Though it’s always been of great interest to me, it wasn’t until 2006 when, spurred by the purchase of my first digital camera with capabilities beyond point and shoot, that I took up photography in earnest. I had always found that whenever I was taking pictures I spent more time than most trying to visualize, frame, and capture a setting and I really enjoyed doing it and loved immersing myself in the effort to pull all I could out of a scene. With the evolution of the digital camera, I found I could further pursue this passion while maintaining absolute creative control over my work without the need to learn from scratch and invest in the resources associated with film development. I am completely self-taught and I learn something new every time I shoot and produce an image for display. It’s extremely gratifying to hit a “that’s it” moment and it’s also extremely gratifying to hear others enjoying the images you offer for display.
I do not define myself as a certain type of photographer or limit myself to particular subjects or categories. I tend to shoot what I see depending on where I am and what I’m doing, and have as much fun shooting, and processing, nature, landscape, or wildlife scenes as I do street, portrait, and still life.
From a technical standpoint, though I have great respect for the current and former artists who shoot film, and for the inspiring works they produce, I shoot only digital. For the most part I shoot images in manual mode - allowing me to control and experiment with variable degrees of depth and exposure. I then use editing software to convert the photos from “camera raw” and when I think it appropriate, enhance a scene and bring out or highlight features that may be obscured. For the photos I think might be worthy of display, except for specialty pieces such as canvas or stand-outs, I print and frame my own work using archival pigment inks and high quality and long-lasting conservation and archival paper, mats, and backing.Type your paragraph here.
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John J. Young
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