So what’s the lowdown with lazy you might be wondering… Here are a few fast facts to chew on:
- Generally speaking, I consider myself a street photographer, but I also specialize in portrait and reportage style photography.
- After being laid off from a job that was pretty much sucking the life out of my anyway, I decided to pick up this old Panasonic point & shoot camera (LZ2 – 5 megapixels – 6x zoom) I had tucked away in a drawer and take the summer off to learn what to point it at. To my inexperienced eye at the time, everything I shot was exciting, new and original, worthy of adorning the walls of Buckingham palace no less. Looking back on those old photos, they were mostly shit.
- It wasn’t long before I realized I needed to upgrade to a DSLR. After spending months pouring over photography magazines like a 13 year old who found his dad’s old Playboys, and agonizing about which camera I was going to adopt as my new baby, I ended up with a Canon T2i (aka 550D) with a very sharp and fast Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 lens to point at stuff. Not soon after I bought another amazingly sharp and fast, and WIDE, Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens. To round off the system I purchased a nice Canon 55-250mm F4-5.6 lens for longer zooms.
- I really enjoyed that camera system and would recommend those lenses in a heartbeat. Back in the fall of 2012 I upgraded again to a full frame Canon 5D Mrk III with a 24-105 F4 L glass lens. I also have a 50mm F1.4 prime lens. What a camera, is all I can say. I’ve since sold off my older T2i and those sweet sharp lenses and now shoot exclusively with the big boy camera.
- In the spring of 2015 I added a wide angle lens to my family. A Canon 16-35 f4 IS L glass lens. Very sharp and wide.
- I’ve taken a couple of short photography courses, but most of what I’ve learned has come from reading and the interwebby thing.
- I was shooting for a local magazine but have since moved on. I’ve also sold photos for private and commercial use. I won a small photography contest and was runner up on three other occasions.
- I’ve published a book of photography and am currently working on a follow-up.
- I live in the east beaches of Toronto, Canada
- I live alone, have never been married and currently have no girlfriend
- My other hobby is creative writing – poetry, short stories, etc…
- I once won a short story contest
- I’m also an avid reader and used to collect rare and limited-edition books
- I play guitar, poorly… (check out my slide show link)
- Currently I work for a multi-national investment services company in their disbursements department.
- I’m also Editor in Chief of a national trade magazine, published by a professional association a couple of times a year.
- My dream is to one day shoot a documentary.
- I own a laundry hamper and am not afraid to use it.
- I love lobster but could never drop a live one in a pot of boiling water.
- Don’t get too caught up about what gear to use. In the end it’s not the camera that makes you a better photographer but experience. Simply, go out as often as you can and shoot. The more you shoot the better you’ll get. Basically like everything else in life, right?
- Join a group of like minded folks who can help you learn how to take better photos.
- Focus on composition.
- Focus on understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Once you’ve got that down, the rest becomes pretty easy.
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