P&P Blogger Profile: Michael Palmer

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Mike Palmer of Michael Palmer Photography Photo Blog

I am currently a full-time, stay-at-home dad, part-time opportunist photographer.  My wife’s job has had us moving from DC, to North Miami Beach, to West Palm Beach, to Orlando, and now back to DC in the past 4 years, and we are probably looking to relocate in the next year or so again.  So with that said, I am going to pursue my passion for photography when time permits and if it pays, BONUS!  Bloomingdale’s most currently purchased some of my images to hang in their FL stores.  When the full-time dad gig starts to offer me more opportunities to shoot for a living, I will get a business started more consistently.

Why do you blog?
I blog for an creative outlet, I have been a blog voyeur for awhile, and recently saw it as a motivator to get some shots or work on a image daily.   I was visiting a lot of the blogs on your blogroll and would be like “get out and shoot something Mike.”  Every once in a while I would share a shot with Jeff Revell,  show my wife Julia an image when she came home, but other than that, I was wishing I shot more.  Since starting my blog I am shooting more.  It feels good to be creating images and trying to develop a style.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Jeff Revell (His blog motivated me over the blog hump)
Jason D Moore (I really like the geographic composition images and the blogroll)
Photoshop Insider (The Source)
In that order, everyday!

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I have been shooting since I took photography classes at NOVA when I was stationed at the Pentagon, serving in the Army in the late 80’s.   My Chief Warrant Officer let me take classes on Friday’s during my tour there. 
Photoshop – I have been on with PS4, off until 7, on again with CS2 and 3.  I never really had a grip of it (layers) until the past few years.  I made myself a promise to quite trying to make the image with it and start getting it right in the camera.  Stop trying to be a graphic artist and be a photographer.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with? 
D200, D70.

Mac or PC?
PC, but if I could get to the point to where I was not buying photo gear, I would get a Mac Pro with all of the money I save.  I am OCD when it comes to my system, so change is hard, but I think inevitable for me.

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
Right now it has to be Photomatix Pro.  I love HDR, the over done grunge images and the photo realistic, it does not matter.  It’s been fun going back to raw images, that were flat and uninteresting, and spicing them up.  Now I try to shoot with HDR conversion in mind.  My daily routine does not afford me the opportunities to shoot at peak times a lot, so HDR in my opinion is a creative masterpiece.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
D300, but that will be soon remedied.  Bigger printer would be nice also– Epson 3800.

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Find an outlet.

What inspires you to create?
Everything!  I met Brandon d’Leo (sculptor from NYC) at a recent shoot.  I was amazed and inspired by his work.  I started seeing sculpture everywhere.  I feel the same way about photography, images are everywhere.  Just look, and bring your camera. 

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
It is not about what you have done, it is about what you are doing.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
As long as I am with my family, location is relative. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I really dig hanging with my kids.

What talent would you most like to have?
Play guitar with out so much effort.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word?  Family
What is your least favorite word? No
What turns you on?  Creativity
What turns you off?  Envy
What sound or noise do you love?  My children laughing.
What sound or noise do you hate? My children in pain.
What is your favorite curse word? F’ing, said just like that.
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt?  Comic Illustrator
What occupation would you not want to participate in? One where you hear “It is time for your review”.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Nice, your Dad’s been waiting patiently for you.

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