Tell us about Yourself (and Your Photography)

Tell us about Yourself (and Your Photography)

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Today I’d like to do something a little different and want to invite you – our wonderful reader community – to introduce yourself and tell us a little about your photography.

It struck me yesterday when I was telling someone about dPS that each month over 4 million people read the tutorials, receive the newsletters and interact in the forum here at dPS – yet while we do hear from a lot of you each month there are many more that we’re yet to get to know.

It’s great to know so many people visit the site – but when I started dPS it was for individuals, real people who were passionate about photography and learning to get the most from their cameras. The goal was to get to you know and for you to get to know one another….

So lets do just that. In the comments below I’d love you to introduce yourself (as much as you feel comfortable). To do so, tell us some (or all) of the following:

  1. Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)
  2. What country you live in
  3. How long you’ve been doing photography
  4. What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)
  5. What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
  6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
  7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
  8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
  9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
  10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us.
  11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

My home is that this little exercise might help us as the dPS team to get to know you but also for our community to get to know each other so that we can continue to make our site better and better.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Sara V. September 23, 2011 02:51 am

    Hi, my name is Sara V. and I live in the USA! I have loved photography literally as long as I can remember. My first memories of photographing things was when my family would go on vacation in the mountains and I would steal their Kodak camera that looked like a skinny black box with a viewfinder to take photos with. As the years progressed my parents progressively gave me point and shoot after point and shoot film cameras culminating, finally, in their giving me a Minolta xt 35mm. I was estatic! That camera opened my eyes to what I could do with a "good" camera and from there I became interested in photography seriously.

    I love taking nature photos but also capturing people in real situations and with real expressions.

    Since 2006 I have been using a Canon Powershot S2 IS and have produced many wonderful images with it both for my personal enjoyment and also for my photography business. But recently I have felt the need to get a more "professional" camera so I just purchased a Nikon D3100 which I am eagerly awaiting.

    Here is a link to my website: http://saravogtphotography.com/ Come visit me!!

    One thing that I am beginning to realize mostly over the past few weeks is that yes, your choice of camera will influence your photos but ultimately, if you have the flair for photography, you can create great images with whatever camera you are using.

  • Sujat Shah September 9, 2011 11:15 pm

    I forgot to mention - I am from India, in India. :)

  • Sujat Shah September 9, 2011 11:10 pm

    Hello Everyone!

    Here is some information about myself.

    ABOUT:
    I was born in 1977, and I started photography as a hobby seriously in 2003, with the primary motive of recording images which appear interesting regardless of the subject, the focus being on lines, forms and patterns. Over the years I have spent my time experimenting with the camera and various other factors, in order to get a better understanding of photography as a Science. As to photography as an Art, I am still at the lowermost steps of the never-ending ladder.

    I tend to work relatively very slowly, the reason being, I enjoy the thought process and the deliberation that is required in order to compose the image and visualise what the image would turn out like. Perhaps it is my limitation.

    I tend towards minimalism in my philosophy. I try to use equipment as basic as possible, and i enjoy trying to overcome the limitations of the instrument to attain the desired results. I prefer to work towards stronger and better ideas by utilising simple equipment to its fullest. I dislike equipment loaded with technology, and avoid using complicated digital cameras, especially digital SLRs. Besides, i use available light alone for the exposures.

    I have a Minolta film SLR X-300 with a 50mm f-1.8 lens. I recently got a 28mm f-3.5 lens in exchange for a 35-70mm f-3.5 zoom which I rarely used. I have started using a set of extension tubes for macro work, since 2009. Most of my work has been done on Fuji Prophoto ISO 100 colour negative film. I usually get the negatives scanned and store them as soft copies for posterity. However, I am not particular as to what camera to use, and I use anything that is available. A sizeable portion of my work has been done with compact digital cameras.

    EXPERIENCE:
    I have a little experience in shooting landscapes. Majority of my work so far has been experimentation as art work which may not fit into any specific theme. It includes abstracts, and other Floral images. I prefer to stick to photography as such. I sometimes use basic software for what has already been done over ages in processing from film and printing.

    1. Crop (if required),
    2. Desaturate colour to make a photograph black & white (since i use colour film), and
    3. Increase the contrast if i have done step no. 2. (this step, if i believe rightly, was possible even on film using a red filter. Besides, people could enhance the contrast even at the printing stage...that is what Ansel Adams' forte was.)

    I strictly abstain from selective editing of the images. I have refused to learn how to use Photoshop and other advanced software, because I wish to keep photography as pure as possible, and do not wish to indulge in digital imaging through the use of a computer by doing things electronically...i.e. which are not physically possible.

    Following is the link to my Flickr gallery:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40397589@N07/

    Cheers!
    Sujat.

  • Dianne Llanos June 29, 2011 07:30 pm

    This photography thing really convince me to start on studying media arts since I am really passionate in taking pictures..

  • Syed Moazzam Ali May 26, 2011 11:51 pm

    I am Moazzam Ali.
    Lives in Islamabad Capital), Pakistan .
    I started photography about 6 months ago.
    first camera i used was Nikon d90 but it was not mine I purchased Canon eos 500d for myself after learning shuter speed etc on d90.
    this is where you can find my photography work http://www.facebook.com/MoazzamsPhotography.
    Challenges are when you are new/less experienced the more I do more I learn so i dont think anything as challenge.
    There are a lot of photos that are my fave so I dont want to spam

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  • Dominika May 17, 2011 05:28 pm

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online) – Dominika
    What country you live in – Germany
    How long you’ve been doing photography – 3 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most – Street photography, travel photography
    What kind of gear you use – Nikon D60, 35mm 1.8
    A link or two to your photoblog: ttp://www.photoblog.com/dkonopczak
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo – http://www.photoblog.com/dkonopczak/2010/05/05/day-117.html
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year – take your camera wherever you go
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography – being able to photograph people in the street without being worried that they won't like it, or demand I delete a photo or something.... it is a big inhibition if one wants to capture street life :)

  • Janelle May 15, 2011 11:58 am

    I'm Janelle from the Philippines. You can Call me Jam...
    I was fond of photography two years ago, but I took pics with point and shoot camera. Just recently bought my first DSLR last May 10, 2011, ten days before my 18th birthday. I bought a Nikon D3100, with kit 18-55mm and lens 55-200mm, too.
    I have an eye for photography, but still pretty noob at getting good compositions and lightings. I'm fond of landscape but also interested in fashion photography. though I prefer taking candid pics and inanimate objects at natural lighting.
    I also blog and post my pics there. my blog here...

    [eimg url='http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/228696_216227755063506_100000288482343_870126_752567_n.jpg' title='228696_216227755063506_100000288482343_870126_752567_n.jpg']

  • Nic May 12, 2011 12:05 pm

    1_Nic

    2_US

    3_Leaned about film and developing in a dark room about 10 years ago in high school. Since then photography has always been a hobby as I pursued my career in design. I have been shooting with a DSLR for 3 years now

    4_Anything and everything I think will look cooler through a lens, but mostly lifestyle and babies

    5_Currently shooting with a NikonD40 but am upgrading to wither a D5100 or D7000 in the near future - NEED HELP DECIDING! I have a 18-55mm kit lens and a 50mm f/1.4 prime - that I LOVE.

    6_website: www.nicolefrancesca.com
    _blog: www.nic108.wordpress.com
    _inspiration blog: www.nic108.tumblr.com

    7_http://www.flickr.com/photos/32570938@N08/5636729646/sizes/l/in/set-72157626411758609/

    **I really need help deciding between the D5100 or the D7000. Is the extra $$ worth getting the D5100 over the D7000?

    Thanks!

  • Patrick Dinneen May 9, 2011 11:30 pm

    Some bits about me? Okay, let’s see.
    1. I’m Patrick Dinneen (also known as ‘Pa’),
    2. from Cork but living in Galway, Ireland.
    3. I’ve always liked photogrpahy, must have gotten the bug from my dad. I remember one birthday many moons ago he gave me an slr as a present but all I saw was a big, clunky camera. So I was disappointed and would have preferred an easy-to-use compact. Looking back now I realise that he had my best interests at heart and probably wanted to teach photography to me instead of me just snapping away with a compact. I wish I could thank him now but can’t so instead I think fondly of him when I’m taking pictures.

    4. Most of my photos are taken from around Galway but don’t fall into any one particular category, rather like an eclectic mix- a bit of everything that catches my eye. As I’m married with two kids I don’t get out to shoot as much as I’d like (does anyone?) so maybe that’s one reason why shoot anything and everything when I get the chance.

    5. When I got married my aunt asked what I’d like as a present and I said I’d love a new compact, which I suppose renewed my interest in photography. This compact was later upgraded to a great Canon S90. Next, when my first child was born I wanted something Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Daft Punk anyone?) so sold the Canon to help finance my newest toy, a Pentax K-X. A lot of people ask why, or rather ask why not a Canon or Nikon? The answer, I suppose is because it got great reviews and I liked the feel of it and the interface. Nobody told me that you had to buy a Nikon or Canon. When you’re chatting to someone and both realise that you own a Pentax it’s like a little meeting someone who has the same ‘alternative’ musical taste as you (Dan Deacon anyone?) and ye feel a bit of a connection. I've since sold my K-X and bought a K-7 (haven't receive it yet.

    6. I blog and post my favourite photos to my webstie/photoblog which has an easy to remember url http://www.photoblog.ie/.
    I post everything (the good, bad and ugly) to Flickr- http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacork.

    You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/photoblog_ie , where it’s mainly tweets linking to interesting photography sites, stories and pictures.

    7.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacork/3769474435/' title='Galway Races' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3769474435_20db031890.jpg']

    8. always keep a camera on you, even if it's 'just' a compact. The best camera you have is the one with you.

    9. hmm, not sure.

    10. Every single title to each post on my website is music related (mainly alternative music).

    11.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/pacork/4974414779/' title='Self Portrait' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/4974414779_391574182f.jpg']

  • Delme May 7, 2011 09:44 pm

    This is such an awesome idea, thanks very much. My name is Delme Thomas and I am a photographer from South Africa, I have been doing photography for about 4 years. I shoot a variety of subjects from people, musicians, landscapes, wildlife, birds and sport.

    I use Nikon, having a d200 and D300s with 12-24, 18-200 and 70-200 lenses. I also have a Sigma 50-500 and rent longer lenses for birds and wildlife. My first camera was a Nikon FM2.

    My website is http://www.eclick.co.za and you can join me in Twitter @eclicksa

    I am continually learning lessons from photography and I started my website to not only showcase my work, but to share the lessons with other so that they can short cut the learning process.

  • SherriS. May 7, 2011 06:14 am

    I'm Sherri from USA.
    I've had a camera since I was 13 when my mom gave me a Kodak Instamatic pocket camera. I've always loved taking photos of family and landscapes. I've just gotten a Canon T1i. I don't have any links or websites to share -sorry! I found this website because I'm eager to understand how to use all of these features on my camera. I have a new grandson that I want to showcase!

  • Joe Urbz May 7, 2011 04:19 am

    1. Joe Urbz
    2. SoCal: San Bernardino Mtns, Phoenix, Chicago
    3. Multimedia Teacher for 15+ years, Photographer for 5 years.

    4. Family Life (my daughter is photogenic), Travel, Silliness, Sports, Landscapes and Panoramas (iPhone with Pano2 and PS5). Soon I will try a lighted white box for hand made ornaments and collectibles.

    5. Digital Rebel series (film to T2i) and 5 lenses (28-135 is my fav) tripods, white cards, and Opteka accessories. First camera as a youngster was a 126 film Kodak (cube flash). The iPhone 4 is an awesome tool (Instagram, Camera+ and Pano2), and I also have used multiple Fuji Z's. My workflow includes Aperture, PS5, Portrait Pro and Final Cut Studio.

    6. My MobileMe Galleries
    My Flickr

    7. Shot of my family by a wonderful friend some years back.

    8. Once you find your passion, start exploring some masters. Expand your vision.

    9. Learning how to share my work professionally, and finding a way to create a business with it.

    11. Short guy on the left

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1LavdciGu

  • Martin Moreno May 6, 2011 09:53 am

    Your name: Martin Moreno
    What country you live in: Mexico
    How long you’ve been doing photography: for 8 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most: Food, Product Shot
    What kind of gear you use: Canon and 50mm lens, my first digital camera was a Nikon D100
    Web: www.imaginadores.net
    Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40266189@N07/

  • Diane C May 6, 2011 05:48 am

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1992394294510&set=a.1783077181713.2105935.1382996818&type=1&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=1992394294510&set=a.1783077181713.2105935.1382996818&type=1&theater']

    1. Diane Colquhoun (Diane Dream-scar)
    2. South Africa, Johannesburg
    3. 6 years
    4. Portrait and street photography
    5. I started with a Olympus fe 4020, but now I'm using a Nikon D3100
    6. http://i-shoot-people-photography.blogspot.com/
    7. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1783077181713.2105935.1382996818
    8. Experiment and shoot, shoot, shoot. If it seems awkward its most likely going to be a good shot.
    9. I'm very shy, so communicating with the client is a challenge I have to over come everyday.
    10. I love DPS :)

  • Arad May 5, 2011 11:24 pm

    Heya!

    This is a fantastic idea, here goes my introduction.

    1 & 2. My name is Arad, aka thearadman, and I'm an amateur photographer living in Sweden (way up north!).

    3. This summer I'll be celebrating 3 years of photography with my DSLR! Stoked!

    4. I haven't focused on a certain type of photography, mainly because I enjoy doing a bit of all-around photography, but I really enjoy night time photography and macro.

    5. I'm still using my D90 I got about 3 years ago (we've been through a lot) and my must trusted lenses are probably...my 50mm f/1.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8. But then again, every time I talk about my lenses the phrase "Be a photographer, not a lens changer" echoes in my mind.

    6. I'm currently working on a 365 Project! Here is my Flickr-link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thearadman/sets/72157626194148025/with/5687063361/

    And here is link to my blog: http://thearadman.blogspot.com/

    7. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thearadman/5662148300/' title='Day 37/365 - I got off early so I'm spending the rest of the day in the sun' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5662148300_9a60493875.jpg']

    8. To not rely so much on editing programs. I realized after that I don't want to rely on an external program to "fix" my pictures for me, and I don't want them to appear unrealistic either. That's why I stopped editing and pushed myself further, it's been very rewarding!

    9. To tell a story with a single picture.

    10. I love photography...it's the best hobby ever and I never regret buying my first camera.

    11. [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thearadman/5547171945/' title='Day 1/365 - Me, starting my Project 365' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5295/5547171945_49df94170c.jpg']

  • its_me_kaddee May 5, 2011 11:59 am

    Hi everyone,

    my name is Katharina, 24, I'm from Germany, I currently live in Perth, Australia spending my time doing pretty much nothing than travelling and photographing.
    I've been doing photography for, well, as long as I can imagine back, starting with a Canon film camera picturing my pet rabbit, then our family dog with my first digital camera since 2003, and got myself a treat in 2007 - my Canon EOS 350D, shooting with it ever since (stuck with the brand as well...).
    I enjoy most to photograph our pet dog (gosh, what a cliché...) trying to capture him from ever different perspectives and in different situations.
    here is my favourite shot:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/90546433@N00/2616706932/' title='?' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2616706932_04d992e8af.jpg']

    apart from that (as he's not with me on my travels) closeups and macro photography is my passion, it seems that's where I get my best shots, usually some with very strong bokeh and shallow depths of field (as far as you get with the regular kit lens...); and I am constantly trying to look for distinctive angles or some kind of interesting focal point.
    like this one:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/90546433@N00/3092870105/' title='the one in which we eat with bananas' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3199/3092870105_332d54a646.jpg']

    A tip for the community : ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS take your camera with you! That's still the best advice I've experienced. AND: Try NOT to drop it out of the car in the middle of Nowhere Australia... or, at least, make sure to get you a sweet enough boyfriend to buy a new filter for you (fortunately, the lens didn't break)!*.*

    Handling the camera is still a big issue, knowing all the buttons and settings, but since my camera refused to work last weekend on a trip to the coast and I had to shoot with my boyfriend's Nikon Dsomething I feel more comftable with my own cam again [call it confort zone if you like...], the stupid Nikon didn't do what I wanted or I couldn't find the setting in manual mode, so after a day I just gave up and went on to full automatic with quite disappointing outcomes as the images didn't get as artistic as they used to be with my own cam in semi-manual AFmode (easiest as I usually shoot at f5.6).

    And, here it's me, kaddee:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/90546433@N00/5239978079/' title='ME' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5090/5239978079_aa1fe9367b.jpg']

  • Abigail May 4, 2011 10:40 pm

    Hi dPS followers,
    This is the first time I've posted anything on this site, which is silly really because I have been reading it for ages. This article was great and seeing so many of you, also first time posters, put yourself out there, inspired me to have a go. Also, I could not find many Londoners posted so had to give a shout out to my home town!

    My name is Abigail and I was born in Botswana, have lived in the UK since I was 8, but have now lived in London for 10 years. Great city.

    I started using photography as a creative outlet during my teen years and did my first course when I was 17.
    My mother and I have a small photography business focusing on children's portraiture. But my passion is landscapes and wildlife. I actually have my first exhibition of Africa-based artwork showing in August, which I am very excited about (www.rhubarbandcustard.biz).

    I use a Nikon D60 with a 18-55mm lens, and a 70-300mm lens, but my favourite is a 50mm prime lens which is the best piece of glass I think I will ever own. My first ever camera was a Centon K100 SLR with a 52mm lens. Maybe one day I'll win the lotto and build myself a darkroom so I can use this again, we'll see.

    I have a new photoblog, inspired by an artilce from dPS about taking a 10 minute walk everyday and training your photographic eye to find an interesting image. I set myself a challenge to do this every day for the month of May. Feel free to check it out and let me know if you have any tips for me! (My self portrait is on my blog too).

    http://aebrabyn-photography.blogspot.com

    I also have a Flickr account too:
    www.flickr.com/photos/aebrabyn

    I don't have a favourite photograph but have always been an admirer of Ansel Adams and the shear amount of detail he was able to dipict with the equipment he had. Wonderful.

    A tip for our community –
    The most important tip I have learned in the past year is SEX... I'm not being crude! It is Ken Rockwell's term I think, meaning Simplify and Exclude. When you see something you would like to photograph, simplify and exclude unnecessary things to make the image as powerful as possible. This has helped me a great deal to really look at my subject and get the most out of it. Thanks Ken!

    My biggest challenge is not have enough faith in my abilities to try new things and new ways of capturing the world. That's what my May challenge is all about, I think.

    A big thank you to the team at dPS. This is a great site and there is so much to learn from people in the know, and it is all so accessible! Keep up the great work.

  • hurworld May 4, 2011 10:10 pm

    1) Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)

    hurworld

    2) What country you live in

    London, United Kingdom

    3) How long you’ve been doing photography

    3 years and counting!

    4) What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)

    People and animals, documentary.

    5) What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)

    DSLR, but have been lusting over a rangefinder (Would LOVE an M9!) or mirrorless camera like the Fujifilm X100 to complement my DSLR system.

    6) A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)

    Mostly on Flickr - http://flickr.com/hurworld, and Facebook to share with friends. Tried a bit of Instagram by the same username but not a big fan, hence have not been posting there much.

    7) Perhaps a link to your favourite photo

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hurworld/2586793306/in/set-72157607571922933

    8) A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year

    Gear is good, Vision is much, much better - David DuChemin.

    9) A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography

    Grow my artistic vision - all else is secondary.

    10) Anything else that you’d like to tell us.

    Would love to meet more like-minded photographers, share thoughts, and take more photos!

    11) If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

  • Tomasz Worek May 4, 2011 05:21 pm

    Hello everyone!

    1. My name is Tomasz Worek
    2. I was born and I live in Poland.
    3. My serious photography trip started in 2007.
    4. I focus on landscapes and aviation photography, from time to time I try also portraits.
    5. I use Pentax DSLR from the beginning (I started with *ist DL2), now I am using K-r with 4 lenses.
    6. I would like to invite you to my website where you can find some of my work: http://www.tomaszworek.com/
    7. There are so many good photos that selecting just one is impossible.

  • Yanuar May 4, 2011 04:06 pm

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)
    Yanuar

    What country you live in
    Indonesia

    How long you’ve been doing photography
    From 2007

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)
    Landscape, Portrait, Events

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
    I bought my first camera Canon PS A460
    [eimg url='http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-ash1/v355/167/66/794794766/n794794766_885037_7618.jpg' title='n794794766_885037_7618.jpg']

    And now I use Canon 1000d

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    You can see my work at Facebook, but I'm thinking to use Flickr too

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    I started photography with the essence of capturing something that even God can't repeat that emotion, and situation, and I learned a lot from DPS as a school for me.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
    Budget

  • Mark Simon May 4, 2011 09:07 am

    Greetings from the United States! My name is mark Simon, but i go by DirtyJerz online. My website, www.dirtyjerzimages.com is my regular blog/website that I maintain. I started shooting more seriously this past August 2010 as a way to cope with a difficult beakup. Suprisingly I found it to be soothing and a great outlet for me and I picked it up very quickly. I started as a hobby and have now become one of the more sought after photographers in my area, shooting for multiple large businesses and celebritites including radio and tv personalities and even the mayor of my city.

    I started shooting skateboarders and BMX riders, but have now moved towards event and club photography. I still shoot extreme athletes, but focus mostly on events. My aim is to be the best photographer I can be at every genre, so I have moved into landscape and nature, fashion, abstract modeling, and for print models.

    I am currently using a Nikon D3000 along with the kit 18-55mm VR lens. I recently purchased a 55-300mm lens, a 50mm MF and an SB-600 Speedlite. My next purchase will be a Lensbaby, a fast wide aperture lens, or a Nikon D7000. Yes, I have expensive taste.

    The most important thing I have learned lately is how to edit and use Lightroom properly. Some may think that I rely too heavily on editing, but what I have learned is ways to create the desired effects that I can apply during editing, and actually be able to do them in camera with no editing. Using off camera lighting and learning the science of light has been the most impactful thing I have learned. Without it, my work would still be in its infancy where you would expect after only 9 months.

    I also have Darren and the rest of the sites contributors to thank for my advancement. Without their expert insight and advice, I would still be shooting in Auto without any idea of how to use my camera or how to creatively manipulate light, shutter, aperture, ISO and white balance. So thank you!

    One tip I have to everyone, and this is not photography based, is to try to reduce the number of repeat posts. I see alot of posts about similar topics but just worded differently. Also I have noticed a good deal of spelling and grammar mistakes that are very distracting. Just my tip to help make this site better than it already is.

  • Johnny Miracký May 4, 2011 06:26 am

    Hello Darren,
    I doubt that someone will read it besides 360 other comments, but I want to participate :)

    I'm Johnny 'johnnym26' Mi?acký and I live in the Czech Republic. I'm passionate about photography for past 6 years (I'm 21) and it's getting more and more serious. Recently I have realized that I want the photography to become my living.
    I'm still finding my style and focus, but currently I shoot mostly nature - so landscapes, animals, flowers, etc. I want snakes to become my speciality. I've been interested in them since I was 7 years old.
    My first camera was point and shoot analog Nikon. My parents gave me it when I was 10. Like three years ago, I have bought my first DSLR (I use until now) Canon 450D. I currently use kit lens 18-55, 70-300 USM IS and 100/2.8 USM macro.

    I like the idea that gear doesn't make the photography, the photograper does. Also shoot with what you have and don't waste your time thinking about better equipment - just go out and shoot with what you have. And here's Chase Jarvis quotation 'The best camera is the one with you'.

    You can see my work at Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnym26/

    I'd like to get faster reaction - when I take a shot of landscape, usually, it's no hurry. But sometimes, there's a quick situation and I'd like to learn to capture it well. Also, I want to jump into photographing people more, especially street portraits.

    Good light, my friends!
    Johnny

  • Reggie Doan May 4, 2011 01:41 am

    Hello everyone :D
    1.My name is Reggie Doan , my nick name is Jörmungandr :)
    2.And I'm from Saigon, Vietnam
    3.I've been doing photography for 1 years
    4.I love to photograph people,everyday life ,rock concert ... especially portrait and fashion
    5.My current camera is Nikon D3100 and AF-S 18-55mm lens
    6.http://reggylord.deviantart.com/
    7.my favorite photo is this one http://reggylord.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=48#/d2t0t3s
    8.I'm just a beginner ,i'm here to learn more from all of you :)
    9.I have so much to learn.I need better lenses and I'm saving for 'em ^^
    10. nothing :)
    11.This is me :D http://reggylord.deviantart.com/gallery/25738981#/d3acyfr :P

    And Photography is my biggest hobby

  • Linus May 3, 2011 11:53 pm

    My name is Apoorva.
    flicker name is linusmvs2
    Started clicking shots 2 years back. I started with Sony dsc h50 and last year I got my nikon d90.
    I love landscape photography.
    Here is one of my favourite shot.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/linusmvs2/4695838246/

  • Sjoerd May 3, 2011 09:42 pm

    Hi everybody!

    My name is Sjoerd, I'm 17 years old and I'm from the Netherlands. I think I started enjoying photography when I was 14 years old. Last summer I bought my first DSLR and I've been loving photography even more since. I don't really have a type of photography I focus on most yet, but I'm going to try to improve my portrait photography since that's what I'm not that good at (yet).
    I have a flickr account but I haven't posted much in a while. I'll be doing that more often soon! here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/57387881@N05/
    I also have a blog: http://life-in-words-and-pictures.blogspot.com/ (should post more on there too.. ;-) )
    I hope you take a look at my photography and mabye tell me what you think. That would mean a lot to me.
    After I'm done with school I mabye want to go to art school and eventually become a professional photographer. Mabye you can tell me how you became a professional photographer, or why you did not!

    Thanks for reading this and please visit my flickr account and blog!

  • Elaine Smith May 3, 2011 04:16 pm

    Hi, My name is Elaine Smith, from Wellington, AL, USA. My husband bought me my first camera as a Christmas present twelve years ago. Photography immeditally became a serious hobby, and a great passion! I started shooting weddings for family and friends about two years after that, and haven't stopped yet!! I took a buyout from the company I worked for two years ago, and went into business as a photographer. I have not concentrated on one genre, but I definitely have a favorite, and that is family photography. I do love shooting weddings, and seniors, but find that I have so much fun shooting families. I have a fear of my dream which is to shoot families exclusively. I'm afraid I won't be able to make the money I need to make to do this full time. I do have SO much to learn, and am excited at the prospect of taking a few classes to improve my photography. You can see my photography on facebook...I've only recently started a fan page, and it is slowly growing. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellington-AL/Robin-Lane-Photography/193085717392358. I also have a flickr account that I have neglected lately, but I do love flickr, and the many friends I have found there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/22695183@N08/. Please take a look at my work, and feel free to email me with any advice you can offer to help me improve. My business needs to grow!! I have a Nikon D80, and a Nikon D90. This is my first time posting on this site..thanks so much for the invite!

  • Ram Iyer May 3, 2011 03:59 pm

    This is my stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ram_iyer/
    I am a hard-core photographer. Thought thats not my profession. I love photography and digital processing. I try every possibilities of Photography, Macro / Micro/ Street/ Portrait/ wildlife/nature/journalism everything. When I see through my view finder, i always see a different world which full of colors. Only sad part is, this is not my profession. If this becomes my profession, I bet I will be a winner...but I am in the stage of age and commitments, can't make this as my profession. But I am trying to imbibe this to my kids....let them become what they want to be!!

    PHOTOGRAPHY LOVES ME!!! LoL

  • Jeremy Bernatchez May 3, 2011 01:47 pm

    Greetings!
    I haven't exactly been an active person on this site or the forums, but I'm an avid reader of the blog posts. Thought I'd change that, join in on this post, and start making more of an effort to connect with other folks on this site :)

    So here goes:

    My name's Jeremy, and I currently reside in Toronto, Canada. I work in TV/Film, so I've got a bit of a background in visual media, but I've really only gotten heavily into photography In the last 3-4 years, mostly in thanks to my brother. I've been taking photos long before then, but never too seriously.

    I find I typically tend to go with nature photography (animals, etc), especially macro, but I'm doing my best to get into more branches of it. I really want to get better at landscapes, mainly.

    These days I usually pall around with my Canon 7D and my Tamron 17-50. I still have my Nikon D80 that I do still enjoy using. Been eying the Fuji x100 as a walkabout camera though, as i've taken to doing photo walks with photographer friends and would love to not lug around a ton of gear! Plus I'd love to have great a great camera with a big sensor but smaller footprint for traveling, as I'm going to be doing more of that for work!

    my Fickr link is simply www.flickr.com/Humangobo, and I'd love to get some feedback on some of my photography so far. I'm trying to learn how to better do post-processing, so any suggestions very welcome :),

    The tip that I'd have to give the DPS community is to not get too wrapped up in gear. I've seen it happen so much in my industry with the advent of DSLRs shooting video, where people get so focused on getting the best gear, that they won't go out and shoot without it!

    The biggest hurdle I want to overcome is learning proper use of my speedlites. It may seem totally silly, but I seem to have a hard time trying to translate the lighting techniques I know and use from video/film styles to using flashes.

    Other than that, I don't think I have much to say... Hope I can be more of a part of the community around here! I've at least been posting to the DPS flickr group for a few months now :)

    And lastly, a self-portrait:
    http://flic.kr/p/9DDGaJ

    Cheers!

    -Jer

  • Alejandro May 3, 2011 01:04 pm

    Im a sixteen year old, self taught photographer based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. I've been taking photographs since I was given my first camera as an eleven year old. I have been mainly attracted to nature, portrait and landscape photography since then. I have been learning about photography through books and mainly the internet. However I have just started participating in several courses to continue my education in the field of photography.

    http://alemedphotography.blogspot.com/

    [eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9e-AarK9Jzw/TbyspPWqT9I/AAAAAAAABDY/BjxggyNGm6k/s400/Nebula+IIII.jpg' title='Nebula+IIII.jpg']

  • Renata Sdao May 3, 2011 10:01 am

    I've been meaning to introduce myself and become more active here so this is the perfect opportunity.

    1. Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online): Renata Sdao, sometimes known on the Internet as hippiechick257

    2. What country you live in: USA

    3. How long you’ve been doing photography: Digital since about 2004. I've gotten more serious about it in the past couple of years.

    4. What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Mostly outdoors, nature and macro/close-up photography, but I like trying new things and learning different areas.

    5. What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): Canon

    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): http://www.flickr.com/photos/renatasdao/

    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: My favorites change from time to time but here's a recent shot that I really like http://www.flickr.com/photos/renatasdao/5607765385/

    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: If I slow down and think about what I'm doing, compose and check settings, I don't have to take dozens of shots to get "the" shot.

    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: I'd like to be better able to capture photos that tell a story and have a broader aesthetic appeal.

    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us: I'm just happy to be here and I've learned quite a lot from this blog since I've been subscribed.

    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account): There's this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/renatasdao/5437415327/

  • Keranm May 3, 2011 06:12 am

    Hey all ....

    I'm Keran McKenzie and I'm your average fella who picked up a camera and pretends to ... well snap shots. We finally bought a digital SLR recently - 13 years after buying our last SLR ... I'd been relegated to PnS cameras.

    Tools:
    * Sony a55
    * 18-55 kit lens
    * 55-200 kit lens
    * SAM 50mm F1.8

    I'm learning, learning learning ...
    You can see my photography learnings on flickr - studiowhiz
    I'm experimenting with light painting, trying to make better photos of people and ... well use my camera in MANUAL mode.

    Self Portrait ...

  • Aparna E. May 3, 2011 05:25 am

    1. Aparna!

    2. U.S.

    3. Been doing photography for as long as I can remember. The "shutter bug" runs in the family and it naturally trickled its way down to me!

    4. I like all kinds of photography: landscape (I travel a LOT for work so that makes it fun), random objects, abstract patterns, architecture, I love long exposures, food photography!, and I've started practicing more with portraits.

    5. I have an entry-level DSLR; nothing fancy. It's the Canon Rebel XSi and the only lenses I have are the 18-55mm kit lens, a 100-300mm telephoto, the 50mm f/1.8 (what I use most of the time), and I have some macro filters. I also have an external flash which I think has helped my photography so much!

    6. Here's a link to my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aechempati
    I've done some "work" for friends who have kids and businesses, so here's that collection specifically: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aechempati/collections/72157625234684362/

    7. Oh I don't know if I could pick one favorite. I'm actually really proud of the way I've grown as a photographer, even if it's for fun and not professional. But hmmm..here is one of my favorites:

    8. The one thing I've learned that I seem to pass on to other people, is to look at things in different ways! It's probably been said before, but I can't believe how much different a subject can look if I shoot it from a different angle.

    9. I admire people who can take pictures of strangers. I just can't do it. I'm so nervous that they'll be upset, but I want to be better at capturing candid moments, of people I don't know, so I can tell that story. My friends, I know and while those picture are cute too, I want the story of the person I don't know.

    10. I love DPS. It's one of the first forums I joined when I got my DSLR. I've learned so much from fellow photogs, have learned to be a little more bold and creative when I take pictures, and I just love seeing what people capture!

    11. This is me!

    Another link to my Flickr!

  • SJCT May 3, 2011 12:57 am

    Hello,

    My name is Shawn. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photography is my hobby but I'm slowly gaining more gear and more experience and starting to get more involved with it and having a lot of fun. I use a Canon Rebel XS, typically with a 50 mm f1.8 lens. I have recently invested in some Kenko macro extension tubes and use them in combination with my 50 mm. I've been having a ton of fun with that (inexpensive) set up. My photoblog is at http://www.sjctphotography.blogspot.com/.

    thanks,

    Shawn

  • Bruce Bradley Calkins May 3, 2011 12:32 am

    Hi. My name is Bruce Bradley-Calkins. I was born in Detroit Michigan, and currently live in north central Michigan. I've been taken pictures for over fifty years now. The first picture I ever took was of the Mackinaw Bridge right after it opened up back in the fifties. A teacher in my school was kind enough to allow me access to a darkroom in the basement of our school, and taught me to develop and print. I've been hooked ever since. I photograph nature and landscapes, and occasionally venture into more experimental work. I've used many different kinds of cameras, to include large negative, Nikon slrs, 2 1/4 square, but use a Canon EOS 60D now. I have my own website: bbcalkinsphotography.com. From there you can access my blog and Facebook page. My advise to aspiring photographers is to photograph what you love. If you continue to image the subjects that inspire you, it will eventually create success. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It's not what you look at that's important, it's what you see."

  • Paulo May 2, 2011 11:49 pm

    Hi there. My name is Paulo and i'm from Portugal.
    I've been "Doin photography" since i bought my first Digital SLR in 2008, but only recently i've spent more time in photography, trying to learn and practice as much as I can.
    Usually I'm more comfortable taking landscape photographs.
    I use a standard Canon Eos 400d (Rebel xti i think) with a 18-55 standard lens.
    I have a Flickr account, but i usually just post my photos on :

    http://olhares.aeiou.pt/plasalette

    The only tip i can give is that we must be always learning, and always be critical about our work.

  • Stewart Reid May 2, 2011 10:01 pm

    I'm Stewart - I go by the dyresty on flickr and twitter. My photoblog is Sketches of Lila.

    I was born in San Francisco but I live in Cape Town now. I've only really been doing photography seriously now for a few months. The first photos that I took that I was proud of were with an HTC S710 - there's a few on my blog. After that, I got a Canon EOS 1000D a bit over a year ago, but I've recently upgraded to a Canon 60D, which is fantastic.

    I don't have a lot to offer in the way of tips, since I'm still so new to it all. Carry a camera with you always. Andt know that no matter what, what you do has value. Don't be afraid to put it out there. (Which is what made me start my blog...)

  • Adam Backer May 2, 2011 09:41 pm

    About Me

    My name is Adam Backer. I have been seriously passionate about photography since 2006, though the urge for this form of art started during my childhood days. I am from India, and I belong to a place known as ‘Gods own country’ – Kerala.

    Professionally a Civil / Structural Design Engineer in the Oil & Gas sector specialized in Analysis and Design of On-Shore structures, Water sewage treatment plants and Industrial Structures. I have graduated from CUSAT (Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kerala). Presently based in Abu Dhabi, I find my time for this craze of mine during my weekends and also during vacations.

    Lessons learnt:

    Lesson learnt is a part I would love to share with you, but it goes with out saying that, this is also the toughest one to explain. Just a few of them are as follows;

    - There should be no technical worries before the last mille second of the shutter click, the only thing that should persist in your mind will be the creativity, and the shot is to be taken from the heart. This is the only way you can have the ‘feel’ factor in your shots.

    - You get to buy Nikon or Canon camera, but never the creative skills.

    - Always, pre meditate on your shot.

    - Don’t accept the first composition or idea that comes to your mind, go for the second thought and that would be better or may be the best.

    - Try to find the creativity factor in the limitations that you have within a scene.

    - See light as something that paints your shot.

    - For portraits, the key light should fall on the shoulders and the face should be on the shadow side.

    - Photo walk, Photo walk & Photo walk – The best way to learn and confirm your visualization.

    - Inspire from the great works of the great photographers.

    - Visualize your shots prior to your photo shoot, in other psychological term just apply ‘Law of attraction’.

    My Arsenal:

    1) Canon 5D Mark II (DSLR) (x2 Bodies)
    2) Canon 1v (35mm Film SLR)
    3) Canon 50mm f1.4 USM
    4) Canon 85mm f1.8 USM
    5) Canon 17-40mm f4 L USM
    6) Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS USM
    7) Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM
    9) Canon Speedlite 580 EX II

    References:

    My favorite book for photo collection references;

    National Geography - Women Photographers
    National Geography - Then and Now
    National Geography - Image Collection
    National Geography - Visions of Paradise
    National Geography - Through the Lens
    National Geography - Simply Beautiful Photographs
    National Geography - The Photographs
    Life - The great LIFE photographers
    Ansel Adams - 400 Photographs
    Magnum Magnum
    Steve Mc Curry - Monsoon
    Steve Mc Curry - The Unguarded Moment
    Steve Mc Curry – In the shadow of the mountains
    Phaidon – Portraits

    I have no hesitation in mentioning the fact that I wouldn’t have made this blog and you wouldn’t be reading this, had I not referred the above books. I would always look for various creative ideas from the photos of the great legendary photographers; the main things I have always tried to inspire from these books are;

    - Composition
    - View Point
    - Lighting
    - Exposure
    - Expression, story conveyance & emotion’s of subjects

    Targets for future:

    - Learn to develop Black & White film and process them into prints.

    - Jump on to Canon 1Ds Mark IV once it’s launched, to get that extra edge in metering and number of focus points.

    - Make more travels.

    - Attend more photographic workshop.

    - Research & Investigate how psychological and spiritual aspects can be incorporated into photography.

    - Develop my post production skills in software’s like Light Room & Photoshop.

    Gratitude - Photography:

    There is no person who doesn’t dream, as a 5th grade student I dreamt of making those calendar shots where nature is documented like heaven. I have immense gratitude towards the ultimate force of universe called the almighty, which I cannot express in words for having achieved this little dream of mine today.

    Interest for photo making developed in me when my father send me for a kids tour trip to Egypt while I was in my 5th grade, and he bought me a Yashica film camera. I loved shooting The Pyramids. Trust me, I still love shooting monuments.

    Having achieved this small dream of mine, I don’t deny the fact that I am not dreaming further. I wish if I could do one Travel project for National Geographic, where I get an opportunity to present the people, culture, tradition and nature of a place in this world which is unexplored. If achieved, I would just consider it as a bonus, if not also I am happy, I just want to make good shots for which my future generations in my family will remember me always.

    I am grateful to my family, all my friends (photographic and non photographic) and my critics without whom I cannot develop myself as days passes by.

    Lastly, but not the least, if you are reading this, I would like to thank you very much for being here with me at this moment. Your support means a lot to me.

  • Ved Upadhyay May 2, 2011 03:09 pm

    Hi, I didn't mean to post my intro twice. I wasn't seeing my response I had submitted once so I tried again and now I see copy there too. If possible could you please remove one of them to reduce extra space I have unintentionaly used.

  • Jamie May 2, 2011 02:06 pm

    Greetings from Sydney

    Name: Jamie
    Live: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Originally from Swansea, Old South Wales, Wales)

    [eimg url='http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/224017_184190634959952_184164681629214_389278_7737774_n.jpg' title='224017_184190634959952_184164681629214_389278_7737774_n.jpg']

    Photography history:
    Despite photography being part of my BTEC Graphic Design course, I didn’t really get into photography until the digital revolution as we were all too busy skipping class to go to the pub or to Littlewoods for breakfast to spend time in the Dark Room.
    The first camera I bought was a Sony cybershot with adjustable viewfinder (great for taking sly shots of drunken states), first SLR was a Nikon D40 and I currently attempt to use a d3100.

    Favourite photography subjects:
    Animals | Landscapes | States | Dachshund | Wales | Swansea | Australia | Sydney | Travel

    Social Media Links:
    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr
    Facebook (under development): http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-R-2-4-7/184164681629214

    Best wishes everyone! Swill hard, drill hard and stay warm!

  • Jamie May 2, 2011 02:04 pm

    Greetings from Sydney

    Name: Jamie
    Live: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Originally from Swansea, Old South Wales, Wales)

    Photography history:
    Despite photography being part of my BTEC Graphic Design course, I didn't really get into photography until the digital revolution as we were all too busy skipping class to go to the pub or to Littlewoods for breakfast to spend time in the Dark Room.
    The first camera I bought was a Sony cybershot with adjustable viewfinder (great for taking sly shots of drunken states), first SLR was a Nikon D40 and I currently attempt to use a d3100.

    Favourite photography subjects:
    Animals | Landscapes | States | Dachshund | Wales | Swansea | Australia | Sydney | Travel

    Social Media Links:
    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejr
    Facebook (under development): http://www.facebook.com/pages/J-R-2-4-7/184164681629214

    Best wishes everyone! Swill hard, drill hard and stay warm!

  • Katherine Orr May 2, 2011 06:35 am

    My name is Katherine and I live in sunny California. I've been doing photography for about two years, since I took a beginning photo class. I have taken a few other classes since then, which I feel has helped me to become more creative. Mostly, I focus on street photography and lately I have been getting into event photography. I love taking candid photos instead of the posed shots. I use a Nikon camera. My first SLR camera was borrowed. It was a Nikon FM2 and I wish that I still had my hands on it. My work can be found here: .

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherine_orr/5629722222/' title='Carlsbad' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/5629722222_a07320f183.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/katherine_orr/5629373074/' title='elsewhere vintage' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5629373074_4fa7db4a54.jpg']

  • Becky Patlan-Garcia May 2, 2011 02:45 am

    I live in Arkansas, USA. I started taking pictures when I was very young. (My first picture was a black and white of my cousin when I was about 7 yrs old and it turned out pretty good.) For a long time I really didn't have the money to buy a good camera so had to go with what I could. I took pictures of everything but during the age of film I started going broke buying film and having the pictures developed so I cut back. I finally was able to buy a cheap digital and started with that but couldn't seem to do what I wanted. I finally bought a Canon Rebel EOS and started shooting pics by the thousands. I started out doing macro (it is amazing how many things you don't see until you are down on your hands and knees shooting a flower that is only about an 1/8 inch wide). I bought a macro lens but I can't seem to step far enough away from the subjects to get a good shot so have gone back to my 18-55 and crawl right up on everything. I have been trying my hand at scenery shots and am still trying to perfect that. I have done a wedding (I'm not big on doing those but the couple were thrilled at the pics so I guess I did alright).
    I have had my Canon for about 3 yrs but have just started REALLY exploring it. We have some pretty amazing waterfalls in Arkansas so I'm going to be out with my tripod to practice and hopefully get some great shots.
    A lot of the photos I have on my flickr account thus far were taken a few years ago when I first got my camera and a few (hummingbirds, bumblebees) were taken last year. I will keep adding to it and hopefully there will be improvements as time goes by.
    Her's my Flickr account if you're interested in my photos.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/becky-patlan/

  • Oli May 2, 2011 02:20 am

    I am Oli from Bangladesh. I always liked photography, and for about four months I took photography seriously. I like almost all type of photography, however most attracted to macro and indoor photography (in combination). As aforementioned I took photography seriously recently, so canon powershot sx30is is my first photography companion since I purchased it this January.
    This is my flickr account "http://www.flickr.com/photos/hossainoli/."
    The mist difficulty I face during photography is understanding the light (esp. during in door macro photography) and understanding the manual option of my camera even better. I would like to over come these problems.
    I would be glad if you could introduce some more advice for point and shot camera use alike. Oh, and everything I know today about photography, I learned mostly from DPS. Thank you Darren for this amazing site.

  • Kristine May 2, 2011 02:07 am

    Hi..

    I'm Kristine from the Philippines. I started Photography as a serious hobby last Nov 2010 when my husband bought me a DSLR camera..a canon 1000D..yep the beginner's humble beginning..that's where I am right now..I Know my camera is designed and sold for the beginners (..just like me...) but i try to get the best shot every single time. Just upgraded my lens the other day...bought a EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens.

    I've been taking pictures a long time ago..with my point and shoot camera..but ever since I got my dSLR..i never looked back again..every time I take a peek into the viewfinder,,its like I'm thrust into another dimension..and just as I press that release button...I get to see things going from lifeless into motion..yep, less movement means tack sharp photos..but its the endless and countless beauty I see that passes through that gets me excited..

    One thing I learn from these past few months of having a very close relationship with my cam..is to go through ALL of the ideas that pops into your head..even if it seems odd or crazy or downright weird..because it just might work..

    needless to say, i like taking photographs of anything, everything and just about anyone my camera reaches..

    I have no website where I publish my work..I just save them in my laptop, .print some..put in my plain black scrap book..then show them to family and friends..well..I do store some in Facebook..but dosent half billion other "new age" peeps do?!?

    I do wish someone from your team reads this..after all, this is the first time I have really taken time and thought of what photography means to me or it does to keep my sanity (,,not that I am crazy or anything..),,just passing along and sharing this..

  • Jeetesh May 1, 2011 10:57 pm

    1. Jeet
    2. Indian, curently in UAE
    3. SInce age 9, when I got my first camera. thats more than 2 decades ago.
    4. Nothing fixed. Ever since getting my first camera two decades ago, I grew up as the family photographer. Currently, I would like to do macro, I think I shoot better landscapes than portraits, but I keep getting told my portraits are good. I am an opporrtunistic photographer, and will shoot with my mobile if nothing else is available. People, places, things, etc, etc. I have a regular 9-7 job plus some other work, and family. So I shoot whenever I get the time, which includes late nights (got some lightning pics once), weekends, or whenever I'm on a drive.
    5. Currently using Canon EOS500D with 18-55 kit lens and 75-300 f/4-5.6 along with kit tripod, will be upgrading/adding gradually. Before that I used a Sony DSC-H7. Before that it was my Nokia N70-1 (loved it, great for quick shots, better than my current Nokia X6). Before that I had a Samsung videocam with 1MP still. Before that I had the pleasure of using my dad's discarded Canon film SLR. The one before that, my first, was a 110mm cartridge point and shoot of some unremembered brand.
    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeetraval/
    7. None.
    8. a. A face that everyone 'sees' as pretty may not be as 'pretty' to the camera (photogenic)
    b. It's difficult to beat a tripod/remote release combo.
    9. a. faster way to manage all the settings when I use manual, or even Av/Tv
    b. post processing. I do almost no PP. Even crop is rare. I have begun to realise that even while the originals may be good, some PP may improve the final output.
    10. After recently resurrecting my interest in photography, I was looking for a guide and came across dPS. I do not/cannot follow everything I see/read here, but it has helped me a lot. But the only thing that matters, while shoting or later, is practice, practice and more practice. And I use the GIMP so far.
    11. Not yet.

  • Stephen May 1, 2011 05:44 pm

    Hello My is Stephen Oravec (at work they call me Bus Driver (no I don't drive a bus, I make wire.))
    Lancaster, PA
    I'm just starting out.
    Landscape, Time Lapse, Nature, Family and Micro/Macro/Close-up
    I have a Nikon D3100 with the 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6, 55-200mm1:4-5.6, Micro 60mm 1:2.8 and PHOTTIX NIKOS Digital Remote Timer
    I would like to break my fear of crowds, so I can try some street photography.
    "Thank You" for the time you put into this blog.

  • Mads May 1, 2011 03:30 pm

    Your name: Mads
    What country you live in: Denmark
    How long you’ve been doing photography: Since October 2009
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Anything but humans. Why? Because I'm too shy to approach people. Working on it though
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): D90 with a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 most of the time. Got the kit 18-105 too
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_zaro/
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_zaro/4737447817/ Just one of those completely random moments
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: Take more pictures.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: the 80-200 f2.8 isn't sold in Denmark, but I've found it in Germany and England, and I really want one.

  • Roberto Sacasa May 1, 2011 10:51 am

    Hey Everyone.

    1. I'm Roberto

    2. I live in Guatemala City, Guatemala, (Central America)

    3. I've been doing photography for 11 years

    4. I do mostly any kind of photography for myself and i do commercial photography for my clients

    5. Yes I'm a Canon guy, I used to be a Sony Alpha guy, but i switched about a year ago

    6. A link to my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa

    7. Link to my favorite photo... instead of that i'll leave you with the last picture i took for me, cause i can't really choose a favorite one :)
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/5618429242/' title='Guatemala de un lado al otro' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5618429242_e9e282eb15.jpg']

    8. A tip, don't give up even when you think it's not looking good you cant get it, remember how much fun you've had doing this and do it for fun and you can be sure you'll get the pics you're looking for

    9. A challenge, wow, my city is very very violent unfortunately that reflects in my photography cause i can't really go out a shoot some pics without having either a bodyguard or else i can really lose my gear :(

    10. Photography is something that unites us, it's what makes us view the world through different eyes. keep on shooting :)

    11. Me :)
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/robsacasa/4543557967/' title='Me' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4543557967_5db6275996_o.jpg']

  • Keith Walker May 1, 2011 08:26 am

    I'm Keith. My earlest photographic memory was taking a photo of my mum with my dad's Kodak Autograph Brownie 120 when I was about 4. In the early 1950s I bought my 1st camera, a Voigtlander Bessa II 120 folder with a coupled rangefinder. I eventually went to 35 mm with a a Vito IIa and then Paxette with an extinction meter. My gear now is a Sony a350 because after having Minolta 35mm gear, 7000i and a 600si I have a range of A mount lenses I didn't want to lose.

    I live in Taupo, New Zealand and enjoy all sorts of photography - landscapes, macro, natural history,etc.I like simple uncluttered images and disagree strongly with some of the extreme manipulation people do with photoshop., IMHO, it's cheating. I used to shoot mostly with slide film. Accuracy is essential there and I believe that you should use what you have in the camera, even if you replace say the sky with a 'more interesting' one, it has a major effect on the image. The original sky affects the whole scene and to replace that sky with something else means that the whole lighting of the scene should be different which just doesn't happen.

  • A. Paul May 1, 2011 06:41 am

    Hi!..Just a new comer in this area..Have interests..
    yes..tried to take many photo's..the worst part is selection of good frames..& then again selecting from them. I want to join myself to some more interesting facts of photography..i have given the link to my blog here..

  • Tapio Kaisla May 1, 2011 04:42 am

    Hello,

    My name is Tapio Kaisla from Western Finland. I have been photographing about 10 years (first dslr I bought 2006). At the moment I am studying to have a professional qualification in Nature Photography (I think it's quite unique in the world!)

    I photgraph almost everything in the nature, but macro, plants and birds are my favourite. I first started with digital compact cameras and digiscoping was my speciality. My first dslr was Canon 30D and today I own Canon 7D with 100mm f/2.8 macro, 70-200mm f/4 IS, 300mm f/2.8 IS etc. Wide angle prime is on my wish list.

    My home page can be found here: http://www.scirpus.fi (not much in english though). I also have a quite new flickr account, http://www.flickr.com/photos/scirpus were all my newest photos can be found.
    Can you live without facebook these days? Here is my page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tapio-Kaisla-Photography/199416970075420

    If I had to choose one favourite photo, it would be this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scirpus/5331355068/in/set-72157625638218875/ (It is also hanging on my wall)

    Tip for beginners. Browse, read and learn from the professionals, but make something that is unique for you. Challenge at the moment is to learn using flash!

    I am a Forestry engineer, but hopefully will be more professional in nature photography (and even get paid for that)

    Very warm and scenic spring to all!!, Tapio Kaisla

  • Douglas May 1, 2011 03:01 am

    Hi! My name is Douglas MacDonald. My passion for photography began in a small town in Japan in 1994 when I began taking photos of the spectacular sunsets over my house caused by an erupting volcano just 20km away. What a way to start!

    I used a little Konica point and shoot camera initially but after taking a trip to Thailand with an avid SLR shooter in 1996 (How did you get your skies so blue and the water so green? A polarizer? What's that?), I quickly moved up to a Nikon F90X and 80-200mm f2.8 lens. This combo served me well for over 11 years of street and landscape photography in more than 20 countries, including Egypt, China, Tibet, Nepal, and Indonesia.

    In 2007, with a heavy heart, I sold my beloved camera and bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D40. I've since moved on to Canon and the awesome 5D Mark II and spend most of my days trying to improve my two areas of weakness, effective cropping and Photoshop.

    In December 2010 I was shocked to receive a message from a major newspaper in my city, saying that they had seen my images on Flickr and would like to hire me as a fulltime photographer. So, after more than 17 years of teaching, I've embarked on an exciting new career as a photojournalist.

    I currently live on beautiful Jeju Island in South Korea. You can view my work here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmacs_photos/

    Here is one of my favorite pics:

    This is my first published image:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmacs_photos/4812936638/in/set-72157625896681042

    A link to my latest project, people on the streets of Seoul:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmacs_photos/sets/72157626457750345/

    Nice to meet everybody!!!

  • Clay Anthony May 1, 2011 01:50 am

    Hi, I'm Clay and live in the U.S. (Wyoming) where I own my own commercial photography business. I have been a lifelong lover and student of photography, and went pro a little more than three years ago after "dabbling" semi-professionally for several years.

    As far as my photographic style is concerned, I am a minimalist. I believe in clean, crisp images with great composition. I tend to favor bold colors and classic, uncluttered presentations; although I'm not afraid to embrace trends from time to time. I believe a photograph's message and mood, especially for commercial purposes, should be crystal clear.

    Camera gear I use is exclusively Canon and what I don't have that I need I just rent. As far as lighting goes, I use whatever works - natural light, rented/borrowed studio strobes, small flashes.

    As far as tip goes, I just say never stop shooting personal projects and shoot what you love. If you're persistent and passionate, chances are the clients and money will find you.

  • Graham Douglas April 30, 2011 08:12 pm

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)
    Graham

    What country you live in
    England

    How long you’ve been doing photography
    I got my first camera (a Zenit E!) about 40 years ago. Started a college course in Contemporary Photography two years ago after deciding to change career and take it up as a profession.

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)
    Urban and industrial landscape, street, rural landscape. Portraits occasionally.

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
    Mostly: Panasonic LX5, Nikon D200, Hasselblad 500C/M and Graphlex Speed Graphic
    Sometimes: Olympus Trip, Nikon F90X, Holga

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    http://www.greydogphotography.co.uk
    http://greydogphoto.blogspot.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/major_bloodnok/

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
    Lots to choose from

    Of mine, this is a recent one that I rather like:

    [eimg url='http://www2.clikpic.com/grahamdouglas/images/20110323-manchester-7410-Edit.jpg' title='20110323-manchester-7410-Edit.jpg']

    Of others - I'm a big fan of Dan Holdsworth:

    [eimg url='http://blog.bueroflint.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/dan_holdsworth_10.jpg' title='dan_holdsworth_10.jpg']

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    The first question is always "why am I taking this photograph?"

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
    To be more assertive in promoting myself.

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us.
    Study the greats and learn from them. Look at every picture you come across critically and think about why and how the photographer did that, and would you have done it differently?

    (Self-portrait can be seen on my blog)

  • Peet Fulcher April 30, 2011 06:34 pm

    Peet Fulcher

    From Australia, shooting seriously for 1 and a bit years. My main focus is to shoot concerts, I also enjoy street photography. Using a nikon D90, 80-200 2.8, kit 105mm (not so good) and I will soon acquire a 50mm 1.8 or 35 1.8.

    Blog: peetfulcherphotgraphs.blogspot.com
    Flickr: flickr.com/pyromaniacal
    Favourite shot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pyromaniacal/5581010383/in/photostream

    A tip for concert photography is to know the venue like the back of your hand, know how the lights are commonly set up, know any balconies etc that you can shoot from. And also know the venue staff.

    Something that I would really like to improve is my skills in manual focusing

  • John April 30, 2011 06:32 pm

    Great idea for post :)

    My name is Jan Jílek and I'm from Czech republic. For foreign people it's hard to pronounce so I also go by nickname Garfield. How I said I live in Czech republic, more accordingly in Prague because I study here but I come from the beautiful country of north Moravia.

    My exgirlfriend really got me into photography and in summer 08 I bought my first compact camera - Fujifilm FinePix S1000fd. Not bad camera for starters but after few months I felt I need something more. During 09 I bought my dSLR, Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) with kit lens and started shooting. I started as a landscape and nature photographer but now I'm more of people and street photographer.

    Now a bit about the gear. The body is Canon 450D (XSi) with battery-grip from Phottix. I cannot imagine the body w/o the grip, it's so cool device ... :D For lenses I have Canon 18-55 IS kit lens which I don't use anymore, than my universal zoom lens Canon EF 28-70mm II (very old but fenomenal lens) and my precious Canon EF 70-200 f/4L USM. I use the 70-200 most of the time, I just love it. Few days ago I bought Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM for portraits and didn't have subject and time to really test it out :( I also posses 1 Canon 430EXII Speedlight and 34" umbrella from Lastolite. Tripod is from Manfrotto (190XPROB) with 496RC2 ballhead, also made by Manfrotto. You can find all my gear here.

    You can check out my blog and Flickr account. Feel free to write down some comment, message or anything. I'm quite chatty so if you just want to chat or need some opinion, feel free to ask ;)

  • Tim Mass April 30, 2011 05:25 pm

    1. Tim Mass
    2. Currently living in Japan, but am from the United States
    3. Been doing photography since 2008
    4. Mostly portrait and nature/landscape. Would like to get into macro someday.
    5. First camera was a Panasonic P&S (still use it), upgraded to a Canon EOS 550D with EF50mm 1.8 & EF-S 18-55mm
    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/downthehatch/
    7. See my flickr favorites. Too many to choose from.
    8. Never quit learning, strive to be better.
    9. I'm always trying to get better composition and bolder colors.
    10. Read the manual, do your research. DPS rocks!
    11.http://www.flickr.com/photos/downthehatch/4655321180/in/photostream
    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KzLSbU91

  • markchan April 30, 2011 04:29 pm

    my name is mark chan, im from philippines ,I am based here in Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates, Ive been doing Photography since 2006 been using my phone cameras and my Sony Cybershot 4.5 megapixels, I started Using my first DSLR Nikon D5000 on 2009 with an 18-55 kit lens, started fresh and is now getting addicted to photography. I'm using 18-200 nikkor lens ,50 mm 1.8 G,24-50mm 3.3 nikkor, sb-900 speedlight. I love to take photos of landscapes and portraits and mostly Life Still. I like to be inspired by the works of others.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/markchan03/5663888162/' title='smile' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5663888162_969367a3ae_z.jpg'] this is captured on my d500 and did some post processing.thanks.

  • Lu XiaoHeng April 30, 2011 03:29 pm

    Sounds interesting, I'll have a go. My name is Lu XiaoHeng, most people who can't pronounce my name correctly but I'm pretty used to that. I was born in Beijing, China and currently I live in Singapore.

    I've been into photography for about 5 - 6 months. Right now I'm ok at still life but my gears are more suited for landscape and architectural shots. I'm using a 5D II (A strange one for a start up, I know.), 50mm 1.4 and a 16-35mm 2.8.

    I don't have a photoblog yet (it's being made right now!). My favourite picture is also not online... So does my self-portrait...

    A tip from the last year... Hm... Read plenty of writings both online and on books but don't blindly follow all of them and develop your own style!

  • Vlado Vasilev April 30, 2011 02:55 pm

    Hi all, Vlado Vasilev in the house, hehe :D . Born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (i feel pathetic about it ;d). Been in photography for about 5 years, since I bought my first camera at all (samsung s500, eh, memories xD). Landscapes and people is everything I aim for. David Fokos and Mario Testino inspired, I guess nothing's left to say :). For now I use my Nikon D60 + my 18-55 kit lens which is faaaar-faaaar away from perfect, yet im workin on buyin me some gear. My site is currently "under construction", so here is my FB page: http://www.facebook.com/VladovPhotography hope you enjoy it (whoever visits it, of course). I dont have a favorite photo since my motto is that best is yet to come. A tip? Hm, learn the rules and then break them, thats what im doing ;). A challenge? Hm, lets say becoming a pro-photographer sounds like a good challenge to me ;)
    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/198937_1928837507458_1437822050_2231731_1382085_n.jpg here's a self ;d

  • Madley April 30, 2011 02:22 pm

    1. My name is madley
    2. I live in America
    3. I have been interested in photography since i was little but did not pursue it seriously until 2 years ago
    4. I had a canon g10 but it broke about an hour ago but this open the door for me to finally buying a SLR(suggestions welcome)
    5. I enjoy doing nature shots and my inspiration is ansel adams
    I also take a ton of portraits and action shots of ballerinas
    6. tip: practice with film. it helps to practice your composition and lighting. it forces you to thoroughly think through how you are going to have to arrange your photograph
    7. difficulty: making the models relax in the photo
    8. what have a learned: everything basically but the most important thing i learned was the business aspect of photography
    9 www.madleyhadleyphotography.blogspot.com
    my favorite ones are the ones from dec 2010. they are from my show.

  • Jason April 30, 2011 01:44 pm

    My name is Jason. I'm from Canada and have been interested in photography for a long time but only got my SLR last Christmas and have actually tried to get into it since then. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of photography I'm interested in (being in school doesn't allow much time to do it these days).

    My first camera ever would have been one of those waterproof disposable ones, probably a Kodak, as a little kid. Then I got some other nice camera from my grandparents one time, don't remember the brand, and I really didn't know anything about how to use it. I'm currently using a Canon Digital Rebel XSi with an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and a 50 f/1.8.

    This summer my friend and I were in Japan and we visited Mt Fuji. I was eating some calamari and trying to drive flies away when a bunch of fog parted and the mountain peak was just perfectly framed. I decided that I'd wait for another shot of it instead of letting the flies dirty up my food, but then the fog came back pretty quickly and I never got another opportunity before we had to go. So I guess my one word of advice is, always take the shot. You can always get more food.

    Here's my recently created Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/61791993@N06/
    (No portraits 'cause I haven't decided yet whether I'm comfortable posting pictures of my friends or even other random people on there for the public to see).

    P.S. I'm not actually Greek, I just thought it would look cool for my username.

  • Joyce Shelton April 30, 2011 11:45 am

    My Name is Joyce Shelton. I am known by JEMS. I live in the United States of America, California to be exact. I have been doing photography for at least 10 years. I focus more on Portraiture and Family life. However I enjoy doing weddings and nature. I enjoy making people beautiful with style. I use a canon 40D and a 5d markII. My lenses are 24 – 70mm and 70-200mm IS. First camera was a canon eos rebel. Feel free to check me out at www.jemsphoto.com. My tip is – keep striving to learn more every do in order to give your clients the best of you.[eimg url='http://www.jemsphoto.com/gallery%20pictures/EventJoyceWork/index.html#slides/joyceAtWork (10).JPG' title='joyceAtWork (10).JPG']

  • Rich Copley April 30, 2011 11:21 am

    I'm Rich, and I have been into photography for more than 20 years, though there was a big gulf between college and the last five years during which I was not seriously focused on it. I am an arts and entertainment newspaper reporter in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, and for most of my career, there was a sharp distinction between reporting and photography. But in recent years, factors such as the growth of work we do on the Internet and downsizing opened the door for me to get back into photography and I have taken it very seriously.

    My first camera in college was a Canon A-1 SLR. But, after all of my gear was stolen in my senior year, I switched to Nikon and have stayed with it ever since. My current bodies are a D300s and a D80, though I am in heavy lust with the D7000 and would like the enter the full-frame realm soon.

    Most of my work is photojournalism with an emphasis on stage photography, and I also do portraits. This is my current portfolio, and I would say my favorite is the wide image of the gentleman in tails singing:

    http://richcopley.com/about/portfolio/

    This past year, I did hang out my shingle as a photographer for hire and have enjoyed working with several clients. I have also served as the unofficial house photographer for my church, which means a lot to me because being a photographer for the church I grew up in was one of the things that first got me into photography.

    My advice would be some a friend gave me a few years ago: know your camera, know everything it can do. One of the most valuable things I did was spend the better part of my Christmas vacation in 2008 with my D80 and its manual.

    I have really gotten sucked into the Strobist off-camera-flash movement and continually work on understanding and improving in that.

    I have never done a self portrait, but the pic that accompanies this post is one of the few photos of myself I love, taken by a really cool New York based photographer named Aaron Lee Fineman. Credit where it's due. Important.

    Seconds to the people who say they want to know more about Darren.

  • Zhu April 30, 2011 10:28 am

    I'm coming a bit late but I thought I'd participate for once!

    My online name is Zhu and I live in Canada. I've been using a camera for a long time (10 years?) but I only got into photography about 5 years ago.

    I focus on travel and street photography. I love writing as well so I try to pair the two.

    My first digital camera was a small Kodak Easyshare, bought in 2005. I bought a Nikon D60 3 years ago and been shooting with it since then.

    Here is my website: www.correresmidestino.com

    And here is my Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaozhuli/

    My favourite travel picture is this one, taken in Australia last winter:

    Something I learned... mostly to focus on people, yes, including strangers. I used to take a lot of landscape pictures of "souvenir" kind of pic (you know, friend standing in front of a monument) and one day I realized people around me were also interesting subjects.

    I don't travel that often and I find it hard to find inspiration in places I know so well, i.e. home.

    Here is a self portrait:

  • Randall James April 30, 2011 10:13 am

    I live in the USA
    I have been taking photos for two (2) years now, I have a canon EOS XSi
    I love taking shots of everything. I have done weddings, black history events, and a retirement party. I take shots of nature when I am off or out around town.
    The one interesting fact I have learned about photography is lighting and aperture.
    One challenge I would like to overcome is enhancements and quality shots.
    I would like to become a professional photographer in the future with my own business. Most people do not know the difference of an average photo and an outstanding photo. I would like to provide outstanding photos and business.

  • Fernando Tavares April 30, 2011 09:33 am

    Your name: Fernando de Almeida Tavares
    What country you live in: Brazil - SP - Bauru
    How long you’ve been doing photography: with film since 1989. DSLR since 2009
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): astrophotography.
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): ZENITH 12 XP, and SONY A300K now.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: http://www.fernando.tavares.nom.br and www.facebook.com/ftavaresbrsp.
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: Amateur astronomers.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: focusing and in/stability (vibrations)
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: shooting with film is very different from shooting at dslr, I'm learning all over again.
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account): another time.

  • Courtney April 30, 2011 09:31 am

    1. My name is Courtney.
    2. I live in WA State.
    3. I've been taking pictures since I was a child and not sure at what age it developed into "photography".
    4. My favorite is portraits.
    5. I bought my first DSLR in January 2010 - A Nikon D90. I got my first separate lenses in December and am loving the 50mm for portraits.
    6. My tip is actually related to a struggle of mine. I tend to try to edit on the camera and delete blurry images or shots that didn't come out. I think this time would be better spent after download, but I can't seem to help myself!
    7. I continue to struggle between getting a SOOC shot that I love. I tend to have to edit/tweak everything a bit. I also struggle in low-lighting situations avoiding blur and/or noise.
    8. There are pictures of my me on my blog, but here is one I love of my daughter.[eimg url='From 2011-04-02' title='table>']

  • Stephanie April 30, 2011 08:52 am

    Dear Friends,

    I'm Stephanie, from San Diego, California (USA). I have loved photography since my first disposable Kodak cameras as a kid on family vacations! I've become more serious about it in the last four years. Much of my photography has been nature and landscape, but I'm starting to focus more on portrait now.

    My current camera is a Canon Eos Rebel T1i. My first nice camera was a Nikon SLR--I'm contemplating buying a roll of film and experimenting with film photography again!

    You can watch my work at http://www.stephaniegracephotography.com. My favorite RECENT photo is: [eimg url='http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8bBOzQqpm8U/Ta0CINMWDrI/AAAAAAAAF1I/oAq4dkXPijg/s1600/04_22_11_IMG_5530.jpg' title='04_22_11_IMG_5530.jpg']
    That's my little bro--he's so handsome!

    One of the important things I've learned about photography in the last year is not to focus too much on what other photographers are doing, or how they're doing it. Everyone has their own style and voice. My challenge is to discover and hone my own.

    Check out a recent post on the art and horror of self-portraits to see who I am: http://www.stephaniegracephotography.com/2011/03/art-and-horror-of-self-portraits.html.

  • Anna Soffia April 30, 2011 07:52 am

    I did not get the photos - try again - the right way:
    selfportrett
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/5008782738/' title='Reflection 3' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4152/5008782738_fe44f90464_z.jpg']
    favorites:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4820618671/' title='Gleymerey - Myosotis_arvensis' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4820618671_62f695dfec_z.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/4820618671/' title='Gleymerey - Myosotis_arvensis' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4141/4820618671_62f695dfec_z.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/5361490457/' title='IMG_6685_Marocco_Desert' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5129/5361490457_8de7a64da0_z.jpg']

  • Anna Soffia April 30, 2011 07:46 am

    Hi. Im Anna Soffia Oskarsdottir and live in Iceland,
    My first camera was codac instamatic - does anybody remember those any more. I got interested in photography as adolecent, being admirer and helping hand in the darkroom with a boyfriend. Few years later I got my fyrst SLR and have been taking landscape and nature in slides/diapositives, until it was so expencive that I had tho choose between gas for the travel and film for the tour. A year and a half ago I gave myselv a christmas present, a second hand Canon eos 30 and desidet it was time to learn something. So I have been learning ever since - a lot - from here
    A selfportrait:

    A favourit - very hard to choose

    or

    or

    or ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_soffia/

  • Doug Pruden April 30, 2011 07:38 am

    My name is Doug Pruden and I live in Canada. I've been doing some form of photography since I was given a brownie box camera by my parents when I was 6 back in 1963. I tend to focus on portrait, travel and macro photography, though I will try almost anything! I now use a Nikon D300 with several lenses by Nikkor and Sigma, 3 Nikon speedlights and a plethora of reflectors, tripods etc. Check out my photoblog and photography site at www.prairielightimages.com . My tip of the year is that no photographic problem cannot be overcome with more light (a-la Joe McNally)! I am trying to take more engaging images in my travel photography. If I have kept your interest, you can view a picture of me here: http://prairielightimages.com/about-2/

  • João Almeida April 30, 2011 06:48 am

    João Almeida (aka t3mujin)
    from Lisbon, Portugal
    shooting for 10 years, but has been a slow progession
    I shoot mostly travel,street and outdoor
    Nowadays I shoot with a couple o Nikon dSLR's, but my first camera was a Yashica rangefinder(still works)
    most of my photo activity goes to my flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/t3mujin/), photoblog (http://blog.temujinphoto.com/) and lately picplz for snapshots (http://picplz.com/user/t3mujin/)
    a link to my favourite photo? how about 3000? http://www.flickr.com/photos/t3mujin/favorites/
    A tip for our community – something I’ve learned about photography in the last year? Shoot less, look more, look closely before shooting and end up having better photos
    A challenge or problem that I’d like to overcome in your photography? maybe get more confortable with artificial light
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us? I love to wander around and my shots are a consequence of that

  • Erin April 30, 2011 06:43 am

    Your name: Erin
    What country you live in: USA
    How long you’ve been doing photography
    What type of photography you focus upon most: portrait
    What kind of gear you use: I'm only on my second camera. I have a Canon Rebel XT right now. I've had it for 3 years or so. I'm still pretty new to photography (still in college), so I'm trying to begin a career in photography
    Here's a link to my photo blog: http://erinburlewphotography.blogspot.com/ and I have a page on Facebook titled "Erin Burlew's Photography"
    A tip for our community: Well, let's see. I'm not sure how much I have to contribute, but I just learned that to become a professional in photography (or anything), you should spend 800 hours of practice before you begin. (Source: Jasmine Star)
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Being more confident and taking control of my models/clients.
    Some great inspiration: Jasmine Star, JP Elario, Simply Bloom Photography

  • Chris Porter ( Pilgrim ) April 30, 2011 06:24 am

    Hello,

    I wanted to introduce myself as I am new to this forum.
    My name is Chris, but most of my friends know me by the name Pilgrim. I live in the United States, more specifically Southern California. My interest in photography probably started sometime in 2006 when i was using a small portable camera to take pictures at concerts that i went to. That camera ended up dying on me so then I went out and bought a Nikon D80. So far I have 3 lenses. One is a 50mm prime lens f/1.4, the other two are zoom lenses...a 55mm - 200mm and a 18mm - 55mm lens. I started using this camera and becoming serious around late 2007.

    At first my photography was really only concert photography with some bands. And that is still a prime focus and I love movement and the challenge of getting the light (as i rarely if ever use flash at a concert) as the concert lighting is constantly changing. I loved the challenge of getting the right lighting along with the right picture and framing in these cases. Now i also do some alternative sports photography. (Monster Truck, dirt bikes, roller derby...etc) I also have done a limited amount of posed or profile pics for some people. The other type of photography i like is low light landscape and sunsets with landscape.

    If you want to check any of my photos my page is www.pilgrim-imagery.com . There are several sections on the page. The about me has a section with a photo of me and a friend at a benefit. My photography section on the page splits up my photography into different types of photography sections for my pictures. I am on my work computer so i cannot upload any specific picture to photobucket to attach to this comment as that site is blocked here.

    Over the last year i have really been learning more about framing the shot better in regards to non concert photography pictures.

    I think one challenge for me is the posed pictures and such style of photography. Creating the right lighting and such there. I seem to be much more comfortable striving for my best in action shots and low light action shots (which provides some good challenges of its own).

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

  • Ved Upadhyay April 30, 2011 06:22 am

    Namaste, I'm Ved from India. I work in a BPO and do night shift. I started photography about a year ago. I'm a beginner so I'm still trying to figure out what I want to shoot mostly eventually but right now I shoot everything. I think I've shot few nice nature photos that received praise from fellow photographers on other sites and one portrait (I hardly shoot those but now try to shoot more) got selected as the featured photo on picturesocial.com
    Right now I have a Sony digital compact H20 camera and hope to get a Canon 1100d soon.
    Here's a link to my blog and flickr acct
    http://vedupadhyay.wordpress.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23256035@N08/5650501142/
    Most of the things I have learned about photography has been from this site. The information on this site is absoultely awesome and there are so many things to read that I get confused what to read because I don't want to miss out on anything you guys post.
    One of the problems I have already started facing is shooting pictures everyday. I carry my camera with me to office everyday but can't take it out even when I have something interesting. That explains me being an introvert. I fear I'm losing the interest slowly. This is the only thing that made me feel special about myself because I found it as a talent of mine. I started my 365 project but I keep skipping days because I just don't shoot or don't have good enough picture to post, but mainly due to lack of shooting anyting.
    Below is a portrait that I mentioned above was selected as the featured photo on picturesocial.com

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/23256035@N08/5338350773/' title='Winter Effect' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5338350773_610747798b.jpg']

  • Ved Upadhyay April 30, 2011 06:16 am

    Namaste, I'm Ved from India. I work in a BPO and do night shift. I started photography about a year ago. I'm a beginner so I'm still trying to figure out what I want to shoot mostly eventually but right now I shoot everything. I think I've shot few nice nature photos that received praise from fellow photographers on other sites and one portrait (I hardly shoot those but now try to shoot more) got selected as the featured photo on picturesocial.com
    Right now I have a Sony digital compact H20 camera and hope to get a Canon 1100d soon.
    Here's a link to my blog and flickr acct
    http://vedupadhyay.wordpress.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23256035@N08/5650501142/
    Most of the things I have learned about photography has been from this site. The information on this site is absoultely awesome and there are so many things to read that I get confused what to read because I don't want to miss out on anything you guys post.
    One of the problems I have already started facing is shooting pictures everyday. I carry my camera with me to office everyday but can't take it out even when I have something interesting. That explains me being an introvert. I fear I'm losing the interest slowly. This is the only thing that made me feel special about myself because I found it as a talent of mine. I started my 365 project but I keep skipping days because I just don't shoot or don't have good enough picture to post, but mainly due to lack of shooting anyting.
    Below is a portrait that I mentioned above was selected as the featured photo on picturesocial.com
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/23256035@N08/5338350773/' title='Winter Effect' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5288/5338350773_610747798b.jpg']

  • gary heiden April 30, 2011 06:14 am

    hi, Im a pro photographer/artist born and raised in Brooklyn New York now living Thailand. I was originally a painter/ graphic artist and consider myself a painter who uses photography to paint with light. I currently have almost 10,000 images with photographersdirect.com web site. Right now I'm shooting mostly macro's of insects, spiders and odd invertabrates and nature with my Canon SD850 IS. I like using good small cameras because I find it easier to get close to my subjects. Im not really interested in lugging around big cameras w big flashes for these smaller subjects. I usually look for natural light to create and capture my subjects. I know Im perhaps putting myself at a technical disadvantage but Id rather test my skill as a hunter with a bow then high tech sniper rifle. I'm not into the arms race of photography. Im an artist/environmentalist who has a fascination with nature and love to research the subjects of my work. I never tire about learning about nature and how it works to survive. Im especially turned on by what I call "Monet light" to frame my subjects by. I also shoot landscapes, architecture, people, historical subjects, ancient cultures, art, abstractions ect., anything that I find of visual interest w my Canon EOS. I also write poetry as well and Im now currently writing my book on growing up in Coney Island, Brooklyn N.Y. USA. I also have a small collection of my images on the artwanted.com web site. [eimg url='undefined' title='undefined']

  • April April 30, 2011 05:54 am

    1. April Blankenship
    2. United States (Idaho, specifically)
    3. off and on 10+ years, seriously the past 5 or so
    4. I focus on capturing whatever life presents to me
    5. basic Nikon D40 for daily use with 50mm lens, but I also have a couple of SLRs (Minolta SRT-201 and Canon FT) I love to use, an SX-70, and a Diana Mini
    6. on flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/preciousroy
    7. Favorite photo of my own lately (http://www.flickr.com/photos/preciousroy/5631714363/in/photostream) and favorite of another photographer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/parkerfitzgerald/5665491671)
    9. I want to continue to perfect my technical abilities, quick muscle memory to get the fleeting shot
    11. a recent self portrait (http://www.flickr.com/photos/preciousroy/5446154452/)

  • Eric Schofhauser April 30, 2011 05:48 am

    Name: Eric Schofhauser

    Country: United States (Seattle, Wa)

    Type of Photography I Focus on: While I don't really specialize in certain "type" of photography yet, I do have some favorite" types" to shoot. I enjoy shooting portraits(people), wildlife, and action sports(Skateboarding, snowboarding, mtn biking etc). It's always fun getting to meet people and laugh and have a really good time taking portraits. The action sports community has such good vibes in it that just make shooting photos at events and for athletes really exhilarating, especially when watching them throw down really crazy moves! I love the freshness of waking up early to go explore the wildlife and nature. It's so relaxing and peaceful and great to witness stuff you normally can't see during the day or in the city.

    What Kind of Gear Do You Use: I shoot with a Canon 50D at the moment, trying to upgrade to a 7D soon. This is my current arsenal of lenses and flashes: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6, Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 Fish Eye, Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6, Canon Speedlite 430EX II, Cactus V5 Flash Triggers. I really hope to get a 50mm f/1.4 once I pick up a 7D, that lens is so beautiful!

    My Flickr:

    Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericschofhauser/

    Portfolio Collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericschofhauser/collections/72157626152620643/

    My favorite photo: I can't really pick a favorite photo at this point, but one that I really like a black & white of a skateboard. It was pretty much my first time using my camera the summer I got it. I randomly decided to head to the local skatepark to see if I could snap off a couple shots of the skaters hitting the features. The skater in that photo actually came up to me a little after I arrived and asked if I wanted to set up this photo with him. I was so nervous but I went with it! He kept hitting the bowl until we got a shot that we both really liked! And I really liked the way this one turned out. You can see it here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericschofhauser/5267693266/in/set-72157625693282111

    Tip for Community: Go Explore! Explore everything, your city, your college campus, your room, your beach, your woods, your world! If you're having trouble finding inspiration for a photo, the world is full of inspiration and beautiful places. Go explore, never know what new and exciting things you may find. Photography is the best excuse to procrastinate work and explore the world around you.

    Challenge: I want to start working on more conceptual/artistic/abstract photography. I want to have a shoot where it is all planned out to get that "one shot." Working with the people and props and locations to do that sounds really fun and exciting!

    Portrait of Myself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/navtombrosphotography/5464176885/in/photosof-ericschofhauser/

  • 276th Silverback April 30, 2011 05:15 am

    Hey,

    My name is Sam but I go by Silverback. It is a nickname that I picked up in the military. I live in the US (southwest Virginia). Photography is a hobby and has been since around 1980's. Just recently purchased a Nikon DSLR, the main reason I went with the Nikon is that I have several manual lens that went with my 35mm. The only tip that I could even think about saying is keep shooting and experment with the different settings (especially if you are like me and new to digital).

  • arun April 30, 2011 04:57 am

    Wrongly typed these two -
    My Flickr Link
    My Fav Photo

  • arun April 30, 2011 04:53 am

    First, I think this is a great idea, not only because we get to know each other, but, we get to know ourselves better when we define ourselves in writing!

    1. Name: Arun Ravi
    2. What country you live in: India
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography: 2.5 years
    4. What type of photography you focus upon most: Landscapes, Close-Up Nature & Portraits
    5. What kind of gear you use: Canon 450D (first camera also), 50mm Prime, 70-300 Sigma, Canon EX Speedlites and a good sturgy tripod (Manfrotto)!
    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name:; Still building my first website!!!
    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: Hmm... I should say this one -
    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year:
    Learn to introspect, it's very important if you'd like to hang around for a long time in this place!
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography - Well, I need to figure a direction to establish a good business model... whilst letting my creative juices still fluid!
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us - Great Job! I love this place.. Some topics seem to be becoming a little sub-standard, possibly because of way-off topics or a little inexperience. Some moderation on those would help.
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account) - My Flickr link's attached!

    Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Aubrey April 30, 2011 03:09 am

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)- Aubrey Roberts

    What country you live in- Usa!

    How long you’ve been doing photography- Since I was about 16ish. I'm now 21.

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc) Portrait.

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)- My first camera was a Canon Rebel XT. I saved for a year to get the Canon 50D. So now I work with that, a 50mm 1.8 and 28-135mm. I'd like to get a new lens sometime this year, but I'm still trying to figure out what I want!

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo- flickr.com/photos/aubreyroberts

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year- I don't really feel like I am knowledgable to give real tips. But I would say to just get out there and DO IT! I have a quinceanera (hope that is spelled right!) booked at the end of May. I am super nervous about doing this type of event. So, I started making sure I brought my camera and the lens I am least comfortable with to all of my family's events. Just doing this has made me (slightly) more confident that I can handle the event.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography- I'd like to shot fully manual, all the time. I spend a lot of time in aperture priority mode. My biggest annoyance with Manual is that I feel like I am constantly changing the settings, and spending more time on that than taking photos. Any suggestions?

    YAY! I've finally made my entrance into communicating here! I browse a lot and occassionally post, so this is nice.

  • Kirsty April 30, 2011 02:43 am

    1- My name is Kirsty
    2- I live in California, USA
    3- I've been doing actual photography for about 2 1/2 months. I have loved photography since I was about 4 years old. I used to take pictures of everything. So really I am a "baby" photographer. LOL
    4- I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, I love all forms. But my main focus right now is in between portrait and macro. I would love to do landscape but I definitely dont have the right lens for that.
    5- I just bought my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XS EOS 1000D, the lens: Tamrom 28-80mm. I love it and I'm now saving for a telephoto and/or macro lens
    6- I have to photoblogs: 1) http://kirstysphoto.blogspot.com/ 2) http://thealphabetphotogame.blogspot.com/
    7- I'm not exactly sure what my favorite is right now. I know the ones on my blogs are definitely most of my FAVORITES. So if you check those out you could possibly see my favs.
    8- Prespective!!!! I used to be point towards the subject, my eye level, and shoot. But that gets boring pretty fast. So go for those odd angles, from below, from above. Who cares if you look goofy doing it.
    9-I don't want to be a "lucky" shot. Thats what I am trying to overcome. I sometimes get the shot when I want it but for the most part I shoot and try my luck with getting a good shot.
    10- I have learned sooooo much from this website, I'm so greatful for all the information from the writers, especailly Darren Rosse. In the almost 3 months that i have been doing all this I have learned to only use the manual settings. I only used the auto presets for the first week I had my camera. I also have two mentors/ photobuddies. They are a great help to me. I love that I can go to them for any information I need and advice I could use. I definitely would send a link to this site to any perosn who want to better there photography skills or want to start photography.
    11- The photo on the header of my blog is me. http://kirstysphoto.blogspot.com/

  • NYIP April 30, 2011 02:18 am

    1. New York Institute of Photography
    2. We live in the United States, but not all of our students do.
    3. We started doing photography 101 years ago--going on 102, now.
    4. We do digital...but holy cow do we know film.
    5. From this seat I can see a Mark II and a D90, but the first camera NYIP used had a hand crank and was used for motion pictures. This stopped in the 30s.
    6. http://blog.nyip.com/
    http://forum.nyip.com/
    7. Too many good photos to choose from...seriously, photography's been around since the 1800's. One photograph? Can't do it.
    8. The trick to taking good shots, consistently, is to spend more time taking pictures than you do thinking about taking pictures.
    9. Cameras and their equipment are expensive. This is both a challenge and a problem--as yet, we do not have any way of overcoming this, but we'd like to.
    10. Right now, the NYC sky is sunny and blue with big puffy clouds. Great picture taking weather in those brief moments when the clouds move in front of the sun.
    11. We'll pass.

    Hooray for questionnaires!

  • Jackie Smith April 30, 2011 02:11 am

    Hi all!
    My name is Jackie Smith. I am from, Los Angeles, CA (USA). I've always been into photography, but have been serious about it the past 3 years. I love photographing EVERYTHING, but I seem to shine shooting children, flowers and street photography...

    I am shooting with a Nikon D40 (GREAT lil' camera) but plan on upgrading to a D700 (if I can find one---there seems to be a shortage since the Japan Earthquake) or a D7000...

    Some of my work:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasmith31/
    http://jasmith31.smugmug.com/

    I just love this photo...it was a happy accident! I don't know how I got it, but I'm glad I did!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasmith31/4871068492/in/set-72157624552485367/

    What have I learned this year? Stop comparing how I shoot to how others shoot, thinking I'm not as good as someone else...we can all learn from each other!

    I'd really love to take better night photography and better motion photography. Still trying to sort all of that out!

    I just LOVE photography. I hope to do it professionally (so at least I don't have to work in a dumb cubicle!) someday!

    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

  • redsel April 30, 2011 02:10 am

    Hello! My name is Rudolph Varilla... and I go by my online nick "redsel" always (with a few adjustment sometimes)...
    I live in the Philippines
    I have been interested in Photography for 2 years now but never had the chance to have a camera. I only recently bought one (early April this year) so please be kind as to teach me stuffs whenever I upload some of the shots I take...
    I prefer candid shots since I believe people show their best emotions whenever they are focused on something... so I think that meant portrait...(is this correct?)
    My first camera was a Kodak disposable. I disposed of it already...it didn't turn out that great anyway... now I use Canon EOS1100D (Rebel i think) since this month...
    I still don't have any sites up... I like being unpopular and just recently started....(so if anyone googles me I am most likely inexistent...so far...)
    I actually find it hard to take pictures of the outside world... the disadvantage of living in a remote area... but I hope that I will soon get to a point where I can offer services and make some cash out of it...

  • Marcos Rudi April 30, 2011 01:56 am

    Marcos Rudi
    I live in Indaiatuba, Brazil.
    I'm dedicating seriously in photography 8 years ago.
    My preferences are photomacrography, IR photography, lomography.
    I use Canon DSLR equip.
    My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic.
    My flickr is www.flickr.com/photos/marcosrudi.
    Tip: patience and practice.
    Problem: light for macro (always).

  • Peter April 30, 2011 01:51 am

    Hi, Peter from Halifax Nova Scotia here. I've been shooting on and off for about 42 years now. Started out with a Kodak Instamatic that my dad got me when I was 10 for a school trip to London, now I run a Canon XSi with the kit lens and a 75-300 USM zoom. I usually photograph street life, street art, candid, some macro and architectural, if the building appeals to me. I did do my nieces wedding, but not in the standard format but more of a photo story of the whole day.
    One tip I have, always have a camera with you, a small P/S or even your phones camera because if you do a lot of walking, don't just look staright ahead but look all over the place, you never know what you'll see. The one challenge/problem I seem to have is confidence in my shots. I'm overly critical of my ability and tend to hide my photos, but DPS is helping rid me of that..and...now I share/display my work and have even started to enter amateur competitions :-)
    Besides the usual Facebook, I recently started a Flicker page, feel free to stop by and leave a comment or even critic my work.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61225348@N04/sets/

    Nice to meet everyone
    Peter

  • Rick Buzalewski ( Buzz) April 30, 2011 01:46 am

    Hi my name is Rick Buzalewski (Buzz)
    I'm originally from Cleveland,Ohio then moved to Colorado Springs in 2006.I started out with polaroids and cheap film cameras and never really thought about being interested in photography till we came out to the springs.I started taking photos and uploading them to my wife's computer at work and her coworkers started to comment on the photos and that lead to being really interested in photography.I then purchased my Canon Rebel XTI with the kit lens and signed up with www.N.Y.I.P.Com and took the beginner course and that really helped with the understanding of photography.I would really recommend this to beginners if you had the money.After this I purchased my 18-85mm,100mm macro,75-300mm zoom,Tripod,Different filters. I really don't have a preference in shooting I've tried a little of almost everything,But I would like to learn how to shoot HDR and also Panoramic never tried these Yet.

    One tip I could offer is never give up.Just try to take photos in all different modes,different type of weather not just one type of photos.If you could afford a DSLR camera it would be money well spent.

    You could check out my Website At http://www.photographybybuzz.com
    also check me out on Facebook

    I would like any Critiques,Suggestions,Recommendations anybody might have about my photos

  • Jeremy Randall April 30, 2011 01:44 am

    Hi, I'm Jeremy Randall a photographer in San Francisco, CA. I've been making photographs as long as I've had access to digital cameras. I started with literally whatever I could get my hands on -- mostly old cast-off cameras that friends or employers no longer wanted. Once I started using more capable cameras and learning more about the specifics of how photography works my skills and enjoyment increased.

    Currently I focus on urban landscapes, street photography, people and food photography. I shoot primarily with Canon gear, though I'm interested in products from all manufacturers. I also enjoy experimenting with older lenses of different mount-types.

    My web site is at http://jeremyrandall.com and my Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/jeremyrandallcom

    My best tip: go out and try new things and if they don't work as expected go online to research why then try again.

  • Harrison McCrorie April 30, 2011 01:31 am

    Hey everybody
    I live in the US
    my first and current camera is a Nikon d60
    I take pretty much everything from landscapes to macro
    My website is http://hmccroriephotography.blogspot.com/
    be sure to check out my top 5 photos menu at the top!

  • Swat April 30, 2011 01:00 am

    Hi! My name is Swat Bowsan-Afengbai, I'm from Nigeria and live in Abuja, Nigeria. I've been fiddling with other people's cameras for several years now but decided to seriously pursue a career in photography about a year ago. I love doing wedding and portraits because I like watching people when they don't know I'm watching, and studying their facial expressions and such. I got a Canon 7D in February - a surprise birthday present from my husband!

    On thing I've learned about photography in the last is that you need to be a very patient person! A challenge I'd like to overcome is impatience when it comes to settling down and learning the technical aspect of photography; and I'd also like to understand the science of lighting in photography. Right now I'm getting little business, mainly friends who are trying to encourage me in the business so I'm grateful to them for allowing me cover their important events, thereby giving me the platform to be seen as a professional photographer. I would love to go for a formal course in photography pretty soon.

  • jose April 30, 2011 12:18 am

    Jose Félix Liébana, from Spain.
    3-4 years thinking in photography as a way to express myself, combined with writing.
    Like: street photo, portraits, travel photo
    Web site: fragmentajes.com
    Still learning: long way to feel comfortable about.

  • Tifani Smith April 30, 2011 12:16 am

    Hi! My name is Tifani Smith & I'm from the US {Texas}
    How long you’ve been doing photography* I was always "the girl with the camera" even in middle school.
    Only began pursuing more solid knowledge and business revenue this past year.
    What type of photography you focus upon most* portrait/candids/family
    What kind of gear you use* Canon {started with a 35mm and now on camera #2- Rebel XT; seriously lusting after an upgrade}
    A link or two to your photoblog* Web site is www.tifanismith.com
    A tip for our community * Uggg- I feel so inadequate to leave a tip for dps users! So perhaps that's my tip: IF you love what you do, and IF you have the ability to consistently deliver a product that makes YOUR Heart *and* your Client's Heart sing with joy, then you are on to something and stop doubting yourself. All professionals have more to learn, and the moment we think we have it all down, we will begin to stagnate. So continue to educate yourself on your craft but stop feeling inadequate and comparing your work to another photog's BEST images.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography* I have SO MUCH to learn. I desire to learn my camera more intimately and stop feeling camera envy and thinking "if I only had that...." Contentedness is not about getting what you want but about learning to love what you already have. So I need to spend more quality time getting to know the many wonderful things my camera has to offer that I am ignorant of. Add-ons and equipment it can partner with to make magic... and what equipment is quite unecessary.
    A photo of myself*
    [eimg url='[IMG]http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n112/tifanismith/aIMG_8115-3a.jpg' title='aIMG_8115-3a.jpg'][/img] [eimg url='' title='a>']

  • Tifani Smith April 30, 2011 12:10 am

    Your name* Tifani Smith
    What country you live in* US {Texas}
    How long you’ve been doing photography* I was always "the girl with the camera" even in middle school.
    Only began pursuing more solid knowledge and business revenue this past year.
    What type of photography you focus upon most* portrait/candids/family
    What kind of gear you use* Canon {started with a 35mm and now on camera #2- Rebel XT; seriously lusting after an upgrade}
    A link or two to your photoblog* Web site is www.tifanismith.com
    A tip for our community * Uggg- I feel so inadequate to leave a tip for dps users! So perhaps that's my tip: IF you love what you do, and IF you have the ability to consistently deliver a product that makes YOUR Heart *and* your Client's Heart sing with joy, then you are on to something and stop doubting yourself. All professionals have more to learn, and the moment we think we have it all down, we will begin to stagnate. So continue to educate yourself on your craft but stop feeling inadequate and comparing your work to another photog's BEST images.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography* I have SO MUCH to learn. I desire to learn my camera more intimately and stop feeling camera envy and thinking "if I only had that...." Contentedness is not about getting what you want but about learning to love what you already have. So I need to spend more quality time getting to know the many wonderful things my camera has to offer that I am ignorant of. Add-ons and equipment it can partner with to make magic... and what equipment is quite unecessary.
    A photo of myself*[eimg url='[IMG]http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n112/tifanismith/aIMG_8115-3a.jpg' title='aIMG_8115-3a.jpg'][/img] [eimg url='' title='a>']

  • Llew E Len April 30, 2011 12:06 am

    Hello, my name is Lyn. I presently live in Virginia.

    I have been doing photography for almost two year now on my spare time. I enjoy nature and landscape photography.

    I have canon rebel xsi as a Christmas present two years ago from my fiance'.

    I usually post my photos using MobileMe. Every now and then, I participate to a photo safari to acquire tips and take travel photographs.

    [eimg url='https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1685326626168&set=a.1831987972610.96537.1627711041&type=1&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=1685326626168&set=a.1831987972610.96537.1627711041&type=1&theater']

  • Louis Courtney April 29, 2011 11:56 pm

    My name is Louis Courtney, I live in Stratford Upon Avon in the United Kingdom, I have been fiddling with photography for a couple of years but have only started to take it seriously in the last year. My favourite type of photography is a difficult question, probably high speed, portraiture or long exposure.

    I use canon DSLRs and lenses but hope to get a Nikon film camera in the next couple of weeks.

    Here is a link to my flickr account - http://bit.ly/f7BlJC

    Here is a photo that I cannot stop thinking about - http://bit.ly/l7vsAx

    A tip - Hmmm, what to say - Never let what you think others may be thinking put you off, Its all about the photos.

    A challenge/problem - Mastering the art of lighting

    Anything else - One day I would love to own a Canon 7 50mm F0.95 'Dream' lens from the 60s

    Self Portrait - http://bit.ly/itZNeS

  • Adelino Oliveira April 29, 2011 11:47 pm

    My name is Adelino Oliveira, and I’m from of Portugal.
    I’m a serious photographer 2 years. My first camera was a Nikon F65 and currently I use a Nikon D7000 and Olympus E-510. I like photograph landscapes and macro.
    You can see my work in: www.almavista.blospot.com
    Congratulations for your work.
    Sorry for my bad English :)

  • Alamin April 29, 2011 11:38 pm

    Hello all, i am Alamin and a Nigerian presently studying in Malaysia. My passion for taking pictures started growing when i got a 2MP cameraphone in 2004 and until 2008 i used my cameraphone to cover most memorable moments.I am an amatuer so still have not found a single speciality in photography but i seem to shoot Landscapes and Cityscapes with a bit of architecture, few potraits am slowly trying out macro.I currently use a Sony A55,Tokina 11-16mm,Zeiss 16-80mm, Sony 50mm f1.8, Sony 55-200, F42 flash, Raynox 250. My Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/alamin87/
    My favourite photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/alamin87/5429934463/in/photostream
    My advise is to keep shooting and never stop learning and once in a while try something new such as a photowalk and photograph anything interesting. I believe it all depends on you not your investment in camera gear.I would like to connect with other photographers so i can learn from others as well.
    I have really learned alot on dps since february 2010 and i do appreciate always coming back here.

  • utsuri April 29, 2011 11:33 pm

    Well hello! My name's Kristina. My screen name was something I found in high school when everyone was in to anime and I decided to tag along. I use it all the time now, even into my mid-twenties...
    Part of my morning ritual is to drink a cup of coffee, log onto DPS and check out the recent news and photo tips, so this one was pretty cool. It's way neat to see where everyone's from, even if I don't know them.
    I'm from Southern Arizona and am living now in the Midwestern U.S. I'v always loved taking pictures but always borrowed a camera when I went on trips. I finally got one (my CoolPix L22) as a wedding gift about a year ago and while I like it a lot, it definitely has its limitations as a point and shoot. I'm currently saving for a Nikon D3100 and hope to get it for my birthday soon. However, I have learned that knowing your camera means the world, and by knowing what settings to use on it I have been able to take some shots I really like. I can tell I've been improving by trial and error and by learning about the technical aspects and understanding what my camera is doing and what all that EXIF data means.
    In fact, I've intrigued my husband's grandfather to the point that he's testing me with his giant medium-format film camera. He wants to see what I can do with it and I'm a little scared to waste the film and that there are only 15 prints per roll. I have no idea even where a print shop is or where I would buy more film for the beast...
    Anyways, I enjoy close- up work as it made me look for the beauty of things in the middle of winter in the Midwest. I like landscapes, but my camera likes to induce atmospheric haze and distortion when things are really far out. I've been playing around with panoramas over the past few weeks due to the really narrow field of vision (right term?) that my little lens can capture. I'm learning photoshop oh so slowly but I really like iPhoto for quick editing. And my husband is getting a little tired of me taking pictures of him all the time, but he'll just have to deal. He keeps encouraging me after all!
    I don't have many pics on flikr, but here's the link anyway if you'd like to check it out. The first one I didn't take, but a good friend did who's been helping me out with my photography. (That's my wedding day while he was playing with a new technique and lens.)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59328009@N03/
    One last thing: sometimes I hate the auto focus on my camera. If I'm close to a flower, it may not 'see' the flower and focus on the grass behind it instead. So what I've been doing is putting my hand on the same plane as the focal point when it doesn't want to focus, it will 'see' my hand and thank God! It decided to focus on the thing I wanted it to look at. Just a thought for anyone else frustrated with their p&s.

  • Rebecca Nash April 29, 2011 11:28 pm

    Hello! My name is Rebecca Nash and I am joining you from London, Ont. Canada. I want to thank you for taking the time to get to know your readers! I have been engaged in the hobby of photography since childhood but began pursuing it further two years ago and went into photography full-time creating my own business in Dec of 2010. In my business we offer portrait and wedding photography services with a small studio and a lot of location based work. In my spare time I also enjoy macro and fine art photography as it is still a challenge and learning experience for me.
    I am a Nikon shooter all the way! My first DSLR was the D90 but now my main camera is the D3S. On location I am often shooting with both camera bodies with my 50mm f1.4 on the D3S and a zoom lens on my D90 using a set of speedlights. In studio the speedlights are swapped for a set of spiderlite TD5’s with softboxes. I love my kit and all the accessories I have for it.
    My website is over at www.rebeccanashphotography.com including my blog and portfolio. I would love if you took a moment to look through it and please leave a comment or two with your thoughts! I would love to give you a link to my favorite photo but I don’t think I could pick one, there are a few I love for different reasons.
    Choosing a tip to share is difficult there are so many great tips out there but I think the biggest thing any photographer can do is allow your personality and your passion shine through. By being yourself you will put your subject and anyone else on set at ease allowing for a more enjoyable experience and more natural results.
    Thanks for taking a few moments to read through this and I hope to hear from you!

  • Vijay April 29, 2011 10:52 pm

    Hi,
    Superb IDEA, Love to introduce myself.

    1. Vjay
    2. INdiA
    3. M clicking pics from my school time but from last 1 year owning SLR..
    4. I click what I like, but my favourite is portraits.
    5. My Camera history 1. Yashica (Film)-->2.HP photsmart(Digital)--->Kodak-863(Digital)--->Nikon FM65(Film)--> today Canon EOS 500D.
    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad
    7. Fav Pics:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad/4400275847/in/set-72157623474650933
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad/4469851293/in/set-72157623474650933
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad/5408009667/in/set-72157626023990142
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad/4310929203/in/set-72157623176550397
    8. A tip for our community – I am still learning n want your community to help me in that.
    9. Everything is challenging in photogrpahy, but specifically want to learn more abt studio lights n fashion photography.....
    10. Please keep posting the nice posts........
    11. My Portrait: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vijaylad/4469715423/in/set-72157624059069677/

    Thanks for this wonderful work.

  • Mark Cullenane April 29, 2011 10:46 pm

    Mark Cullenane
    I live in Darwin Australia
    I started in Photography in the early 70's age 13
    I enjoy most area's of photography but am concentrating currently portraits and around Darwin
    I have been in working as a freelance photographer as a second job for the last 3 years
    My first camera was a early 50's 35mm Practica followed by a Pentax SPF, Canon A1 Bronica 645 Nikon D70s and currently DSLR Canon 40D, 50D 5Dmk2 Mamiya RZ67 & 2 Bronica 645's
    My website is at http://www.photognt.com
    A tip, Nothing is more important than the subject, Except the back ground.
    A challenge or problem, Finding enough funds for all the new toys I want. ;-)

  • Phyllis Maleche April 29, 2011 10:30 pm

    Hello, my name is Phyllis Naisiae Maleche. I am a Maasai lady from Kenya. I actually stumbled onto photography when I got a contract to publish a magazine for a supermarket here. Later, I started the first cooking magazine in Kenya and then went into publishing cookery books. The first step-by-step cookery book in Kenya as a matter of fact. Goes by the name Delicious Kenya by Phyllis Maleche. Food photography is my thing. My back is a testament to this. Although food does not talk back or create a fuss like humans during a photo shoot, the photos can be devastatingly difficult to pull-off, especially when working with limited props, lighting and space. I actually use a Kodak digital camera and so far I have never used different lenses as everything is in-built, therefore a bit limiting in terms of depth. I would love a better camera and accessories so I'm saving for that. But the colors are brilliant and the book has been well received.

  • Amanda April 29, 2011 10:11 pm

    Hi. My name is Amanda and I'm from Australia. I got my first camera in 2005.

    At the moment, I'm studying photography part time, so I am shooting a bit of everything, but I love night photography, as well as shooting plants and animals. I shoot with a Canon 50D, Canon S95, iPhone and an old Haminex film camera.

    My photos can be found at

    I need to work more on my creative vision, as well as my skills with strobes. A tip? Never discard information out of hand - there's almost always something you can take away from it. That, and that using manual all the time isn't always the way to go.

    My current favourite image?
    [eimg url='http://amanda-dean.smugmug.com/Food/Garden-Tea-Party/i-NPcMDTw/0/M/img_6074-M.jpg' title='img_6074-M.jpg']

  • SexyNinjaMonkey April 29, 2011 09:55 pm

    Hey, Luke here from Sydney, Australia. You can also call me SexyNinjaMonkey or SNM for short... I answer to all of those, as well as on occasion 'Oi you'.
    I started taking photos about 7 years ago on a cheapo little HP point n' shoot. The quality was terrible but i loved what i could do with composition, so eventually worked up to a entry level Nikon dSLR and have upgraded a couple of times until i got to my current D700 which i love so much i have adopted as one of my own.
    I don't really focus on one type of photography. I occasionally shoot fashion shows & models, portraits, graffiti & street art, parties, pets... I guess i'm a life photographer really, I just shoot whatever i'm doing as i'm doing it. Though i guess the one style i do have is in most of my work you will see no flash has been used.
    Currently i use my D700 with 50mm & a 135mm primes and a lensbaby. I also occasionally use my Diana, but have recently purchased a Minolta 7s (for AU$35) which i have fallen in love with.
    You can follow my photoblog at http://www.sexyninjamonkey.com (usually updates twice daily)

    Picking a favourite image is impossible, so instead i will pick a favourite image from what is currently on the front page of my blog, really narrows down my choices but this would have to be it.
    Just one i snapped off while waiting for the bus with my friend. No planning, no posing, no lighting. Just a real candid shot of a man enjoying his Slurpee.
    [eimg url='http://static.zooomr.com/images/9884573_z851362596.jpg' title='9884573_z851362596.jpg']

    A tip for you all is just to Explore. That could mean a lot of things, whether it be exploring your photographic possibilities, exploring new locations, etc. It's what i find helps me the most with getting interesting photos. That and to avoid saying no as much as possible, saying yes to some things has wound me up in some great locations and parties that i wouldn't have made it to if i had just said no.

    A challenge i would like to overcome is to stop mentally over-criticizing my own work.

    And lastly, a self portrait...
    [eimg url='http://static.zooomr.com/images/8890187_e21a721994.jpg' title='8890187_e21a721994.jpg']

  • Mikey April 29, 2011 09:54 pm

    Name: Mike, Michael, or Mikey irl. Online I'm more known as Autolycus
    Country: United States of America
    How long you've been doing photography: 3 years
    What kind of photography you focus upon most: Umm.. landscape, nature, some portrait, kind of a little of everything.
    What gear you use: Canon Powershot SX20IS, sometimes a Nintendo DSi, and a Targus TGT-58TR tripod. First camera was a Samsung S730.
    Link or two to your photoblog: Umm I don't have a flickr account...yet. I'll post a couple of links to photos.
    http://d.facdn.net/art/autolycus/1281079257.autolycus_img_2645.jpg http://d.facdn.net/art/autolycus/1297548849.autolycus_img_4771.jpg
    A tip for the community: Practice and patience, it's all I can offer.
    A challenges that you'd like to overcome: Lighting
    Anything else you'd like to tell us: I am a rather novice photographer and would like to pursue the art as my career in the future. I don't really say a whole lot and photograph often. I plan on buying a DSLR hopefully this year. I am open to positive critique and will be participating here as often as possible

  • Daniel April 29, 2011 09:45 pm

    Name/Nick: Daniel McNamara also known as Dawnstar Australis ( @dawnstarau on Twitter)
    Country: Australia (come vist, most things won't try and kill you. Much)
    Photographer since: 2007
    Kiind of photography: Macro photography, particulary outdoor critters. Do not like be stuck in a studio
    Gear: Olympus E-30 with my current favourite lens the Sigma 150mm macro
    Sites: http://www.dawnstar.id.au and http://photos.dawnstar.id.au
    Favourite photo: My current fave - http://photos.dawnstar.id.au/Animals/Insects/10050288_zVXnb#1218604830_adoXz
    Tip for the community: If you're interested in outdoor macro work make sure you have good shoes and some knee pads.
    Self portait: http://www.dawnstar.id.au/photography/365-before-thirty/day-111-camera/

  • Barb H. April 29, 2011 09:33 pm

    I've been taking photographs for several years, but had no right to call myself a photographer, more of a snapper. Always used cheap cameras, even disposables. Three years ago I bought a Sony digital camera, and started enjoying the ability to take multiple shots, and feeling more able to get good shots of scenes that pleased me. I now have a Sony A380 DSLR which needs more use.

    Attempting to be accepted by iStock was discouraging, but realize now that the things I like are not the things iStock uses, so need to get over that disappointment.

    I love outdoor and especially ocean scenes, and of course, pictures of my granddaughter.

    I have a long way to go in getting better camera skills, but really want to just enjoy capturing moments that mean something to me.[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/55585556@N03/5669496926/' title='Rainbow Haven Beach' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5669496926_4c5ef9d181.jpg']

  • Kathie M Thomas April 29, 2011 09:27 pm

    My turn!

    1. Kathie Thomas and I'm often known as kathiemt on forums.
    2. Australia - in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria
    3. Seriously - 2.5 years but have been using a camera since I was 14 yrs old - I'm now in my early 50s.
    Wildlife (including birds) and landscapes are my favourite subjects
    4. Nikon D90 and my fav lens is 70-300mm but I have several other lenses
    5. Blog: http://www.kathiesphotos.com/blog and Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathiemt/
    6. I have lots of favourite photos but this would be one of the latest: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5221/5652288383_86c488b7a2_z_d.jpg
    7. I take a lot of bird photos so I've learnt to dress in natural colours - nothing bright.
    8. I'd like to understand everything about my camera and learn more about using Photoshop.
    9. I have my first exhibition coming up in May.
    10. Self portrait below.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathiemt/4537692424/' title='kathiemt18jan10' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2678/4537692424_46462601f1.jpg']

  • AnnaMF April 29, 2011 09:23 pm

    Hi everybody!
    My name is Anna and I live near Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain). I've been enjoying photography since many years ago, but it has been since the last two years that it has become a kind of passion. I owned my first DSLR (a Pentax K100) about 4-5 years ago and I realized that taking pictures was something else than pressing a button. Now I own a Nikon D300s and try to learn more everyday. I'm not specialized in any topic but by now my favorite ones are landscape, portrait, urban and travel photography. Here you have my flickr account just in case you are interested in my photos:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/annamf/

  • GJ April 29, 2011 09:22 pm

    Hey all,

    I'm Jayaruwan from Sri Lanka. I've been interested in photography for a long time but I got my first DSLR last september (after annoying my brother for 3 years :) It's Rebel T1i.

    I mostly shoot nature. I'd love to do street photography but I live a rural area and my chances are limited. Same with portraits. Don't get many chances.

    gear - Canon EOS Rebel T1i (500D), EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, Speedlite 430 EXII

    Here's my flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayaruwan/
    And my blog - http://jayaruwan.gunathilake.com/ (although my blog is not entirely about photography, just mostly.)

    As for a tip, primes rock! also, use your tripod. it's not a decaretive item.

    I'd like to improve my skills on every aspect. so I know that's not gonna happen over night. so mainly, studio lighting would be fun to learn.

    I almost always shoot in Av. ISO is usually set to 400 when I'm shooting with my Sigma 70-300mm. and recently I began to use a tripod for almost every shot. it helps a LOT. also, I dial -EV when I'm shooting under direct sunlight. it's very bright over here as we live directly below the equator.

    self portrait? I'm always behind the camera :(

    finally, great idea :). and this site is amazing.

  • Yuan April 29, 2011 08:54 pm

    Your name: YUAN

    What country you live in: PHILIPPINES

    How long you’ve been doing photography: 1 YEAR

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): BABY PORTRAITS and LANDSCAPES

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): NIKON D40

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): http://www.flickr.com/photos/yuanformoso/5573818265/in/set-72157626386450154

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: ALWAYS PRACTISE

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us.: IM NOT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND IM WILLING TO LEARN MORE... PLS HELP ME :)

  • morphinion April 29, 2011 08:33 pm

    - Name: Alexander (morphinion is my alter ego)
    - Place: Copenhagen, Denmark (born in Skopje, Macedonia)
    - First photos: by "Smena 8" camera some 20 years ago
    - Actual gear: "Zenit E", "Canon EOS500", "Nikon D90"
    - Interests: B&W, contemporary, landscape, fetish, portrait, shock, minimal, conceptual, abstract, documentary ... photography.
    - No interests in: commercial, food, wedding, event ... photography.
    - Latest photographs: http://aml.morphinion.com/
    - "Daily photo feed": http://facebook.com/morphinion
    - Moto: Use as less post-production and photo-manipulation as you can.

  • Sean April 29, 2011 07:48 pm

    My name is Sean Smith, I've been living in South Korea for 14 years but am returning to Canada on June 23rd. I got into photography in 1997 and have owned two film SLR Canon's and then made do with a Canon P&S for several years because I couldn't afford, film and development costs. Finally last September I bought a new Canon Kiss X4 (550D) along with the nifty fifty and two Tamron Lens' 17-50 f2.8 non VC and the 10-24 f3.5/4.5. I've also got a Manfrotto 190xprob tripod and Manfrotto 496rc2 head and various other accessories.

    I like to shoot landscapes and urban life. I maintain a photoblog where I'm currently at day 119 of my 365 project: Sean Smith Photoblog and a flickr account with more photos.

    Not my best photo but one that I like alot

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/createsean/5514098989/' title='11-noksapyung-light-trails-015.jpg' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5218/5514098989_36b1e0d6a9.jpg']

    One problem that I need to work on in my photography is keeping my horizon level. I'm sure that part of the problem is related to a medical condition with my vision.

  • sergio April 29, 2011 07:23 pm

    Hi,
    my name is Sergio Morales, and i live in Madrid, Spain.

    I Love Music and I Love photography, so naturally i really love to take photos in live concerts, i started taking this seriously two years ago, and i've been trying to improve my skills since then, and i'm trying to move into differente types of photography: portrait, model, landscapes..

    I have a nikon d90 with an 18-105mm and a 35mm Af/1.8 lens, the last is the one i use the most.

    You can find some of my work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deepblackday/
    Some of my favorite photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/deepblackday/sets/72157625787152455/

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/deepblackday/5194185369/' title='We Used To Wait' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5242/5194185369_f3c3831abc.jpg']

    For me the challenge i want to overcome is my lack of self-confidence, and my shyness and i need to improve a lot in the use of the light in studio.

    Gracias!

  • Albert Sun April 29, 2011 07:10 pm

    My name is Albert Sun (My surname should sound like soon because of Chinese pronunciation). I’m from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and living in Singapore now. I’ve started my photography on 2006 and currently doing semi-pro on Portraiture. I’m focus mostly on portrait, micro and landscape. I got my first entry level DSLR D90 at 2009 and using it until now. The whole set of my gears include Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro, Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF and Speedlight SB-800.

    My photo stream can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alberttnt , at facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/photographytnt and Mayhem number: 1688554. My photography has progressed increasingly because of DPS’s articles last few years and still reading from DPS articles with practicing. The challenge in my photography is hand shaking, not a shaking hand. :) But I find out solution for myself by doing continuous 3 shots to cover my hand shake now.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/alberttnt/4528087936/in/set-72157612149387530

  • Jishnu April 29, 2011 06:57 pm

    Name: Jishnu Vediyoor
    Country: India
    Photographer Since: 209
    Kind of photography: landscape, still life, Macro
    Gear: Canon EOS 1000D with 18-55mm kit lens
    Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/Jishnuvediyoor
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jishnuvediyoor
    Favourite photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jishnuvediyoor/5664355312/in/photostream
    A tip for our community: ehmmm. Love nature! keep it fresh!

  • Francois April 29, 2011 06:53 pm

    Hi Darren,

    Can we get to know you as well?

  • Louise Crawley April 29, 2011 06:29 pm

    Hi All!

    My name is Louise Crawley. I am originally from New Zealand, but now reside in Perth, Australia.

    I have always been interested in photos and never left home without my trusty point-and-shoot. Four months ago I purchased my first dSLR, a Nikon D90, and I havent looked back. I typically take photos of anything that is interesting to me, which is pretty much everything! But about a month ago I emptied my bank account and purchased a 105mm macro lens, so now I am trying to focus mostly on Macro. Recently, I have also been trying my hand at some weird manipulation photography, much to the pleasure of my facebook friends (most dont know much about photography and just find my weird pictures interesting.

    My tip for anyone starting out: Think about what you want to get out of the photo before you take it. Otherwise you end up as a happy snapper with a lot of average photos but none never achieving the "wow" factor.

    My photos can be viewed: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisecrawley/

    Cheers!

  • Paavani April 29, 2011 06:28 pm

    Thats a cool photographers introduction post!

    My Name is Paavani Bishnoi (Known more as @Paavani on Twitter)
    I am from India.
    Im doing photography from past 6-7 years
    I love to do travel and lifestyle photography.
    I started my photography journey with 3.1 MP Kodak, later moved DSLR D40X and currently using Nikon D7000.
    My photography work can be seen at www.flickr.com/paavani and my photography site: www.purebliss.in
    Most of my fav. pics made into flickr explore: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paavani/sets/72157618076290168/
    Light and colors, they do wonder in a photograph apart from good composition.
    Till date Im using natural light and now I want to learn how to master artificial light.
    my self portrait - http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150209676230113&set=a.10150302106070113.565515.905855112&type=1&theater
    even my www.twitter.com/paavani DP is a SP.

  • philippe April 29, 2011 06:15 pm

    This sharing is a good idea… So hi, my name’s Philippe, I live in France, and it’s around 4 years that I started to shoot. I’m focused on “urban” photo (I like to search for simple shots, lines and curves, or at least try to) and a bit of landscape. Thanks to a few photographer friends, I discovered last year portrait and found it very enjoyable. I use a canon 40D since last year and have 2 lenses, and a flash! And as many people, I started with a compact.
    Since I discovered portrait, I tried it with friends, and look for ideas in relation with them. The hardest thing to me was talking to people, telling them what I want (even if I don’t know exactly!) and make them feeling “loose”. What I’d like to do is portrait in the streets, but by now, I can’t overcome the difficulty to talk straight to people. However starting portrait, even with friends, is a big step, and I just can advise to anybody to test it, as first it’s funny to do it and interesting “technically”.
    My flickr account is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philippe_lenain and I’ve done a self portrait here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philippe_lenain/5535304834/ unfortunately I cannot give one fav picture – too hard to choose!

  • raymondccc April 29, 2011 05:48 pm

    Hi All,

    I am Raymond Cheng from Hong Kong.

    My first camera is a Canon PowerShot A95, it led me into the world of photography.

    In 2008, I bought my first DSLR (Canon EOS 450D) and I am still using it now. I start to learn and know more about photography from that time.

    I love taking photos of landscape and flowers. My work can be found here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/raymondccc/

    One of my favorite shot recently is:

    Please visit my work and comments are highly welcomed!

    Thanks!

  • Terry April 29, 2011 05:01 pm

    Hello,
    I bought my first camera (Minolta Hi-Matic 7) when I was stationed in Japan in 1965. A friend took me to the base photolab and showed me how to develop b/w film. I quickly graduated to the Pentax Asahi Spotmatic and used that for several years. In 1970 I attended Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa CA and majored in Commercial Photography. Along with one of my classmates I started a small business (very small) Everything was shot on 4X5 or 8X10 transparency. A few years later I moved to MO and went to work for a large business that had it's own photo studio. There were 10 staff photographers. I learned a lot about my craft from the older and more experienced photogs. There, also, everything was shot on 4X5 or 8X10 Transparency.
    Approx 10 years later one of my co workers and I started our own business in downtown St Louis MO.
    Our studio was 10,00ft/sq and provided us space to successfully operated our business for 20+ years.
    In 2000 I decided to get out of the business and strike out in a different direction.
    A few years ago I decided to take the plunge again. I now operate a small studio business out of my home.
    Everything I now shoot is digital and processed in CS5.
    I learned long ago to get it right in camera. Don't depend on post processing to "fix" anything.
    I still specialize in tabletop & large product photography. I currently use a Canon 5D and an assortment of lenses.
    If you visit my website ( www.zone5pix.com ) you will see some Special FX photos. These were shot on one piece of 8X10 film.
    I am especially proud of the "Budweiser Bowling" photo all shot in one exposure without any retouching.
    [eimg url='http://www.zone5pix.com/RVN.jpg' title='RVN.jpg']

    Monk

  • Kurien April 29, 2011 04:54 pm

    I'm Kurien Kalarickal currently based in Singapore, but originally from Kerala, India. I've been clicking around for 8yrs now. I like to make artsy fartsy portraits, risque stuff..you get the drift..

    First camera was a small Canon point and shoot. And I believe I took my most creative shots with that. (Too bad).. and then I got a dSLR and things slowed down.. a LOT. haha... due to inertia (of the camera) and also lack of creative spurts.. oh well.. i do make awesomish shots once in a while. I like my 50mm most. I just have to click it and its good :)

    Here's my photoblog: http://kuriensk.tumblr.com/
    And here's my Portfolio: http://www.wix.com/kuriensk/portfolio

    [eimg url='http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_laa5xt1u4R1qbkz15o1_500.jpg' title='tumblr_laa5xt1u4R1qbkz15o1_500.jpg']

  • Sri April 29, 2011 04:43 pm

    My Name is Sri. I live in sydney, Australia.

    Started photography 1 year back. Mostly into landscapes and Nature. My first and current camera is canon 450d with twin kit lense.

    You can find me on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/45819208@N02/.

    I am not that experienced yet in photography to suggest but would like to say dont be shy to get out your camera in public and start shooting.

  • snydez April 29, 2011 04:18 pm

    Hi Darren :)

    you can find me in the internet as snydez, i live in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    I've been doing photography arround 2005 with pocket camera Canon A70. and i never use any DSLR :D
    currently my photgraphy activity is done using my mobile phone. previously using Palm Treo 650 and now HTC Hero.

    I don't have any specific focus on my object. but since i'm using mobile phohe, i prefer a still object, close range shoot.

    you can see my 1day1photo blog on http://snydez.posterous.com
    and other online photo storage on http://picplz.com/user/snydez/ .
    and here's my self potrait http://www.flickr.com/photos/snydez/5257235599/in/set-72157594229893230

    cheers.

    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

  • Julia @ DimpleArts April 29, 2011 04:01 pm

    My name is Julia and I run the DimpleArts Photography blog. I live in the U.S. I've been dabbling in photography for probably about 5 or 6 years. Currently most of my focus is on food photography, portraits of my son, family and friends. I own and use a Canon DSLR (XSi). I have two lenses, the kit lens and the 50mm 1.8 lens. I mostly use the 50mm lens. You'll find my most current photographs on my blog (http://dimplearts.com/blog). I constantly struggle with lighting and composition in my photos. I hope with time and practice to get better.

  • Jared April 29, 2011 03:53 pm

    My name is Jared Hinojos. I am from California. It took me a while to figure out what my passion was. I never realized that it was in the palm of my hands since I was 13, I am currently 18. My first camera was a Canon Coolpix. My grandfather, John Boyd, a very talented photographer, just recently passed down his Nikon D70 to me. I enjoying shooting everything, really. But my two absolute favorites have to be landscapes and urban photography. I'm getting myself out there as much as I can, and I do believe this will get me some place in life. Here's my link to my flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/jajeered
    And here's the link to my grandfather's website, if interested: www.johnboydphotography.com/galleries

  • Lewis McLeod April 29, 2011 03:51 pm

    I'm Canadian... or maybe I should say "Canajun, eh?" And I've been interested in photography for longer than I can remember. My very first camera was one of those goofy fixed-focus 126 film cameras that used the rotating flash cubes. Eventually I graduated to a 35mm EOS Rebel, which some kind soul decided they needed worse than I did at some point. I would up camera-less for several years until I was given Canon PowerShot A520 by my wife. Eventually I reached a point where I could upgrade to a digital Rebel XS... and started to take photography seriously. I'm now looking towards upgrading to either a Canon 60D or a 7D. I tend to shoot a fairly wide range of topics... Still life, family gatherings, landscapes, wildlife, some macro, some artistic stuff, and even a little bit of commercial photography. Where I have the LEAST experience, and wish I could get some... is portraits. I haven't had the chance to develop any skills, really, in working with people as a subject for my photos. That will eventually change, though.

    In terms of challenge... I'd like to become more able to find the photos that have PUNCH. I need to train my eye to spot those things that make the GREAT photo as opposed to the simply good photo. Maybe it's a case of needing a little more patience?

    Something I've learned... partially, since I still have to work at it... is to keep BOTH eyes open when shooting, just like a gun. It's a skill that takes development and practice, but pays off significantly when you're shooting action. Or stills... your open eye may notice something that your eye behind the eyepiece does NOT, that may ruin the image when you squeeze the shot off.

    Please... check out my Flickr pages and leave a comment or two. Constructive criticism is always welcome :)

  • Mykolas April 29, 2011 03:51 pm

    My name is Mykolas and i live in Lithuania.
    I some times take pictures of my family, landscape or scenery, sometimes flowers in macro... I feel something about photography i can not explain in written English... :)
    I use my old FinePix S5100, but currently i'm lokking for a new camera (Lumix DMC-FZ35).
    Currently i have no pictures placed in internet.

    I really like your DPS :)

  • Hayley April 29, 2011 03:43 pm

    1. Hayley, although sometimes going by HayleyLEK online

    2. London-town!, UK

    3. I think I first picked up a dSLR in late 2007 so that makes it three and a half years, give or take. I used to play with point-and-shoots on holiday as a kid but nothing serious and no "reall" interest until I got my hands on the dSLR!

    4. I shoot people! :D Couldn't help myself. Editorial fashion and beauty top the list of interests but I also like a spot of lifestyle and portraits and events and catwalks and weddings and family snapshots....you get the picture.

    5. My current kit is a Nikon D300s, a 55mm - 200mm telephoto zoom lens and a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. I also have a Nikon D200 on backup (you know, because 2 is 1 and 1 is none!) and a standard 18mm - 55mm kit lens. My first camera was a Nikon D40 - which I still have but, alas, the batteries have run out and I'm yet to unpack the re-charger from my house move (nobody is to point out that I moved half a year ago....)

    6. This be my main website: www.hayleykirton.co.uk This be my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayleylek/ (which seems to act as a bit of a dumping ground for anything I want to show on the web so it's a bit of an assorted bunch!). This be my model mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/641642

    7. Picking my favourite photo is tricky as it changes on an almost daily basis. Technically cheating as its two, let's go with this one, which was a collaboration between me and the London College of Style:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/hayleylek/5499018990/' title='Services 3' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5499018990_81e91ea1a5.jpg']

    8. My best tip is probably perseverance. Stay at it, keep learning, keep trying new things, keep tweaking until you get the shot you want. Sorry it's a bit cliche and wishy-washy but that's it.

    9. As always, I'd love to be more technically skilled. I'd love to reach a point where I'm so clued up that I know precisely what I need to do technically to get the picture I visualised. This is double-y important as I tend to do a lot of my work out on location, where the weather doesn't always play fair and you can't always take all your kit with you.

    Self-portrait....annoyingly, I do have one but it's been knocked out of my free 200 images on flickr by a long shot. However, if you're really that interested, you can spy me in my avi on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/HayleyLEK

  • Jurgen T. Estanislao April 29, 2011 03:42 pm

    Hi my name is Jurgen T. Estanislao (a.k.a SEOTaoist and/or Giant Flying Robot) and I'm a professional SEO and a hobbyist photographer. I live in one of the beautiful islands of the Philippines.

    I've been doing digital photography for a good straight three years now (though I've owned a camera for a long time now--just didn't use it the way I do now).

    I like having themes and stories behind my photographs but casually I do take some portraits and fashion related photography for my girlfriend who's a stylist and a Asian fashion blogger

    Since I lost my DSLR (got mugged), I've been practically shooting with my Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F (my first camera), my Rollei 35, and my Panasonic Lumix GF1--I use my M42 screw mount lenses on both film and digital formats--they're cheap, solid, and sharp.

    You can find my works at Giant Flying Robot and at <a href="http://www.flickr/jurgenestanislao"<Flickr

    I really don't have anything to say to the community except that SEO and Photography have lots in common and probably just to keep in mind to always go around your subject and refrain from merely recording what you see--see beyond and capture that

    A challenge that I currently have is to save up for a new DSLR (thinking. of a D700 or a MKII).

    Oh yeah, you might also want to check out my Practical SEO and Social Media blog. You'll find my self portrait there--nothing fancy.

    Thanks!

  • Chandu April 29, 2011 03:32 pm

    A good idea indeed.

    This is Chandana from India. I have been shooting from almost 3 years but switched to the 'manual mode' only an year ago. So, I'll say I have been photographing for real from an year. Getting rid of the auto mode is a challenge that I have overcome. Right now I am in the phase where I shoot anything around me, though i have the most fun photographing kids. I shoot with my Nikon D80.

    My Blog: http://chandoos-photography.blogspot.com/
    My Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vchandana/
    More about my gear: http://chandoos-photography.blogspot.com/p/my-gear_27.html

    From my work, this is a personal favorite:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/vchandana/5609493450/' title='Conversations with a kid' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5609493450_af69c8eed4.jpg']

  • Karen W. April 29, 2011 03:30 pm

    Hello Everyone! ?

    1. My name is Karen, my alias online is Karencilla
    2. i live in Panama.
    3. Since 13? can't remember really.
    4. I love to photograph food, everyday stuff, family and portraits.
    5. First camera a Canon Snappy LXII.
    Right now i am waiting my new gear to arrive, it is a Nikon D3100 with kit lens, 55-200mm and 35mm lens.
    Also, got a Minolta XG-1, saving some bucks to repair it.
    6. Too many to choose only one!
    7. Always try to tell a story or something with your photo, give to it some emotion. And never be discouraged!
    8. My biggest challenge right now is to understand really well the technic part of photography. I consider myself an amateur with serious aspirations to become a pro.
    9. My Tumblr: The Photo Booth. Also feel free to add/friend me here!
    10. Just joined here and i love the site! Hope to meet new people and learn more about this great passion we all share.
    11. And wanted to share one of my last shots of my breakfast.
    [eimg url='http://karencilla.tumblr.com/post/5034267847' title='5034267847']

  • Kaylynne April 29, 2011 03:23 pm

    Reading everyone else's comments has kinda given me a little kick to post a comment as well! :)

    Hello! My name is Kaylynne (here is a photo of me: [eimg url='http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/211568_714116795_5696899_n.jpg' title='211568_714116795_5696899_n.jpg'] )!

    I'm from the US and I've been shooting since August 2008 when I took my first college film photography class!

    I particularly enjoy photographing portraits, nature (land/oceanscapes), and events. I purchased my Nikon D80 back in Dec. of 2008 and have been using that (as well as the kit lens that came with it - supplemented with the occasional rented lens) ever since. If you like, you can see some of my work on my website: http://kaylynnehatch.com/

    I love to look at other photographers' work (especially really creative shoots) and a few of my favorite photographers include Jessica Claire (http://jessicaclaire.net/) and Scott Jarvie (http://photos.jarviedigital.com/)

    Something that I like to do while photographing portraits (especially engagement portraits) is instead of using a prime lens (as I understand many photographers prefer to use), I like to use a zoom lens so that I can stand back and allow the couple to interact naturally but still take photos that are a little more zoomed in and cropped so as to still feel intimate.

    One thing I struggle with in my photography is that I don't use manual mode as often as I should or would like to simply because when I'm photographing weddings, events, and even some portrait sessions I tend to be very concerned about missing a perfect moment or shot, so I'll often set as many things manually as I can and then just shoot in Auto, Shutter or Aperture priority mode and then do my best to adjust any technical short-comings in post production. My goal is to get to a point where I can set my aperture and shutter manually accurately and quickly so as to not miss any shots but still have correctly exposed images.

  • Chandu April 29, 2011 03:12 pm

    Nice idea indeed!
    This is Chandu from India. I have been photographing from almost 3 years now; but I switched to manual only an year ago(loving it!); so I will count it as real photography and say 1 year. getting rid of the auto mode is also a challenge that I have overcome. Right now I'm in that phase where I just shoot anything around me. But I love photographing kids (Kids being so cute, I'm assured that the pictures come out well ;) ). I use a Nikon D80. (More about my gear here: http://chandoos-photography.blogspot.com/p/my-gear_27.html)
    My Photo blog: http://chandoos-photography.blogspot.com/
    My Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vchandana/

    Its hard to decide my favorite work, but here is one of my favorites: [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/vchandana/5609493450/' title='Conversations with a kid' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5609493450_af69c8eed4.jpg']

  • Jeff E Jensen April 29, 2011 03:12 pm

    Looks like the link to my blog didn't work either. Here it is again:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/

  • Jan Shim April 29, 2011 03:12 pm

    Your name | JAN SHIM

    What country you live in | BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

    How long you’ve been doing photography | 6 YEARS

    What type of photography you focus upon most | FOOD, TRAVEL, MAGAZINE, LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS.

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
    Two Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It all began 6 years ago with an EOS Digital Rebel 300D followed by EOS 20D, EOS 1D Mark II then 5D (first generation) More here: http://shimworld.wordpress.com/photography/tech/

    A link or two to your photoblog:
    http://shimworld.wordpress.com | https://www.facebook.com/janshimphoto

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
    Current favourite: http://shimworld.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/a-sunset-on-the-marina-bay-sands-skypark-i-love/

  • Jeff E Jensen April 29, 2011 03:10 pm

    Hmm, my link didn't work, lets try this again. This is one of my recent favorites.

    [eimg url='http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e9PtLGEzKf0/TavDJCaKDlI/AAAAAAAADss/ia3805107ds/s1600/1104_Light+Painting_0090.jpg' title='1104_Light+Painting_0090.jpg']

  • Tanay Dubey April 29, 2011 03:08 pm

    Hello every one a very warm Namaste from India!
    I am Tanay, from India.
    I have been involved with this visual medium of arts since i was a kid, but i started doing it seriously a year an half back when i got my first DSLR ,A Canon 1000D.

    I love portraiture,street,Candid,Food photography,Abstract and travel photography.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography:
    1)I shoot only in Natural(available Light) i don't know how to use Flash and artificial lighting and i think i don't like it too,so i would like to overcome this thing.

    2)Currently photography is my hobby but i would love to earn from it so getting started and to know what can i sell is another challenge which i m hoping to overcome.

    I was Introduced to this wonderful website by Google! and its the website i visit daily.learning a lot from this website,you guys are doing a great job!Helping people like me and many others..kudos..

    Here are the links to my work:
    Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanaycdubey/
    Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Photos-in-thesis-Photography-by-Tanay/193774870633667?ref=ts

    Would love to know your comments and feedback!

    Happy Clicking..
    This is one of my favorite work:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanaycdubey/5363421247/' title='Revenge..' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5201/5363421247_64b3d14be8.jpg']

  • Richard Shoaf April 29, 2011 03:05 pm

    Richard Shoaf
    USA
    24 years
    Travel and location based photography
    Nikon - D3s & D70s
    Smugmug site - http://richardshoaf.smugmug.com/
    favorite photos - http://www.RichardShoaf.com
    I have always found the photography community to be one that shares information openly for the betterment of the entire profession - something rarely found today.
    Please visit our facebook page at Ricahrd Shoaf Photography to suggest your favorite Irish Pub as we are currently working on a book - Around the World One Guinness at a Time which focuses on Irish pubs around the world. We would love to hear your suggestions from different locations for us to come shoot.

    http://www.facebook.com/RichardShoafPhotography

  • Chintan Shah April 29, 2011 03:00 pm

    Hi every one, Iam Chintan from India (mumbai) my frnds call me chint. I am still an amature photographer, doing it for three years now. I am using sony Dsc H-7 and its the only camera I have. I am a student of mass media but interested in nature and wildlife photography. A challenge for me is to get into national geographic magazine as a photographer as it is my passion. Link to my favourit photograph http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1331574165895.50136.1127226356#!/photo.php?fbid=1399348980223&set=a.1331574165895.50136.1127226356&type=1&theater

  • Phuriwat C. April 29, 2011 03:00 pm

    Before I start, I want to let you know that my English isn’t very strong.
    My name is Phuriwat Chiraphisit, my nick name is Fuse. I don't really have a place where I display my online yet, but I'm trying to get one soon. I live in Mussoorie, India. I am a 9th grade student in an international school in North India. My home country is Thailand. I‘ve been photographing for two or three years now. I take a little bit of everything. My main job at school is to take photos for the yearbook and other publications. I use canon 550D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS, Canon 50mm F1.8II, and Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG. I don't really have anything much to say. I'm just a student photographer, but I really want to thanks the dPS stuffs that help learners like me learn more about photography. I find all the tutorials very useful for my work. Thank you.

  • Dustin April 29, 2011 02:52 pm

    Dustin
    I live in Los Angeles, California.
    I have been doing photography as a freelancer for the past 5-6 years. As a hobbyist, since about 2001.
    I enjoy taking portraits the most. But have shot live music and landscapes. Looking to get into travel.
    I use Canon and only Canon. My current is the 7D. I started with my own Canon Rebel 35mm back in the day, and WAY back in the day shot a few with my father's old Canon 35mm.
    My website is www.dustinwissmillerphotography.com. You can link to my Facebook, Twitter and other project sites on there.
    I love taking pictures. In the end, it really doesn't matter what it is for me. I'll find a way to make it creative or interesting!

  • Catherine April 29, 2011 02:30 pm

    My name is Catherine Elise, I am from Atlanta but am living in Chile and I have been doing photography since I was 16 years old. I usually have focused on portrait and travel photography but I am trying to slowly build up a wedding photography business. The first camera I owned was a Canon EOS Rebel k2 and I just ordered my first external flash and 50mm 1.8 lens. I would really love to improve my photo editing skills and improve my lighting skills.
    My flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katiechillas

  • Gallopingphotog April 29, 2011 02:14 pm

    I live in Texas and am lucky enough to be able to indulge my two favorites: horses and photography. Not professionally -- I'm a retired newspaper person and free-lance writer/editor.
    I remember taking pictures with a Kodak Brownie, which sort of gives away my approximate age! In the '80s I got my first SLR, a Pentax K1000 and a 50 mm lens. Auto-nothing! I tried to take notes on my settings and circumstances for each photo and then not lose the notes before the film got developed! I still have that body and lens, as well as another K1000 body, a 50-200 mm zoom and a 135 mm. All manual lenses.
    Digital photography has really sped up my learning curve -- seeing right away what a change of f-stop or shutter speed does. I stayed with Pentax -- I have a k100D body now -- for two reasons: 1) if the film cameras are any indication, they make a rugged product that can stand up to abuse, and 2) I can continue to use my existing lenses.
    I enjoy nature photography: animals, landscapes, travel. Depending on what horse I am riding, I may choose to tote a little point-and-shoot that's easier to handle and a lot less expensive. Also I like piddling around in Photoshop, seeing what various effects and adjustments do, but most of what I post is pretty much as-is with just normal tweaking.
    My biggest challenge is getting tack-sharp images. Auto focus can sometimes be fooled, and doesn't work with my old lenses anyway, and I'm still learning to "focus on the fly" with birds, etc.
    I do want to echo the earlier posts about that annoying popup asking me to subscribe to the e-mail. It seems to always jump up when I am reading something that I got to via your weekly e-mail.
    I learn something new almost every time I come here, and feel like so many of you know so much more than I. Perhaps one tip I could pass on: I make notes on stuff I want to remember or work on, on index cards. Simple example might be: "Big fstop number = big contrast, big depth of field but little hole, little light. Little fstop number = little contrast, depth of field but big hole, big light." My personal "Photography for Dummies!"
    If you like, you can see some of my photos at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutter666/sets/72157626013231758/
    I would LOVE any comments or critiques.
    Keep up the good work, DPS!
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutter666/5523837800/' title='Peekaboo' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5523837800_f74e1a5f2b.jpg']

  • Paul Adams April 29, 2011 01:43 pm

    Oh, and Shannon - you're not a late bloomer, I'm 35!

  • Dana Underwood April 29, 2011 01:39 pm

    Hello. Love this idea!
    My name is Dana Underwood, and I am based in San Francisco, CA, USA.

    Website: http://www.danaseye.com
    Blog: http://photorious.com

    I started shooting digital in 2004, got hooked in 2006, and finally went pro in 2008 after a shoot with Barack Obama (SUPER lucky break!). I shoot a Canon 5D Mark II, primarily.

    One of my favorite shots is a monochrome, stitched, HDR image of Trinity Church in NYC: http://www.danaseye.com/Professional/Portfolio/6821520_xRVNv#949991597_PzsZY-XL-LB

    Most of my professional shoots are environmental, child, and family portraits, and events. The most recent images I've shared are of a ranch in Utah that I captured three weeks ago: http://photorious.com/moab-with-tyler-stableford-day-1/

    For me, photography has been about trying to overcome a series of fears. First, I only shot when I traveled, because I didn't want to carry my camera all over the place. Then my life took a turn which made daily shooting (in the form of a 365 exercise) an emotional necessity. So I got over that. Then I refused to shoot people because I didn't know how to make sure I got great shots that they were happy with and I didn't know how to pose them. Then I did a workshop. Next, it was overcoming my fear of flash. Another workshop did the trick there, and I can't imagine how I lived without my speedlites at this point. I'm looking forward to attacking the next series of challenges, but I could definitely use a little inspiration.

    I think that the two tips I can offer those just starting out are: READ THE MANUAL and shoot ALOT. There isn't such a thing as shooting too much unless you just arent thinking about what you are doing as you experiment.

  • Paul Adams April 29, 2011 01:35 pm

    1 - My name is Paul Adams but I go by the name Cannonball Jones on my blog and various sites as it's my stage name from my old band, Kiltreiser - a name which I also occasionally go by.
    2 - I'm from Scotland originally but have abandoned those shores to teach English overseas. Having spent a year and a half in Southern Thailand I'm now worrking in Taichung, Taiwan.
    3 - Not been doing this long. I picked up the bug in Thailand using my old compact but then during a trip home I retrieved my Canon EOS 350D (present from a former wedding, barely used) from the custodianship of my future sister-in-law and never looked back. I made the effort to figure out how the thing actually works beyond the auto modes and now I can't get enough.
    4 - It varies but I suppose recently it's street photography after a fashion. I just like scenes of people getting on with their lives and that mostly means urban life given my current situation.
    5 - As mentioned I use the EOS 350D, the kit 18-55mm, a Canon 70-300mm f3.5 and the Canon 50mm f1.8 prime which is my favourite by miles - amazing value for money. I process using GIMP running on Ubuntu.
    6 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauladams76/ I'll update it this weekend, it's been a while. It also doesn't go back too far as I only used to post them on Facebook.
    7 - Can't decide, maybe this one? http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauladams76/5591468247/in/photostream
    8 - Get out there and do it as much as you can. My schedule restricts me to the weekends and it pains me a lot so take whatever chances you get! And use GIMP/Photoshop/whatever - I never touched GIMP till about two months ago, believe it or not :p
    9 - A couple of physical problems really - I have problems with camera shake and with keeping horizons level. Beyond that I'd love to have more success with getting colour in my photos at first exposure rather than relying post-processing to pop them out. And see also the next answer...
    10 - Sad tale - I recently split up with a long-term girlfriend whose support whose smiles upon seeing my photos were my main inspiration for doing this. It's difficult doing it just for myself but I think the bug has bitten me badly enough that I can keep it up.
    11 - I don't really have one to link to right now but I'll upload one soon :)

  • Namrata April 29, 2011 01:24 pm

    Hey everyone!

    My name is Namrata. I live in India.
    I've been captured by this obsession called photography since 3 to 4 years now. I state it in this way since every time I see any scene I wish I had my camera with me to take a photo of it.
    I used to shoot with a canon ixus point and shoot, and right now use a canon 1000D.

    I yet to find out what type of photography I like the most. But I do enjoy capturing landscapes and candid moments.
    A challenge for me right now is to find out how people instinctively know what shutter speed/ aperture/ iso to shoot at just by looking at the scene. It usually takes me 2 or 3 shots and cross verifying between them to come up with one good shot.

    DPS is one awesome site where I get all the information I need in a very easy understandable format. It is one of the first sites I visit every morning :)

    Please visit my Flickr here. Thank you!

  • Mandi Nikole April 29, 2011 01:20 pm

    Hi, I'm Mandi Nikole.
    I live in the USA
    I started shooting about 10-12 years ago with a Canon AE1 that originally belonged to my father. I have still shoot with a Canon. I know own a 5D Mark 2. I am a portrait/wedding/commercial photographer. I will be graduating from college with a BFA degree in Photography in about 3 weeks.
    What I have learned this last year that you have to chase after your dream no matter what the cost.
    You can see my work at mandinikolephotography.com. Hope you enjoy.

  • Chris April 29, 2011 01:05 pm

    1. Your name: Chris!
    2. What country you live in: US of A!
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography: Oh, since I was 14?
    4. Subjects: A little bit of everything. I'm in a portrait mood, but I love photographing nature and sports.
    5. Gear: Canon XSi, Tamron 28-70mm f/2.8, Canon 70-210mm f/4, Canon 50mm f/1.8.
    5.b. First camera: Minolta 35mm!
    6. Flickr: flickr.com/photos/chrisdieckhaus
    7. Favourite: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdieckhaus/5134807950/in/photostream
    8. Learned: flash shtuff
    9. Challenge: flash stuff! I don't know what I'm doing!
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us: I'm eating jellybeans while I'm typing this.
    11. Self-portrait: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdieckhaus/5463244892/in/photostream

  • Christine April 29, 2011 12:53 pm

    I'm Christine, and I'm an American expat living in Bucheon, South Korea.

    I've been taking pictures all my life, but I've only become serious about photography maybe 9 months ago, when I moved to SK. I work here teaching English to elementary and middle school students, and it's an experience to say the least!

    I shoot mostly landscapes and travel photography, but I usually try to focus on the minute and overlooked details of my surroundings that capture the essence of a whole scene.

    I'm a huge fan of Canon gear. I currently use a Canon 450D, which I maybe just bought earlier this month. Did I mention I'm probably the most novice person on here? I keep a travel blog, but keep in mind I've only had the DSLR for a month... so please be patient with me! This is Digital Photography SCHOOL, after all :)

  • Billy Chan April 29, 2011 12:30 pm

    I am Billy from Penang, Malaysia. Sound like I am from some place that is not in US huh :)
    Start photography since 2006 but get active bout 3 years back. I like to shoot people and life. I am also word to shoot for events and wedding.

    Checkout my site.
    Have a twitter? I am @bytesurfer

    I am on my 5D MKII 24-105 all the time. For portrait, i will be hooking up my 70-200
    I have more to learn and way too many people to meet.

    Regards,
    Billy Chan, Photographer
    www.burnerbyte.com

  • mawi wijna April 29, 2011 12:26 pm

    Hi Everybody,

    My name is Wijna (such a hard name to spell isn't? :p),
    I'm from Indonesia and currently live in Yogyakarta province,
    I've been into photography since 2005, but with DSLR since 2007,
    My current gear is Nikon D80 with 18-135mm DX and 35mm DX lenses.

    My favorite is shooting landscape, mainly waterfall, ancient structures, and cultural events such as parade or ceremony. For what I've known in this past year is that for shooting landscape, we cannot rely upon weather forecast anymore because weather can suddenly change drastically and that could ruins our plan. For example, if the morning the sun goes brightly it's still no guarantee that the evening weather will clear. I speak as my experience shooting in Indonesia, maybe because it's related to La Nina phenomenon.

    For me, the challenge is to adapt with the extreme climate change that could ruin our photography ambiance, especially when shooting landscape.

    I think that's it, and if you're interested in my landscape shoot, please visit my Flickr!. Thank you!

  • Tanner April 29, 2011 12:20 pm

    Hi there,

    1) My name is Tanner, found across different websites as SCGamecock
    2) I live in SC, USA
    3) I am on staff of the nations best high school newspaper (well last year anyways when we won the pacemaker award. Didnt win this year). I originally planned to be a writer but when I found out that when my half of the class had no photographers I changed my "major." It took me a few months of borrowing other people's cameras until I could get my own, and I am most likely going to be Photography Editor next year even though I have a long way to go.
    4) Since my pictures are primairly for school I focus on people, but I think I like that the most anyways.
    5) A Rebel XS. No tripod yet haha.
    6) Blog: http://picdevelopment.blogspot.com/ Favorite Post: http://picdevelopment.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweetgrass-basket.html
    7) Using AEB in non-rushed situations can be a real life saver
    8) Dealing with the lowlight situations I often have to take pictures in with a lens that has an aperture that goes up to only 4.5 f stops...
    9) Love the blog and the consistent informative updates. Plan on integrating it into teaching the younger photographers on staff next year.
    10) Me and my cousin

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150148115497067&set=t.100001626613760&type=1&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=10150148115497067&set=t.100001626613760&type=1&theater']

  • Shannon April 29, 2011 12:19 pm

    Hello there! My name is Shannon and I live in East Texas. I'm a late bloomer. I'm 31 and I began my interest in photography 2 years ago. I'm finishing my photography certificate this May at the college and I'll be starting work in a studio doing portraits next week. While I enjoy doing portraits I really want to do travel photography. I love photographing architecture and gardens and I hope to find a way to make a living doing that. Due to policies at the studio I'm starting at I've had to remove my website from the internet.

    I'm currently using a Canon Rebel xsi. I'm saving up to get a Cannon 7D in the fall. One problem I've been working on is getting motivated to go out and shoot for me. I've been doing my projects in school and portraits and weddings, but I haven't been shooting for me. If anyone has any ideas I'm all ears.

    I love DPS and I really think I've learned just as much here from the contributers and comments as I have in school.

  • Steven Sherman April 29, 2011 12:13 pm

    I'm Steve Sherman, from Houston, Texas, USA.

    I've been enjoying photography for close to 50 years, going back to the days of size 127 roll film and the Polaroid Swinger. I shot 35mm slides during the 1970s through the early 1980s, and really enjoyed stereo slide photography during that time with a Revere Stereo Camera.

    I've been using digital cameras since 1999 (shooting then with an Agfa point and shoot model). Currently, my primary camera is a Canon EOS 7D, but also use a Canon EOS 50D, Canon EOS Rebel T1i. I also use a Canon PowerShot SX30 for fun.

    Professionally, I'm a Freelance Photographer for the Lone Star Christian Sports Network (www.LSCSN.com), shooting various high school sports events, including American football, basketball, soccer, wrestling and lacrosse. A lot of my shots are posted on the LSCSN web site..

    A few of my shots are found on my Flickr page www.Flickr.com/photos/stevesherman0510/. I always welcome comments and feedback from other photographers.

    My favorite tip to share is that the one sure way to shoot a picture tha you will want to keep is to ALWAYS TAKE A CAMERA WITH YOU. If you don't have a camera ready, you'll never get the shot.

  • Tony Zeh April 29, 2011 12:12 pm

    Hello,
    My name is Tony Zeh located in the USA. I have been a Pro Photographer for 10 years doing everything from Fashion Runway to Landscapes, HDR, Infrared, and portraits. I am a Canon Enthusiast and have a number of Canon cameras, but started with a Nikon EM and Film back in 1990. I have a Photo blog which I review equipment for photographer, outdoor enthusiasts, and write about up and coming Photographers. @ http://zehphotoblog.blogspot.com. My photography work is can be seen at http://photozeh.com. One issue I had to overcome was getting better portraits when using shooting indoors with just a pop-up flash. So I figured it out and made my own product which is a bounce for pop up flashes. Happy to say popularity is growing since it was published in the UK Digital Photo magazine this month. http://zehbounce.com. I am a big fan of Digital Photography School, as it's a great source of information.
    [eimg url='http://photozeh.com/Images/photozeh_me.jpg' title='photozeh_me.jpg'][eimg url='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CwvhbvDLoWE/TWG381lFOXI/AAAAAAAAAAw/PPeHffvRxbw/s1600/zeh_logo.jpg' title='zeh_logo.jpg']

  • Heidi April 29, 2011 12:02 pm

    I'm Heidi and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I started taking an interest in photography as a means of developing my creative side. I work as a Software Test Analyst which demands logic and planning, but not much creativity.

    About a year ago I bought my first DSLR - a Canon 50D. I'm very much a newbie, and am still trying to work out what my style is, and what type of photography I enjoy most.

    My Sigma 18-250 f3.5-6.3 was my first lens, and it's still the one that spends the most time on my camera. In addition, I also have a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 and a Sigma 50mm f1.4 (which I adore).

    I have a blog that I post my photos on, and a gallery where I store my photos.

    I'm subscribed to DPS's RSS feed, and I try and read the articles daily.

  • moura April 29, 2011 11:59 am

    I just got into this. Its a longtime wish,but until digital I could never afford it. And then when I could afford it my hubby became ill and there was no time.About a year after he passed away I finally got a camera and here I am.
    I Use a Nikon coolpix L18 (goes everywhere with me in my purse), a Canon Rebel XS and a Canon Powershot XS 30 IS (The new one with all the zoom). Saving pennies for a good telephoto lens but get by with what I have. I don't know how "good" my stuff is but I have a lot of fun with it. will be taking a photography class in fall at UL in Lafayette LA. (GO Cajuns). that should help me learn how to use more of the stuff my cameras will do and how to do it.
    I really like Digital Photo School a lot. It has already taught me some neat stuff.
    If anyone want to look at pics of baby egrets in rookery go here-
    http://fiickr.com/photos/granny-swampwitch

  • Deney April 29, 2011 11:47 am

    Your name: Deney or pakyooh here on DPS

    What country you live in: Manhattan Beach, CA USA

    How long you’ve been doing photography: a little over 3 years

    What type of photography you focus upon most: hobbyist for now but want to learn more about portraiture, engagements and weddings.

    What kind of gear you use: Nokia n95 started my interest photography. First dslr was a Canon T1i, now using a 5D Mark II.

    A link or two to your photoblog: http://www.allineedismycamera.com

    A tip for our community: just get out there and do it. also the constant reminder not to compare yourself to other photographer is very helpful. just find a way to make it your own.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Not necessarily a problem but I would love to get to know more local photographers and may be even have a chance to 2nd or 3rd shoot a wedding.

  • john w. rivard April 29, 2011 11:40 am

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1027051402505&set=a.1428737244400.2061415.1411914871&type=1' title='photo.php?fbid=1027051402505&set=a.1428737244400.2061415.1411914871&type=1']
    I am John Rivard and have lived in Florida, USA for the past ten years. I have used a camera regularly for the last 35 years, mostly for nature, wildlife, architectural details and food. I have reduced weight for the past two years with a Canon Rebel XSi body. My current favorite lenses are the Lensbaby composer and Sigma 70-300 macro. My Sunpak carbon tripod with Bogen quick-release ball head is always with me. My current favorite shot was taken with the Lensbaby at a weight-lifting competition - http://maxxpax.deviantart.com/art/Bench-Press-145732324?q=gallery%3Amaxxpax%2F23809419&qo=50.

  • Alison Barnes April 29, 2011 11:27 am

    Alison Barnes
    I live in SF, California
    Been doing photography for 7 years (about 3 of those professionally.)
    I focus on Portrait photography, but I got a job at an online fashion boutique so my work has shifted a little.
    At work I use a D3 and prophoto, but at home I have a D7000 and alienbees strobes. My first camera was a Canon Rebel II 35mm.
    My blog www.alibphoto.com/read
    and my whole website is just www.alibphoto.com
    A tip: "Creativity is being willing to make mistakes.
    Art is not caring that you did."

    A picture of me. http://www.alibphoto.com/about/

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)
    What country you live in
    How long you’ve been doing photography
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us.
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1Ks2rC4BU

  • Dawna M April 29, 2011 11:24 am

    Hi, I'm Dawna & I live in Indiana, USA.
    My first serious camera was my Dad's Pentax K1000. I used it so much, I finally got my own. I didn't do any photography in the 90's & early 2000s. I finally joined the digital age in 2006 with a Sony H1 "glorified" point & shoot. I finally moved up to a Sony Alpha 350 in late 2008.
    When I did my first two weddings in mid-2008 with my glorified point & shoot cameras, DPS had so many helps for doing your first wedding - I was hooked on this site. I only had a week's notice for the first one & then a few days after that I was asked to do another wedding, because one of the photographers had an emergency! So my first two weddings were two weeks apart!
    I love macro & scenery. I have done some wedding & portraiture & want to do more.
    My photos can be viewed at http://drmrsy.smugmug.com
    My photoblog (just starting out) http://drmrsyphotos.blogspot.com
    Favorite shot - hard to pick one! If you go to my SmugMug site, go to catagory Nature & view gallery Butterflies & Birds - the bees & butterflies are some of my favorites. Link: http://drmrsy.smugmug.com/Nature/Butterflies-and-Birds/13672837_Dxg3d I used my Sony 100mm macro f/2.8 for most of those shots.
    Tip: keep taking pictures, keep reading & learning.
    Challenge: to take better pictures consistently, get more proficient using Lightroom 3 (just got it).
    My most used phrase I tell my husband when we travel, "the more pictures I take, the less money I spend!"

  • Maystery April 29, 2011 11:20 am

    Hello,

    My name is Maysa and I live in Melbourne, Australia.
    Photography has been a serious hobby for me for the last 2 years and I focus mainly on candid portraits and travel photography.
    I'm currently using a Nikon D60 with the kit lenses, however my first ever camera was a Kodak point and shoot way back in the day.
    The best advice I've ever received about photography is to learn about light!
    I would also really recommend for anyone past the basic exposure triangle knowledge and wanting to move to Manual settings to read 'Understanding Exposure' by Bryan Peterson. This book REALLY helped me make more conscious decisions about my settings and start to 'creatively expose' shots instead of simply attempting to correctly expose.

    Nice to meet you all!

    M

  • Evelyn Tea April 29, 2011 11:18 am

    Name: Evelyn Tea

    Country: Malaysia

    In photography for: 3 years

    Focus upon: Street, travel, portrait, black and white photography

    Gear: Nikon D5000

    Link: http://evelayn.tumblr.com/

    Tip: If something catches your eyes, just shoot away. Defining moments can be swift and brief.

    My challenge: Interesting enough, I have yet to overcome the fear of taking photographs of people in public (caution of breaching privacy)

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: It's a blessing and an inspiration to have a community of photographers that are not pretentious who makes photography an elite to just a few.
    Thanks DPS for keeping it REAL.

    [eimg url='http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkdfsdXFhZ1qanej9o1_500.jpg' title='tumblr_lkdfsdXFhZ1qanej9o1_500.jpg']

  • Raul Saavedra April 29, 2011 11:18 am

    Hi there everyone,

    I live in Caracas Venezuela. When I was about 15-years old (more than two decades ago) I worked “professionally” as a wedding photographer for more than a year. Back then I had no camera, used equipment the hiring company let me use for the job: Canon AE1’s, a Minolta (can’t recall the model), and a Rolleiflex.

    The first camera I actually owned was a Yashica T4 (film), which happened many years after that. Loved that camera, unfortunately lost it at the Miami airport and still miss it not only because it was such a great and portable camera, it had a film on it with photos of a friend’s wedding :( After that I had a compact Canon, can’t recall model, then entered the digital era on 2003 with a Canon Powershot G3, which I used till last year. On December 2010 I got a wonderful Canon Powershot S95, and just couple of weeks ago I got my first DSLR: a Nikon D7000 + 35mm f/1.8 prime lens, + 55-200 zoom. I will also use a 105mm Nikkor macro lens that my brother has.

    I like macro and city/outdoor landscapes, and in general I like still subjects. A challenge for me is to capture motion blur beautifully.

    To share the most recent photos I’ve shot I need to share the public links to some of my photos albums on Facebook. Here they are:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.42476262427.56031.635752427&l=dd69039264
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150101190367428.276225.635752427&l=e51661d127
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.407844597427.183148.635752427
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150166372157428.292100.635752427&l=5379bd7ae4

    Comments/critiques are welcome, Likes too! :)

    Also have some pics on photo.net:
    http://photo.net/photos/raul.saavedra

    Best,
    Raúl

  • Raul Saavedra April 29, 2011 11:16 am

    Hi there everyone,

    [b]I live in[/b] Caracas Venezuela. When I was about 15-years old (more than two decades ago) I worked "professionally" as a wedding photographer for more than a year. Back then I had no camera, used equipment the hiring company let me use for the job: Canon AE1's, a Minolta (can't recall the model), and a Rolleiflex.

    [b]The first camera I actually owned was[/b] a Yashica T4 (film), which happened many years after that. Loved that camera, unfortunately lost it at the Miami airport and still miss it not only because it was such a great and portable camera, it had a film on it with photos of a friend's wedding :( After that I had a compact Canon, can't recall model, then entered the digital era on 2003 with a Canon Powershot G3, which I used till last year. On December 2010 I got a wonderful Canon Powershot S95, and [b]just couple of weeks ago I got my first DSLR[/b]: a Nikon D7000 + 35mm f/1.8 prime lens, + 55-200 zoom. I will also use a 105mm Nikkor macro lens that my brother has.

    [b]I like[/b] macro and city/outdoor landscapes, and in general I like still subjects. [b]A challenge for me is[/b] to capture motion blur beautifully.

    To share the [b]most recent photos I've shot[/b] I need to share the public links to some of my photos albums on Facebook. Here they are:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.42476262427.56031.635752427&l=dd69039264
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150101190367428.276225.635752427&l=e51661d127
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.407844597427.183148.635752427
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150166372157428.292100.635752427&l=5379bd7ae4

    Comments/critiques are welcome, Likes too! :)

    Also have some pics on photo.net:
    http://photo.net/photos/raul.saavedra

    Best,
    Raúl

  • kel Gunawan April 29, 2011 11:12 am

    Hi guys,

    My name is Kel Gunawan and I am currently lived in Sydney. I been a photography enthusiast for about a year now and yes I am still a newbie in this photography world. I always been amaze by beautiful landscape photography for years and finally decide to grab a camera and creating one. While landscape had been my primary focus, I also had an interest in food photography.

    My first camera and currently I use is Canon 500D & the kit lens (18-50mm), 50mm and 16-35mm. At the moment I only have 1 photo that I would say I proud off in my flicker account: shinobie86. The rest of them still stuck in my computer waiting to be edited. Will try to get my ass move and start editing the photos.

    Since I am only a beginner, so my tips for other beginners: Google will be your second best equipment next to your camera. There is numerous number of information regarding photography out there and people will share them with you (if you ask nicely). Always come prepare.

    Keep taking photo guys
    Cheers

  • Raul Saavedra April 29, 2011 11:04 am

    Hi there everyone,

    [b]I live in[/b] Caracas Venezuela. When I was about 15-years old (more than two decades ago) I worked "professionally" as a wedding photographer for more than a year. Back then I had no camera, used equipment the hiring company let me use for the job: Canon AE1's, a Minolta (can't recall the model), and a Rolleiflex.

    [b]The first camera I actually owned was[/b] a Yashica T4 (film), which happened many years after that. Loved that camera, unfortunately lost it at the Miami airport and still miss it not only because it was such a great and portable camera, it had a film on it with photos of a friend's wedding :( After that I had a compact Canon, can't recall model, then entered the digital era on 2003 with a Canon Powershot G3, which I used till last year. On December 2010 I got a wonderful Canon Powershot S95, and [b]just couple of weeks ago I got my first DSLR[/b]: a Nikon D7000 + 35mm f/1.8 prime lens, + 55-200 zoom. I will also use a 105mm Nikkor macro lens that my brother has.

    [b]I like[/b] macro and city/outdoor landscapes, and in general I like still subjects. [b]A challenge for me is[/b] to capture motion blur beautifully.

    To share the [b]most recent photos I've shot[/b] I need to share the public links to some of my photos albums on Facebook. Here they are:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.42476262427.56031.635752427&l=dd69039264
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150101190367428.276225.635752427&l=e51661d127
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.407844597427.183148.635752427
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150166372157428.292100.635752427&l=5379bd7ae4

    Comments/critiques are welcome (likes too! :)

    Also have some pics on photo.net:
    http://photo.net/photos/raul.saavedra

    I took this [b]photo of myself [/b] (doesn't include my entire face, so I wouldn't call it a self-portrait) after having my pupils dilated a few years ago. It's the one that has been my Facebook profile photo for the longest time:
    [eimg url='https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6601102&l=46dd424744&id=635752427' title='photo.php?pid=6601102&l=46dd424744&id=635752427']

    Best,
    Raúl

  • Doug Sundseth April 29, 2011 10:55 am

    I'm Doug Sundseth, from Thornton, Colorado, USA. I've been taking photos since my father gave me an Instamatic more than 40 years ago, but I've only been moderately serious for a dozen years or so.

    Professionally, I'm a technical writer and corporate staff photographer, shooting process and marketing photographs (among other genres). My person work is mostly landscape and wildlife photography. Some of my work can be found here on Flickr.

    Currently I'm shooting a Nikon D5000 and looking to upgrade to a D7000 soon. (D300S at work.)

    My best tip, especially for a new photographer, is to only spend money on equipment if you know exactly what you'll use the equipment for and only if it would be too difficult or impossible to get the same result with the gear you currently have. (For a pro, that would be to only buy gear that will earn its cost back quickly.)

  • Jasmina April 29, 2011 10:48 am

    i forgot to write a tip sorry -.-
    my tip is just to shot shot shot... and practice alot ^^

  • Jasmina April 29, 2011 10:47 am

    Hi,my name is Jasmina (friends calls me Mina).
    I am from Serbia ,Belgrade.
    I am doing photography for two years now ..
    I am focus on the Nature photography,Sunset photography..Animals..
    My camera is Benq siemens C1420
    http://mina-hop22.deviantart.com/
    http://fav.me/d3evuwp

  • lucy April 29, 2011 10:36 am

    my name is lucy and i live on cape cod, in massachusetts. i follow DPS every day!

    i've taken photos all my life but have gotten serious about art photography in the last 3 years. i am intrigued by the small and interesting details of life. i'm not a landscape or portrait photographer -- rather i focus on those things that may go unnoticed, so that we can see them in a new way.

    i use canon equipment -- a digital rebel xsi and three lenses. i carry my camera with me everyday, everywhere. that's the best piece of advice i've ever gotten -- it has stood me in good stead, and guaranteed that i didn't miss great shots.

    i have a photoblog and you can see my full body of work on my flickr page

    thanks for the opportunity to learn more about the other readers of dps!

  • Chrissy Jensen April 29, 2011 10:28 am

    Hi! I'm Chrissy Jensen. Originally from Illinois, but living in beautiful California at the moment.
    I've always loved taking pictures, but I didn't really get serious about photography when I received my first non-point and shoot camera in 2009, an Olympus E-420 which I am still using. I'm still very much an amateur and just do it as a hobby, but I'm really loving it and hope to do something more serious with it.
    While I photograph anything that interests me, I find myself focusing more on landscape and macro photography.
    I recently started a flickr so there's not too much on it yet, but here it is:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrissyswonderland/

    Would love some critiques/advice!
    One thing I've learned is that you can't give up. Practice really does make perfect. If you want to build your skills, pick up your camera and try things out.
    I've really struggled with feelings of inadequacy with my photography in comparison to others. I know people who have so much talent and produce such amazing pictures and they have no training or haven't even been pursuing it for long. I guess I just need to gain confidence in my skills and pride in my pictures.
    I'm here trying to learn so any advice, help is always appreciated!! :)

  • ozzie April 29, 2011 10:19 am

    Hi, My name is Donald and I live along with my wife Leslie in the shoreline community of Clinton, Connecticut, USA. I've had an interest in photography since I bought my first SLR Camera in the 70's, but with my recent retirement I have gained a greater appreciation and wish to become a serious amateur. I am currently using a canon 50D with an 18-200mm f3.5, 10-20mm f4.0, 50mm f1.4, 100mm f2.8 and 120-400mm f4.0. I enjoy taking pictures of most anything, but of late been shooting mostly landscape and nature. My challenge problem is, to make my next picture a little better than my last picture.
    Here is the only self portrait I have and for a tip, just shoot, shoot and shoot some more.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/60701150@N04/5644442084/' title='self profile' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/5644442084_0c309aea34_z.jpg']

  • Abigail April 29, 2011 10:18 am

    It is great to get any idea of who the other readers are out there!

    My name is Abigail and I live in Chicago, IL. My passion is photographing babies and I am lucky enough to earn a living doing exactly that. I freelance for bella baby photography (you have have heard of us if you had a baby recently or know someone that has) and have my own business (abigailjunge.com) where I photography pregnancies, engagements and families. As far as gear goes, I shoot with a Canon 40D, 24-70mm 2.8 and a 430EX speedlite. I have loved photography ever since I was my sister's "assistant" when I was about 10, I would write all her stats down :) I have been paying the bills with my photography for 3 years and was going to Columbia to study photography before that.

    If I were to give a tip for photographers it would be to be patient, especially when doing portraits. Sometimes you just need to take a second, breathe, look at your subject and start shooting again. I forget this all the time because I don't want to miss a thing... but when I slow down, it really shows in my work.

    I am currently on #270 of my 365 project. It has helped me recharge my love for photography and keeps me shooting even if I have been shooting all day at work. Here is one of my favorites from the project:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/abigailjunge/5425734317/' title='365:200 Number Two Hundred' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5425734317_4749e33c04.jpg']

    Nice to "meet" you all!
    Oh, and here is a self portrait :)
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/abigailjunge/5490230202/' title='365:219 Bright Light' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5220/5490230202_275336c883.jpg']

  • Rodrick Croes April 29, 2011 10:17 am

    Name: Rodrick Croes
    Country: Aruba WI
    I have been doing photography for 10 months.
    I try to photograph every thing that catches my attention.
    Gear: Canon G10, T1i, some none L lenses.
    One of my photos I like a lot.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/68083336@N00/5667178118/in/photostream
    Tip for our community: Read, look and shoot, Read look and shoot, Read look and shoot every day.
    I would like to overcome my deep desire to buy a M9.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Chelsea (CLR Photography) April 29, 2011 10:11 am

    Hello DPS readers!
    My name is Chelsea, I live,im almost 18, high school SENIOR, and i work 5 jobs in Grants Pass,Oregon.! I have been doing photography for 5 years now and 2 years ago was serious about making it into a career. I focus mainly on Portraits. But when i'm not focusing on that i just take photos of random things. I currently shoot with a Canon Rebel xti and i also have a Nikon D1X(Which was gifted to me from a photographer that liked my work,he said that out of 30 of doing photography that i have taken better photos then more experienced photographers.)lol. ANYWAYS...
    A tip for everyone i think would be that if you are a photographer you should always capture your family when you can. I just lost my great uncle on good friday(april 22nd) and luckily- him, my aunt, cousin and i are all photographers were able to put a slideshow together for the rest of the family to see.
    I would like to learn how to work my camera a little more.
    Photography is a story book, just full of photos.
    I am going to college at the Art Institute of Portland in October to study Photography and Design.

    Just because you own a canon or a nikon doesn't make you a photographer, Because its a lot more than just pressing down the shutter button.!

    You can visit me at -
    http://www.facebook.com/1clrphoto
    http://clrphotos.wordpress.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52503948@N04/

    Thanks. Please Enjoy

  • Calvin Pennick JR April 29, 2011 10:11 am

    My Name is Calvin. I leave and work in Houston, TX. I have been trying to seriously pursue photography for the last 4 years. It has been fun. I started digital photography with a Nikon D50 and the standard lens. Now I have a D90, 24-75mm f2.8 sigma and a 50-150 f2.8 sigma HSM. I also use a couple of nikon strobes as my off camera flashes with wireless triggers for events and Alienbees in my studio. If I could give any advice to anyone just starting out I would say if you want to learn flash photography buy a decent light meter and learn ratios and practice. Also, take a advantage of sites like these. You really learn a lot from other photographers. You can see my work at http://www.calvinpennickjrphotography.com. It is nice to learn about other photographers out there.

  • Trent April 29, 2011 10:06 am

    @Dave Koontz

    I used to live in Roseville, CA a few years ago! Do you do go to Hot August Nights in Reno, I love that car show.

  • Matt rondel April 29, 2011 09:34 am

    [eimg url='http://www.mattrondel.com/photos/1248657845_V5nqX-Th.jpg' title='1248657845_V5nqX-Th.jpg']

    My name is Matt Rondel and I'm from Southern California. I’ve been into photography since I was a kid but didn’t get serious until introduced to the darkroom in high school.

    Currently my work is focused around Equestrian sports namely barrel racing and pole bending, photojournalism, followed by kids and families.

    My first camera was a little 110 but my first real camera was a Canon Rebel G (35mm). I've currently work with a 28 1.8, 50 1.4, 85 1.8 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 IS and camera bodies 30D T2i and 7D.

    My website is at: http://www.mattrondel.com

    One of my favorite shots is here: http://www.mattrondel.com/Photography/Favorites/14383684_rrBcb#1167983181_Y8P7y-A-LB

    Best advice I've heard over the past year is "learn how to see the light" from Rick Sammon. But with the only true way to master any skill is practice, practice, practice. When I First started learning the camera my instructors would always say for every roll you use if you get one good shot then you did really good.

    One of my challenges I sometimes run into is dry spells of creativity but the best way I overcome it is by either by reading a few articles on this fine site flipping through a few good sport magazines, or watching a few good photography podcasts.

  • Nav Tombros April 29, 2011 09:33 am

    Name: Nav Tombros

    Country: United States (Seattle)

    How Long I've been doing Photography: Seriously, about 2 years.

    Type of Photography I Focus on: I haven't really specialized in anything yet. I take a fair share of portraits and landscapes, but I get a certain kick out of wildlife photography. I enjoy waking up early, grabbing my 300mm zoom, jumping in the car while it's still dark, then arriving at a location just as the sun's beginning to rise. There's usually a lot of life stirring, engaging in behavior you can't see during the day.

    What Kind of Gear Do You Use: I'm a Nikon guy. I started out with a D40 just a couple years ago, and upgraded to a D7000 last Christmas. My lens library is still very small, I only have the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my D40, and a 70-300mm VR Nikon lens (mostly for wildlife). I'm looking to get a 50mm f/1.4 for my next lens (I'm excited to go prime!)

    My Flickr:

    Photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/navtombrosphotography/

    I have a more organized portfolio collection here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/navtombrosphotography/collections/72157626190315790/

    My favorite photo: For the ones that I've taken, probably this Heron one. Like I stated earlier, it was one of those mornings where I woke up and head out early. A hill was between me and the heron, so I tried army crawling on the other side of the hill to avoid from being seen (I was actually more interested, at the time,in the bald eagle that was behind the heron). I peeked over the top of the hill and started getting shots of the heron. It just so happened that for a few seconds, the sun glinted right off of its eye, and that's the shot that you see below

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/navtombrosphotography/5308386830/in/set-72157625766454814 (view on black)

    Tip for Community: Remember the 1-2 moments you've experienced in photography that are unforgettable. The ones that you can't help but smiling when you look back. Hold on to these moments and whenever you're having trouble in photography, remember that's the reason why you're in the field.

    Challenge: I'd really like to start trying to do more conceptual/abstract photography, things that are very planned out, use props, etc. I think these would be a lot of fun, and the results could be really neat!

    Portrait of Myself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericschofhauser/5564940598/in/photosof-navtombrosphotography/

  • Sara April 29, 2011 09:32 am

    Your name>>Sara S

    What country you live in>>United States

    How long you’ve been doing photography>> Since, 2005 but professionally since 2009

    What type of photography you focus upon most>> Portrait, Weddings, Events, Macro and Abstract

    What kind of gear you use>> First camera was an Olympus, Currently Canon xTi and Canon 5D

    Anything else you'd like to share>> Like me on Facebook :)

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account>> www.sarasultanphotography.com | http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssultan/

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo>> This is a tough one, but I’ll share a current favorite. It’s a facebook link, haven’t had time to upload it to the site yet | http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=198344643536002&set=a.144876325549501.21469.128554877181646&type=1&theater

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year>>Take the camera off Manual and play with the options (yes, yes it’s be said over and over again.) With that said, don’t underestimate the power of the ‘Landscape’ setting for vivid colors. Sometimes, going to basics is better. Works really well with blues and greens…

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography>>Learn more about Aperture control

    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssultan/5667040276/in/photostream

  • JD Brandenburg April 29, 2011 09:23 am

    Hello! I'm JD Brandenburg, currently in West Virginia, USA. I've been an avid photographer since back in the film days. I was raised around horses on the west coast and although I didn't like riding and the work associated with horses, I loved photographing them. So, primarily I photograph equine events and some landscapes.
    I decided to become a licensed professional photographer back in 2005 when I finally ditched the film and went digital. I'm currently using Canon equipment.
    As an artist my work is only as good as my equipment. Necessary (and a problem) in my field is the fast 85mm f1.2 lens for the low light capability. Like a starving artist, I can't afford the glass! It's difficult stopping a horse in low light. Riders (and horse owners) prefer my shots and the non-use of flash, as these are competing events. With my Canon 7D & the 85mm f1.2 would be a blessing. Oh well, I must carry-on!

    A favorite shot of mine is really a two shot (combined) It took awhile to compose a creek shot, having to go "in" to get the shot and thought, what would it look like if I place this horse and rider in the creek? I did so and later was amazed and proud at how the horses feet in the water looked as though the water actually pooled around the feet. I swear a viewer thought it was an actual (original) shot and I mentioned the tail as the give away. http://favorites.smugmug.com/popular/1/605690683_ajj34#523249198_yfkxz

    As a photographer I too carry a camera with me at all times. A favorite quote of mine is by the hockey player, Wayne Gretsky, though he was referring to hockey I see a relevance to photography. He said, "You miss 100%, the shots you don't take."

    Please feel free to comment on my work as I'm open-minded to suggestions. Learn something new everyday. Thank you.

  • Rick April 29, 2011 09:14 am

    Rick, aka EOBeav in the forums
    USA
    ~3 years now
    Landscape mostly, but kids are also fun
    Canon XSi, & some L lenses
    photos.RickScheibner.net, and RickScheibner.net/flickr
    http://photos.rickscheibner.net/water/white-river-falls/ (although looking at it now, I can see how I'd do it differently)
    Shoot on a regular basis! There's no way to improve except by consistent practice
    I'd like to learn how to get optimal colors in landscape photography
    I use Lightroom and GIMP for post production.
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KrW3dXx0

  • Selena Vogel April 29, 2011 09:14 am

    What a fun idea!!

    I'm Selena Vogel, and am one of the newer wedding photographers in Bellingham, Washington--a city full of amazing photographic talent, and so I know that I have high standards to meet! I am really grateful to be a member of Professional Photographers of America, and am working towards their Master Photographer certification, so I practice practice practice all the time! I love learning, and I am so passionate about providing beautiful and creative photos to the amazing people who allow me to be part of their wedding day. I got married six months ago, and it has given me an even deeper appreciation of how important wedding photographs are, and how important the act of marriage truly is... I am a diehard Nikon girl, and my favorite lens is my good old 50mm 1.8 prime lens. And so, here's me:

    www.whatcomweddingphotography.com

    and if you don't have flash player, you can check out my blog at www.selenavogel.com or my Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Selena-Vogel-Photography/181053718579449

    [eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-k3R8NR-wiac/TaKOwlyrsXI/AAAAAAAAAfc/fxcMDvSFRpM/s640/HO_020.jpg' title='HO_020.jpg']

  • Dave Koontz April 29, 2011 09:11 am

    Hi,

    My name is Dave Koontz aka Fat Kat

    I live in Roseville, California USA which is located approximately 100 miles east of San Francisco, CA near the Sierra foothills.

    I've been shooting since 1982 when I bought my first SRL (Konica FS1 which I still have), My current camera is a Nikon D700 with dreams and schemes to purchase a D3x by the end of summer. I've combined two my passions in life .. automobiles and photography.. and have been concentrating on automotive imagery for the past couple years.
    Please visit my website www.fatkatphotography.com and let me know what you think - I do appreciate polite critiques of my work in hopes of improving my skills.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Darren for this great site ... it's the best site for information and inspiration, and I do appreciate all that contribute their time, experience and sharing their knowledge.

  • Zoli April 29, 2011 09:11 am

    •Your name: Zoli

    •What country you live in: Hungary; city: Budapest

    •How long you’ve been doing photography: with a compact Casio since 2000, with DSLR since 2008

    •What type of photography you focus upon most: portraits, night shots, wedding

    •What kind of gear you use: Canon 450D, Sigma EF-500 flashlight, Sigma 18-200, Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX HSM, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX HSM

    •A link or two to your photoblog:

    http://indafoto.hu/1001eskuvoifoto/
    http://www.1001photos.eu/
    http://www.1001weddingphotos.com/

    •Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: I have a lot, so I chose randomly: http://indafoto.hu/1001eskuvoifoto/image/11498027-160d6ba9/user

    •A tip for our community: It worth to buy exclusive lenses.

    •A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: my hands are usually shaking, I wanna use flashlights much better

    •Anything else that you’d like to tell us: Next time I wanna buy a Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX HSM, then a macro, then a tele, and I will be satisfied. :)

  • Verity April 29, 2011 08:36 am

    Cool idea!!

    I'm Verity, an English girl in Madrid, Spain. I've always been a happy snapper and I have a design background, but I started taking photography more seriously about two years ago when I lost my job and decided it was time to try a new direction in life.

    I have gravitated towards sports and event photography, probably because I'm a runner and mountain biker but bit by bit I'm trying other stuff, I just love the fact that I learn something new every day.

    I use a Nikon D300s with Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8 and 35mm f/1.8 although I still go out with my first DSLR a Nikon D40 and the fixed 35mm when I don't want to be weighed down. I still find it a great exercise to use my legs as my zoom, and I like the intimacy the 35mm gives when doing documental photography.

    In fact that is my tip, and it was given to me by an award winning photojournalist... so it's a good one!!

    My website is www.verityharrison.com and my favourite photo is the first image on the front page.

    Nice to meet everyone.

  • Johnp April 29, 2011 08:34 am

    Your name :John Parkin
    What country you live in: Queensland Australia
    How long you’ve been doing photography: About 50 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most - Wedding & travel
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): So far stuck with Pentax (K10D & K7), started with a box brownie but had various gear during the years including medium format.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account Name - ImageJohn - Still to setup my Flickr properly though.

  • John April 29, 2011 08:33 am

    This is a great idea!

    My name - John
    My location - Massachusetts, USA
    My Gear - Nikon D3100 + Kit lens + 55-300 Nikon

    About me - I recently started taking an interest in photography and have started writing a photo a day blog at http://www.phogropathy.com feel free to have a look to see what I come up with. I'm mostly drawn to sunsets/rises other various landscapes and buildings (most of the run down abandoned type). However I like trying to capture wildlife and cool flowers too.

    I'd say my goal is to capture a bolt of lightning.

    I'm constantly on DPS trolling through the forums or reading articles my alias is theeventof and I'm learning a lot here even though I've only posted a couple of threads.

    If I had to give any advice at all to my fellow photographers out there it'd be don't ever get discouraged - if something is working out the way you wanted it to try to figure out what went wrong and you'll learn how to create better photos in the process.

    Other than that if you really want to make my day - like my facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phogropathy/178527045532089 :)

  • Gabriel Baragan April 29, 2011 08:29 am

    Hello everybody,
    My name is Gabriel and I am a Lifestyle Photographer. I love this type of photography, it gives you a lot of freedom and asks for a lot of creativity and energy.

    I have been doing this for the last 2 years. I started with a Nikon D90 (80-200mm / 2.8 and 50mm / 1.8) which i have to say is a GREAT camera. Now I am working with Canon 5 D Mark I (35mm 1.4 L 90 % of the time, 70-200mm 2.8, 15mm fisheye, 50mm 1.4).

    I would like to get in touch with more Lifestyle Photographers to exchange ideas and talk about this kind of photography. I dont know where to begin with tips and tricks because i haven´t seen on dPS so far an article about that and now time is pressing but i would love if there are photographers here that do this knd of photography and maybe in the future i can put together an article dedicated to Lifestyle Photography.

    For any questions or tips you can write me at gabriel_baragan@yahoo.com.

  • Derrel Anthony April 29, 2011 08:23 am

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Derrel from Brooklyn, NY and I am somewhat new to photography. Although I've been admiring photography for years, I've only just begun taking pictures. I bought my first DSLR last month, a Canon Rebel xs with the kit lens (18-55mm) and I also have a 50mm f1.8. I am still learning but I am having a great time doing so. I plan on focusing on mainly portrait and street photography but I will eventually venture into landscape photography.

    I am now in the process of selecting and uploading my first set of photos to flickr. You can reach me at flickr.com/DerrelAnthony and DerrelAB@gmail.com.

    I'd appreciate any tips or help that I receive. Thank you.

  • Sam April 29, 2011 08:04 am

    I'll join in the fun here. Getting this low in the comments though, it'll probably end up being skipped over :-)

    Your name: Sam Dickinson (often seen online as JazzXP)

    What country you live in: Australia (Melbourne to be a bit more localised)

    How long you’ve been doing photography: Properly - about 18 months, but I've been on and off photography since a kid - used to play around with my Dad's SLR (Pentax ME Super which is now mine) and did photography subjects throughout school (not that I remember any of it)

    What type of photography you focus upon most: Glamour photography mainly (think mens mag styles), branching into a little fashion and beauty photography

    What kind of gear you use: Currently using a Nikon D5000 (with a third party grip). My main two lenses I use are the 70-200 f/2.8 VRII and the 50mm f/1.4. I do have others (and use them two), but these are my go to lenses.

    A link or two to your photoblog:
    Glamour & Portrait stuff - http://www.sdphoto.com.au
    General - http://www.sdickinson.com
    Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/25937209@N03/
    Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/samdickinsonphotography

    A tip for our community: Don't put your lights too close to your subject. It makes the falloff much harsher giving you very dark shadows where you often don't want them.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Overlighting my subjects - still learning how far off my lightmeter is to my camera (in particular on location shoots) and getting use to my Ranger RX pack.

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: Still new to all of this, but really focusing on my glamour stuff at the moment with an aim to be able to start charging for photos.

    Feel free to swing by my website and drop me a line (even just to say hello) - contact details are on the front page.

  • fortunato_uno April 29, 2011 08:03 am

    Hi,

    My name is Jamie Smith.

    I live in Florida in a small town called Beverly Hills. It's a poor naborhood in a very rural county.

    I recieved a vivatar 110 back in the seventys.

    I photgraph anything and everything. I always have my camera and am often required to use it.

    Two years ago I got a Canon Xsi and soon after purchesed a 70-300mm f4/5.6. Some time last year I picked up a T2i and a 55-250mm f 4/5.6 as well as a Nifty Fifty. Early this year I needed a flash so I got the (crap) some thing 400 something (sorry I forgot the numers) by Canon.

    You can check out my shot at http://lafango.com/fortunato_uno

    It's hard to choose a favorite. I'd have to say I'm yet to shoot my favorite.

    The best tip I can give has to do with the best advice I've ever read. Your first 10,000 shots suck. Man I don't know if mine are all that but, I'm glad to be past that point. Now I shoot less and get more. So I guess I'd have to say shoot as often as you possibley can.

    My challenge for my self is simple, Get a better shot next time. I hope to keep that as a motivator to work harder next time.

    As much as I might like to read the articles here, I really like the helpful replys. Alot of the people here have not only some really good work but, some great advice.

    As a close, I'd like to thank Darren and those who work with him to put together such a fine blog and a great team.

  • Margaret Albaugh April 29, 2011 08:02 am

    1. Your name-Margaret (Butters is a nickname from college when I ate microwave popcorn everyday. So I use Butta as an alias)
    2. What country you live in--American living in England
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography--Forever but just recently
    4. What type of photography you focus upon most--my goal is to eventually be a humanitarian photographer and then maybe editorial. However, now I focus on just learning so I do a lot of landscape and street since those are most available.
    5. What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)--Nikon D90 and 18-105mm DX VR AF-S Zoom Lens and 50mm f/1.4
    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)--http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaretalbaugh/
    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo--I think this is my favorite photo for it's composition, its story, and its spontaneity.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaretalbaugh/
    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography--I really want to learn how to manage light better. I want to get better with portraits and I feel light is the key element, both ambient and flash.
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us. Oy! so many things... just ask...
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).
    From a recent charity event:

  • Margaret Albaugh April 29, 2011 08:00 am

    1. Your name-Margaret (Butters is a nickname from college when I ate microwave popcorn everyday. So I use Butta as an alias)
    2. What country you live in--American living in England
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography--Forever but just recently
    4. What type of photography you focus upon most--my goal is to eventually be a humanitarian photographer and then maybe editorial. However, now I focus on just learning so I do a lot of landscape and street since those are most available.
    5. What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)--Nikon D90 and 18-105mm DX VR AF-S Zoom Lens and 50mm f/1.4
    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)--http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaretalbaugh/
    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo--I think this is my favorite photo for it's composition, its story, and its spontaneity.... http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaretalbaugh/
    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography--I really want to learn how to manage light better. I want to get better with portraits and I feel light is the key element, both ambient and flash.
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us. Oy! so many things... just ask...
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).
    From a recent charity event:

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KpPdE0IZ

  • Kevin Deems April 29, 2011 07:54 am

    Hello fellow photo'rs! My name is Kevin, and I am a professional photographer from Joplin, Missouri. I have been shooting since the ripe age of 16... my first camera was a nikon d40, I now shoot with a canon 5d and a canon 7d. Weddings are my bread and butter but I'll shoot anything from portraits to landscapes:) to see some of my work visit my facebook page: www.facebook.com/kevindeemsphotography

    If I could pass on any knowledge that I might have it's to have fun while shooting. If you the photographer has fun, then your subjects will be relaxed, normal, and you'll get great shots. Whelp I am not an expert on picture taking or anything like that. But I do love to discuss, so if you all ever have any questions email me/ call me/txt me and we will have a down right good time!

    Thanks guys!

  • Lisandro M. Enrique April 29, 2011 07:49 am

    hahahahha sorry!! sorry! I can't help but say this: I read all the comments so far and I felt good reading it! in this world so fast, take my time to imagine how you are, how you work and see each of yours works has been really good. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Wyatt Garrison April 29, 2011 07:43 am

    Hey everyone, My name is Wyatt S. "Earp" Garrison.
    I absolutely love landscape photography and macro photography. I am not too keen on portraits but its what I do to make the dough ;D
    I have a Nikon d3000 with the kit lens plus a 55-200mm f4.6 lens.
    Check me out on my new facebook page, www.facebook.com/WSGPhotography Like me if you like my work :D
    My dream is to go to college for a photography degree..
    In the last year I have learned so much about photography that I couldn't list them all here..

    Thank you guys!

  • Larry Fry April 29, 2011 07:39 am

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online): Larry -
    What country you live in : United States
    How long you’ve been doing photography: 30 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): recently - Portrature/wedding
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): Canon - first camera: Mamiya/Sekor
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): http://f2.8photography.net; http://www.silvershadowsimaging.com
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: Posing tips! - learned here on DPS
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Efficient workflow
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).
    [eimg url='http://img156.imageshack.us/i/0075u.jpg/][img=http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/1410/0075u.th.jpg' title='0075u.th.jpg']

  • Lisandro M. Enrique April 29, 2011 07:36 am

    Lisandro, Latente in the net, but I prefer just Lisandro

    I live in Córdoba city, Argentna. Just in the heart of my country.

    Mmmm I dont be a professional photographer. Just like take photos. Ok, my dreams its maybe someday be a pro, but now, since 2002 when i bought my first point and shoot camera, I'm working in learn about taking photos.

    Like everything? Linke landscapes, the portraits, people expressions,... architecture... all of it.

    Actually, since 2 weeks ago, a Sony a55 (at last!!!!!!! in Argentina all its to expensive)

    I have an old Minolta film camera so beautiful, so I chose a Sony over the compatibility of the lens. I have a 18-55mm Minolta and Minolta 75-300mm is my favorite. Before, several years ago I had a Kodak DX6490 that I loved and gave me very nice moments. Then I had to sell it and spent many years without its own camera. Before she had another Kodak, but I do not remember the model ...

    http://www.flickr.com/latente

    My favorite photo...?? mmmm let me think.

    Take it easy.

    Mmmm As I said before, I am not a professional photographer and I did not the opportunity to study. I'm learning on the fly and that in some way makes me very proud. In places like this that I visit every day I can see how they work and do photography in other places and it is beautiful.

    Just congratulations. This kind of sites are very important for people like us. Every word, or tip, or advice its important. Sorry my english by the way!!! Saludos from Argentina!!!

  • Rachel April 29, 2011 07:24 am

    My name is Rachel. I live in the US; Philly PA to be more exact

    I've been doing photography seriously since 2005. I just registered for my business license this year, so I'm finally taking the plunge!

    I really love taking photos of people, whether it be for a portrait session or out on the street; so portraiture is really my favorite I guess, but I'll jump at any opportunity to shoot.

    I have a Canon Rebel xti that I bought four years ago; I just got my first non-kit lens, a Tamron 17-50 2.8. My first camera was the long flat kind that took the film that looked like glasses.

    My main site is www.photographybyRUE.com and I'm doing a 365 project at www.365byRUE.blogspot.com I would love for anyone to take a look, and any feedback or comments are always appreciated. I also get a thrill when I see another country light up on the tracker that shows where people are who've seen my work =)

    The first shot in this entry: http://www.photographybyrue.com/2010_02_01_archive.html This was the first time I did a shoot for a friend, and she told me I should really be doing it full time. I also taught myself how to edit this photo and was so excited with how it came out, so I think it will always hold a special place in my heart.

    The thing I've learned about photography in the last year (and have to keep reminding myself of) is to not get caught up in what everyone else is doing and constantly measuring myself against others' work and saying "I'll never be that good". Because I don't want to look exactly like that, I want to look like me.

    The challenge I see ahead of me is figuring out how to balance the passion for the art and the need to support myself.

    This is awesome! I've been reading DPS for years, and have learned a lot, and have really turned to it for resources and support as I've delved deeper into the work. Thank you!!!

    This is a link to some self portrait work I've done; maybe a little different, hopefully you'll enjoy: http://www.photographybyrue.com/2010/05/different-kind-of-portrait.html
    Clearly I'm not the typical photographer who's uncomfortable being in front of the camera =P

    [eimg url='http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gjWpByJbU8g/TPgjhJvI3GI/AAAAAAAACmo/xBk4-_jvosY/s1600/kitchen%2Bcomp%2Bcopy%2Bsml%2Bcopy.jpg' title='kitchen%2Bcomp%2Bcopy%2Bsml%2Bcopy.jpg']

  • Lisa April 29, 2011 07:22 am

    Hey All
    I'm Llisa (aka The Belle from Hell and Pix) I'm currently living in Calgary (Canada)

    I've had a camera in my hands since I was about 10 years old (I'm 26 now) I finally picked up a Nikon D40 about three years ago. Currently shooting with a 35mm 1.8 lens

    I really got into photography after getting involved in the local punk/metal music scene (both on and off the stage) I invested in my DSLR after destroying about 3 smaller point and shoots in the mosh pits.

    I focus on concert and landscape photography and within the last year I've discovered the freedom involved in impressionistic /abstract photography. The idea that not every photo HAS to be perfectly focused and composed has been inspirational for me and I've had a ton of fun experimenting with camera movement, lights and splotching Vaseline all over my lenses (If I try to sell you my camera, it's probably not worth what I'm asking!)

    Here's a photo of the Calgary river valley in the middle of winter, its currently one of my favorites:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/61461362@N03/5665873287/in/photostream

    Happy shooting!

  • Jenn April 29, 2011 07:19 am

    Great idea!!

    I'm Jenn and live in Switzerland, and have been actively learning and exploring photography over the past couple years. I'm mainly interested in food photography as well as nature/landscape photography. I'm a Nikon girl, and currently use a D300s.

    My food/photo blog is jenncuisine.com, which also has my flickr and some of my favorite pics :)

    My tip for the community is to become friends with an internet bookmarking system. I find it's invaluable for saving and then being able to find links to useful tutorials. As of the moment I'm currently working on remembering to take my tripod hiking with me, and figuring out how to incorporate supplemental lighting into my food photography.

  • Karrel April 29, 2011 07:17 am

    I answered this but now it is gone - so if you see a duplicate, forgive me :-}

    Your name: Karrel Buck (@karrelbuck)
    What country you live in: Tampa, Florida, United States of America
    How long you’ve been doing photography: I started really being interested in 2004 when we went to Alaska.
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): I usually end up with landscape, family life and nature. I like to combine photos in Photoshop, so you never know what I might chose to shoot.
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): Right now I have a Nikon D60 & my fave lens is a Tamron 28:300.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): My Flickr name & Facebook name is: karrelbuck
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo:
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year:
    You can shoot the sun with no repercussions (unless you leave your eye on the eye piece).
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3883226308/in/set-72157594188299052
    Just get your shot focused on the nearby edge of a cloud, turn your head & shoot!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3249789958/in/set-72157612292925596
    This is one of my favorite combo shots, the bike was in a shop window in St. Augustine, the ocean is from Hammock Beach, Florida and the embellishments are from www.scrapgirls.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3348277720/in/set-72157612292925596
    My 2 grandsons, background & embellishments by www.scrapgirls.com

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: I do not think ahead about my shots. I barely remember to check the white balance or anything else. I just adjust my shutter speed for my aperture and start shooting. I just by my histogram. I want to stop this. Going to Germany later this year and I want to be more care in my shots from now on.
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us.: Keep shooting, keep learning. Also, you can get so many actions, brushes, textures, embellishments, backgrounds, etc at www.scrapgirls.com for much much cheaper than you can on photography sites AND they are of a better quality. I don't work for them or anything, but I am a big big fan.

    I use Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Topaz filters

  • Gustavo Pugliesi Sachs April 29, 2011 07:10 am

    1. Gustavo Pugliesi Sachs (gp sachs)
    2. Montreal - Canada
    3. I've been photographing since I was around 10, but that doesn't count. I got into it in 2006 and since 2008, I have been making some money with photography.
    4. Inclusion of people with disabilities / Pets / Events
    5. Nikon D90 (50mm f/1.8 and 28-85 f/3.5-4.5, not very often: Tokina 80-200 f/4 and Diana lenses bundle), started with Pentax K1000, which I keep to this day always loaded with black and white film.
    6. http://about.me/gpsachs for all my links
    7. My photo that I'm most proud of is maybe this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gp-sachs/5337612402/ I had the idea for this shot and the results are exactly what I had in mind.
    8. Something I learned, not last year, but that is very useful is: keep shooting and don't be ashamed of anything, people can stare at you like if you were crazy, but no one will have the picture you do
    9. I need to overcome shyness to approach people and direct.
    10. Always have a camera with you, a (D)SLR, point and shoot or a mobile phone. You never know what will happen while you're out.
    11. Never shot a self-portrait :(

  • SimonK April 29, 2011 07:06 am

    Hi All,

    My name is Simon and I've been a keen amature photographer for around 8 years now. I discovered photography early in life (back in the days of dark rooms) but was young and could not afford to - and didn't have the patience to - learn to shoot with film. Fast forward to the era of the DSLR and a spur-of-the-moment purchase of the then newly released (orginal) Canon Digital Rebel changed all that in the blink of an eye. The ability to learn through trial and error inspired me to start shooting, and I haven't stopped.

    These days I shoot with a 40D and most often a Canon EF-S 17-55 IS f/2.8 USM, a Canon 60mm f/2.8 macro and a Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 (all awesome lenses by the way).

    I'm still searching for my stylistic 'home' but right now it's one I call 'opportunistic'. I love trying new techniques and subjects, usually trying to find the interesting in the things around me. Travel, wildlife and landscapes have been my mainstay themes over the years.

    My tip? Its so easy to get caught up in the technology, techniques and 'how its supposed to be done' in this game - but if you focus on the 'what' rather than the 'how' you can find amazing opportunities for photography everywhere.Even on a walk with the family! Oh and 'never use direct flash'!

    Check out some of my favourite shots at www.extrospectivevisions.com

    -----------

    Finally a response to Kartik's challenge - for parties / indoor events try setting up a couple of flash units with 1/4 CTO gels on stands in the corners of the room and triggering them remotely. That way you can get good lighting and still blend into the event.

  • janmary, N Ireland April 29, 2011 07:05 am

    Hi all,

    I'm Janmary from N Ireland, been into photography about the last 5 years. I now have a Canon 500D.

    My main subjects are my kids, my handmade jewellery and local scenery in N Ireland, and anything I want to blog about.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/12661656@N02/

    My tip - get to know your/my camera better (I need to do that too!)

    Problem - family are getting fed up with my photo-taking, and now produce cheesy grins when the camera appears!

    Fave photo - hard to pick one, I usually am my own worst critic, but quite pleased with this one this week.
    [eimg url='http://www.flickr.com/photos/12661656@N02/' title='12661656@N02'][eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/12661656@N02/5666419742/' title='nature detective by janmary' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5666419742_70a4b69b6b.jpg']

  • Geoffrey April 29, 2011 07:02 am

    My name is Geoffrey. I live in the US, and have been doing photography my whole life, but more seriously over the past 2-3 years. I do a mixture of landscape and still life, with a splash of family life and special effect photography. I use a Canon 50D almost exclusively.

    My photoblog (a project 365 that is currently well over 400 days now) is at http://photokapi.com/

    One of my favorite recent photos is this one:
    [eimg url='http://photokapi.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/2011-04-20-600x400.jpg' title='2011-04-20-600x400.jpg']

    One of the biggest challenges I face (as do most people) is getting what is in front of the camera to look like what it does in my head. At any rate, check out my blog, and please leave comments on individual pictures you like, or constructive criticisms as well.

    Thanks!

  • Ian Brodie April 29, 2011 06:59 am

    Your name : Ian Brodie
    What country you live in: New Zealand
    How long you’ve been doing photography: 30 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most : Landscape
    What kind of gear you use: Currently using a Nikon D700 and Nikon D300 with assorted lenses. My first camera was an Instamatic.

    A link or two to your photoblog

    http://www.ianbrodiephoto.net

    Learn to use Lightroom for post-processng. It releases your inner soul!

    How to use flash lighting effectively.

  • susan April 29, 2011 06:58 am

    I am susan and I live in Maryland. I use a Pentax F-x with a 18-55mm lens.
    I really like micro photography, but will take pictures of anything. I have been taking pictures with my iPhone, and believe it or not, the iPhone takes a good picture from time to time.
    My first DSL was a Canon AE1 program, so that is dating me.
    I would love to hear from other people, especially those who live near Baltimore MD.

  • Jose Betancur April 29, 2011 06:58 am

    Your name: Jose Betancur
    What country you live in: Colombia
    How long you’ve been doing photography: With DSLR 3 years, but always have a passion for it
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Life, casual
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): D7000, SB900, SB700
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiky/
    Instagram: Betancur
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: Cinderella's shoe http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiky/3568521379/
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: Always have the ambient light as your safety net, build your photos on top of it, and you will have amazing stuff

  • Jerrica April 29, 2011 06:33 am

    Hi, I'm Jerrica and I'm a happily married mum of 5 (4 boys and a step daughter) aged 9 to 19.

    I live in a mad house, in Cheshire, England. What with the rugrats and creatures, (dog, cat, tropical fish, chickens and bearded dragons) it's organised chaos. I have wide and varied interests but have loved photography since I became a mum for the first time. I also love reading, nature and scrapbooking when I have time. Until this month (April '11) I had never used a camera off the inbuilt settings and have been getting increasingly frustrated with my efforts. Now I am trying to figure out how to do it myself.

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year.

    Something I recently figured out, if you're using a digital camera snap away, don't be scared to mess about with settings and use the exif data when you get home to find out what works best. After all it's only costing a bit of your time, unlike film.

    My Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerricaj/

  • Adilson Andrade April 29, 2011 06:31 am

    Hello All, my name is Adilson Andrade and I live in Aracaju, which is a the capital city of the state of Sergipe in Brazil. I´ve been doing photography for about three years now. I like to photograph everything. So far I haven´t chosen a specific theme. I started taking pictures with a Sony H10 and then I went on to a Sony A330 and currently I´m making pictures with a Sony A580. I upload my photos to Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/adilson_aracaju/ - and carbonmade - http://adilsonandrade.carbonmade.com. One of my favorite pictures is here: [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/adilson_aracaju/4714919255/' title='O pão deles de cada dia' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4714919255_691e9de191.jpg']. , it has had more than 1,5 thousand views in flickr and I´m very pleased for having made it. I thought photography was lucky, I thought one would have to stay on the right place and at the right time to take that special picture, but I´ve learned that besides all that sometimes you may interfere and make pictures. Some of my pictures nowadays are made and I proud of that because many famous photographers do the same; they make pictures. I still struggle to take beautiful and compelling images and most of the times I get frustrated with how terribly I photograph. I have used the internet to learn a lot about photography and I was lucky enough to come across "DPS.com" and I take this opportunity to thank them for how much they have taught me about photography. Thank you very much DPS. Click here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150166074794905&set=a.459070944904.229865.699044904&type=1 - to see who I am.

  • John Scott April 29, 2011 06:30 am

    @tc My original post also states that it is awaiting moderation and I included only one link. I really have no idea what the deal is.

  • Ruth April 29, 2011 06:29 am

    Your name
    Ruth
    What country you live in
    United States
    How long you’ve been doing photography
    5 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)
    portrait and landscape
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was)
    I only really have a GE X5 camera, but I love it.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/icewolfstudios/
    http://photosbyruth.blogspot.com/ (I just started this, so go easy on me. lol)
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/icewolfstudios/5617366882/in/photostream
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year\
    Just be patient. If you try too hard, it won't come out right.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
    I want to be more confident in the photos I take.
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us.
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1Kqpkp6W0

  • Grant D. Taylor April 29, 2011 06:21 am

    My name is Grant Taylor.

    I live in th United States

    I have been into photography off and on for about 12 years now.

    I do not have a favorite type of photography. I just want to keep learning.

    I am currently using a Nikon D100, little outdated but it works.

    My photoblog is granttaylorphotography.blogspot.com

    One of my favorite photos is: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_7QseF3kdpH8/TLsTVzKIs7I/AAAAAAAAApc/TC3UhoSA4j0/s1600/70s-Party.jpg

    One of the best things I have learned over the last year is just how important a community of photographers is, connect with others.

    I really need to get better at working with people.

    I am a student in college minoring in photography and hoping to have a career in photography.

    Lots of self portraits can be found on my blog. I use myself a lot.

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 06:17 am

    Mako Asuela here, I'm from the Philippines. I started loving taking photos when I was a kid. It was just recently that I started taking photography seriously. Tried different types of photography but I find it interesting to take portraits and weddings. Hopefully, I will be able to establish a business for it in the future though I am starting it already.

    My first DSLR is a Nikon D5000. I purchased it a year ago. Being an average Filipino, investing for a photography equipment is such a luxury so I'm into DIYs most of the time; umbrella, light stand/tripod, beauty dish, bokeh filter etc. I'd do anything just to arrive to the output I am looking for. I have a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens. These lenses, though not fast lenses, have served me well. Here’s the link to my work on Facebook. I am too lazy to update my Flickr account because my Jurassic computer takes time to load a single click.

    Recently, I've learned that to set the shutter for ambient light, set the aperture for flash intensity, set the flash manually, set the proper flash-subject distance, set ISO for better light sensitivity (and could help save flash battery power).

    I'd like to know more how to meter and evaluate light without using the meter reader or bothering my subject with a gray card. I didn't attend any photography school as my photography skills was honed with part through experience and part through internet research. Any tips that you could give me to further develop my photography skills is much welcomed. Oh, please do like my Facebook page. Thanks!

  • glen April 29, 2011 06:16 am

    South Carolina USA,
    Canon 50D favorite lenses ef-s 10-22mm, 2.8 70-200 L
    Landscape, nature, actually..I'll take a photo of anything.

    Although I always loved photography, I only became seriously active in photography the past 2 years. I am self taught(with the help of a few good books by Bryan Peterson), and sometimes it shows. I have won a few contests and been published a coupe of times.

    Best tip(s) "The more you shoot, the better you will shoot." & "Involve yourself with other photographers-you'll learn a ton"
    Challenge: Learning to market my imagery effectively in an extremely crowded marketplace & underwater photography.
    Favorite photo: Wow, too many to choose from

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 06:16 am

    Hi, my comment is not getting through. Why is it happening? Thanks

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 06:13 am

    Mako Asuela here, I'm from the Philippines. I started loving taking photos when I was a kid. It was just recently that I started taking photography seriously. Tried different types of photography but I find it interesting to take portraits and weddings. Hopefully, I will be able to establish a business for it in the future though I am starting it already. My first DSLR is a Nikon D5000. I purchased it a year ago. Being an average Filipino, investing for a photography equipment is such a luxury so I'm into DIYs most of the time; umbrella, light stand/tripod, beauty dish, bokeh filter etc. I'd do anything just to arrive to the output I am looking for. I have a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens. These lenses, though not fast lenses, have served me well.

    Here’s the link to my work on Facebook. I am too lazy to update my Flickr account because my Jurassic computer takes time to load a single click.

    Recently, I've learned that to set the shutter for ambient light, set the aperture for flash intensity, set the flash manually, set the proper flash-subject distance, set ISO for better light sensitivity (and could help save flash battery power). I'd like to know more how to meter and evaluate light without using the meter reader or bothering my subject with a gray card. I didn't attend any photography school as my photography skills was honed with part through experience and part through internet research. Any tips that you could give me to further develop my photography skills is much welcomed. Oh, please do like my Facebook page. Thanks!

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 06:11 am

    Mako Asuela here, I'm from the Philippines. I started loving taking photos when I was a kid. It was just recently that I started taking photography seriously. Tried different types of photography but I find it interesting to take portraits and weddings. Hopefully, I will be able to establish a business for it in the future though I am starting it already.

    My first DSLR is a Nikon D5000. I purchased it a year ago. Being an average Filipino, investing for a photography equipment is such a luxury so I'm into DIYs most of the time; umbrella, light stand/tripod, beauty dish, bokeh filter etc. I'd do anything just to arrive to the output I am looking for. I have a 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm telephoto lens. These lenses, though not fast lenses, have served me well.

    Here’s the link to my work on Facebook. I am too lazy to update my Flickr account because my Jurassic computer takes time to load a single click.

    Recently, I've learned that to set the shutter for ambient light, set the aperture for flash intensity, set the flash manually, set the proper flash-subject distance, set ISO for better light sensitivity (and could help save flash battery power).

    I'd like to know more how to meter and evaluate light without using the meter reader or bothering my subject with a gray card.

    I didn't attend any photography school as my photography skills was honed with part through experience and part through internet research. Any tips that you could give me to further develop my photography skills is much welcomed. Oh, please do like my Facebook page. Thanks!

  • Trent April 29, 2011 06:06 am

    @Jason St. Petersburg

    I totally agree with your problem of getting people to look natural in photos. I was taking pictures of our local farmers market and was trying to get natural pictures of the vendors interacting with their customers but the vendors and customers kept waving when i was shooting or overtly posing for the camera :( Sometimes it can be so hard to get people to act normal!

  • Deborah April 29, 2011 06:05 am

    Name: Deborah Tisch
    Country: USA

    How long you’ve been doing photography: Since I was about 10 years old.

    What type of photography you focus upon most: I tend to take more photos of nature, but I also like to take photos of my family and my grandson. It's a hobby for me, but also an art form that helps me express who I am and what is meaningful in my life.

    What kind of gear you use: Canon Rebel XSi. I also use a Cannon P&S when I want a good macro shot. My goal is to have a macro lens for my Rebel. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 100 from my Grandfather, who was an amatuer photographer himself and a great teacher.

    A link or two: Here is one of my web albums in PIcasa: https://picasaweb.google.com/tischd/AllenCountyFarmParkImages?authkey=Gv1sRgCOro1o2ct-exNg&feat=directlink
    And here is a link to my blog: tischd.blogspot.com
    Here is a link to my most recent favorite photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/tischd/YellowTulips?authkey=Gv1sRgCI3wva7OxvTBvwE&feat=directlink

    I enjoy the DPS website/community and have learned much from your information here.
    A challenge for me: overcoming the shyness and just getting out there and taking more photos, maybe one day offering to shoot a special event for someone. I just need more confidence! Can you package some and send it my way? Or share how others have gained confidence as a photographer, whether professional or not.

  • Jeff E Jensen April 29, 2011 06:02 am

    This is a great idea, thanks!

    My name is Jeff Jensen, I am located in Utah, in the United States. I am fairly new to photography, really getting serious about improving my skills over the past 3-4 years. I'm not overly picky, I'll shoot most anything. I spend some time traveling for work, and have the opportunity to wander and shoot in places like Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. I love creating images from the patterns, reflections, shadows, and forms that are found in large cities. I am a firm believer that there is beauty everywhere, and a good image can be created out of even the most mundane subjects.

    I shoot Canon gear. I love the full-frame 5D Mk II and the raw power and flexibility of the 1D Mk IV. The 24-105mm f.4.0L IS is probably the lens I use the most with my 100mm macro a close second.

    You can see my work on my blog: jeffejensen.blogspot.com
    I try to post new content several times per week and I'm always glad to get comments and feedback, so if you see something you like (or hate) please feel free to comment. I have a lot of favorite images, I've included a recent one here.
    [eimg url='http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/04/capturing-light.html' title='capturing-light.html']

    I think that the biggest thing that I have learned is that while it is very important to understand the technical side of photography, it is critical that you just get out and shoot. Immersing yourself in your art will help define and refine your style and vision. If you burn through 10,000 images in the process, what are you out?

  • Denise April 29, 2011 06:02 am

    Hi everyone,
    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)== Denise aka skyeblueyes
    What country you live in--USA (Massachusetts)
    How long you’ve been doing photography-==
    been my hobby forever, starting to get serious now!
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc)==whatever strikes me at the moment!
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was) Canon sure shot
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)==don't know how to do this??
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo Ditto
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year==
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography==
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us. Three sons one a professional photographer in NYC, one a baker, one a US Marine serving in Afghanistan
    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KqkKSoJE

  • Trent April 29, 2011 06:01 am

    Hey,

    I'm a college student and live in the Bay Area in California. I've been doing photography for 2 years, but have only recently purchased my own camera.. I do lots of different types of photography but my favorites are travel, street, and portrait photography. I own a Lumix G10 (m43) and own a nikon 50mm f/1.8d and a kit zoom and sometimes work with a Nikon D80. Tip: Try shooting different styles of photography, either genres or just different techniques (low/ high key or different angles) every once an a while It helps you dust of some of you're old skills and gets the creative juices flowing.

    bTrent

  • Jeff E Jensen April 29, 2011 06:00 am

    This is a great idea, thanks!

    My name is Jeff Jensen, I am located in Utah, in the United States. I am fairly new to photography, really getting serious about improving my skills over the past 3-4 years. I'm not overly picky, I'll shoot most anything. I spend some time traveling for work, and have the opportunity to wander and shoot in places like Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, etc. I love creating images from the patterns, reflections, shadows, and forms that are found in large cities. I am a firm believer that there is beauty everywhere, and a good image can be created out of even the most mundane subjects.

    I shoot Canon gear. I love the full-frame 5D Mk II and the raw power and flexibility of the 1D Mk IV. The 24-105mm f.4.0L IS is probably the lens I use the most with my 100mm macro a close second.

    You can see my work on my blog: jeffejensen.blogspot.com
    I try to post new content several times per week and I'm always glad to get comments and feedback, so if you see something you like (or hate) please feel free to comment. I have a lot of favorite images, I've included a recent one here.

    I think that the biggest thing that I have learned is that while it is very important to understand the technical side of photography, it is critical that you just get out and shoot. Immersing yourself in your art will help define and refine your style and vision. If you burn through 10,000 images in the process, what are you out?[eimg url='http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2011/04/capturing-light.html' title='capturing-light.html']

  • Frank April 29, 2011 05:59 am

    Good afternoon (Boston, MA time)

    My name is Frank and I am a hobby photographer. (I know, everyone is now going "Hi Frank." :) I live just North of Boston, Massachusetts in the USA. I have been active in photography as a hobby for about 4 years. Primarily, I am photographing Masonic events in my local area. (Combining my hobbies.) However, I also just enjoy playing with my camera and pointing it at nearly anything that moves or does not. I have a Canon T1i, with a speedlight that I rarely use and a half a dozen lenses. See link above for my Flickr account.

    Best tip I ever got was to check in to DPS daily. There is so much here that it is hard not to find something useful. However, since you're reading this, you are already here. So, don't be afraid to up the ISO now and again so that you can get rid of the flash. Not only will those attending the same event thank you, but you will still get some quality pictures. Biggest challenge, getting more time to go shooting. :)

    Not my photo, but this is me: http://www.kautzlaw.com/images/Office%20shot12.JPG

    Frank

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 05:59 am

    Here's the link to my work: on Facebook.

  • Jim Denham April 29, 2011 05:58 am

    Jim Denham
    United States (MN)
    Been into photography for about a year and half
    Mostly do HDR, but also some portrait and family photography
    My first camera was a Kodak disc camera years and years ago. I now use a Canon 60D.
    Check out my work at www.behindmyeyes.me or my Flickr account - http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmydspics/ with my favorite photo being one of my son: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmydspics/5459120393/in/photostream
    My one tip: take pictures for yourself and what best moves you, not what you think others will like to see. Express your vision.
    My main challenge is starting so late in life and trying to make something more of photography than just a hobby. I'm working on marketing myself better.

    You can see my pic and learn more about me on my site welcome page: http://behindmyeyes.squarespace.com/welcome/

  • tc April 29, 2011 05:57 am

    @Jason St. Petersburg. Thanks for the info, never knew that.

    I am about to stop commenting on DPS. My comments are either in moderation of marked as Spam. Enuf is enuf.

  • tutness April 29, 2011 05:56 am

    Hello everyone!

    My name is Reut (nickname tutness or tut), and I live in Israel.

    I've had a Canon Power Shot Pro 1 for about 10 years, and I've always wanted to learn more about photography, but it was only recently (really, a matter of days!) that I decided it's time to get myself a new camera (Canon 600D, my first SLR! yeay! it's my birthday gift from me to me) and taking some seriously operative steps towards realizing my dream.

    I currently work at post-production for digital print at a company that offers services for both business & private clients (shout out to christina from a few comments above, power to the lab!), as a result I see a whopping amount of pictures -taken by others- every day. I try to think this of an advantage, as my learning curve actually starts from a very different place. I speak the language, I'm familiar with the end result, and I know how to do corrections and retouch things in a million and one ways.

    Right now everything about photography is still exciting for me, I want to do macro, I want to do food photography, I love panoramas, I used to do a bit of sports photography on the skating park where my brother used to skate, I want to learn how to do really striking portraits, and I feel like I'm just beginning to discover light. I'm trying a little bit of everything till I fall in love.

    I figured the best way to learn would be to take pictures, all the time. So I started a picture blog @ http://tutness.tumblr.com . It's all very experimental of course, and I'll be the first to admit I use my post-production skills like a crutch. My biggest challenge is to let the post-production take the back-seat and learn how to make the most out of my camera while shooting live. Also I want to over-come the fear of approaching a stranger and asking to take their picture, but before I do that I think I'll use my friends and family as portrait-victims first.

    As soon as I decided I'm becoming more serious about photography I started looking for on-line resources, and thats when I came across dPS (which is an acronym I usually associate with "damage per second", oh video games, you've taught me so much). I love the idea of this posts and I thank you for listening.

  • Megan April 29, 2011 05:53 am

    I'm Megan, although online sometimes I go by Eliakim :-) I live in New Zealand, and have been taking up photography as a hobby over the last year or so.
    My focus at the moment is really to get to kno my camera (Canon PowerShot SX20IS) - my first step into the world of photography. Initially I was very excited over the macro setting, and now I'm just starting to learn about what ISO is all about, looking at better settings for night photography, and loving taking pics of sunrises, sunsets and reflections.
    I don't even have a flickr account - at the moment I'm just collecting photographs, and occasionally putting some on Facebook :-/ Very shy about my novice work, but very eager to learn more!

  • Gina April 29, 2011 05:50 am

    Name: Gina (Alias: Many, but mostly nuttyLizard)
    US
    I've been takeing pictures for most of my life ( My first SLR was a High School Graduation present) But more seriously in the last few years as I've traveled more.
    I focus mostly on landscapes and occasionally the people around me.
    My first ever camera was a little red reel to reel (I have no idea what the real name of it was), Currently it is my Minolta Maxxum5 and my Nikon D3000.
    Well most of my good stuff is not online (please note above 35mm)
    I have nothing to teach you guys. At least not yet. Except film is fun.

  • April April 29, 2011 05:45 am

    Hi! I'm April. I live in a small town in Kansas. I've loved photography since I can remember and really enjoyed learning during high school. I'm your typical artistic type: I can draw, cut hair, and basically create anything with my hands. I learned on a film Minolta X9 and about 8 years ago bought myself a Minolta Maxxum 3, also film. I just recently bought a Maxxum 5D body so all my lenses were interchangeable and started a class on digital photography at the same time. I will admit, the digital aspect was intimidating, and I still try to do all my editing through the lens...but I am learning my way around the programs!
    I have just started taking on some business mostly for friends and family and am expanding! I have a small family and work full time, so I am limited to the amount of time I can devote to actually getting out there and taking pictures, but I look forward to it everyday!! I find myself browsing other photographer's sites for tips and inspiration and am itching to put into play some of the things I am learning! I hope to do more and more as I get better, and really appreciate sites like this that give great tips!
    I don't have a website as of right now, but I am on Facebook at www.facebook.com/a3.aprilsphotos.

  • Maura van der Linden April 29, 2011 05:42 am

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online) - Maura

    What country you live in - United States, in Washington State

    How long you’ve been doing photography - About 18 months only

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc) - nature and macro photography

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was) - First camera was a Canon XSi. Now use a Canon 7D

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work). mauravdl on flicker. I

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo - this is still my favorite. Shot in color and not post-processed to B&W. This is the color it truly was. http://maura.smugmug.com/photos/546041974_QfPzN-L.jpg

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year -- It does you no good to own a nice camera if you don't have it with you when moments happen.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography -- learning more and more about lighting and trying to develop better techniques to deal with macro photography.

  • Saji Antony April 29, 2011 05:41 am

    Saji Antony
    Indian - residing in Bahrain
    7 yrs of Photography
    Like Portraits, Landscapes, street photography the most.
    Have Nikon D700 with 24-70 2.8 lens,70-200 2.8,14-24 2.8,50mm 1.4 105mm 2.8 micro

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1194200821888.2031405.1434459825
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sajiantony/

    Tip - Well, would like to say "Take pictures in your mind always when you are out and you dont have your Camera with you"

    Would like to get more exposure on Post processing...

    Well My Image is on my flickr as Profile pic

    Thanks DPS to giving us this Opportunity.

    Regards
    Saji Antony

  • Agnieszka Jankowska April 29, 2011 05:34 am

    My name is Aggie, I’m from Poland but leaving in Ireland for over 5 years. Photography was around me since I was born. My parents had a photography studio for over 20 years. I loved helping them during wedding sessions and always wanted studio of my own.

    I started with Nikon D50 with Nikon SB600, than D70 and now shooting with D90 with Nikon SB800 flash. I have 70-300mm 5.6 lens – using very little, a few standard zoom lenses that came in set with my old cameras but I love my Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens and treat it like my baby :), dreaming every night about Nikon DX3 and better portrait lens :)

    At the moment I am focused on family life and outdoor portrait photography but I also like taking wedding photographs. Before that, when I had more time, I didn’t mind getting into the lake, getting through bushes and cover my self in spider weps at 5 am, just to get that one photo of swans. Now being a mother and having a little boy it’s very hard to find time for it and that’s why most of my photos are of my son and friend’s babies.

    You can find my portfolio on www.AggiesPhotography.com
    or FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aggies-Photography/132049490200591

    My way of improving my shoots is by looking at the photos in magazines, books etc. - trying to figure out how it is done, trying to get the same result. If it comes to posing – I often have a copies, of photos with different poses, from the books or magazines on my camera (if I am taking wedding photographs) – if suddenly you loose ideas, it’s good to have it.

    P.S. Please forgive me any wrong spelling or grammar mistakes - english lessons in progress :) !!!

  • Kim April 29, 2011 05:33 am

    I'm sorry... I can't type. That should say 50mm macro lens.

  • Golden April 29, 2011 05:30 am

    My name is Thahab. i'm 21 years old girl from Saudi Arabia. I've been doing photography since 2007. the only photography school I've ever participated in is dPS! I'm obsessed about portraits.. totally weak when it comes to people's eyes!! i use SONY W190.. it's too small, too humble, but we've been through a lot together! :) i love this site so much and check it out in a daily bases!! you ROCK!! :)
    that's my flickr..
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/thahab/

  • Kim April 29, 2011 05:26 am

    Hi, I'm Kim. I live in the Central Valley of California and have done so for most of my life. I did a brief 4 years in Anchorage and could kick myself for not having a camera while I was there. I'd say I've been taking pictures now for about 6 years, it started with just taking the typical mommy shots of my kids but I discovered that I seem to have a knack for catching people/kids doing their "thing". Mostly I shoot sports and candids because I feel that you get the most personality out of people that way. I catch things in my pictures that I might not have seen if I'd just been watching in the corner.
    I'm currently using a Canon 20D which I love, but would really like to upgrade soon. I have multiple lenses but find that I consistently use the 70-300 and the 55mm macro the most.
    Here's the link to my photoblog account http://photoblog.com/dixeechicken, I'm also a bit new to instagram so you can check me out there if you'd like. My username is dixeechicken.
    Not sure I have any great tips but one thing I try to do is always stay true to myself and I never ever look for the shot ..... I let the shot find me!
    As for a challenge I'd like to overcome - well for me personally I'd like to be able to just understand the process behind photography a bit more. I am very much a "shoot from the hip" sort of photographer in that I don't mess with f/stops and aperture much. I see a shot and I take it. I don't stop shooting until I'm happy but it's a rare moment for me to change camera settings much.

  • circleoftrust April 29, 2011 05:25 am

    Nice to see a handful of Filipino photo enthusiasts from all over! :-) I'm from the Philippines myself! Mabuhay tayong lahat!

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer April 29, 2011 05:24 am

    @tc -- if you put more than one link in your comment I think that automatically marks it for moderation. So even though the post asked us to link to multiple things, in my own comment I made sure to include only one link.

    One thing that always bothers me about dPS and I never see anyone comment on, is the incredibly irritating popup asking you to subscribe via e-mail. It just interrupts every article I try to read on this site.

  • Kara @ Just1Step April 29, 2011 05:24 am

    My name is Kara and I live in North Carolina, USA. I've always loved taking pictures, but haven't gotten into what I would actually call photography until the last year or so. I mostly focus on pictures of family life, especially my son who is almost 14 months old.

    I used a Rebel XTi and the only lenses I have are the kit lens, a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and a 70-200mm telephoto lens.

    I post many of my pictures on my blog at http://www.just1step.com. Some of my first photo edits using photoshop can be seen here: http://www.just1step.com/2011/04/kristin-joey-peek.html.

    One tip I just recently learned is that to get my pictures to appear the same online as they do when I'm editing them in Photoshop, I have to save them using the "Save for Web and Devices" option instead of a normal save. Perhaps there's another way around this, but if I don't use this option then my pictures always look bland when I'm viewing them outside of Photoshop.

    Speaking of which, my problem I want to overcome is probably understanding why my pictures don't look the same outside Photoshop as they do inside Photoshop unless I use that Web and Devices option. I'm assuming it has something to do with the format.

    I think the only other thing I'd like to add is that I love your site. :)

  • Scrollwork April 29, 2011 05:22 am

    Hi! I'm Scrollwork, originally from the Philippines. I've lived in California since 1985. I'm an amateur. In August 2010 I took an interest in macro photography to have original images for my blog, http://scrollwork.blogspot.com/. The blog captures my quirky observations on life as a reinventing baby boomer expat. My latest post is on a dead body.

    I use my husband's point-and-shoot Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W220 and am saving up for one with a more powerful zoom. My flickr account at http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrollwork/ reveals my fascination with undulating shapes in nature and fabric from my hoard of thrifted and vintage clothing awaiting redesign for my shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrollwork.

    From viewing my photostream, a well-meaning friend asked, "Do you do children's parties?" Um, no. I hardly ever take photos of humans. Sometimes rambunctious children at parties display jungle behavior, so maybe that's why she thought of me.

    What attracts me to an image: a story that it tells. If it's technically wondrous, ah well, it hits the 99% mark with me, but to reach 100%, I must have a story. Creative captioning is a skill that would really take a photographer's work to the top with his/her audience.

    My self-portrait: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrollwork/sets/72157624916987142/

  • Zev Steinhardt April 29, 2011 05:22 am

    TC, I was wondering the same thing. I thought that mine might have been targeted as possible spam because I shortened a URL, so I resubmitted (and made a few small changes too).

    Zev

  • Francois April 29, 2011 05:21 am

    Hey, my name is Francois and I’m from South Africa, I only started having an interest in photography when my first girl was born two years ago. I upgraded a little about a month ago to a FujiFilm FinePix S1850 from my first Sony Cybershot DSC-W55. And now I’m really interested in photography after discovering the different kind of settings available.
    I love taking photos of my family, but a lot of things has captured my attention and I wonder how I can capture the moment.

    My favourite photos were taken just before I got my new camera. http://www.francoishaasbroek.co.za/2011/03/playing-with-time/

    I don’t have any tips yet, all I can say and what I learned so far is photography has no limits!
    I’m still learning so much of my new hobby so I still have a lot of challenges, (I find your blog very helpful with these).

    Thank you for this Awesome website, I haven’t even bothered looking at other sites after discovering yours.

  • Zev Steinhardt April 29, 2011 05:20 am

    My name is Zev Steinhardt and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon point and shoot about ten years ago. Slowly, over the years, I upgraded until I bought my DSLR about three years ago.

    A lot of my photography tends to be floral and macro, but I’m trying to branch out into other styles of photgraphy as well. I’m really trying to experiment with portrait photography — probably my weakest area.

    My first camera, way back when, was a Canon A20. Today I own a Canon XSi. The lenses that I own are: the kit lens that came with it along with a 75-300mm (cheap) lens, the Canon 50mm f/1.8, 100mm macro (non-L) and the MP-E 65mm macro.

    For a recent tip, you could look at something that I blogged about today: about how I took a shot knowing that it would never work and came away with an expected shot: http://www.zevsteinhardt.com/2011/04/take-shot-you-never-know-what-youll-get.html

    You can find my blog at http://www.zevsteinhardt.com and my photos (including a gallery of my favorites) at http://photos.zevsteinhardt.com.

    I’m a database engineer, who is aspiring to become both a professional writer and a professional photographer. In fact, my blog (linked above) is about my journey toward those goals.

    Zev Steinhardt

  • Penny Lennox April 29, 2011 05:20 am

    Hi! I'm Penny Lennox from Somerville, MA (USA). I've been fascinated with photography for as long as I can remember. My older brother set up a temporary darkroom in our house when I was in pre-school and when I saw what he created in there, I was hooked. I'd say I'm a hobbyist - I don't make money with my pictures, but I love the process of creating.

    I mainly focus on travel photography and family pictures. I love doing portraits.

    These days I mostly shoot with a Canon T2i or my little pocket Canon S1000, but I really like the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone for quick, informal snapshots. I also am one of those people who mourns the passing of Polaroid - I got one of those Fuji Instax cameras and it's okay, but not a replacement. I think people react very differently to having their picture taken depending on the equipment. Polaroids seem to bring out the silly like no other tool.

    If you'd like, you can see some of my pics on picasa at https://picasaweb.google.com/pslennox.

    I think my next challenge is going to be learning to use a flash.

    Happy shooting!

  • tc April 29, 2011 05:20 am

    Wondering my my comment is still awaiting moderation when about 25 comments have appeared after mine?

  • Anthony DeChiaro April 29, 2011 05:18 am

    Hello everyone I'm Anthony from the US.

    I mainly started out with photography about 8 years ago, although I tinkered with weather photography with an old, half-functioning Minolta camera when I was a kid.

    Most of my photos are landscapes, though some architecture and wildlife makes it's way in too. Right now I shoot with a 5Dmk2 and 24-105 F/4L IS, 70-200 F/4L IS, and the nifty fifty. My first camera (not counting the broken one) was a Canon A80 and I thought that was the great thing since sliced bread at the time.

    My blog/website is mostly about Linux and electronics hacking (meaning not photography related) so my Flickr photostream can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adechiaro/ and one of my favorite shots can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adechiaro/5300463246/in/photostream. I'd like to get this sunrise printed out on a canvas but the few places I've seen won't accept the panoramic aspect ratio - guess I need to look harder!

    One tip I'd have to say is (at least for landscape photography), do your research ahead of time. Scout out a place you want to shoot with Google Earth/Maps, check Flickr for other shots people have taken. Bring your tripod and don't be afraid to use Manual settings. I tend to do a lot of HDR work and until I get a Promote control sometimes using 'M' is the best way to fully capture the dynamic range - even if you don't do HDR it can help a great deal.

    The biggest challenge I face is finding the time to get out there and actually shoot. I also struggle with the constant need to find new locations, I easily get bored of the same environment and thus probably miss some good photo opportunities.

    I also want to say thanks to DPS as it's been my primary source of learning photography for many years now. I've picked up a lot of great tips and very useful information over that time and I probably wouldn't be where I am today without it. Thanks everyone!

  • Julia April 29, 2011 05:15 am

    Hello! I'm a writer based in London, got my first DSLR – a Canon 400d – about two years ago and I take pics in my spare time of anything and everything. I've just started a new photoblog, detailing everyday life and travels. Still very much learning. I also shoot with a Canon G11, as I needed some light to carry around, but much prefer the results I get with the 400d. Now that the spring is here I'm inspired by all the wonderful sunlight.

  • Rob Prouse April 29, 2011 05:14 am

    Name: Rob Prouse
    Country: Canada
    How long? About 35 years off and on.
    Type of photography? Whatever I can shoot, travel, landscapes, sports, portraits, street...
    Gear: Currently a Nikon D7000, a Canon point-n-shoot, my phone and a Holga. First camera was an old plastic Kodac medium format when I was about 8.
    Photoblog: http://www.shiftedexposure.com
    Favourite photo: http://www.shiftedexposure.com/index.php?showimage=6
    A tip: I love leading lines, especially those that lead in from the corners of the photo.
    A challenge: Feeling comfortable approaching strangers on the street and photographing them.
    Self portrait: http://www.shiftedexposure.com/index.php?showimage=217

  • Julie April 29, 2011 05:11 am

    Hi,

    I live in the USA. Photography has been more than just an interest for me for the past 26yrs.

    I use to do wedding photography as a hobbie, but I've since fell in love with architecture and the outdoors.

    I use a Canon 60D with a Tamron 18-200 lens.

    I am new on Flickr @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgmgrafix/sets/.

  • Regina Marie April 29, 2011 05:11 am

    1. Your name ; Regina Marie
    2. What country you live in? The USA... I'm moving from Philadelphia, PA to live aboard a sailboat in the Florida Keys this weekend.
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography: I've been interested in photography for many years and have gotten serious about it in the past 3 years.
    4. What type of photography you focus upon most? Portraiture. After the move, I'm going to be specilizing in tropical/beach vacation portraiture.
    5. What kind of gear you use? I use a Canon 7D, before that a Canon Rebel xti and before that a Minolta... can't remember what kind.
    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name: still working on the new blog, but its http://www.reginamariephotography.com. it's going to have both my photography and my live aboard adventures on it! <3
    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo
    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us.
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KqXAJ2N9

  • Hagen April 29, 2011 05:10 am

    Thanks everybody, for sharing: great inspirational stuff.

    Automotive photography is what I love (well, combined with driving, racing and owning)

    What kind of gear you use: Canon 50D and a bunch of lenses (24-105 is the go-to lens though)

    http://2hphotography.ca/blog
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-ON/2Hphotography/129320513779177
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hagenhohn/

    and inspired by
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/syf0n/collections/72157603520895624/

    Tips: get the exposure right, learn your gear: practice, revisit a site more than once (light is different every time)

    My current challenge: more practice with on-site lighting to fill shadows

  • rmcmahan April 29, 2011 05:10 am

    I just realized that my web address was entered incorrectly. (I'm still new at this stuff.) It should be http://www.robertsphotografx.com

  • Rhonda April 29, 2011 05:09 am

    Thanks for the invitation! My name is Rhonda and on-line I go by Abby Normal. I live in the US. I began taking pictures at about 9 years old and at the age of 11 I was introduced to photography by my grandfather learning to use his 35 mm camera a Canon AT-1. My first camera was (as is) Canon AV-1 shot sports in high school and college.

    Today I still have the AV-1 and and AE-1 I still bring them out and it takes me back in time. I made the move to digital with the Canon Rebel XT and last year added the Canon EOS 7D and now I have a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. And I have lenses....too many to list so my favorites are Canon 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM, 35mm f/1.4L, and 70-200 mm f/4L

    I focus primarily on landscapes, sports and play with macro. Hopefully with practice the macro will get better :-)
    I am working on a project 365 and you can follow my progress on my blog:
    http://osonormalimages.wordpress.com/

    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/abnormallynormalphotographs/

    In the last year I have learned to carry my camera everywhere because I hate missing a shot.
    I would like to learn photoshop, this is a huge program that is taking up space on my hard drive it needs to start getting used.

    My favorite photo at this moment is : http://flic.kr/p/9BNYgY

  • christina April 29, 2011 05:06 am

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online): Christina or Kristi Vader >)
    What country you live in: USA, Dallas, Tx
    How long you’ve been doing photography: Since I was about 21 so about 5 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most: Portraits
    What kind of gear you use: My first SLR was a Nikon D50 back whenever they first came out. Right now I shoot with a Nikon D5000, I have no lights.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name: Christinadiazphoto.com
    A tip for our community : Learn aspect ratio! Not all print sizes crop the same. Also, learn all you can about color and calibration. Color is your responsibility! Working at a lab will help you understand the technical side of photography as well as marketing and other topics.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Color correction and dealing with uncalibrated monitors
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: I work for a pro photo lab, I see tons of work. I think it would be best to educate photogs on the basic structure of a good image, starting from capture to workflow. Please mention cropping and aspect ratio, and also the 300 dpi resolution myth.

  • Wayne April 29, 2011 05:04 am

    Hi my name is Wayne I'm in Austin TX but lived my most of my life in Colorado. My first camera was a A1 canon yes film. My girlfriend gave it to me still have it. I started taking photos for fun over 40 yrs ago it wasn't til 1998 that I started taking photos of my kids playing sports and their friends. I would just give the photos to the parents before I knew it I had people wnating to pay me. So I decided to pursue it here I am still taking sports but I also do Weddings and Fashion I went to some work shops didn't like they were run so I started my own in Colorado. I now want to start them here in Austin.. I have been working on a web site as well as I would like to start a blog but just don't know if anyone read it.
    I use nothing but Canon but I have and still use Nikon. I can spend hours looking at others work but I have to be honest a lot looks the same to me there are some that really stand out and that's when I try to research there style.
    My advice is to find a style you like and stick to it that's what make you different then others cause pretty soon people will see your style and know who's it is. Take your camera off auto at put it on mauel and shoot shoot shoot. Like any thing practice make you better! Don't get wrapped up in the equipment you could have the best of everything and still take bad photos. Spend money on the lenses not the camera and get some lighting you will be amazed how better you take photos with the correct lighting.
    You see some of my pics at www.fgostudios.com

  • Jerry April 29, 2011 05:04 am

    Hi. I'm Jerry, currently living in Brackleyt in the UK, but spent most of my life in Zimbabwe.

    First started dabbling with photography as a kid, around 40 years ago, but my first proper camera was a Pentax ME Super in 1985. Played around with B & W and my own darkroom for a while, but for reason mainly to do with availability of film and gear in the third world never really got my act together with film. I do have a large collection of negs and slides which are gradually being scanned.(e.g. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimcontract/436803029/)

    Current camera is a Canon EOS 450D.

    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zimcontract/

    By day I am an IT Manager. An Open Source Software fan, I am currently trying to hone my skills on Gimp and Luminance HDR (on Linux of course!!). I have a growing interest in PROPERLY done HDR.

    I'll photograph anything which takes my fancy, but enjoy the outdoors and nature particularly. My son's rugby is also a good action photo opportunity.

    My biggest challenge is a limited budget, meaning that I need to squeeze the absolute best I can out of the limited gear I have.

    This is a good idea - I look forward to exploring the links in the comments!

  • John Davenport April 29, 2011 05:01 am

    Hello DPS!

    My name is John and I'm from the United States - Specifically MA. I just recently became more focused on photography and was introduced to DPS shortly after I bought my first DSLR (a Nikon D3100). I also went out and got a 55-300mm telephoto to complement the kit lens.

    However... after a few months in photography I find that I spend almost all my time shooting at 18mm and if I had a wider angle I'd probably use that so I'm hoping to rent a ultrawide angle soon to experiment with.

    For the most part I'm still trying to figure out exactly where my niche style will fall, but I tend to lean towards landscapes, sunsets/rises, and abandoned structures.

    I'd love for you to come visit my blog at http://www.phogorpathy.com and I'd love it even more if you left a comment :)

    Also if you really want to make my day please click "like" on my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phogropathy/178527045532089

    As far as advice to people in the photography world I'd first say that since I've been shooting for only a couple months there's not much that I can say, but don't give up and don't get discouraged. Challenge yourself to shoot outside your comfort zone and experience the wonder that is manual mode ;)
    Thanks for this post Darren it's a great way to get to meet the people at DPS! :)

  • Topher April 29, 2011 05:00 am

    I'm Topher and I live in Orlando Fl. I've been in the game for 5 years now. I'm currently a photojournalist, but I want to break into portrait and commerical photography. I got a Canon 7D and 50D 28mm 1.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 lenes. Just finished a website www.bostickphotography.com. Best advice I ever got is to keep shooting. I want to find more ways to be creative and not fall into the norms.

  • michael April 29, 2011 04:58 am

    I'm Michael and I live in Portland, OR. I've been taking pictures for as long as I can remember, which is a long time. :-) I love taking pictures of just about anything and everything and wish I had more time for it lately. Right now I mostly use my Nikon D700, but I also use a Canon 5D2, and still have a soft place in my heart for my first DSLR, a Pentax *istD. I also still shoot film and enjoy playing with my TLR and different film types. Someday I'll get a Leica.

    You can check out some of my pictures at: flickr.com/bluehi and I've just jumped back on twitter at: twitter.com/artbymichael.

    I recently upgraded to Nik Silver Efex Pro and I think it's pretty awesome. Highly recommended!

  • Misiu Kolorowy April 29, 2011 04:58 am

    Hello Everyone 

    My name is Kamil and I been trying to be a photographer for 12 months.   I live upstate NY and I try to photograph everything that I may think it will look nice. Due to my busy schedule I prefer Macro because I can always do that at home in the middle of the night. I also look online for many inspirations that I'm planing to do when I get some time.  I'm a Sony addict so I have the Sony Alpha 55 with a main lens 18-250 f/3.5-6.3. You can find my work (not much and not too good) at www.misiukolorowy.com 
    I get most of my information and ideas from dPs I love this page lol

  • Sophia April 29, 2011 04:47 am

    What a great idea!

    I'm Sophia, a self taught fine art photographer (street photographer) originally from Brooklyn, NY but now live in Paris, France. Paris is the subject/ inspiration for most of my work, since i moved her 2 years ago I've had the pleasure to work on a number of Paris based projects and I'm happy to announce that I will be having my first exhibit in May 2011. I mostly shoot b/w because I love the simplicity and timelessness of it. I started shooting with a canon rebel xs but have upgraded to the 60D.

    My challenge: marketing, especially when you first start, you are your marketing team. If I don't spend ever free minute working to get my work and my name out there the no one else is going to do it. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I believe in my art and the work I do and that keeps me motivated everyday. Photography is more than my art, its who I am.

    My advice: If photography is really what you want to do, if its your love, your passion, your reason for being, then always nurture it. Let challenges make you stronger, let set backs lead to big and better opportunities. Never leave home with out your camera and take a photo every single day. Never compare your work to others, instead admire, learn and be inspired by other talented photographers.

    My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophia-Pagan-Photography/116410051738623
    My website : http://www.sophiapagan.com
    [eimg url='https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_8NLbI8kPq2PfVWkMQQtjQ?feat=directlink' title='_8NLbI8kPq2PfVWkMQQtjQ?feat=directlink']

  • Sharon Meyer April 29, 2011 04:47 am

    My name is Sharon Meyer. I live just outside of Cincinnati Ohio in the good ol' USofA.

    I've been shooting photos for a long time with point and shoots. I purchased my first DSLR (Minolta 5D five years ago.

    I shoot whatever interests me! Landscapes, street, flowers, animals, people.. a little of everything. I've even done two weddings so far!

    I started with the above mentioned Minolta 5D, then a Sony A100. Sold the Minolta, gave the Sony to my daughter and now I use the Nikon D300 which I LOVE

    Please check out my photos here:


    Have a great day!

  • Amira Sis April 29, 2011 04:43 am

    my name is Amira Said ( nickname Amirasis ) i'm Egyptian doctor started photography 2 years ago and i'm still an amateur , still learning and still using a point and shot camera i use ( canon ixus 70 ) looking for a DSLR to buy these days
    i attended just one workshop at the beginning so i understood the basics of photography then i knew more by reading , checking other photos and joining photography clubs

    i don't focus on a special type of photography although i like nature , landscape and sometimes abstract and i'm got SCARED of portraits so i don't take portrait often and if i take a good one it's usually by luck and because i feel it's not easy to get a good portrait and it needs complicated tools so if you can tell us some tips that we can use to make this type of photography easier

    i don't use flicker till now , i just upload my photos to my facebook account :(( may be i'll start using flicker :)

    i like dps so much and i recommend it to ppl , i followed it about a year ago and the thing i liked most topics about wedding photography and so i got some nice photos for my friend's wedding last month that she liked most

    i want u to add some more topics about post production with photoshop
    and thx for the nice invitation :))

    this is my favorite photo , this is a photo of a famous touristic street in Cairo Egypt
    [eimg url='http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/gallery/326224#/enlarged/1100166/' title='1100166']

  • Luciliam April 29, 2011 04:41 am

    Hi, my name is Luciam and I am from Brazil. I started to photography more frequently when my son was born, 7 years ago. I had a Finepix. Today I use a Canon 7D. I love to photography children. I would love to become a professional, but I do not konw if I have the talent for that. I do not think you can just "sell" photo service just because you have the right equipment ou because you used to shoot for yourself. I would love to have my work commented by readers of DPS... I blog at http://olharesdainfancia.blogspot.com and I have a flick account: www.flickr.com/photos/luciliam
    See you!
    Luciliam

  • Masoud April 29, 2011 04:33 am

    Hi All

    1-Masoud Mobin Ali
    2-Iran
    3-4 years
    4-landscape,Wildlife,Night,Nature
    5-Canon Eos7d,Canon 24mm TS-E II,Canon 100-400,Canon 100mm Macro L IS
    Canon 70-200 F/4 IS,Canon 10-22,Canon 580 EX II,Canon 50 mm 1.8
    6-http://m-mobin.com/
    7-http://1x.com/artist/Mobin/favorites
    8-Time Lapse
    9-Composition
    10-
    11-http://www.facebook.com/masoud.mobin

  • Ravil April 29, 2011 04:32 am

    1. Ravil
    2. About six month,i'm beginner
    3. Portrait, accidentally faces
    4. Canon 60D, kit 18-200 f/3.5-5.6,50mm f/1.8 II
    5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/alonerav/

  • Rania April 29, 2011 04:32 am

    My name is Rania, I'm a 22 year old earthbound, cofféaddict and spontanious girl from a rainy, southern town in Sweden. I've been photographing since the year 2008. As most others, I started with nature and flowers, but now I'm all about people/potraits and stillife once in a while. But people is what I love the most, to meet, interact with and photograph. I use Nikon and my first camera was a Nikon D80, now I have that and a Nikon D7000. I mostly use my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and my Sigma 28mm f/2.8 + lots of ambient light :D

    I have flickr [of course], http://flickr.com/masakarasu and a newly started website: http://raniamaria.eu

    A favourite photo? by my own work, gah it's hard... I can't choose and we all now 3 is the magic number ;D so I will show you three of my favourite pictures I've taken:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/masakarasu/5099786691/in/set-72157622326783759
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/masakarasu/5433631306/in/set-72157622326783759
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/masakarasu/5472198004/in/set-72157622326783759

    Some tips from me: read watch listen see and feel. be yourself, dare to have your own style. get inspired but do not copy. trust your instincts and heart. help others to learn about photography. And most important: a picture conveying a feeling, but not being technically perfect, is MUCH better than a technically perfect picture with zero feeling in it.

    Hm... a challange I'd like to overcome? I'd like to learn more about everything, get even better at communicating with those I photograph and at telling people how to pose. I'd like to learn how to/where to find good photo-locations.. but right now I just wish I will get in to the photography-school I've applied to, I was so close at succeeding with it last year.. they only accept 22students/year so it's hard... but it's my dream and goal.

    And well, this is me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/masakarasu/5579789334/in/set-72157623031162359

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer April 29, 2011 04:27 am

    Name: Jason Collin

    Country: USA

    How long you’ve been doing photography: 2 years professionally; 10 years digital

    What type of photography you focus upon most: lifestyle (events, portraits, weddings)

    What kind of gear you use: Nikon D300 & assorted Nikkor lenses; 1st digital was Olympus 2040 (2 MP)

    A link or two to your photoblog/favorite photo: http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2010/12/30/favorite-five-photographs-of-2010.html

    A tip for our community: shoot for yourself first and foremost

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: getting regular people to look more natural in photos

  • amy April 29, 2011 04:26 am

    Hi everyone! I'm Amy. I live in the USA, and have been dabbling in photography for many, many years. Only recently have I launched my own portrait biz! Yay!

    I enjoy photographing people and flowers. Right now, I take portraits of whoever wants me to, but I am hoping to narrow that down once I figure out what I enjoy the most.

    I currently work with a Nikon D90, however, my first DSLR was the Nikon D40. I love my D90 and right now, I enjoy using my Tamron 24-78 lens the most! I do love prime lenses as well. I purchased the 85mm last summer, but haven't had much of a chance to use it this winter because I was stuck indoors in MN!

    I just started up a new photography blog, so any traffic would be appreciated:)! I think I am currently an audience of one! The link is http://www.amywestermanphotography.com/

    I would love it if you came and left me some blog lovin'!!!!! Or, if you don't want to leave me any lovin', just say hi. Or, just look at the pics if that's all you want to do:).

    I just love DPS. Their articles are soooo informative! Thank you DPS! I have many goals this year as I start my new biz. But I plan on taking it slowly. No need to jump in like a crazy woman. And I plan on studying lots and lots.

    Thanks for reading!

  • Simon April 29, 2011 04:25 am

    I'm Simon from Sydney, Australia. I run a food & lifestyle blog called the heart of food (link at the end) from which my current passion for photography has sprung forth, though I've had a camera of some form in my hands as far as I can remember.

    I've been involved in photography in a serious way for the past couple of years, mainly the guerilla-style of food photography that is the norm for a lot of food bloggers, but I've been fortunate enough to be have been involved with some commercial work, mainly as an event & wedding photographer.

    Gear-wise I use a Canon 5D Mk II primarily with a 24-70 f/2.8L lens, though also a 50mm f/1.4 mainly for low light & portraits and 70-200mm f/2.8 for extra reach at event shoots.

    A constant challenge for me is having the confidence to know when I have the shot/s that I need and knowing when to stop. I tend to shoot more than I need to, which isn't always a bad thing, but it can often lead to time wasted wading through a load of similar images when only one is required.

    If you're interested in checking out my photos, they can be found at:
    food blog: http://theheartoffood.com
    instagram: theheartoffood

    Links to social media such as Twitter & Facebook, as well as a to-be-updated photo blog can be found on the food blog site linked above.

    Hope you enjoy and feel free to offer constructive feedback you may have with my photos as I'm keen to develop and grow as a photographer.

  • Onesixtieth April 29, 2011 04:24 am

    My name is Seth (One Sixtieth of a Second) and I am based out of Chicago, IL. USA. I have been officially doing photography since October 2010 however I have a long history in photography as my grandparents owned a camera store for over 55 years, my Father was a editorial and wedding photographer and every other member of my family always had their own camera.

    Currently I am focusing on studio and environmental based fashion, glam and editorial work. I always travel with my camera so I sometimes will take some random candid or destination based photography.

    Right now I am using a Nikon D200, various Speedlights (sometimes Alien Bees), nikon 50mm 1.4 and a few Tamron lenses.

    My work can be found at One Sixtieth of a Second

    My tip for the community would be to read a lot about technique and then align yourself with mentors so you are able to get better faster with more constructive critiques on the creative aspects of photography.

  • rhys April 29, 2011 04:18 am

    My name is Rhys. I'm from London. I got my first camera about 5 years ago, it was a Canon 300X film camera. I now own a Canon 400D. I used to like Landscape photography a lot, I used to just go for walks by myself and take photos as a way of relaxing. Recently I am looking at other types, and trying to learn how to get out of manual mode and experimenting more with other types.

    I have recently set up a photo blog at http://viewsfromthosethievingbirds.wordpress.com/ It is very new, only started this week, but I am hoping to use it to document my experiments, and also post some older photos. My Instagram userneme is rhysh.

    I am open to comments to try and help me improve, but also keep photography as a fun hobby.

  • Simon April 29, 2011 04:16 am

    Hi all!

    I'm Simon from Sydney, Australia. I run a food & lifestyle blog called the heart of food from which my current passion for photography has sprung forth, though I've had a camera of some form in my hands as far as I can remember.

    I've been involved in photography in a serious way for the past couple of years, mainly the guerilla-style of food photography that is the norm for a lot of food bloggers, but I've been fortunate enough to be have been involved with some commercial work, mainly as an event & wedding photographer.

    Gear-wise I use a Canon 5D Mk II primarily with a 24-70 f/2.8L lens, though also a 50mm f/1.4 mainly for low light & portraits and 70-200mm f/2.8 for extra reach at event shoots.

    A constant challenge for me is having the confidence to know when I have the shot/s that I need and knowing when to stop. I tend to shoot more than I need to, which isn't always a bad thing, but it can often lead to time wasted wading through a load of similar images when only one is required.

    If you're interested in checking out my photos, they can be found at:
    food blog: http://theheartoffood.com
    instagram: theheartoffood

    Links to social media such as Twitter & Facebook, as well as a to-be-updated photo blog can be found on the food blog site linked above.

    Hope you enjoy and feel free to offer constructive feedback you may have with my photos as I'm keen to develop and grow as a photographer.

  • Jasmin April 29, 2011 04:15 am

    Hi my name is Jasmin, I live in NYC. I have been doing graphic/web design on the side for a few years now and just added photography to my portfolio. I started taking photography more serious last year and I'm more focused on engagements, weddings, maternity, babies, and families. I own a Canon T1 and a 50mm, but rent other lenses when needed like the 24-70mm & the 70-200mm. I basically just launched myself this past Monday and already I'm getting so much positive feedback. I'm hoping to do this full-time and eventually quit my current day job.

    You can see my work in Flickr and also in Facebook

    I would love to hear feedback from you so please feel free to let me know how I can improve my work.

    BTW I love this site... I have learned so much through it.

  • Nina Carmes April 29, 2011 04:13 am

    Hi my name is Nina Carmes and i'm from Copenhagen, Denmark! - a 17 year old hobbiest with the passion for photography. It all started only about a year ago when i was an exchange student in Canada for a whole year. I was living with the best family ever possibly (if not my own), but because I was away from home for such a long time, I started missing people, places etc. It was an amazing time.. the time of my life, but it was SO challenging and i couldn't really express my feelings other then to shut people out of my life cause i needed a break - and that would never work in at whole new country.
    BUT THEN... I started to take pictures with my tiny camera i got 2-3 years ago and i started to see things in a new perspective.. i saw the positive in things that i couldn't before it was in the camera's viewer.

    I found a way to speak without feeling myself, to exposed to people..
    I found myself.

    Then i bought my Nikon d5000 camera and learned everything about the settings and can fully control it. Since then i just keep shooting pics and i've been doing this for a year now..
    I started my blog; http://carmesphotography.blogspot.com/ and i got my own
    facebook fan page; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nina-Carmes-Photography/106995136052609 since then. I know i'm just an amateur but I really love what i'm doing and it makes me really happy and leave me with a satisfied feeling. I would like some feedback, so if you would comment on some pics, that would be awesome.
    Something i learned about photography is that its a way of feeling, a way of express yourself in ways you may not even have words for, its something inside you that can't get out if you do not push yourself that bit extra.. its satisfaction. But what have scared me the most with photography is that it can bring a person out that I didn't even know of myself. The jealous me... If i see a picture or an idea that i love, i wanna be able to do the same.. but i can't. I get jealous, and it blocks my own work, my imagination. That scares me like hell, cause it doesn't look like me.. at all. But again.. that what i love.. a challenge. A challenge to learn to be able to be inspired and not intimidated by others work. A chance to learn something new about myself.
    I could keep on talking, but I guess i kinda have to stop. This actually made me think - so thanks for doing this! It makes me appreciate everything a bit more. Please stop by my blog and be a fan on my facebook page!

    Can't wait to see what everyone is saying. Love from Denmark to all of you!
    Nina Carmes.
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  • Mike April 29, 2011 04:06 am

    Your name : Mike R

    What country you live in: USA

    How long you’ve been doing photography: 3 years

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Family Life,
    Landscape, Outdoor's

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): Pentax K7

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)

    http://www.photoblog.com/mikro

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: http://www.photoblog.com/mikro/2010/12/17/my-best-photo-of-2010.html

    A tip for our community – Shoot Raw and get off of Auto mode ASAP!

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: I'd like to get better at composing my shots correctly in camera instead of shooting wildly and cropping later.

  • Jocelyn April 29, 2011 04:05 am

    Hi, I'm Jocelyn. I live in Dubai, but originally from the Philippines. According to my digital photo albums, I started taking photos 5 years ago. I love taking photos of my family, I do portraits sometimes but especially take photos of my craft. I'm a knitter and my projects and yarn get a lot of attention. My first digital camera was a point-and-shoot Sony DSC50. It served me well for about 2 years and then I switched to an EOS 400D.
    I blog at http://dyoselin.wordpress.com. I don't shoot enough during the week since I work full time but that's about to change as I am leaving my current job and taking a long break with the family. I would like to take lessons on studio lighting seriously.

  • Merri C. Harrison-Quarles April 29, 2011 04:04 am

    So sorry, I forgot to tell you where I am from. I am from White Hall, Arkansas, USA.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/by_merri/

  • harold April 29, 2011 04:01 am

    Hi, my name is Harold from the Philippines but currently lived in IL, USA.

    I got started with photography when my daughter was born and decided to get my first SLR (Rebel XS) to be able to capture better than the point and shoot camera that we have. I have a 50mm 1.8 and a 18-200 IS, and hoped to get a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.

    I began to love it and explored some more, learning a lot through DPS, and never knew where this is going to go. I shoot a friends wedding last December, and she loved the pictures I took. I am going to shoot a church event this coming Sunday and I have another friends Wedding shoot in June.

    I don't know if I am going to make this a biz. But it is exciting to enjoy taking pictures and especially the delight that your subjects get when they saw what you have captured.

    What I learned is just to take and take pictures. to go out and do it. ideas need to be tested and practice makes perfect.

  • JOHN April 29, 2011 04:00 am

    Hi everyone
    My name is John my home town is Stafford UK
    I have been into photography know for about 2 years I started shooting with a canon 500D but recently bought a canon 7d .Also have two lens a 24/105L AND A SIGMA 10/20 and COKIN P gnd filters.The last 6 months have started to do it more seriously, I have started doing a online course which has really helped me a lot .But hands on is the only way to go by getting out there and shooting
    http://www.dphotographer.co.uk/user/snapa

  • John Scott April 29, 2011 03:58 am

    I'm John Scott and I live in southeastern North Carolina. I've been doing photography for about two years now and I focus mainly with landscapes and nature. I use a Canon Rebel XT and hope to upgrade sometime this year. I don't have a blog, but you can see my work at www.clifephoto.com.

    John

  • Merri C. Harrison-Quarles April 29, 2011 03:58 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/by_merri/5660156628/

    Hello!
    My name is Merri. I am the author of Comanche Rain By: Merri C. Harrison-Quarles. I love writing and have several more books to be published however writing seems to have taken a back seat to photography. I have been in photography for almost three years now and I love it.
    My camera's are Nikon D60 and Nikon D90. I use a Nikon 18-55mm lens as well as an 70-300mm lens. my favorite subjects are of wild life, hence the 300mm. I do have my eye on the Nikon D300 for my next camera (Please don't tell my husband! Ha!).
    I am still learning and will be for the rest of my life about photography. I believe there is always something else I can learn from anothers photos or even from my own. I love when someone gives me constructive instruction, that's how I learn. I have learned much from the tips on this site and I am truly grateful! There are so many things I want to know or have concerns about that I would be hard pressed to pick just one. I think the best way for me to learn is from those who comment on my photo's. Above you will find a link to my Flickr photostream. Please feel free to comment on my photo's in fact it would be appreciated! I also do weddings, events and just about anything.
    The one lesson that really comes to mind would be this; there is beauty in everything on this earth; you only have to study some subjects a little more closely than others.
    Thank you for allowing all of us to share,
    Merri C. Harrison-Quarles

  • Ken Worley April 29, 2011 03:55 am

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Ken Worley from Marietta, GA. I've been a professional photographer for about 4 year, but have enjoyed photography for over 15 years. My wife and I are both photographer.

    Weddings and life style portraits are what we mainly photography. We use Nikon D700 and really enjoy the 50mm and 85mm f/1.8. My very first camera was a little 110 film that my parents gave me.

    I really enjoy recreating old photographs, go to Worley Arts Photography to learn more about us. My blog is Ken's Place has a friend Friday post and is where I completed two 365 challenges.

    My advise is to always a have a camera with you and photographs what you love.

    Ken

  • Paulo April 29, 2011 03:52 am

    Hello,

    my name's Paulo Borges (Tempo Cativo), from Braga, Portugal,

    How long I’ve been doing photography: About 2/3 years

    What type of photography i Like: landscape, and close-up

    My camera: Pentax K20

    A link for my Blog: http://tempocativo.wordpress.com/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tempo-Cativo/126624660726499

    congratulations for your very good site.

    i hope you enjoy my photos too.

    Thanks for reading :-)

    Keep Shooting
    Tempo Cativo

  • Glen Dudley April 29, 2011 03:45 am

    Good Day everyone my name is Glen Dudley aka "Dudley", "dudleydoorite" on Flickr. I live in the United States of America, and have been actively learning photography for around 6 months. I really enjoy landscape and Family life photography. I prefer black and white images but would love to be able to produce high quality color images mainly for portraits. my first and current camera is a Canon EOS Rebel XS (1000D), a Canon Speed lite 430EX II, 50mm EF 1.8, 17-55 kit lens.

    I have a Flickr account located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dudleydoorite/ I would welcome any comments or advice. one of my favorite photos is one of the first photos I took that turned out the way I saw it in my mind before I activated the trigger. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dudleydoorite/5269575663/

    I have learned so much in the last 6 months and I have much more, but the one thing I seem to share with my family and friend the most is "Learn what you camera can do. Take the same photo in different shooting modes, to see how the different modes handle the same image. If you shoot digital take as many photos as you can, It cost nothing to delete a image you dont like." One of my biggest challenges has been finding the time to get out and shoot. I have a full time job two kids and I go to school at night. taking a few hours off every day to find a great shot does not always happen. That is why I failed at my first attempt at my "Project 365". My goal is to be able to take great portraits for my family and friends.

    If anyone is interested here are the links to my Flickr account. Please let me know if you like any of the images.

    Photo stream : http://www.flickr.com/photos/dudleydoorite/
    Me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dudleydoorite/5341897154/
    My first Image that I really loved: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dudleydoorite/5269575663/

  • Michelle Simpson April 29, 2011 03:44 am

    Michelle Simpson, live in Alaska. Been a photographer for just over 2 years now, and my main focus is landscapes with some nature. I have a Canon Rebel XS and plan to upgrade to a Canon 7D when this one croaks.

    In the past year, I have truly learned the importance of shooting in good light. None of my true keeper shots of landscapes are worth sharing unless they are taken at sunrise or sunset.

    http://michellesimpsonphotos.blogspot.com/

    Looking forward to checking out some of your work :)

  • Erik Kerstenbeck April 29, 2011 03:44 am

    Hi

    When I was "somewhat" younger, I loved Jethro Tull and especially the song "Locomotive Breath"

    Finally I could do homage to this great song...so this is my fave right now!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/locomotive-breath/

    Best Regards, Erik

  • Lesley April 29, 2011 03:39 am

    1. LA
    2. USA
    3. 3 years
    4. family, landscape, details that go unnoticed
    5. Canon XTi DSLR
    6. prettysmartphotography.blogspot.com
    7. http://lh6.ggpht.com/_znEp9qA7Jj4/S5ZIlwuYpVI/AAAAAAAAAf8/Zj-g8D3-9IE/s1600-h/637557658211%5B3%5D.jpg
    8. Take lens cap off! :) (i need reminded!)
    9. Flash placement, making shots sharper
    10. Any ideas help, photo inspiration, you name it!
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

  • Scott Thomas Photography April 29, 2011 03:37 am

    I am Scott Thomas from the Great State of New York in the United States of America. I have been doing photography since I was 16 when I received a Minolta SRT-102 35mm SLR from my parents as a gift some 30 plus years ago. I enjoy photographing sports especially ice hockey and motorsports, local community festivals and fairs, nature subjects from landscapes to wildlife and travel both local and afar.

    I use a Nikon D700 dSLR with a D70 as backup with a set of lenses from wide angle to telephoto which meets the needs of the photography subjects I outlined above.

    I have a photo blog at http://stphoto.wordpress.com and a website at http://sthomasphotos.com/ powered by SmugMug. You can see a photo of me on the website link.

    I have learned a lot in the last year but mostly it is best to get to know your camera and other gear thoroughly. When out shooting, you don't want to have to be reaching for a manual or app for a setting or menu.

    My biggest challenge now is to find ways to market my photography in editorial stock. It is a new adventure I am looking forward to traveling.

    Last thing...have fun, learn everyday and pat yourself on the back for doing it.

  • Maja Petric April 29, 2011 03:36 am

    1.My name is Maja, and i go by Pitrih on the internet :)
    2. I live in Serbia
    3. I've been into photography for 3-4 years
    4. My favorite type of photography are portraits, but i love to look at everything from food photography to landscape, conceptual, lifestyle, fashion...
    5. I own canon 400d, 50mm 1.8, and helios 44-m
    6. i have flickr and tumblr dedicated to my photos :)
    http://pitrih.tumblr.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pitrih/
    7. I can't pick just one :p
    8. During last year i learned how to use manual mode, big step for me :)
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography /
    I would like to get more soul into my photos.
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us. / Nothing else :)
    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account). / Hello!

  • Jessica April 29, 2011 03:35 am

    Hi, I'm Jessica, and I live in Palo Alto, CA. I became interested in photography during my undergrad semester abroad in fall of 2008, but I just got my first DSLR two months ago. Definitely an amateur working on becoming a much better amateur. I mostly photograph landscapes, cityscapes at night, and architectural details. I'm also working on learning how to make HDR photos, since my brother is a big fan of that style.

    As of February, I use a Nikon D3100, and my lens choices are 18-55mm, 35mm/1.8, and a 55-300 4.5-5.6. My first camera was an Olympus Stylus 7000.

    Being a beginner, my challenges are many right now. Basically, beyond the basic mechanics of the camera, you name it and I'm working on it!

    Don't have a flicker account, but I'll try to make one later and post a link.

    LOVE this site because the tutorials and weekend challenges are fantastic. Thanks!!

  • Hau April 29, 2011 03:33 am

    Hello. I am Hau from Irvine, CA and I've been an enthusiast for 3 years.

    I've started with a Sony Alpha 200 and Lightroom, but my abilities has exploded with the introduction of the iPhone4. Here are some of my captures:

    DSLR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hellohau
    iPhone4: http://hau.co/
    Blog: http://www.iphonephotographyapps.com/

    The best tip that I can give is to follow other photographers. By finding great work through Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram, I have learned to see and understand what makes a good photo a great photo. Also, it is easy to be constantly inspired by following the wonderful work of others.

  • D. Travis North April 29, 2011 03:31 am

    1. D. Travis North (I go by 'Travis')
    2. USA
    3. I've been shooting now for 17 years.
    4. I focus on Urban, Architectural and close-up Photography. Details are what interest me most - though I experiment in all areas.
    5. Currently shoot with a Nikon D80 (mid-range D-SLR) and an array of lenses. I still pick up my first camera from time to time, a Nikon N2000 Film camera.
    6. http://www.dtnorthphoto.com
    7. A personal favorite: Waiting
    8. Best tip I can offer: Fail. If you're not failing at some point, you're not pushing the envelope. And if you're not pushing the envelope, you aren't going to learn anything. So fail as often as possible and learn from it.
    9. A personal challenge: Wedging time to get out and shoot for myself into my busy schedule.
    10. A moose once bit my sister.
    11. Self portraits...
    Traditional: Self: LIVESTRONG
    Experimental: Grant Me the Strength

  • James Baker April 29, 2011 03:29 am

    Hi,

    1. My name is James Baker, but I go by odhinnsrunes or Odhinn's Runes online.
    2. I live in Ontario, Canada.
    3. I developed my first photo 30 years ago in my Dad's darkroom. I've been taking pictures ever since. It's been about 30 years
    4. I do a lot of landscape photography, but I've been transitioning into portraits and model photography. The portraits because they can pay for the gear and the model photography because it is a new challenge.
    5. I am a Nikon shooter, but the first camera that was mine and not borrowed from a parent was a Pentax K-1000.
    6. My work is at http://www.odhinnsrunes.com or http://flickr.com/odhinnsrunes
    7. What I think is my best photo is: http://flic.kr/p/8ADDxo
    8. The best tip I can give is to push yourself our of your comfort zone. I did that with model photography and it changed my outlook on photography.
    9. The biggest thing I'd like to overcome in my photography is my habit of machine gunning. The first one usually is right and there's no need to take the second or third.
    10. I am slowly transitioning into going pro instead of jumping in with both feet. I am deliberately going slowly with this so I get it right. I don't want to end up enjoying photography less because I "have" to do it.

  • Gary April 29, 2011 03:29 am

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm Gary from Madison, Wisconsin in the US. My wife and I are recently retired. I have enjoyed photography my whole life but it's really been the last 6 years that I have really tried to become a good photographer. My wife enjoys the hobby as well and we travel together to photograph and enjoy life.

    Our main interests are in shooting landscapes and birds. We both shoot Canon 7D's and each carry a 10-22mm, 17-55mm and 70-200mm lens in our bag. For the birds we use the Canon 500mm prime lens. Of course we have all of the required filters, converters, etc. etc. etc.!

    We have taken many workshops in the past few years and one of the suggestions that has really helped us in both image creation and image processing, is to look at the work of other artists doing similar work in our fields of interest. In particular, try to look at the work of artists that shot in the region or locations that you enjoy or are traveling to.

    Great light to all.

  • JeremyJ April 29, 2011 03:25 am

    Hi, I am Jeremy Mills and I am a photographer in Portland Or, USA. I am still relatively new to digital photography, and I don't shoot events, so to speak, but I love to shoot the things in the world that really stick out to me.

    I shoot a Canon Xs with kit lens, Tamron 12-25, canon 70-250 (i think), and a nifty fifty. I love shooting street and outdoor photography, as our world, especially in the Pacific Northwest of America has so many amazing things to offer, of you just look for them.

    My Flicker is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyj5000/, and I would love your input!

    My Tip: shoot often! You can learn lots from reading but nothing compares to getting out there and racking up the actuations.

  • Giovanna April 29, 2011 03:23 am

    Hi!
    I'm from New Zealand but live in London at the moment, I love travelling and getting out with my camera, I have a Canon 1000D at the moment but am waiting for someone to give me a Canon 5D mark ;-)
    my website is www.exploretravelphotography.com and my flickr is
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelphotography2010/

    come over and say hi :-)
    x

  • circleoftrust April 29, 2011 03:23 am

    Hey you guys, Fred here from W Springfield, Mass. I have to say I'm a bit intimidated by the first commenters as you all have made careers out of photography and for that I really admire you all, I really do. I've just started in photography recently with a DSLR but have been doing creative photos and stuff with a cameraphone long before. ;) I'm a Nikon Fan and use a D7000 with a 35mm 1.8 as my sole lens (thats what I have been given with the camera). I also made a new Flickr account where you can check out my snaps:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62214869@N06/

    I know, I know they're not at all good but hey, I'm giving myself time to learn and I look up to all you guys who have lengthy experiences and would love to learn from you!

    I want to improve my composition skills and portrait-taking abilities, but I really love taking pictures of landscapes and structures with my current rig. As much as I can I try to use the Manual mode and I ahve to say I'm understanding things better in doing so.

    Thanks Darren and to all you guys out there, more power to us and keep on shooting!

  • Aisha April 29, 2011 03:22 am

    So nice to meet everyone. I enjoy street photography when I can, but I am afraid of how people will respond. Does anyone have this problem. Has anyone ever tried to attack you or break your camera.

    I thought about getting one of those trick lenses.
    http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/candid-photography-spy-lens/

    I'm very introverted, but I love photography, and have yet to find my niche. Perhaps stock photos may be the way to go, but it's such a hard market.

  • Amy Nielsen April 29, 2011 03:22 am

    Hi! I'm Amy (@amyjo_nielsen) and I live in the US.

    I majored in photography in college "back in the day" of 35mm, but did not pursue it after graduation. Then I purchased my first DSLR about 2 years ago and have been hooked since.

    I prefer portrait photography, but also shoot a lot of events for my church.

    I learned photography on a 35mm Minolta, my first DSLR was a Sony A300, and I just recently purchased a Nikon D90.

    www.evidentlifephotography.com

    The thing that I've learned from the pros this past year that most resonates with me is to be who you are. To know what your strengths and weaknesses are, own them, then work and grow from there. Also to help others, not hinder them. We can learn more by sharing information, than by keeping it to ourselves.

    Lighting and exposure are my biggest challenges right now.

    [eimg url='http://www.evidentlifephotography.com/photos/1148230986_d6iPs-O.jpg' title='1148230986_d6iPs-O.jpg']

  • Abby B April 29, 2011 03:21 am

    I'm Abby and I'm currently living in Saudi Arabia although I'm from the United States. I've been learning photography for about the last two years and currently use a Cannon PowerShot SX10 IS. I've been focusing on mastering and learning the fundamentals before I upgrade to a dSLR in the next year or so.

    Right now my photographs are mostly landscapes/objects as public photography and photography strangers isn't much of an option here.

    The best tips I've learned is to know the limitation of your camera. There are a lot of styles I'd like to be able to shoot, but I need to realize that they might not be possible with the camera I have.

    I blog at redseahome.blogspot.com where you can check out my images of our recent travels!

  • jay April 29, 2011 03:17 am

    Hi, this is a great idea

    I am Jay, originally from South Africa, but lived in Dubai for a few years now
    been interested in photography for a few years now (started with a Nikon D50 then D90), but only last year did i go on courses etc
    I have decided to get into photography seriously now, so i have just spent a fortune on new gear (made the switch to Canon and am now on 5D II with some awesome lenses)
    next weekend i am shooting my 1st proper event, gonna be fun
    and in 2 weeks i am shooting my 1st wedding, been preparing for months now
    events etc are good to do for the money but my passion is really wildlife (certainly in the wrong country for this) and sports

    Once i am done with the wedding my portfolio will look a lot better, and my website will be live as well, unfortunately nothing to show as yet
    As far as tips go, this will also have to wait till after the 1st 2 events (or just read all the articles on here)

    I have ready almost every article on DPS, a big thanks to all the contributors, certainly helped me loads

    would be great if there are other readers here living in Dubai, i need a photog buddy

  • rmcmahan April 29, 2011 03:16 am

    My name is Robert and I live in the U.S. of Texas. I've been taking pictures off and on since my late teens (I'm 58 now) but only on vacations just to get a snapshot. I got more seriously involved when I got my first DSLR about 4-5 years ago but still as an amateur, not doing much more than the auto modes.

    I got laid off a little over 2.5 yrs. ago (graphic design) and nobody wants to hire an old geezer like me from graphic design these days. Had to do something to support the family, so a little over a year ago I started my own media services business (video, film, and audio conversions, video editing, photo/slide scanning, as well as graphic design) and I included photography and videography as one of my services. Then I separated photography and videography as a separate, standalone company about six month later.

    My company web site for photography is www.robertsphotographafx.com
    My company web site for my other business is www.timecomedia.com
    Both are still a work in process.

    I love landscape/nature/wildlife photography but I am also branching out to event and on-site/location portraiture for my photography business. I'll do engagement photos, weddings, special events, etc. I don't have a studio so I don't do any "canned" portraiture, not that that there is anything wrong with that. ;-)

    First camera I owned was a Pentax K1000. I have since stuck to the brand and upgraded 3 times. I now use a Pentax K20d.

    I've learned so much in the last year but I think one of the most important things I have learned is to not worry so much about what other people think of your photography, just worry about whether or not you like it. Everyone's taste is different and there's always gonna be someone that doesn't like what you do do. But as long as you do, it doesn't matter.

    The one thing I want to get better at right now is lighting--natural, artificial, combinations of both...

    You can also check me out on FaceBook and Flicker (I need to keep up with these more):
    https://www.facebook.com/home.php
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26184853@N06/

  • Erik Kerstenbeck April 29, 2011 03:13 am

    Hi

    WOW - what a great invitation! Thank you!

    I started taking pictures when I was 6 years old. My Father gave me a Box Camera. I was so excited. I recall lying on my stomach and taking a picture down low of some mushrooms. This started my pashion!

    My Father shot Medium Format with a Mamiya C3 Professional that he bought in the 60's. He was in the Dog House for weeks - it was very expensive. I used that a bit during High School and was the "Chief Photo Lab Dude" at my school developing B&W Film for the School's Year Book.

    I later purchased some Nikon gear in University as I was studying Engineering. Then later a new Mamiya. I swore I would not go Digital until Medium Format = Digital Quality

    So here I am now, looking at a Nikon D7000, converting a D40x to InfraRed (Thanks to Beth Sandidge...check out her work).

    Kathleen, my Photographer Wife and Biz Partner, encouraged me to start a Photo Business with a long term goal of 10 years to establish a reputation and produce quality images. I was hesitant, but she is from Texas, and rather aggressive. So we started Kerstenbeck Photographic Art.

    To date, it has not turned into a "Peter Lik" Biz, but we have learned more about the techniques, made contacts with many great Photographers like Trevor Current, Scott Wyden etc. It is exciting.

    Here is the Tip: Take advantage of Social Media...thru Facebook, Twitter and having a Blog, we have exposed our work to people whom we would never have had contact with. They have turned out to be wonderful friends and supporters!

    Do I have a favorite image? Not really, but perhaps you will find one on my Photo Blog that I update everyday with great stories. Is this hard work? Yes and No...I love to do it, so for me the time is worh it.

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/

    You can also follow me at @ErikKerstenbeck on Twitter

    Twitter gave me contacts to some wonderful and well known Professionals that have invited me to participate in many things!

    Keep Shooting...Very Best Regards

    Erik Kerstenbeck
    Kerstenbeck Photographic Art
    http:// ww.kerstenbeck.com

  • greenscrapcat April 29, 2011 03:13 am

    My name is Sheila but I go by greenscrapcat EVERYWHERE online

    I live in the United States
    I have been a shutterbug since high school (26 years this year) Just recently started really, really getting into it the past year or so.
    I take photos of everything, especially my daughter, but am really getting into wildlife, although I've only done it once and not so good yet, lol. Candid portraits and landscapes are my fave. I've done a couple of weddings, but just for relatives and decided just not right for me yet.
    I use a Canon Rebel XT, an oldie but goodie only because I can't afford a new one yet. I also use my Sigma 100-300mm a lot, saving for a 500mm.
    My flickr account is brand new, so not much on there. http://www.flickr.com/photos/frommomentstomemories, more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/frommoments

    A challenge for me is not getting sharpness :( A lot of times I have an issue with aperture/shutter speed properly. I just can't get the "guesswork" right. Any tips would be great!

  • BT.00805.002 April 29, 2011 03:10 am

    "6÷2(2+1)" 1 or 9?// since when is it possible to multiply over a bracket w/ a +ve or -ve sign? Clear what's in d bracket 1st. Ans= 1

  • Anil April 29, 2011 03:08 am

    Hi guys!

    I'm Anil Patel, and I am a student currently going to Arizona State University, studying kinesiology. I have been doing photography as a hobby for about six years now, and I while I shoot photos of anything that catches my eye, I tend to focus on architecture and urban environments. I'm an experimenter when it comes to photography, I'm always trying something new out. I currently use a Canon Rebel XSI, the first dslr I've owned.

    You can find me on Flickr or Posterous

  • Deirdre April 29, 2011 03:08 am

    1. name: Deirdre / Superdewa
    2. country: USA (upstate NY)
    3. I've been taking photography seriously for three years.
    4. I'd say I focus mostly on lifestyle photography, which includes portraits, food, close-up, documentary... I'm kind of eclectic.
    5. My first SLR was a DSLR -- Nikon D40. Now I use a Nikon D90.
    6. My blog: http://superdewaphotography.blogspot.com/ ;
    my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/superdewa/
    7. I don't have one favorite photo -- I have a hard time narrowing it down. Sound arrogant? I just have a hard time making decisions :)
    8. Advice: Keep your camera with you all the time. Do a 365 project and never let your camera out of your site. Don't let the hard days get you down. It's the hardest days that will push you the farthest.
    9. I want to be able to use my speedlight without fear.
    10. I think that says it all!
    11. a self-portrait:
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/superdewa/5485940368/' title='.' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5253/5485940368_10109fc23d.jpg']

  • josh April 29, 2011 03:07 am

    Hey all!

    To make things easier, I am just going to follow the list above. (:

    1. My name is Josh and most of the time I go by my full name: joshfassbind
    2. I was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. I love the place and I am currently undergoing a photography project about the people of Geneva: http://joshfassbind.com/project-geneva
    3. I've been taking pictures for as long as I can remember but have been doing it really seriously for 6 years now.
    4. I specialize in commercial and portraiture and focus on making story telling pictures.
    5. I use Nikon gear essentially.
    6. Site; http://joshfassbind.com / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joshfassbindphoto / Instagram: joshfassbind
    7. Too many great photographers out there making amazing pictures. Can't choose one!
    8. Never stop shooting. Jay Maisel said: «If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you're not out there, you'll only hear about it.»
    9. Not feel compelled to (over?)light. Natural light is beautiful as well!
    10. Anything you'd like to hear? (;
    11. http://about.me/joshfassbind (that picture should be big enough! HAHAHA!)

  • Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Kimberly Gauthier Photography April 29, 2011 03:02 am

    Kimberly, USA

    I've been into photography for 10+ years, 2+ years with a DSLR

    I mostly shoot Flowers, Portraits

    I shoot with a Sony Alpha 550
    My Blog: http://www.kimberlygauthier.com/blog
    My Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlygauthier/

    My favorite photo changes all the time, but this week its:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlygauthier/5649971305/in/photostream

    I've learned to take my time and compose my shot. There have been so many missed opportunities, because I rushed the shot, but now I allow myself the time to get the image that I imagined. I'm never disappointed.

    I would love to get a beautiful shot of the moon. This is the one shot that just eludes me.

    I write a photography blog for amateur photographers that are having the same struggles I dealt with when I started shooting with a DSLR. I love it.

    My self portrait: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlygauthier/5574212577/in/set-72157626388004606
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlygauthier/5574212577/' title='Model Eyes - Selfie Magic' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5020/5574212577_41ee89f8f4.jpg']

  • Daria Nova April 29, 2011 03:00 am

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Daria. I'm based in London, UK. I specialise in wedding and portrait photography. I've been doing it professionally for a year now, but have been a keen photographer for a few years. I got my first SLR five years ago and was told by many that I'll be soon tired of it, but I never did.

    I did a photography course, but learnt the most from practice. I also get lots of inspiration from the work of great photographers.

    I shoot on Canon 5D and have 24-105mm 4f L lens and 50mm f1.4 lens.

    You can see my work on my website: http://www.darianovaphotography.co.uk and blog: http://darianova.blogspot.com.

    I still feel like there is lots to learn and this is my biggest challenge. I'll be happy to hear your feedback. Thank you!

  • Richard April 29, 2011 02:58 am

    Richard Gunther here. I am a retired person who still does some farming and consulting. I live on a small farm in Northern Alberta Canada. I am a recent returnee to photography trying to learn the whole digital thing. Much earlier I was an avid film photographer,but as in a lot of things, life got in the way,and had to forego photography for making a living and raising a family. I am now back in the fold with a rebel XTI,sigma 70-200 2.8, canon 85 1.8 and some kit lenses. At the present time I am upgrading my lenses and when I reach the full potential of the XTI I will invest in a full frame canon.
    Because of our long cold winters I do most of my photography travelling. So far Southern Italy ,Greece ,Israel and Egypt. A trip to South America this past winter was a an opportunity for some great photography experiences. A planned trip to Spain and Northern Italy this year should provide some fodder for my new lenses. Until then I will be sharpening my shooting and processing skills on the beautifull part of the world that I live in.

  • Icy B April 29, 2011 02:54 am

    Hello, My name is Icy and I am new to photography, but have always been an artist. I love it, painting with out the mess!
    I live in New England, and LOVE nature!
    I recently entered photo contest, heres a link to vote (USA voters only). I am 1 of 4 finalist!! Mine is B/W of my son.
    http://www.travelandleisure.com/nautica/

    I hope to grow in photography, and with so many public/internet sites (like this) it is so easy to learn from others! Thank you!!

    Please vote, and check out my FB page(working on website)
    heres a link to some of my recent photos

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Elements-Photography-by-ICY/125681259493#!/photo.php?fbid=10150163662624494&set=a.10150163662409494.311071.125681259493&type=1&theater

  • Tony A. April 29, 2011 02:49 am

    Hi there !

    1. My name is Tony,
    2. I´m from Spain,
    3. allways loved it, but a little more seriously about 3 years
    4. Portrait
    5. Canon D450, with a 50 mm 1.8 (more than any other)

    I´m just someone who enjoys photography a lot and loves the simplicity of your posts.

    Congrats for your excellent work !

  • Blue van Doorninck April 29, 2011 02:48 am

    They call me Blue. I am a Canadian living in Nicaragua. I've been taking photos for over 20 years and now get paid. I do daily shoots of our horseback tours https://www.facebook.com/photos.php?id=282050788532 and specialize in portraits - my favorites being belly bumps, couples, wedding photojournalist shoots. And I do this all with my Olympus E-PL1 and I love it - as I am more artistic than technical.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterbugheather/
    http://www.photosoutoftheblue.com
    My favorite photo this week is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterbugheather/5598657456/
    I welcome critiques and kudos. photography is an never ending journey to be better
    abrazos from Nicaragua
    Blue

  • Jamie April 29, 2011 02:47 am

    I'm a dreamer.

    I dream really big. I dream of helping people become the people they were created to be, bringing hope and inspiration through practical information and real-life stories. I dream of creating a helpful community where people can come together, learn from each other, and grow their businesses and lives. See, I said I dream big.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself. You don't even know my name.

    My name is Jamie M Swanson. I'm a professional wedding photographer in Madison, WI (USA) and write a blog for photographers with super-helpful photography business tips. I've been taking photos for years, but I started my business in 2008 and have loved it! I mostly shoot weddings, but I do some portraits and personal work as well. You click this to see what's in my bag. We're Nikon fans over here, in case you don't want to take a peek. ;)

    Best practical tip I can give professional photographers is to install facebook comments on your blog. It tripled my traffic and has resulted directly in people booking me because of it. There's an article on my site for photographers if you want to read more of the details of it, but it was amazing.

    I dream of owning ridiculous amounts of land where I can have an insanely large garden, invite people to come and find rest, and simply enjoy a quieter life. And take photos of it all, of course!

    You can read more about me and my work here.

    Thanks Darren for the opportunity to share a bit about ourselves. It's welcomed and makes this place feel a little bit more intimate despite all the masses of people. :)

  • Zev Steinhardt April 29, 2011 02:45 am

    My name is Zev Steinhardt and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I fell in love with digital photography when I bought my first Canon point and shoot about ten years ago. Slowly, over the years, I upgraded until I bought my DSLR about three years ago.

    A lot of my photography tends to be floral and macro, but I'm trying to branch out into other styles of photgraphy as well. I'm really trying to experiment with portrait photography -- probably my weakest area.

    My first camera, way back when, was a Canon A20. Today I own a Canon XSi with a few lenses.

    For a recent tip, you could look at something that I blogged about today: about how I took a shot knowing that it would never work and came away with an expected shot: http://bit.ly/kTmpM1

    You can find my blog at http://www.zevsteinhardt.com and my photos (including a gallery of my favorites) at http://photos.zevsteinhardt.com.

    I'm a database engineer, who is aspiring to become both a professional writer and a professional photographer. In fact, my blog (linked above) is about my journey toward those goals.

    Zev Steinhardt

  • Tangguh Merdeka April 29, 2011 02:45 am

    Hello, my name is Tangguh Merdeka or you guys can call me T.
    I live in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    I’ve been doing photography for almost 3 years now.
    My type of photography is .... experimental maybe, and still life :D
    I use a Nikon D90 and some lenses, and my 1st camera was a Nikon Coolpix 4100.
    Something I’ve learned about photography is.. photography is CAM, stands for Composition, Angle, and Moment. Whatever your camera is not important.
    I'd like to write a book about my photography project.

    You can visit me here:
    http://twitter.com/tangguhmp
    http://tangguhmp.tumblr.com

  • Paul Howard April 29, 2011 02:43 am

    Great idea Darren!

    I'm Paul, from Red Deer, Alberta in Canada. I started a bit with photography back in 1977 taking lessons and experimenting, but due to film, processing and equipment costs, and a growing family, abandoned it. I took it back up in 2008, now that most of the family is grown and moved out, and the grocery bill has gone down a bit.

    I'm using a Canon 7D, a Rebel Xsi, along with a growing variety of lenses (24-70 f/2.8L, 400 f5.6, 70-200 f/2.8L, Lensbaby, and others) and now some studio equipment. My first SLR was a T70.

    No specialty, as I'm finding I like a lot. My big variety is all at http://howardpa.zenfolio.com.

    I have to agree with others above: shoot LOTS and experiment. Try a photo book too. Then someone actually looks at your shots, rather than them all sitting on your hard drive or your website. And lessons are great for the immediate feedback you get.

    I've done a 365 project, and I'm working on a 52 project this year. The 365 was tough! And not being too shy in my old age, sure, I'll attach a self portrait! :-D
    [eimg url='http://howardpa.zenfolio.com/img/v13/p809495490-2.jpg?sn=5' title='p809495490-2.jpg?sn=5']

  • Dave Radford April 29, 2011 02:43 am

    1) Dave Radford
    2) USA- California
    3) Been shooting for 4 years
    4) I like portrait, sport, event, and land scape photography- (especially sunrise, sunset, and long exposure)
    5) Still use my first camera but looking for a new one, just need some funds. Rebel xti. Lenses: Sigma 28-90mm with macro capability, Sigma 70-300mm with macro capability, canon 1.8 50mm, and canon 18-55mm.
    6) http://s936.photobucket.com/home/edr_photos/index (Most of the volleyball photos were taken by parents. I am the coach)
    7) Three favorite photos: http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad203/edr_photos/IMG_25561.jpg http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad203/edr_photos/Grady%20Experiment/IMG_2233.jpg http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad203/edr_photos/IMG_7207AB.jpg
    8) "It's not always the bow and arrow that make the best shots, but the Indian."
    9) I'd like to overcome the fear of my equipment not being good enough.
    10) I am advanced armature with a fair amount of experience who is always looking to learn and get better.
    11) Me: http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad203/edr_photos/IMG_7618.jpg

  • John Crider April 29, 2011 02:42 am

    I live in the US. I have been an amateur photographer for a couple of years. Most of my pictures have been of family. I am trying to expand my horizons and take more photos for fun. I use a Nikon D60. You can see some of my pics at http://www.flickr.com/johncrider/

    I have been trying to absorb the photos I see in the strobist group on flickr, and reading as much as I can to learn technical necessities.

    The tip I would offer to all amateur photographers is take more pictures. I do not mean hold the shutter down longer. I mean handle your camera more, challenge your eye, and take pictures that might turn out bad. This is where my most profound learning has come from.

    I am going to shoot a conference in a couple of weeks. It is unpaid, but my first Photography Job. I hope they do not get what they pay for :)

  • Maricel Quesada April 29, 2011 02:42 am

    Hi Everybody:

    My name is Maricel Quesada, I am from Costa Rica, I've been doing photography since around 2004. I really enjoy taking pictures of nature, landscape and macros of flowers, but also like all sort of photos.

    Before a few ago I had a point and shoot type of camera but then in November I finally made the move to a DSLR, a Nikon D3100 with a 18-55mm lens, a 50-200 lens and a prime lens. Also have a SB-400 flash and a tripod.

    My personal blog where I share some of my photos is http://maricelquesada.blogspot.com

    You can see all my photos in Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/mquesada/

    A tip for the community - always try to carry your camera with you, if not possible at least make sure to have your camera phone, you never know when something amazing is happening and you have to capture that moment.

    My biggest challenge is time, I need more time to practice and to go around and take pictures.

    A picture of myself can be found in my Flickr account.

    Maricel.

  • Hattie Day April 29, 2011 02:41 am

    My name is Hattie (short for Harriette) and I am from London. I have been interested in photography for around 5 years now and am currently studying Photography AS Level. I mostly take portraits, and i try to avoid using conventional poses as I like to try and make my images more unique and personal to the subject. I also love conveying strong themes through my images.
    I use either Canon 50D or a Nikon D60 for my digital work, for film I use a Pentax or Nikon (don't know the models tho :/)
    I have recently started a photoblog:
    http://onelittleimage.tumblr.com/
    And this is my flickr page:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hattieday/
    One tip that I often use is to only plan half a photoshoot. I am always finding that by planning the beginning it really gets my creative imagination going, by the end of the photoshoot I find my images are more meaningful and more aesthetically pleasing
    I'd like to know more about photographing younger children as well as ways to start making photography more of a hobby :)

  • mario April 29, 2011 02:41 am

    Hi, My name is Mario. I live in Taiwan. I've been doing photography since 2008 and I like portrait photography, flowers and still life photography. My first gear was the EOS 450D and the kit lens (18-55 mm), but right now I shoot with my 50D, 24-70mm f2.8L, 135mm f2L and a 50mm f1.4.

    My flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariotapilouw/

    I want to learn how to take the most of outdoor photography. How to deal with cloudy days and make our pictures still look interesting even when the color of the sky is not blue, sometimes they are grey or all white. Thank you :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariotapilouw/2991889082/sizes/s/in/photostream/

  • Jarrod Whitehead April 29, 2011 02:40 am

    Hi All,

    My name is Jarrod and I'm from : the USA
    How long you’ve been doing photography: 12 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most: My primary photography would be Advertsing, followed by Weddings and Portraits.
    What kind of gear you use: I use a combination of Nikon d7000, d300s, and d700.
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: http://www.jarrodsw.com
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year:
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: I would like to get better with my portraits.

  • Martin April 29, 2011 02:38 am

    Photography has always been important to life for me, although I am criticized for not taking enough people pictures my main interest is nature in all it's forms. Its life around us that fascinates me in all it's colour and moods.
    Living on Vancouver Island.

  • Lea April 29, 2011 02:37 am

    My name is Lea (pronounced Lee-uh) and sometimes my sister calls me Lee, mostly because she knows I dislike it. I live in the good ol' USA (currently on a cross country move from WA to NC), been married to my love for nine years and have three kiddos.

    I picked up my first DSLR in February 2009 (a Canon Rebel XT) and I currently shoot with a Canon 40D, 85mm prime and 50mm prime. I keep it simple when it comes to gear. I'm a firm believer in mastering what you've got before moving on to something bigger and better. And I'm also a firm believer that a good photographer can create art regardless of the gear they're using. I've shot a little of everything, but I focus primarily on portrait work. I love it.

    One tip that I've picked up from DPS over the course of the last year is to be a purposeful shooter. I believe it was Elizabeth Halford who did a few posts on not being a luck photographer and those really stuck with me and challenged me to practice patience and wait for the shot to come to me rather than setting my camera on burst mode and ending up culling through 1000 images from a two hour session! I've improved a lot in this area, but it's still something I'm working on.

    I don't enjoy long walks on the beach and beautiful sunsets are a dime a dozen, but capturing the perfect expression on one of my kid's faces - now that's priceless.

    You can find me at http://www.leahartmanphotography.com.

    Happy reading!

  • mario April 29, 2011 02:36 am

    Hi, My name is Mario. I live in Taiwan. I've been doing photography since 2008 and I like portrait photography, flowers and still life photography. My first gear was the EOS 450D and the kit lens (18-55 mm), but right now I shoot with my 50D, 24-70mm f2.8L, 135mm f2L and a 50mm f1.4.

    My flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariotapilouw/

    I want to learn how to take the most of outdoor photography. How to deal with cloudy days and make our pictures still look interesting even when the color of the sky is not blue, sometimes they are grey or all white. Thank you :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariotapilouw/2991889082/' title='?? (Self-Portrait)' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3179/2991889082_2a6d74ca5c.jpg']

  • Giovanna April 29, 2011 02:35 am

    Hi!
    I live in London, but I'm from New Zealand!
    I really enjoy HDR and Travel photography, I love to travel as much as I can, I've been taking photos for ever but only got serious around 2 years ago.
    I am a Canon person, but currently only have a 1000D am looking towards a 5D mark as soon as I can!
    my website is
    www.exploretravelphotography.com
    or i'm on flickr under TravelPhotography2010 come join me ;-)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelphotography2010/
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelphotography2010/5468128219/' title='My first Self Portrait!' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5257/5468128219_87309cde21.jpg']

  • Aisha April 29, 2011 02:33 am

    Hello everyone my name is Aisha LaDon
    I live in Sacramento, CA USA
    I have been doing photography for a little more than a year
    I have done mainly portraits, but with a background in graphic and web design Im looking for something more.
    I am using a canon Rebel XS :( Its good for now. My first camera was a Polaroid. I loved taking pics when I was little. I also have a film camera that I inherited from my grandma, but due to my laziness, I never use.

    My flickr account is:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/umalthalatha/sets/

    My blog/website is no longer up as I figure out where I want to go at this point.
    I like taking very natural shots. But I love props and sets too.
    These are my favorite two pics

    My daughter
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/umalthalatha/5514976013/in/set-72157626238474296/

    My Nephew
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/umalthalatha/5337897573/in/set-72157625781315396/

    TIP: One thing I have learned this year, is that you really have to put yourself out there. I'm not to good at this, and it holds me back a lot from achieving my goals. That is what I want to change this year. Also, photography is an expensive hobby, you must make a little money on the side even if just to buy gear. Ah, yes, and the Rebel XS, does not work with a wireless remote. :(

    This is me, shot by my son. he loves photography too
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/umalthalatha/4841601136/in/set-72157624610464990

  • Maik-T. Šebenik April 29, 2011 02:29 am

    OK, just to make it easy and stick to your list ;-)
    1. Maik-T. Š.
    2. Germany, more precisely in the beautiful city of Bielefeld
    3. I started photography nearly 10 years ago with a HP Photosmart 318 and have a DSLR (see 5.) for 5 years now.
    4. It's mostly travel photography, which means mostly landscapes and architecture. But I was always fascinated by macro photography - making small things big. ;-) And recently I started a little bit of portraits/people photography.
    5. Olympus E-System! 8-) An E-500 DSLR with Zuiko Digital lenses: 12-60mm, 14-45mm, 18-180mm, 40-150mm, 35mm and the 70-300mm is on the way. Plus a FL-50R flash unit.
    6. Yes of course: www.photographr.net or go directly to my blog: blog.photographr.net / Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographrdotnet / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/photographrnet/115151211890937 Feel free to comment/like my photos! :-)
    7. Currently my most favourite photo would be this one: http://photographr.net/wordpress/?p=325 Or a similar one that's my all-time favourite until now: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographrdotnet/3575796121/
    8. Since I started taking photos/photography more serious during the last months there's really a lot that I learned. The most significant thing for me was the whole concept of aperture/F-stops.
    9. Learning to better use my flash
    10. This site is really gorgeous and I really really learned a lot from it. It helped me to prepare and think before taking a picture. Keep up the good work!
    11. There's no picture of me - because I'm always *behind* the camera. ;-)

  • Sophia April 29, 2011 02:28 am

    What a great idea!

    I'm Sophia, a self taught fine art photographer (street photographer) originally from Brooklyn, NY but now live in Paris, France. Paris is the subject/ inspiration for most of my work, since i moved her 2 years ago I've had the pleasure to work on a number of Paris based projects and I'm happy to announce that I will be having my first exhibit in May 2011. I mostly shoot b/w because I love the simplicity and timelessness of it. I started shooting with a canon rebel xs but have upgraded to the 60D.

    My challenge: marketing, especially when you first start, you are your marketing team. If I don't spend ever free minute working to get my work and my name out there the no one else is going to do it. But I wouldn't have it any other way. I believe in my art and the work I do and that keeps me motivated everyday. Photography is more than my art, its who I am.

    My advice: If photography is really what you want to do, if its your love, your passion, your reason for being, then always nurture it. Let challenges make you stronger, let set backs lead to big and better opportunities. Never leave home with out your camera and take a photo every single day. Never compare your work to others, instead admire, learn and be inspired by other talented photographers.

    My facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sophia-Pagan-Photography/116410051738623
    My website : http://www.sophiapagan.com
    [eimg url='From Profile Photos' title='table>'][eimg url='https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_8NLbI8kPq2PfVWkMQQtjQ?feat=directlink' title='_8NLbI8kPq2PfVWkMQQtjQ?feat=directlink']

  • Tony Plewa April 29, 2011 02:26 am

    I'm in.

    My name is Tony, I'm from Milwaukee WI. My interest in Photography has grown since I retired in 2008.
    I'd call myself as a hobbyist that sometime makes a little money shooting events. Mostly I shoot Nature and Wildlife with a little landscape and what I call urbanicity. Visit www.stoneypics.com to see what I mean.

    I use a Nikon D90 with a D80 as backup.
    My lens choices are Tamron and include a 50mm, a 18-200mm and a 200-500mm.

    Best suggestion for newbies is to take photo classes and workshops. Your local camera shop probably has classes form beginner to pro. I'm learned a lot and met some great folks.

    Rule #1 Take more pictures. Rule #2 Take more pictures. Rule #3 Take even more pictures

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 02:25 am

    Mako Asuela here. I'm from the Philippines. I love to take photos way back since childhood although it was just a couple of years ago that I decided to invest seriously in photography.

    Although I tried all types of photography, it seems that I am being led in portrait and wedding photography. I am looking forward to formally establish a photography service/business for that.

    My first DSLR ever is a Nikon D5000 which I worked hard for to purchase last year. Aside from the 18-55mm kit lens that goes with it, I also have a 55-200mm telephoto lens which was given to me by my older brother. I have 2 speedlites with radio remote triggers which helps me creatively light my subject. I have lots of DIYs; umbrella, bokeh filter, beauty dish and a tripod that I frequently use as an improvised light stand. Investing for photography gears here in the Philippines is not that easy for an average person so it is a challenge for me to do some work-around just to achieve the output that I want.

    To see some of my work please visit my Facebook page named . Feel free to browse my page (and please like it too!). I am too lazy to update the 365 Project and Flickr account because my Jurassic desktop computer takes a lot of time to process things.

    In photography, having the latest and high-end gear doesn't make you a pro (although it helps in capturing good photos)... it is through your output that defines how good you are as a photographer.

    In taking photos, consider this: Set your shutter speed to define ambient light, set your aperture to control flash exposure, set your flash manually, set the correct distance of your flash to your subject and set you ISO to achieve the light sensitivity you wanted (and they could help save battery power in your speedlites too!)

    I still need to know how to deal and evaluate light without depending on a light meter (since I can't afford to buy one) and without bothering my subject to hold the gray card.

    By the way, I learned photography partly by experience and partly by searching the internet. I didn't go to any photography school. So if you have any suggestions and tips on how improve my photography skills, it would be my pleasure if you could share some.

  • Blas Torillo April 29, 2011 02:23 am

    Name: Blas Torillo
    Country: Mexico
    Time doing photography: 33 years
    Type of photography: Almost everything (You know, 33 years doing this is enough time to do so)
    What kind of gear: First camera ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/btorillo/5404817243/in/photostream ) Newest camera is a Nikon P500
    A link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/btorillo/ Or two: http://www.youtube.com/user/Creandotusrecuerdos
    Your favourite photo: There are so many...
    A tip for our community: Not his year, but a long time ago: The tool is light, not camera.
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Best selling, now that I decided to convert this passion into a business and my main income activity.
    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: Be persistent!
    Add a self portrait of yourself: Don't have one on line. Didn't know how to put it here.

    I like this...

  • mario April 29, 2011 02:21 am

    Hi, I live in Taiwan and I've been doing photography since 2008. I like portrait photography and also flower photography. My first gear was EOS 450D with the kit lens and then I upgraded it into 50D. Currently I have the 24-70 f2.8L, 135 f2L and 50mm f1.4. I learned a lot about how to make a good composition and how to photograph certain objects.

    Actually what I want to learn about outdoor portrait photography. A perfect outdoor photo session would be during sunny day, the sky is blue and the clouds are brightly white, but what should we do if we have to do a photo session during cloudy days? I would like to know how we can take the most of this condition and make our picture looks interesting...

    this is me with my first gear: [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mariotapilouw/2991889082/' title='?? (Self-Portrait)' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3179/2991889082_2a6d74ca5c.jpg']

  • John "Sherpa" Helt April 29, 2011 02:21 am

    I live in the United States, in the state of Tennessee.

    I got started in photography at age 10 when my older sister gave me my first camera, a Kodak Ektralite 10 using tiny 110 film cartridges and a built-in flash. I quickly found out how expensive batteries, film, and processing were. I soon became the “Family photographer” taking pictures of everything in sight.

    I am the first to admit that I wasn’t very good, but I had fun and learned a lot. Over the next 20 years, I acquired and learned to use many more cameras. From 35mm SLR to medium format box and twin lens reflex cameras. I invested in some really good lenses and focused (pun intended) my attentions on aerial photography and martial arts events.

    Then life happened – in a wonderful way! I met and married an amazing woman (Tabitha) and we started a family. My passions shifted to them, and photography became simply a means of capturing life events. But not too many years later, I won my first DSLR camera (Canon Rebel XT), and the excitement came flooding back.

    In 2010 when Tabitha began realizing her own passion for photography, we began to work together, encouraging each other and building on each other’s skills. She has taught me a ton about color, composition, posing, and more, which she seems to “get” naturally.

    The nickname “Sherpa” came at this time, when I accompanied Tabitha on one of her class field trips to help carry her equipment. The instructor, not realizing that I was not a student, chided me for not taking any pictures. When I explained that I was carrying my wife’s equipment, the instructor said “Ah! You are the Sherpa!” The name stuck.

    I enjoy working to produce interesting and unique effects within the camera and capturing images from a different perspective. I will be posting some of these images from time to time and will be taking them “A Little Bit Beyond” ordinary photographs. I hope that you enjoy them.

    You can find some of my favorite photographs on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jttrey/

  • Mako Asuela April 29, 2011 02:19 am

    Mako Asuela here. I'm from the Philippines. I love to take photos way back since childhood although it was just a couple of years ago that I decided to invest seriously in photography.

    Although I tried all types of photography, it seems that I am being led in portrait and wedding photography. I am looking forward to formally establish a photography service/business for that.

    My first DSLR ever is a Nikon D5000 which I worked hard for to purchase last year. Aside from the 18-55mm kit lens that goes with it, I also have a 55-200mm telephoto lens which was given to me by my older brother. I have 2 speedlites with radio remote triggers which helps me creatively light my subject. I have lots of DIYs; umbrella, bokeh filter, beauty dish and a tripod that I frequently use as an improvised light stand. Investing for photography gears here in the Philippines is not that easy for an average person so it is a challenge for me to do some work-around just to achieve the output that I want.

    To see some of my work please visit my Facebook page named. Feel free to browse my page (and please like it too!). I am too lazy to update the 365 Project and Flickr account because my Jurassic desktop computer takes a lot of time to process things.

    In photography, having the latest and high-end gear doesn't make you a pro (although it helps in capturing good photos)... it is through your output that defines how good you are as a photographer.

    In taking photos, consider this: Set your shutter speed to define ambient light, set your aperture to control flash exposure, set your flash manually, set the correct distance of your flash to your subject and set you ISO to achieve the light sensitivity you wanted (and they could help save battery power in your speedlites too!)

    I still need to know how to deal and evaluate light without depending on a light meter (since I can't afford to buy one) and without bothering my subject to hold the gray card.

    By the way, I learned photography partly by experience and partly by searching the internet. I didn't go to any photography school. So if you have any suggestions and tips on how improve my photography skills, it would be my pleasure if you could share some.

  • Kartik April 29, 2011 02:18 am

    Got my URL wrong: Here's the right one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/djkj

  • Kartik April 29, 2011 02:16 am

    Hello world!

    Your name : Kartik Jayaraman
    What country you live in: USA
    How long you’ve been doing photography: About 15 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Landscape and Wildlife
    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): Currently shoot with a Sony DSLR A500, SAL70300G and SAL18250
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work)

    http://www.flickr.com/djkj

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: There are many!
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Getting good shots when shooting birthday parties/other occasions indoors

  • Jarrod Whitehead April 29, 2011 02:14 am

    Hi All,

    I'm Jarrod from Baton Rouge, La. I dabble in a little bit of everything. I would say my main body of work includes Advertising, Wedding and Portraits. I shoot with a mixture of fixed and zoom lenses. My favorite lens being my 85mm fixed. I shoot with a combination of d7000, D300s and D700 bodies.

    You visit my site www.jarrodsw.com. I don't have a favorite photo and I just work to improve my skills and final photographs everyday.

    I always enjoy reading tips and techniques on here and learn a lot from other professionals I have met. My best advice is the same as Amber's above. The only way to improve is to keep at taking more and more photos and learning what works for you and what your clients want.

    Thanks, Jarrod

  • Carolyn Chentnik April 29, 2011 02:13 am

    Hello! My name is Carolyn Chentnik, in Arkansas USA. By day I'm a graphic artist/web designer. I realized photography was my passion. Didn't realize it until later in life, but better late than never! My long term goal is travel photography, with portrait photography helping pay the bills. I joke that I will do this after I retire from my day job. Hopefully, though, it won't take that long.

    I've always had an eye. Can see things other people tell me they can't. I have my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XTI. Not sure where I fit in regarding style of photography. I love the low angles.

    I'm doing a Project 365 to help me learn the mechanics of the camera. Would love anyone to check it out. I'm always looking for feedback. http://www.carolynCphotography.com

    Thanks!

  • askzidane April 29, 2011 02:13 am

    i'm from malaysia..love street photography with any camera that i have with me..

  • Noelle April 29, 2011 02:13 am

    Hi!

    I'm Noelle from Minneapolis, MN, USA. I've been interested in photography since I first took photos of my (then boyfriend, now husband)'s band as a freshman in college, and later became a photographer for the campus newspaper.

    That was about 7 years ago, and now I'm mainly doing landscape photography and portraits, hoping to expand into more portraiture and build a little side-business taking portraits and donating a portion of my profits to local non-profit organizations. I currently shoot with my trusty Canon Rebel Xti, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 85mm 1.8, and Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, though I dream of picking up a 5dMkii once the Mark 3 version comes out!

    My tip is the same as others - keep shooting! I started a blog recently to hold myself accountable, though with the holidays this past week I got a little lax. Plus, don't shoot on automatic! Shoot on full manual, or at least aperture or shutter priority, to start learning how to properly expose photos. It will save you tons of time in post production.

    My flickr stream (I love getting comments and feedback!):
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/noellepierce/

    My blog:
    http://bakkenphoto.blogspot.com

  • Kim April 29, 2011 02:09 am

    [eimg url='http://www.eyeswideopen.us/web_images/img_8672_rainbow.jpg' title='img_8672_rainbow.jpg'] Hi, I'm Kim,
    I've loved photography forever, even had my own dark room back in the day. There's nothing quite like watching an image emerge from the developer bath under the red lights!

    Then life sidetracked me for a while. I ended up doing engineering for many years..... spent a year dealing with breast cancer.....lost my 'day job'. Now I'm looking at my life differently. I decided it was time to follow my bliss so I've returned to photography and the artistic pursuits that give me so much joy.

    I started selling my work online on stock sites and as art prints. Along the way I honed my Photoshop skills, so I created a digital photo editing and restoration business called My PHOTO Pro for the general public as well as Session Edits for professional photographers. I'm currently working on filling up my Eyes Wide Open art gallery and gift shop. All my projects can be accessed through www.flycreativedesign.com

  • Barry April 29, 2011 02:08 am

    1. Your name: Barry (bazutti)
    2. What country you live in: USA
    3. How long you’ve been doing photography: A few months
    4. What type of photography you focus upon most: I haven't picked a genre yet to stick with, but I am drawn to portraits, light painting, and night photography.
    5. What kind of gear you use: Currently the Rebel XS, getting ready to order Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM, and have Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM
    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user namewww.flickr.com/photos/bazutti
    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: I just took this one yesterday! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazutti/5663156808/)
    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: It's all about perspective! Try absurd angles and approaches.
    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Lighting - I really need practice here.
    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us: This site and forum have been a huge help for me - awesome resources!

  • tc April 29, 2011 02:06 am

    Hello, I am Terri, living in Virginia, USA. Have been serious about photography for about 5 years now. I use a Nikon D80 and mostly prime lenses...as they say zooming with my feet.

    I participate with the 365 Photo-A-Day blog and have for 3 years. http://snapsnapzoom.blogspot.com and previous years on http://top5cats.blogspot.com. I sell my artwork and photography on http://terri-creasy.artistwebsites.com.

    I have learned that although you need to know all the technical info about taking pictures, don't stress over it. Learn to be yourself and enjoy what you do. Its all about what you like and enjoy, not an invisible standard someone thinks your pictures and art should be like.

    Right now I feel my challenge is finding fresh new ideas and places for taking pictures. I feel in a little bit of a slump. Glad the summer is coming that should help. Interested in hearing from anyone else who has this problem on occasion.

    I enter my work into juried art shows and galleries even local contests. Its a great experience and exciting when someone says they I saw one of my pictures somewhere.

    I am most interested in nature photography, love all those Nat Geo guys, but I have been told I take pictures of every blade of grass from all 4 sides.

  • Clive Surman April 29, 2011 02:06 am

    1.) Clive Surman
    2.) UK
    3.) About 3 years
    4.) Portraits
    5.) Canon Powershots & DSLR’s + Fujifilm mini 25 + Samsung Compact
    6.) http://www.flickr.com/photos/surman
    http://www.clivesurmanphotography-blog.co.uk
    7.) http://www.flickr.com/photos/surman/5488623525/in/set-72157626129238938
    8.) Don’t edit to much, some of my favourite photos are Polaroid’s. Taken as they are.
    9.) My challenge would be to add more colour to my photography.
    10.) Far to critical and negative about my photography
    11.) http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5654924144_c0f767b53d_m.jpg

  • Kathy April 29, 2011 02:06 am

    1. Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online)
    Good morning everyone - my online name is kacolb. My 'normal' name is Kathy.

    2. What country you live in - I live in Arizona in the USA.

    3. How long you’ve been doing photography - I got started with cameras when I was very young (according to my cousin I was a pest with my Mum's camera). I got away from it until I was about 22 and at that time had a Kodak Instamatic and took a shot of the marina we lived and worked at. It was an early morning shot with red sky and silhouetted boats. That was the beginning of my new hobby.

    4. What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc). I tend to like portraits, nature/landscape and macro.

    5. What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was) - My first ever camera was a Kodak Instamatic. Now I have a Canon 50D and 7D. I have the 16-35 2.8 L, 24-70 2.8 L, 70-200 2.8L, 50 1.4 and 100 2.8 macro lenses.

    6. A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work) I have a Smugmug account - http://azphoto.co

    7. Perhaps a link to your favourite photo -

    http://kathleencolbourn.smugmug.com/Photography/etcetera/20100901kmc/1050571875_yQcDQ-L.jpg

    8. A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year - That if I want to improve my skills I have to take my camera everywhere.

    9. A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography - I find people photography the most challenging. Everything about it - lighting, posing, location, etc. That is why I go out of my comfort zone and do it. Without practice I won't improve.

    10. Anything else that you’d like to tell us. - I like this website a lot. I like being able to look at someone's photos and see what I could be doing better. This site motivates me to go out and shoot (which is every weekend). It also motivated me to find a camera buddy who I go out with regularly. We seem to see things the other misses. Also, I shared the weekly assignment list with the camera club I belong to and it was a great hit with them and I use it for ideas. Thank you for a great motivational tool!

    11. If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account).

    I don't have a self portrait but I will definitely have to work on that.

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1KpZuhfCT

  • Habed April 29, 2011 02:05 am

    Hello everyone!!

    1. I'm Humberto Abed

    2. From Mexico, the largest city in the world!!

    3. I've being doing Photography for ever, since I was a little kid. But I purchased my first SRL back in 91. I left it aside for some years and took it back 10 years ago. I usually have a day job so photography has been kind of a hobbie until 4 years ago. The thing is, I always wanted to be a photographer and take lessons but everybody kept telling me not to loose time and focus on my job. My fault for listened at them. Now everybody keeps telling me I'm too late, but I'm getting better and I'll show them!! (Sorry for the extended response)

    4. Weddings, books and travel

    5. My first SRL was a Minolta Maxum 700 (I think) Now I have Canon's T1i and 60D. Canon's 50mm 1.8 and 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 and Sigma 10-20mm 3.5. Canon's Speedlite 430 EX II and 580 EX II. For a P&S I own a Canon SD4000is.

    6.
    Web page: http://humbertoabed.com/

    Blog (Sorry, Spanish): http://haphotographer.com/

    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/depa11/

    Facebook: All "likes" are welcome and I'll do the same =)

    Wedding: http://www.facebook.com/haphotographer

    Other events and travel: http://www.facebook.com/DEPA11fotografia

    7. I loooove this one and was long commented and tweeted at DPS forums when I took it.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/depa11/3712292735/in/set-72157622118894934

    8. To hang out with other photogs. My work has improoved so much since I started to go out with others. We share tecnics, tips and just by being with them you push yourself to be better. I also take every single webinar I can. And since I'm unemployed right now I take them all!!

    9. Perhaps the same as point 8. Most photogs are very close and don't want to open their knowledge to others. But I have found wonderful groups of people. Also, and very important, I have Tinnitus so I was afraid of being in social reunions, specially those with loud music. But if I want to be a wedding photog I had to overcome that. I lived in fear for so long and now I'm so happy doing what I love.

    10. I hennestly have to say that one of the things that convinced me to take photography seriously was DPS. All the people sharing and the tips. I have a separate folder at my mail inbox just for your newsletters and everytime I have an event or go somewhere for a photowalk I read a lot of them. So I guess what I want to say is THANK YOU!

    11: http://www.flickr.com/photos/depa11/5595449016/in/set-72157626316927445

    6.

  • Karrel April 29, 2011 02:05 am

    Hi, my name is Karrel (@karrelbuck) and I live in Tampa, Florida, USA. I have been serious about photography since 2004, when I went to Alaska. I tend to most photograph nature, landscapes and family members. I also do a lot of photo compilation, which is my passion. I also enjoying creating photo-quilts.

    I have a Nikon D60 and my fave lens is a Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR DI VC LD.

    I mostly shoot in manual and in RAW. I learned that you can shoot the sun with beautiful results.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3883226308/in/set-72157594188299052

    It is hard to pick faves but here are a couple (thank you Photoshop!!)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3249789958/in/set-72157612292925596
    This was a motorcycle that was in a shop window in St. Augustine, a beach shot I took in Hammock Beach, Florida and an overlay from scrapgirls.com. (FYI - I don't work for them or get a kickback or anything, but they have lots of actions, brushes, textures, overlays, etc. that are so much cheaper than getting them from photography sites.)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrelbuck/3348277720/in/set-72157612292925596
    This is two pix of my grandsons (big brother, holding little brother). I combined the shots & the background and photostrip are from scrapgirls.com

    I use Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, Topaz filters and Nix Color Efex Pro 3.0.

    My photography challenge is thinking about a shot before I shoot. I never think once the camera is in my hand. I rarely even remember to change my settings (white balance, etc). I just get my shutter and aperture set and watch my histogram. I am working this year on developing a routine. I am going to Germany at the end of summer and I hope before I get there I have this problem solved.

  • Elizabeth Dahl April 29, 2011 02:05 am

    1. Elizabeth Dahl
    2. USA - Minneapolis, MN!
    3. I got my first digital camera when I was 18 but I have only been doing this as a business for about 3 years.
    4. I specialize in birth (yes, the actual event!), family and maternity photography.
    5. Canon 7D, and 35mm 1.4 is my lense of choice. First digital camera was a Panasonic.
    6. edahlphotography.com
    7. Some of my favorite photos
    8. In the photography business, the biggest asset you have is YOURSELF. Show off what makes you different! It's a great thing to have fantastic technique and know-how, but if YOU aren't showing through on your website, in your pictures, etc, you will have difficulty getting anywhere in the biz.
    9. Time management!!! I have such difficulty balancing all the photo-taking, editing, etc with my family life. Anything to make the process easier simpler or easier is SO appreciated.

    My little boy is in the image below. I think it's way more interesting and telling about my current life and sense of humor than a simple picture of me would. :-
    )[eimg url='http://www.edahlphotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/IMG_4570-5-copy1.jpg" alt=' title='IMG_4570-5-copy1.jpg" alt=']

  • Elizabeth Elliott April 29, 2011 02:04 am

    Hello there, I'm Elizabeth Elliott. A single mother of 3 beautiful children. I originally from Taiwan. I am currently live in Orlando, Florida, USA. I've started photography since high school but that didn't last very long, but I've always enjoy others photography.

    My focus on photography ? Random. I've started to pick up the camera last year, decided that I need to play with my camera more and finding out other features other than zoom in and out. It has been lots of fun since then. I take pictures of my kids ( of course), landscapes, architectures, and other random objects.

    Sony DSC-H10, it's great and easy for me to use. I hope to have a "fancy" camera some day but for now, I love the one I've got. I love this website. I get tips, techniques and check out other people's work. It's been great. One of the things I learn about photography is that, take your camera every where you go! I've been doing that and it's amazing to see all the things that you can photograph. Using photoshop is not one of my strong points, but I know lots of photographers are using it to enhance their work. Maybe one day I will get on board, but I like the rawness and the imperfections in photos.

    If you haven't seen Bill Cunningham's documentary, you've got to check it out.
    [eimg url='http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/c/bill_cunningham/index.html' title='index.html']

    [eimg link='' title='' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com//5648358188_.jpg'][eimg link='' title='' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com//5508076722_.jpg']

  • Ricky April 29, 2011 02:04 am

    1. Ricky Jones
    2. USA
    3. 25 years
    4. Portraits, Landscapes, architecture
    5. Canon 7D, 50D, 24-70mm L, 70-200mm L, First camera was a Konica
    6. http://www.rljslick.blogspot.com/ http://rljslick.smugmug.com/
    7. http://rljslick.smugmug.com/photos/394235533_5MbW9-M-2.jpg
    8. Always bring your camera, always be prepared, never assume anything with photography
    9. Street Photography, trying to get people on the street in a way it's still very candid.
    10. Love this page have told a ton of people that's new to photography about his page and that it should be their first stop.
    11. http://rljslick.smugmug.com/photos/485051951_8r3PC-M.jpg

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1Kpkv5AOT

  • Danial Shah April 29, 2011 01:58 am

    Your name : Danial Shah

    What country you live in : Pakistan

    How long you’ve been doing photography : 5 years PLUS

    What type of photography you focus upon most : Travel and Landscape

    What kind of gear you use : Canon 7D and Sony a300.

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name :
    www.danialshah.com/portfolio
    www.iexplorepakistan.com
    www.flickr.com/edanial

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year : Observation, light and composition is the key to a good photograph. I have learnt to anticipate for taking good photos.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: Indoor shoots.

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us. : I have received a national award here in Pakistan for my contribution to the nation for traveling and photographing all the landscapes in Pakistan

    Self Portrait:

  • SantiMB April 29, 2011 01:58 am

    Hi,

    My photographic nickname is SantiMB. I'm Spanish, of Barcelona, and I've started to take pictures in 2003, with a cheap digital camera of 2 Mpx. In 2004 I bought a Canon Powershot A70, then in 2007 a ??Fuji Finepix S9600, and recently, in late 2010, a Sony Alpha A580, my first SLR.

    I have no style or a fixed photographic motif. I photograph everything I like and gets my attention, either for their beauty or because it causes a sensation, and my purpose is to preserve that feeling and try to transmit it to others. I do not retouch much the photos. Only the minimum so they are more presentable and show more clearly what I want.

    I have an account in Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/smb_flickr, and also a photoblog at http://www.santimb.com, and a portfolio at http://www.wix.com/santimb/photos (in spanish). You can see here my vision of the world. I do not want to dedicate myself professionally to photography as a hobby for me, and professionalize this hobby would kill him.

    A principle that I have always very much in photography is that if you want to shoot something, do it. If you think you or expect you will lose your opportunity.

    Now that I have a decent camera equipment and enough knowledge, my challenge is portraits, and also the use of flash. I can't capture the facial expressions I want.

    And this is my presentation!

  • Michael April 29, 2011 01:58 am

    My name is Michael and I live in Ireland. I've only being doing photography for a year and a half. Bought all my gear in the states. I use a Nikon D300S, my first camera was a Nikon D70. I do go for any particular kind of photography but if I was pushed as to what my favourit type of photography is it would have to be Macro. I tend to use a Nikon 24 -120mm lense most of the time. I do have other lenses including a Sigma 150-500mm. I have just started to develop a website and have put up a few pics that I took when I went to a place called "The Butterfly Place" in the States. Still learning about the art of Photography but I have been told thaat I have some pretty good photos taken. I suppose I'm not confident enought yet to publish them. I have thought about taking up photography as a career. I have a good range of lenses but I feel im lacking in expertise and I dont have the proper lighting. I dont have a Flickr account setup yet but I suppose if I want my work to be seen then I will have to setup one. Thanks

  • Daniele April 29, 2011 01:56 am

    Name: Daniele Lembo
    Country: Italy
    Photographer Since: 2000
    Kind of photography: landscape, still life, naturalistic
    Gear: Canon EOS 450D
    Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielelembo/
    Favourite photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielelembo/3268951395/in/photostream
    A tip for our community: tilt shift
    Self portrait: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielelembo/3268932355/in/photostream
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielelembo/3268932355/' title='Me' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3396/3268932355_558833f56a.jpg']

  • matabum, MaP blog April 29, 2011 01:55 am

    hey everybody!

    1) matabum
    2) czech republic, europe
    3) more seriusly for three years now
    4) mostly portrait, concert and travel photography.
    5) nikon d80 with 50mm most of the time on it + my cameraphone and lomo lca.
    6) my flickr photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matabum/ and link to my blog about portrait photographers (don't hesitate to send me a link to your portfolio if you want to be featured... http://madaboutportraits.blogspot.com/ )
    7) http://www.flickr.com/photos/matabum/3973283792/
    8) i think that the best persons you can learn from are your friends who are also passionate about photography. so talk with them as much as possible.
    9) more confidence to do real "street photography"
    11) http://www.flickr.com/photos/matabum/4933053153/in/set-72157621761801310

  • Erin April 29, 2011 01:55 am

    Hello!

    My name is Erin, and I live in Kentucky, in the U.S. I've been serious about photography for about 4 years now. I mainly shoot portraits and events. I'm the photographer for the Kentucky Renaissance Festival, and I also shoot a few weddings a year.

    My first camera was a Nikon D200, and I'm now shooting with a D3100. My website is http://erintakespictures.com/, and my more recent work is up on my Facebook photography page, https://www.facebook.com/#!/erintakespictures1.

    My suggestion to other readers and my challenge are the same: keep learning. Every time you master a new skill, you have to keep in mind that there are so many other things out there that you don't know yet. I have a tendency to get discouraged when I realize how much I don't know, but I just keep plowing through it and I'm improving all the time.

    At the moment, this is my favorite picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/erintakespictures1/5665043418/

  • Snjolaug Maria April 29, 2011 01:55 am

    1. My name is Snjólaug María Wium Jónsdóttir and I go by the name Snjóa

    2.I live in Iceland

    3. I bought my first camera in 2007 but i did not start to think about photography until last year

    4 I am mostly in landscape, animals and sports (skiing, skeet and motocross)

    5. I am using Canon Eos 400D

    6. My flickr is http://www.flickr.com/photos/snjoa/ and then I have on facebook as well https://www.facebook.com/pages/Snj%C3%B3as-photographs/214168715262063 and on red bubble http://www.redbubble.com/people/snjoa/portfolio

    7. My favorite photos are these http://www.flickr.com/photos/snjoa/5589719260/in/photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/snjoa/4881047696/in/set-72157624574653149/ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=214171405261794&set=a.214171208595147.60798.214168715262063&type=1&theater

    8. ufff I am still learnig. But just go and take pictures, look at them and take some more.

    9.Studio and indoor photography

    10. Like everything that is coming in here. Nice work

    11. My photo is on my flickr :)

  • Steve Nuzum April 29, 2011 01:50 am

    1. Steve and Ashley Nuzum
    2. Iowa, USA
    3. Since we were young, but as Nuzum Photo for six years
    4. Primarily wedding and portraits
    5. We are all Canon gear
    6. You can find our blog/website at www.nuzumphoto.com
    7. A recent photo we really liked.
    8. The simple tip is practice and challenge yourself. Always look at others work to help inspire yourself.
    9. Need to challenge ourselves more.
    10. Love this blog, keep up the good work.
    11. [eimg url='http://myfrozenmoment.com/images/us.jpg' title='us.jpg']

  • Melissa April 29, 2011 01:50 am

    Hello everyone! My name is Melissa. I'm from Indiana. I have been in love with photography since my boyfriend bought me my first professional camera (which was a Canon Rebel film) my senior year of high school. I have recently found a job at a photography studio, which I love. I usually take outdoor portraits of people and landscapes, so it's really hard to bring the outdoor posing inside. I have accumulated three Canon cameras over the past three years. My favorite one, so far, is my T1i. Once I save up enough money, I am determined to purchase another lens for my camera. I am in the process of making a website, so for now I use Facebook to show off my work (http://www.facebook.com/MkPPhotography). I don't really have a favorite picture, but I love love love every single pictures from my favorite photographer, Leslee Mitchell. I strive to take beautiful pictures like she captures. Every single one of her pictures are breathtaking!!!! I have learned a lot from the beginner's photography tab. I love this site, because it breaks everything down into steps that are easily understood. I get stumped on "posing" people, especially big groups of all ages. I'd love to see an informative piece on the ways of posing people, but making it look natural. I am excited to see everyone's photography work!

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1465989087618&set=a.1459815813290.2064357.1170240164&type=1&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=1465989087618&set=a.1459815813290.2064357.1170240164&type=1&theater']

  • Ross Sandelius April 29, 2011 01:50 am

    Hi there!

    My name is Ross Sandelius, and I herald from the great state of Michigan in the United States... specifically, Detroit. And no, Detroit is not actually THAT bad to live in, by the way.

    My 9-5'er job is an Avid Video Editor but my "other life" is a wedding/portrait photographer, not to mention being a fanatical tech junkie and overall photo nerd. I bought my first camera (a Nikon D50) about 4 years ago, upgraded to a D300 after going on vacation and realizing that photography was a "real thing" for me and recently upgraded again to a pair of D7000's to use for portrait & wedding work. Same as Raymond, I use mostly Nikon glass but have a Sigma 10-20mm mixed in as well.

    I'm still working on a proper website (my initial attempt was less than successful), but if you visit my blog at www.rscreativellc.wordpress.com you'll be able to learn more about what I do, who I am and see some of my recent work.

    Hmmmmm... my favorite photo? That's a tough one... but I think this one is probably my favorite. :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsandelius/2954736488/

    I've got two tips... one for during shooting and one for after the fact.

    The first one is for using a flash on-camera... and not having it look like it. One word: bounce. Bouncing your light will be the #1 biggest improvement to your on-camera flash imagery when getting started, guaranteed. Softer, cleaner, more pleasant across the board. Play with your FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation) to make up for any issues with distance.

    The second one? A quick sharpening tip for Photoshop: Unsharp Mask. A good starting point is using the following values: 30/30/10. Subtle, but helps a lot. Need it stronger? 40/30/10. Give it a try and see if it helps.

    The biggest challenge I need to work on overcoming is balancing business with creativity... it seems that when the former becomes more prevalent the latter always suffers. That... and learning to balance my on-camera flash work with ambient light better.

    I think that's about it... I love helping people, so if there's anything I can help you with let me know and I can (try to) help!

  • David April 29, 2011 01:48 am

    Name :David (Speshalyst)

    What country you live in : India
    How long you’ve been doing photography : 4 Years
    What type of photography you focus upon most : Portraits

    What kind of gear you use : Nikon D90, 18-105, 70-300 SB700 (35mm Yashica was my first cam)

    Link : http://www.flickr.com/photos/speshalyst/

    A good place to discuss/learn post processing - Photoshop Support Group on Flickr

    Flash Photography - I just bought my first flash gun and I would like to use it to create some interesting portraits

  • Amber April 29, 2011 01:48 am

    I'll play!

    I'm Amber, in Arlington, VA, USA. I was a photo enthusiast for maybe 3 years and now I'm a professional wedding and portrait photographer. I shoot Nikon and work almost exclusively with fixed-length lenses (except during those tense ceremony moments when it's just critical to have the zoom capabilities). I rock a D80 in my normal life and currently rent D3 - I'll be looking to buy when stocks are replenished (hopefully the D4 is coming...)

    Website (& blog)
    Flickr

    My photo tip is the same tried-and-true advice you always see: shoot, shoot and shoot some more. I found a 365 project to be incredibly helpful in developing my photography technique. It's a pain in the butt some days and a lot of what you shoot will be utter garbage, but compare your January garbage with December garbage, and you have to admit it was worth it.

    This is me. Thanks for reading!

  • Erin April 29, 2011 01:47 am

    Hello!

    My name is Erin, and I live in Kentucky, in the U.S. I've been serious about photography for about 4 years now. I mainly shoot portraits and events. I'm the photographer for the Kentucky Renaissance Festival, and I also shoot a few weddings a year.

    My first camera was a Nikon D200, and I'm now shooting with a D3100. My website is http://erintakespictures.com/, and my more recent work is up on my Facebook photography page, https://www.facebook.com/#!/erintakespictures1.

    My suggestion to other readers and my challenge are the same: keep learning. Every time you master a new skill, you have to keep in mind that there are so many other things out there that you don't know yet. I have a tendency to get discouraged when I realize how much I don't know, but I just keep plowing through it and I'm improving all the time.

    At the moment, this is my favorite picture:

    [eimg url='http://flic.kr/p/9CAQ3o' title='9CAQ3o']

  • Rob April 29, 2011 01:47 am

    Hi everybody,
    My name is Rob from Pennsylvania. I am getting my feet wet eventhough I bought my1st "real" camera over 10 years ago(minolta stsi). Still trying to figure out what direction I want to go in terms of photography type. My current gear is Canon t2i, tamron 17-50 2.8, kit lens 18-55 and 55-250, and canon 50mm 1.8. You can find me on Flickr..www.flickr.com/photos/rob_369/Stop by and give me input(critiques) so that I can improve.

  • Donna April 29, 2011 01:42 am

    Great idea! love this :)

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online): Donna

    What country you live in: USA

    How long you’ve been doing photography: I started my business in 2010. I have been doing photography on and off for almost 10 years.

    What type of photography you focus upon most (ie: portrait, landscape, sports, family life etc): Portraits

    What kind of gear you use (and perhaps what your first ever camera was): I use Nikon d90 with a 28-70mm 2.8 lens & sometimes a 50mm 1.8 and 35mm 1.8. My first DSLR camera was a Nikon d40, and I frequently used my mom's Pentax when I was shooting film.

    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name (show us where we can see your work): www.donnaboylephotography.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/donnaboylephotography

    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo: http://tinyurl.com/42zxytk

    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year: Practice, practice, practice. Don't go too long without picking up your camera, you may get a little rusty.

    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography: I don't have anything specific. I just want to keep learning & growing!

    Anything else that you’d like to tell us: All I can think about right now is lunch time :) lol

    If you feel comfortable doing so – you might also like to add a self portrait of yourself (either leaving the image in the comment or just linking to one on your blog/flickr account): There is one in the about me section of my blogsite.

    Read more: https://digital-photography-school.com/tell-us-about-yourself-and-your-photography#ixzz1Kpfp6Rqh

  • ricardo galvão April 29, 2011 01:42 am

    1. RICARDO GALVÃO.
    2. FROM BRAZIL
    3. MORE THAN 30 YEARS.
    4. PORTRIT, PEOPLE, NUDE.
    5. COMPACTs LIKE G12 AND P7000
    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricardogalvao/show/
    7. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4085/5181611308_6ca91085dd_z.jpg
    8. DARE, BROKE THE RULES
    9. i MY SELF
    10. START WITH .JPEG, NO MATTER "PROs" HAVE SAID ABOUT RAW...
    11. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4025/4584216446_8d2e7f0ed5_z.jpg

    HUGGS FROM BRAZIL

    cheers

  • anne April 29, 2011 01:40 am

    20-something amateur photographer living in New England. Been picture-taking for many years, got (more) serious about it a few years ago. My favorite shots are of people, usually candid, happy, smiling, laughing photos. I prefer natural light and avoid using flash if I can. I only have two lenses (50mm 1.8 and a 28-135mm zoom), and I love them. I like to keep things simple.

    I keep most of my photos on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/renidemus/) some on picasa (https://picasaweb.google.com/ablack429) and highlight some on my blog (http://renidemus.blogspot.com/).

    I have no unique tips, but my favorite part of photography is capturing memorable moments, which is why I prefer people-shots. People are inimitable. Though I am terribly shy as a photographer, even when people have asked me to take their picture. I need to work on being more of a commanding presence and "in control" of my picture-taking.

    Been following DPS for several months and have loved so many of the articles :)

  • Kim April 29, 2011 01:40 am

    I've loved photography forever, even had my own dark room back in the day. There's nothing quite like watching an image emerge from the developer bath under the red lights!

    Then life sidetracked me for a while. I ended up doing engineering for many years..... spent a year dealing with breast cancer.....lost my 'day job'. Now I'm looking at my life differently. I decided it was time to follow my bliss so I've returned to photography and the artistic pursuits that give me so much joy.

    Since 2005 when my Dad gave me my first point and shoot I've gone through 4 cameras. My Canon 40D has been around the counter 3 times and the shutter is still kicking! I will upgrade to the 60D as soon as I can afford it.

    I started selling my work online on stock sites and as art prints. Along the way I honed my Photoshop skills, so I created a digital photo editing and restoration business called My PHOTO Pro (www.myphotopro.ca) for the general public as well as Session Edits (www.sessionedits.com) for professional photographers.

    I'm currently working on filling up my Eyes Wide Open art gallery (www.eyeswideopen.us) and gift shop (www.zazzle.ca/eyes_wide_open).

    Digital Photography School was my go-to resource while I was learning. Great job Darren - keep it up and thanks!

    [eimg url='https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/65742_133168973401384_100001248467452_188563_4566859_n.jpg' title='65742_133168973401384_100001248467452_188563_4566859_n.jpg']

    [eimg url='https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/167602_160748490643432_100001248467452_338583_3844376_n.jpg' title='167602_160748490643432_100001248467452_338583_3844376_n.jpg']

  • Angela Schiller April 29, 2011 01:38 am

    My name is Angela and living in the Denver CO USA area. Have been using point-and-shoots for years but decided to take this more seriously and upgraded to a Sony a390 DSLR. My interests are primarily landscape, wildlife, botanicals, cultural and social events as well as personal interest stories.
    Although I've taken a semester of photography classes I've found this site very informative, and love the easy access. Booked my first 'gig' tomorrow to shoot Xavier Rudd in concert at a small local concert venue, was able to email questions and concerns and got immediate, excellent feedback. If all goes according to plan will leave the states in September to start dive training and traveling the globe with that and my photography. Happy to know that regardless of where I may be, that this website and its resources will only be a few keystrokes and clicks away! Much thanks and appreciation!!!

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Angela-Christine-Photography/210714778957240' title='210714778957240']

  • Chris MacLeod April 29, 2011 01:38 am

    I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. Been doing photography for about 15 years. I like to focus on nature, wildlife and landscapes.
    My first camera was a Yashica Fx Super 2000 SLR 35mm. My current outfit consists of a Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-70 AFS f3.5~4.5, Nikkor 55-200VR Af-Sf4.5~5.6 And a Tamron SPAF 90mm F2.8 MACRO1:1 and a nikkor 50mm f1.8.

    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/cmacleod/
    http://nikonites.com/members/chrismacleod.html

  • Mark April 29, 2011 01:37 am

    Your name (or a nickname if you go by an alias online) - Mark Collie
    What country you live in - South Africa
    How long you’ve been doing photography - 16 years
    What type of photography you focus upon most - Landscape
    What kind of gear you use - Nikon D90, 35mm 1.8, First ever camera Zeiss Ikon Contaflex Super
    A link or two to your photoblog, Flickr Account, Instagram user name www.quivertreephoto.com
    Perhaps a link to your favourite photo - Not published yet
    A tip for our community – something you’ve learned about photography in the last year - practice, practice and more practice!
    A challenge or problem that you’d like to overcome in your photography - making my way around my camera without having to look at it!

  • Allie April 29, 2011 01:37 am

    1. Allie/cryptic_star
    2. The US
    3. For fun - 12 years, Seriously - 2 years
    4. I like still lifes, self-portraits when I have the time/lighting, and I really enjoy religious architecture of all varieties
    5. I currently shoot with a Canon 40D + kit lens or 50mm f/1.8. My first camera was a Polaroid iZone (how 90s is that?). Since that, I've gone through two Powershots. I was raised in a Canon family.
    6. I blog at Here is the Church with the religious sites I visit and photograph. It's pretty new, and my recently totaled car hasn't helped to get me out shooting.
    7. Hard to decide, but this one always makes me laugh: http://www.flickr.com/photos/toqueboy/4347743214
    8. In light rain, a Ziploc bag + Dixie Cups can make an excellent weather housing + lens hood. Happened to learn this last weekend.
    9. Shooting in churches! I have the combined problem of not wanting to be disrespectful (and thus, I want to be discreet), but I have trouble getting enough light + fast enough lens without a tripod. I think I may just start calling places ahead of time so I can be a bit more confident and go in with a tripod.
    10. Love this blog. :)
    11.

  • Seb F. April 29, 2011 01:37 am

    Hi there.
    Nice idea !
    So here are my (short) answers :
    1 - Sébastien Fanget - sfphotos (& not San Francisco obviously ;-) )
    2 - I live in France, next to Geneva city in Switzerland
    3 - I am serious about photography since my first DSLR in 2006 (after a short period while I was a kid in the early 90's)
    4 - I am absolutely found of nature / landscapes / panoramics
    5 - Currently, my main gear is a Nikon D300, but I sometimes love to get out with my old manual Mamyia 645
    6 - my photoblog adress is in the comment title (on my name I guess), and I also have posted some photos on flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/riddim74/
    7 - As for now, my favorite pic is definitely this one (and the first I was proud of !) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/riddim74/4826923183/
    8 - Last year, I have learnt that if you use Live View Mode, you do not have any front/back-focus issue... Might be useful sometimes with some gear ;-)
    9 - My challenge for this year is to take a full 24h00+ 360x180° panoramic pic in the same spirit as this one : http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110117.html
    10 - I really love to see tons of photo from everywhere in the world, I really can't wait to see all comments here :-)
    11 - my last pic on flickr is a self-portrait : http://www.flickr.com/photos/riddim74/5440486887/in/photostream

  • Dana Underwood April 29, 2011 01:34 am

    My name is Dana Underwood. I am based in the San Francisco bay area of California. I bought my first digital camera on the way to Nepal in 2004, got hooked immediately, and went pro in 2008 after a shoot with then-Senator Obama (very lucky break!). I still work full time in biotech marketing, but it definitely isn't what I go to sleep thinking about, thank goodness.

    At this point, I focus mostly on portraiture: children, families. I'm also involved with a couple of nonprofit organizations doing event photography. And I do, of course, still love to shoot whenever I travel.

    I shoot A 5D Mark II.
    My portfolio is at: http://www.danaseye.com
    My blog is at: http://photorious.com

    I feel like being a photographer has been a process of overcoming my fears in order to grow. At first I only did landscapes, because I was afraid to try shooting people. Then I moved to portraits, but was afraid to try children...they wouldn't stay still. Then I forced myself to go to a lighting workshop to open the pandora's box of off camera flash, and now I don't know what I did before I had a couple of speedlites. I'm currently trying to motivate myself to confront the next couple of challenges and could definitely use some inspiration.

  • greenscrapcat April 29, 2011 01:30 am

    Great idea. So where do we put this information? I am new here :)

  • Raymond April 29, 2011 01:27 am

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Raymond, and I'm a Perth, WA wedding and events photographer. I started photography about three years ago, but only recently started taking it more seriously. As mentioned, I shoot wedding and events mainly but I love street photography and anything at all really! I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and D300 mainly, and a range of Nikon and Sigma glasses.

    Feel free to visit ChanRaymond Photography at http://chanraymond.net! There are just so many photos that I'd love to show you guys, so just pop over to my site if you'd like to see them :)

    For people that just started photography, don't be afraid to venture into manual mode! Get out of your comfort zone and practise heaps! Go out there and shoot lots of photos and upload them online and be open for criticisms so you can improve.

  • Stephen April 29, 2011 01:24 am

    Your name My name is Stephen. I live near Boston, MA int he USA. I have been doing photography since I was 10 years old, and I am in my 30's now. I mostly focus on landscape photography, but am expanding into other areas. My first camera was a Pentax K-1000. I still have it. I am currently using a Canon T1i with the EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens and also a Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6. Unfortunately, my blog is down. Server issues at the moment. So, I will try to come back and update it once I get back online.

    I'll skip ahead to a tip about photography: Always keep your camera (or a camera if you have a point and shoot handy) with-in grabbing distance, and keep your batteries charged. My brother-in-law was driving home one evening as the full moon was coming up. It rose over a field and lit up about 30 or 40 deer that were grazing there. He went to reach for his camera and his main camera was at home. He went for his point-and-shoot, and the battery was dead. He missed a great opportunity. A week later, we were able to get the deer grazing in the field, but the moon was neither full, nor rising over the field.

    A challenge in my photography? I would like to be better at telling the story of the photograph that I am taking. I always feel like there is something missing when I go back to look at my photos. So, I would like to improve my ability to get the feel/story into the shot I am taking.

    I think this site is great. It is really useful on a number of levels. The constant input from other photographers really opens up your mind to new possibilities, and seeing things from a different perspective. It really helps with the creative process, at least in what I do.

  • Craig A. Mullenbach April 29, 2011 01:05 am

    I live in Minnesota, USA and have been making photographs since the late 80s. I started with a small 110 format film camera and moved up to a Canon t-50 SLR through the mid 90s. I gave up shooting for a few years because film and developing cost more money than I wanted to spend. In the last 4-5 years, I've really stepped up my photography with the addition of a Sony point-and-shoot. I spend a couple years with that camera before the limits on that system became unbearable. 2 years ago I upgrade to a Nikon D5000 and a few months ago upgraded to the awesome D7000.

    I am an amateur who specialized in wildlife and nature photography. I love being outdoors and spend many days are my favorite wildlife viewing area. I've recently started a blog to document my experiences at this area. http://tcaapwildlifeviewingarea.blogspot.com/ I've been involved with Twin Cities Photography Group for over a year. They have helped me move outside my comfort zone and exhibit my works. I've sold a number of my prints and won a few juried exhibitions.

    The thing I've most learned within the last year is how to get sharp images of birds in flight. http://mully410.blogspot.com/2011/01/tips-for-shooting-birds-in-flight-near.html It's so much more than the camera settings. Although high shutter speed is the key, knowing the habits and patterns of birds is just as important. Knowing when the crucial action moment happens with a particular species, is essential to capturing that moment.

  • Craig A. Mullenbach April 29, 2011 01:03 am

    I live in Minnesota, USA and have been making photographs since the late 80s. I started with a small 110 format film camera and moved up to a Canon t-50 SLR through the mid 90s. I gave up shooting for a few years because film and developing cost more money than I wanted to spend. In the last 4-5 years, I've really stepped up my photography with the addition of a Sony point-and-shoot. I spend a couple years with that camera before the limits on that system became unbearable. 2 years ago I upgrade to a Nikon D5000 and a few months ago upgraded to the awesome D7000.

    I am an amateur who specialized in wildlife and nature photography. I love being outdoors and spend many days are my favorite wildlife viewing area. I've recently started a blog to document my experiences at this area. http://tcaapwildlifeviewingarea.blogspot.com/ I've been involved with Twin Cities Photography Group for over a year. They have helped me move outside my comfort zone and exhibit my works. I've sold a number of my prints and won a few juried exhibitions.

    The thing I've most learned within the last year is how to get sharp images of birds in flight. http://mully410.blogspot.com/2011/01/tips-for-shooting-birds-in-flight-near.html It's so much more than the camera settings. Although high shutter speed is the key, knowing the habits and patterns of birds is just as important. Knowing when the crucial action moment happens with a particular species, is essential to capturing that moment.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/mully410/5647602082/' title='Eagle DSC_1193' url='http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5027/5647602082_fd41a16926.jpg']

  • Matt April 29, 2011 12:50 am

    Yay I'll start off !

    I'm Matt Chaplin from England and a relative new kid to photography only really starting it 2 years ago. My first camera was a Fujifilm S5700 that I got cheap from ebay. I wanted a cheap camera and being a bit of a tinkerer decided I would get whichever camera had the most setting for my meager budget of £70. It wasn't really until I saw an advert for a local photography competition that I really got interested and started taking landscape pictures.

    Now I shoot with a Olympus E420 as I wanted the flexibility of a DSLR but couldn't afford much more. I love it though and have managed to inherit many old lenses to use along with the kit Zuiko lens.

    In the short space of time I think my photography has progressed hugely down to several things; reading up on the Internet (mostly at DPS !) and practicing; a lot ! I take thousands of pictures and trial and error is how many of my pictures are made. Now I think I have reached a level where I am confident in the technical aspect if my photography I am beginning to become more creative with it and think to continue this and still find time for photography is my photography goal at the moment.

    Thanks for reading and it would be great if you could check out my blog (http://chasingtheshot.wordpress.com/) and flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chapperingo/)
    Oh and follow me on twitter if you fancy :) http://twitter.com/#!/chasingtheshot

  • John Davenport April 29, 2011 12:47 am

    Hey all what a nice idea for a post!

    I'll bite...

    My name is John and I'm from the United States I've actually just recently started seriously considering photography as a hobby (this past February I bought my first DSLR a Nikon D3100). I also bought myself a 55-300mm to complement my kit lens and am dreaming about getting something to cover the ultra wide angles as that seems to be where I spend most of my time (18mm for now :().

    Currently I'm so new to the photography world I'm still trying to find my niche so to speak. I seem to be drawn to landscapes, sunsets/rises, and structures (most abandoned buildings), but anything interesting that crosses my path I'll take a shot of and see how it looks.

    I am hoping to rent an ultrawide angle lens so I can experiement with something below 18mm and maybe I'll pull the trigger when I vacation to Florida.

    Other than photography I love to mountain bike, hike, play guitar, watch movies and play video games. I'm 27 years old and I'm getting by working in a chemistry lab as a Chemistry Technician.

    Please feel free to get to know me better by visiting my photoblog or by clicking "like" on my Facebook page (I'm still searching for my first 25 likes!) -

    Thanks Darren and DPS for this awesome website I've learned so much from the forums and this blog has inspired me in many ways.