Do you have a second job, or is photography paying the bills now?
Nope. I have all my eggs in one basket and no backup plan.
Which is your favorite lens? Why?
I tend to like longer lenses best because the way they compress the background, but shooting the stuff I do the fisheye gets a lot of use too.
Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought?
Before I moved to Ketchum I bought a complete darkroom and at the time I thought I was moving there for one winter. It has been sitting in my parent’s basement in Washington for 8 years now. I don’t really regret buying it, but I wish I was using it.
Plans for the season?
Probably spend a lot of time in the Idaho backcountry with the Smith Optics crew, and I plan on putting in a lot of days on resort at Sun Valley. That’s the standard season, but I have no idea until it happens.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
By taking pictures and studying the results. I had a friend who I skated with when I was getting into photography, he worked at a camera shop in the mall and he would flow me film and process rolls for free. He would tell me what was working and what wasn’t so, I was really lucky to be able to learn inexpensively in the beginning. I really owe a lot to him, but I’m bummed because we lost contact years ago when he moved and can’t get in touch. I also read a lot about photography and force myself to try new ideas.
What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?
I like to read a lot of photography books. Right now I’m reading through Gregory Heisler’s “50 Portraits”, there is a lot of good info in there. I also try to read a lot of fiction, Kurt Vonnegut’s books seem to find their way off the shelf regularly. Lots of magazines, too.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
It’s tough to single out one, as it changes as my work improves. I tend to like the more artsy stuff, when it’s action, it’s usually the really simple tricks I like to shoot because I feel like I can put more thought into making those shots unique.
Whose work has influenced you most?
I started out shooting skateboarding so I looked up to skate photographers a lot. I still do, Brian Gaberman is one of my favorite photographers in any genre. I’m also inspired by a lot of people who aren’t photographers; people who are doing things that they are passionate about whether it’s making art or skateboarding or music or whatever.
I tend to like the more artsy stuff, when it’s action, it’s usually the really simple tricks I like to shoot because I feel like I can put more thought into making those shots unique.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That hindsight’s 20-20.
Can you explain your double exposure shots?
They are actually single exposures. It didn’t snow a ton last year, so I ended up shooting a lot of pipe and park, which got repetitive and inspired me to look for ways to make those shots feel different. So I went down to the glass shop and got some pieces of glass to experiment with. I am holding either a mirror or a prism in front of the lens to get that effect. It works best with a tripod and a real steady hand with the glass. They are shot digital but done all in-camera, in one frame.
What kind of tools do you use for post processing?
I do pretty much all my post work in Lightroom 5. I try to keep the post processing pretty simple I try to have an idea while shooting of how the final image will look. This helps keep the processing time down, but there is never any one click and you’re done with any image. My work flow could probably be a little more dialed, my organization could be better.
I’m inspired by a lot of people who aren’t photographers; people who are doing things that they are passionate about whether it’s making art or skateboarding or music or whatever.