What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
I am a creative director for a software company by day, and a freelance commercial photographer by night! Some of my daily responsibilities include, creative brainstorming meetings, design marketing collateral, and video production.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
At a young age I fell in love with movies and most importantly movie making. I had very little desire or interest in photography. This was until I discovered the intimacy the craft offered. In movies you have specialist for every little thing that happens. As a photographer you wear all those hats. Most the time it is just you and the subject. Photography gives me the ability to tell a story without having to depend on others.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
My biggest obstacle has always been myself! People always say you can be whatever we want in life, and this is true if we are presented with the right opportunity. The problem comes when we sit around waiting for that opportunity. You have to create these opportunities, or at the very least acknowledge them. My TV production teacher in high school had a slogan and he would drill it home every chance he could. He used to say “We turn obstacles into opportunities”. This has been my moto ever since (Thanks Ferone!)
With all the new versions of Photoshop and Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
How about the ability to have these tools available at a very affordable price! The creative cloud has opened so many doors for me, not just because of affordability but most importantly availability! For the first time since I have used the Adobe products I feel like they are finally fixing old features before adding new ones.
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
Oh boy! There are so many great artists out there! Most of the artists I follow are very similar to me in that they are constantly growing and learning their craft. I will admit that I tend to follow traditional artists and illustrators more so than photographers. If there is any chance of someones work influencing mine, i feel it is best if it came from a statue or painting that has snuck its way into my process.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photography the best?
I use them all and I hate them all! But let’s be honest, they are not going anywhere anytime soon. I love the way Google+ shows my work, but it lacks the users. I hate the way Facebook destroys my work, but it has the followers. 500px is a great place to see images, but it lacks some social aspects that help build a following. I am super excited about the new Fstoppers site! It will be interesting to see how that site grows, but I think they are on to something. My only issue is it is a site to show off your work to other photographers, and I don’t think there are many potential clients on FStoppers.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Social networking will get easier, it has too.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
Like the Daft Punk song says it is going to get “better, faster, stronger”. I think we will see major improvements in both softwares and then little ones that will make us open or eyes! For instance in photoshop when they added the ability to change the radius of a rounded corner after you created a shape! BLEW MY MIND! As for lightroom, I would like to see a way to search for multiple images at once with a simple comma separation! WHY? Why is this not there?