The First Thing People Ask Me

Anytime I show my work at a market, art show, or event I am always asked 3 questions.  "Are you the photographer?"  "What camera do you use?" and "Are they digital?"  I'd like to answer each of these questions right here, right now.

Q) Are you the photographer?  AKA Did you take these pictures? and Are these yours?

A) Yes. Barring certain contractual obligations, when a photograph is taken, the person who pushed the shutter release (ie: the photographer) has sole copyright ownership of that image. The use, sale, distribution, or printing of another photographer's work is theft.  Plain and simple.  Should I ever share a space with another photographer, I'd like to think that there would be a clear separation....but I'll deal with that if and when it comes up.


Q) What camera do you use?

A) I kinda love this question.  First of all, if you aren't into photography,I will likely watch your eyes glaze over  as I share the make and model of my DSLR as well as my lens choice and lighting gear.  If you happen to be into photography, you are waiting to hear one thing...Nikon or Canon.  I am totally Team Canon.  I have a Canon 60D camera body and a 50mm f1.8 lens along with an assortment of reflectors, studio lighting, and other accessories. I could bore you with specs about my camera, but let me tell you why I love it.  I like to push the boundaries with my photography and this camera lets me push limits all day long!  It is easy and intuitive to use, solid but not heavy, and most of all it is my trusty sidekick on all of my adventures!  If you really want all the specs on the camera, you can find it on Amazon.  If you want to hear me gush about my gear, just ask me about it.  I love it!


Q) Are they digital?

A) Yes, my images are taken with a digital camera.  There are so many benefits to this...the main benefit being cost efficiency.  While we are on the subject, I'd like to dispel a few does not mean "photoshopped".  While Photoshop is an amazing product, it's a little intense for my needs.  I use a digital darkroom program to enhance my images, much the same way a film photographer would have used special processes to enhance their images in the darkroom.  Film is not dead.  My daughter shoots 35mm film and sometimes I use her camera.  It's a fantastic skill and a great way to learn the art of photography.  Neither film or digital is better.  They are both amazing mediums and have their pros and cons.  I chose digital because it fits my needs best.


What are some questions you ask artists when you view their work?