I wanted to do something in the movie business. Not act, mind you, but the behind the scenes stuff. My high school didn’t have any film courses, but they did have technical theater and photography. I figured that combining the two would be pretty much the same thing.
While I found the lighting and set design of theater interesting, the technical side of photography fascinated me. I loved the darkroom, watching the images fade into existence on sheets of paper bathed in a chemical bath.
That was 2001. Photography has changed a lot since then, not only with the abandonment of film, but with the advent of the camera phone. In 2008, I attended the Oklahoma School of Photography, learning more theory and putting it to practice.
Over the years since, I’ve traveled around the globe, camera in hand, putting myself into different surroundings. Each experience would challenge me in a new way, either in composition, light, or legality, refining my style into what it is today: a combination of traditional and modern that can capture nearly subject.
Every now and then I’ll have something to share on photo theory. Maybe it’ll be something on composition, or perhaps color use. It could even be about a technique in Photoshop or Lightroom. Either way, it’s a view into my thought process when it comes to creating memorable imagery.
I have a lot of gear. Some of it’s good, some of it isn’t, but they’re all things I’ve purchased with my hard-earned cash. Some things I use to their full extent, and many more I don’t. Consider this a review of things based on how I use them, not product sheet specs.