andrew morgan [andrew720]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
What has been your education as a photographer?
self taught, I've read up alot on camera craft and I also like to experiment.
What is your favourite type of photography?
not sure if I like a certain 'type', but I like photos which have a simple and direct impact. I think the best photography tells a story and all the elements of the composition, the lighting etc interact and work together.
What do you try to express through your photography?
I'm autistic, and I often struggle to communicate effectively, especially on an emotional verbal level.
However, like many autistics I have strong visuospatial abilities and I can use my photography to express my view of the world through my eyes. Also, I can convey my feelings easier this way, through pictures.
How do you choose your subjects?
My photos tend to reflect on my moods so my choice of subject tends to reflect what I feel at the time or will act to convey my feelings in some way, for example, I recently cracked one of my ribs but found it difficult to tell how I felt so photographed the remains of a ship wreck, because the broken bow looked like broken ribs sticking out of the sand. I took the photo on a gloomy day.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
usually I charge my camera batteries and clean my lenses and filters the night before.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
I'm still using a Canon 30D which is old in digital terms although still a capable camera, my lenses are also pretty modest with my Tamron 11-18mm being my most used, hoping for a fast telephoto soon.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
mostly Paintshop pro x3, it does what I want and I find it easy to use. I would like to get Lightroom 4 in the near future.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
I think the digital age has made photography more accessable to a wider audience and its blurred the lines between what can be considered 'amateur' and 'professional'.
However, good photography begins with how a scene or subject is interpreted and I think the ability to sell that interpretation is what makes the difference between the 2.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
welshflickrcymru is a flickr group who I often go on meets with.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
that the rules or guidelines should be challenged even though they help and that being autistic works to my advantage.