P&P Blogger Profile: Jason D. Moore
Why do you blog?
I’ve kept a journal for about 8 years and when I studied abroad in college I sent home reflections from my journey. When I returned, I kept the website going and added an online version of my journal which then turned into a blog. I guess I just wanted a way to share my thoughts and feelings. I needed a way to express myself and have found blogging to be a bit therapeutic as well.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
For Photoshop-related blogs, I’d have to say:
Where is Ben?
Dave Cross and
Scott Kelby’s blog – which is only available to NAPP members and Scott’s friends
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been using Photoshop for about 4 years. I started out with 7 and made the jump straight to CS2 last year. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures but didn’t get serious about it until I traveled around the world in college in 2002.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Mac or PC?
PC but I hope to move to Mac
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
I really like my Wacom Intuos3 6”x8” graphics tablet.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
I’m still building my bag of tricks so I’d have to say I’d really like to get a solid tripod and a great ball-head for my camera. That, and upgrade to an even better camera (a D200 and/or D2xs). That, and a 17″ Core 2 Duo MacBookPro.
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Observe the world around you. Really look at graphical elements in ads, commercials, websites, you name it. Pay attention to details. Be intentional about how you visually interact with the world. Don’t be discouraged by what others think as you develop your own style, but be open to constructive criticism. Learn as much as you can.
What inspires you to create?
Sometimes it can be something as simple as a texture or shape. I really like contrasts in color, texture and light and when I see it I want to figure out how I can bring out the beauty in it.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Try not to take things so seriously. I often let things get to me when they aren’t that important anyway and I need to just let go. Travel. Find out what brings you joy and pursue it with all you’ve got. Never stop being true to who you are.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
I’d love to have a house of my own surrounded by nature and not too far from some sort of water. But I’d like to also try to live in another country for awhile, not sure which one but I think it would be great to immerse myself in a different culture for an extended period of time. Or, I’d love to be able to do what Ben Willmore is doing, even for a limited amount of time.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love movies – I’m excellent at “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” and am, myself, within 4. I like to go hiking, watch TV, travel, and spend time with my friends.
What talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to play an instrument well – piano, harp or hammer dulcimer. (But I don’t have the discipline to practice.)
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Moment – we spend so much time living in minutes when what we really need are moments filled with meaning and peace.
What is your least favorite word? Anything said in hate or anger.
What turns you on? Friends who make me feel like I truly matter to them.
What turns you off? Single-mindedness.
What sound or noise do you love? The rain, a soft breeze through leaves, and flowing water.
What sound or noise do you hate? Music that is off-key.
What is your favorite curse word? Shit
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Travel writer or in film.
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Waste management or any sort of dangerous/violent profession
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? I love you just the way you are, and I’m proud of you.