P&P Blogger Profile: Dave Cross
I set a goal for myself to add something to my blog every day, and it’s become both fun and challenging to try to do that. It keeps me on my toes and of course I’m always learning new things as I search out blog-worthy information to add.
Photoshop Insider (Scott Kelby)
I started using – and teaching – Photoshop back in its original version. In fact every application that I teach, I have used since version 1 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom)
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
I use both but have always mostly used a Mac.
It’s going to sound strange, but probably the L bracket (Really Right Stuff) that lets me switch from portrait to landscape on my tripod in a flash. It’s great.
A great big studio soft box or beauty dish. Or a ring flash. Or a macro lens….
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Be willing to experiment: digital photography gives us a wonderful opportunity to try things, knowing you can always delete and try again. Learn your camera well, including Manual mode, and think about how you can take advantage of your camera and Photoshop.
Seeing the work of others of course, and often long plane rides give me a chance to sit and brainstorm on what would make a cool-looking image.
Slow down a bit. We seem to move at a frantic pace sometimes and miss great opportunities such as enjoying the scenery or playing with our kids. So that’s it, just slow down a bit (oh, and use your turn indicator)
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
After 40-something years in Canada, I love it where I am now in Florida (if they could just do away with Hurricane Season).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
For many years I’ve sung in a Barbershop quartet and chorus, and that takes up a lot of my time. Any other time you can probably find me doing a photo shoot or hanging out with my family.
What talent would you most like to have?
Two things I can’t decide between: I wish I could play the piano and I’d like to be fluent in sign language.
What is your favorite word? Daddy
What is your least favorite word? mortgage
What turns you on? Being surrounded by creative people
What turns you off? People who couldn’t care less
What sound or noise do you love? My childrens’ laughter, my wife’s voice
What sound or noise do you hate? Dentist’s drill
What is your favorite curse word? Frig!
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional field goal kicker
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Anything involving blood, stitches etc.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Good Job