If you know me, you know that I ask questions. A lot of them, actually. Some may get annoyed, but I love asking questions. There is no shame in curiosity, and there is no shame in learning. Asking questions can help you understand motives and get to know someone better, which is what I hope you achieve through this post. In this post, I will help others understand how I view photography and learn more about my photography in general.
How did you get into photography?
I have always wanted to take a step further with my photography. From the young age of 12, I asked for a DSLR every year for my birthday. Finally, after realizing this was not just a phase, my parents purchased a Canon Rebel T5 for my 16th birthday. There are no photographers in my family, yet each time I looked around me, all I could see was the potential for a great picture. That is what my goal is each time I pick up my camera: to show people how I see the world around me. I want to capture all the emotions that run wild through the equestrian community.
Have you ever travelled out of state and/or do you intend to?
I reside in Southern Louisiana. The closest show facility to me is half an hour way, though it is not typically in use. I will generally travel an hour and a half for the ‘local’ shows. The farthest I have travelled was to Gulfport, Mississippi; The Harrison County Fairgrounds is absolutely beautiful. In the years to come, however, My fingers are crossed that I will be able to travel to Palm Beach to catch some shows in Wellington, Florida, though I don’t think I will travel much farther than that.
What gear do you use?
I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel T5, or a Canon 1200D. I am hopefully upgrading to a Canon 70D within the next year. I have three primary lenses that I use: the 75-300mm f4, the 50mm f1.8, and the 18-55mm f3.5. The 75-300mm lens is the one I use for show photography while the 50mm lens is used for portraits; I do not generally use my 18-55mm lens. My favorite lens would have to be the portrait lens. The images come out beautiful and the flaws are minimal.
Is there anything you wish you hadn’t bought?
I purchased a tripod when I thought it would help me with stabilization However, I did not have the chance to use it. If you have seen me at a show, you have noticed that I do not stay in one spot for long. Having a tripod prohibited this movement and I regret buying that piece of equipment. Later on, I made the decision to purchase a monopod. It gave me the stabilization while maintaining the mobility that was a high priority for me, which was a much better decision than a tripod.
How do you educate yourself on photography?
Books, books, and more books! After a year of trial and error, I tried my hand at educating myself. Before that, I learned from my mistakes and adjusted my settings until they came out right. Books helped me break down settings and the different aspects of digital photography. Currently I own Canon Camera Book, Digital Photography, The Photographer’s Mind, and People Pictures. Each book is extremely beneficial in their own way and have helped me grow as a photographer.
Among your photos, which is your favorite and why?
I am able to find something I like in each photo. Often times, though there is something enjoyable, there is a flaw that lessens the personal value of the photo. However, I believe that this photo is able to capture multiple emotions while also remaining pleasant to the viewer. This photo remind me of why I love taking pictures.