should shine through in our photos. Don't just imitate others but instead take that inspiration and make it your own.
7. Who is your favourite photographer on Instagram?
- There are so many great ones out there but I would have to say Sean Byrne. @spb_photography We have challenged each other to learn and grow in photography for almost a year now and still continue to interact almost daily. We share ideas and edits. We ask opinions and talk shop about new equipment. He is an amazing photographer but also a kindred spirit that I am grateful to have met.
8. Best photography secret?
- Using the Exposure Tool app when I do my long exposures. I am not great at math and figuring out exposure times with a 10 stop filter off the top of my head is not my idea of fun. I use this app often and it is spot on with helping me determine how long I need to shoot for in different lighting conditions.
9. Things you want to be better at as a photographer?
- I want to improve my portrait photography. People are so much harder for me to photograph. I struggle with posing and getting a subject to look the way I envision things in my mind.
10. How much time do you spend on photography?