P&P Blogger Profile: Michael Snell
To supplement a web site my brother and I started to provides digital photography tips and tools called thatsmymonkey.com. We each have a blog on our particular specialty — mine being travel and his being weddings and portraits. The blogs allow us to put information out to our readers much more quickly than updating the core website.
My brother’s blog – http://blsphoto.blogspot.com/
John Nack – http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/
Strobist – http://strobist.blogspot.com/
I think I’ve always been a photographer, starting with box cameras and Kodak Instamatics as a kid, graduating to 35mm when I was around 12. I began using a Mac in 1986 and used Digital Darkroom software before switching to Photoshop – possibly even with version 1.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Currently a Nikon D200 but I keep a Panasonic LX-1 in my pocket most of the time, too.
Definitely Mac although I do also own a Sony Vaio (don’t tell anyone!)
My Mac and Cinema Display. For photo equipment, probably my 80-200 Nikkor zoom. Typically my favorite shots come from it.
A sub-compact Mac laptop for on the road… but, sadly, they don’t make one. Until then, maybe an Epson P-5000? Or two.
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
If you want to go pro, take some business classes.
It’s pretty much something I just have to do. Just about anything can inspire me.
Travel. See the world and realize that there are many ways to live a good life. We don’t all need to be the same.
I really like both Canadian coasts. Maybe somewhere around Vancouver? With a vacation home in the Cyclades?
Travel is my favorite thing to do. Period. For work or pleasure — and it’s often hard to separate the two. I also read a lot.
I’d like to be able to fly. Is that a talent? Maybe that’s an ability…
What is your favorite word? Yes
What is your least favorite word? Can’t
What turns you on? A cold beer on a warm veranda overlooking something scenic.
What turns you off? Anger
What sound or noise do you hate? The sound of my car not starting.
What is your favorite curse word? Shliznat (any Farscape fans out there?)
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Architect
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Prison guard
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You’re late.