Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Nikon 50mm 1:1.8
Favorite Editing Software:
I use Adobe Lightroom 4 for basic developing and Photomatix Pro for HDR. I’ve been known to open Photoshop Elements 11 and Corel Paintshop Pro from time to time. They all do something a little different, so I like to have a variety in my toolbox.
What is your specific background or interest in photography?
I worked with a gentleman who was a serious photographer. He has had numerous images published in National Geographic and other major magazines. His beautiful images sparked my interest in photography as an art. A couple of years ago, I picked up an old Canon AE-1 35mm camera at a flea market for 50 cents. That kicked my interest into high gear. I soon learned that there’s a lot to know about camera operations when you’re not using a point and shoot! I picked up a nice Fujifilm bridge camera and started snapping away! Over the summer of 2012, I took hundreds of pictures and entered several in the St. Croix County Fair. I managed to win ribbons on many of them, including 1 blue ribbon. That gave me a lot of validation in my new hobby. I then picked up a Nikon D3100 and D200 and really got serious!
Favorite subject matter to photograph:
I started out doing mostly landscape shots, but after looking at the work of other photographers, I became more interested in architecture, shapes, and patterns. The street photography tutorial presented by Valerie Jardin sparked an interest in people photography as well. I’ve gotten into night photography and light play recently. Whenever anyone asks me what I like to take pictures of, I say “anything I find interesting”.
In what areas do you want to learn more about or improve your photography?
I’m working on night photography right now. It’s challenging to get good, clear, low noise photos. It’s very rewarding when I get good night shots with good colors and lighting. I also need to continue learning more about post-processing.
I enjoy being a member of WWPC because:
There are so many talented photographers in our club! I’m blown away by the photos submitted to our salon every month! I love how everyone offers good constructive criticism. The tutorials are great as well! It’s great that our group is willing to share their knowledge with others. I’ve learned so much from everyone over the last year!
I found this video that does a good job of explaining the differences you get using long lenses versus short lenses. Plus the scenery is pretty good! Have a great weekend everybody!