Hello everyone and thank you for joining us o the first ever Artistic Tuesday! This week I am featuring an #STQWRITERSCHAT twitter friend, The ever talented and vivacious “Turtleberry!” Let’s get started and see what she has to say.
1) What made you decide to pick up a camera and begin taking pictures?
I honestly can’t even remember. I have been taking pictures since fourth or fifth grade. I went to a summer program that taught us techniques and how to develop film.
2) What is your favorite type of subject?
I love taking pictures of nature. I also like taking photos of people when they aren’t posing for pictures. Posing seems cheesy to me. I went through a period of being obsessed with taking pictures of the sky.
3) What kind of camera/gear do you use…and could you explain a little about it for us please?
I use a Nikon D5100. I honestly don’t know a lot about my camera except it is a DSLR. I also like to take pictures with my cell phone.
I don’t know how you do what you do with a cell phone…I can’t make pictures like that on my little digital camera, much less the phone! (Not for lack of trying though, honestly.)
4) When you travel, what equipment do you take with you?
I take my camera and two lenses with me.
5) Is there a piece of your gear that you wish you hadn’t purchased, or that you just never really use?
6) Among your works, which is your favorite, and why?
7) Whose work has most influenced your own?
I love photography. I haven’t really studied other photographer’s work much. I love Gordon Parks and Annie Lebowitz. Most times I pay more attention to the image rather than who took it.
8) What advice would you give to budding photographers?
Keep snapping pictures. Also, try out different editing software. Practice is key. I sometimes take three hundred pictures to get ten that I love. Other times I get it right on the first shot.
it seems as though the same basic advice can span over pretty much any profession or hobby. You want to do it? get started and keep going. You want to learn? Practice…Great advice we often forget while searching for the ‘magic’ key to everything clicking into place.
9) You are also an author, among several other things. Would you care to give us a little insight into that portion of your world and how it interacts with your photography?
10) Finally: Where can we find your work?