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Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I've been interested in it since I was a kid, my Grandmother gave me a Nikon EM SLR that was too complicated for her to use. I've been shooting since 2004. I was lucky to 'see the light' early on, I'm a photographer for the U.S. Coast Guard primarily.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I was trained initially at the Defense Information School (DINFOS), which is a school for military photojournalists. It was short time, but intense at the same time. It's been mostly trial and error and reading a lot.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
I haven't participated in any thus far, but I've been published internationally as a photographer for the Coast Guard.
What is your favourite type of photography?
Photojournalism is my favorite medium within photography. I enjoy editorial photography and the freedom for creativity within the advertising realm as well.
What do you try to express through your photography?
There isn't one particular expression for my body of work, really. It's always changing, like me. I want to fuel open minds. My work is up for interpretation, and I feel if I've provoked any emotion in a person then I've succeeded in what I'm aiming to do.
How do you choose your subjects?
It goes one of two ways generally; either I see a picture in my mind and seek the subject out to put them in that image, or I see someone that inspires an image in my head, then go from there and make that image. I enjoy the social aspect of that almost as much as I do the artistic.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
I always meet with the client to discuss ideas, bringing them into the creative process. I occasionally look at work from my mentors and fellow photographers for inspiration, as well as listen to music.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I always have a plan, but that's not to say that if the client and myself have a spur of the moment idea, we won't try it.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I use Nikon and Hasselblad. Nikon for it's diversity and, in my opinion, more photographer friendly camera bodies. Hasselblad... Well, because it's Hasselblad.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
I use a Nikon D200 and a couple of lenses, and Nikon SB-800 speed lights. I edit on an Apple.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I use Photoshop and Aperture, though I have heard about Nikon Capture NX and I'm interested in it. I'm also on the verge of purchasing a copy of Noise Ninja.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I don't have any full size images online, they are all web size images. Other than that, I don't use watermarks.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
I'm a big Robert Capa fan, as well as Ansel Adams and James Nachtwey.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
I would like to say both, or at least I try to balance both. Sometimes it bothers me when photographers don't know their equipment. I think that is a basic foundation piece for anything you do. Just like an artist has to know the capability of their paintbrush, know your camera.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
I think you have to have a sense for what you're looking to get out of any particular image. Once you have that, you'll know when.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
I think the best advice I have ever been told, which stuck was... expose for your background, and light your subject.
L I G H T
Long Beach, California