Justin is the producer of some amazing fine art nature photos. After you read this check out his website i’m sure you’ll be inspired. He is also the brains behind Brackcountry Photo Tours where he will take you to some of these amazing locations and teach you how to shoot like him. I think that would be money well spent for any budding landscape photographer.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 33 year old fine art nature photography from Seattle, Washington. I’ve traveled to 65 countries on 6 continents and I’ve used those journeys to shape my vision as a photographer. My main focus in the photography industry is teaching. I strive to be the best landscape photography workshop leader in the business.
What made you get into photography?
Part of my journeys included hiking the greatest trails in the world. It pained me to just have a point and shoot camera. With the coming of digital, I was able to carry more advanced gear at a reasonable weight. It snowballed from there and I’ve been addicted to creating compelling images ever since.
How did you get started?
The business side of photography started for me when I realized that I had found the perfect companion to travel and hiking. From there, I began researching and studying all aspects of the business in order to be successful. I have a background in teaching so leading workshops was in instant attraction for me. I took workshops from successful photographers in order to study and analyze what other were doing and how to improve upon and stand out in the competitive world of workshops. I also began displaying my work at art shows in the Pacific Northwest. This gave me a direct line to the public, and having my work in homes and offices is an extremely gratifying aspect of my business.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
While I enjoy wildlife photography, I specialize in landscapes. I will be doing more travel photography in the future as I combine my photography business with my world travel. I have a 6 month around the world trip coming in 2013 where travel photography will become much more of a focus.
What gear are you using?
I shoot with Canon. I have a 5D Mark II with a 60D backup, and a variety of lenses covering 14mm – 400mm. I will be investing in the micro four thirds system as well for trips where keeping weight down is essential.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens is without question the Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS. It’s light, it’s sharp and it lets me pick out the most fascinating aspects of a scene. Most landscape photographers start out with their wide-angle lens, I start with my telephoto. Plus the compression effect when using a telephoto lens is essential to creating many of my favorite images.
How are you marketing yourself?
I have found social media largely ineffective although I do participate in it. The majority of my attention goes to maintaing a quality website where prospective clients can see my work. I am also a large believer in word of mouth and clients for life. I strive to run the best nature photography workshops in the business. Once a client signs up, I anticipate a continued relationship.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
The Palouse hills are arguably the most photogenic in the world. Photographers from all over travel there in June to take advantage of the Spring greens. With this image, I was able to create something entirely unique by achieving enough height to see the tops of the hills, while using a telephoto lens to compress them together. The image was taken right as the sun rose on the horizon, creating a pink / red / purple glow on the white and brown hills on the distance.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Work harder than your competitors. Understand the business side of photographer which unfortunately will take your further than your talent. Get out there in whatever capacity you can and show your images. Join online photography communities. Run a quality website. And most importantly, never stop improving.