P&P Blogger Profile: Jason Anderson
Why do you blog?
I blog as a “labor of love.” Something about me has always enjoyed teaching. After an attempt at graduate school took a left turn into IT, I’ve not really thought about going back to higher education as a professor. My fascination with Information Technology became a great breeding ground as friends and family quickly began to flock to me for computer fixes. Everyone always tells me to teach computers, but I am not sure I have the patience to go back to a classroom as a full-time job. During my IT development, I rediscovered photography, which I had thoroughly enjoyed as a youth. It started with the Vivitar 110, before curiosity (and jealousy) over my brothers Pentax K1000se, and now I am shooting with aCanon Rebel XT(soon to be relegated to back-up status when I finally pull the trigger on the 40D).
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Only 3? Being in IT, I usually hit about 10-15 times that! If I had to limit it to 3, I would say:
The Online Photographer
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been doing both at an “enthusiast/prosumer” level for about 3 years now, so I am still very much on the low end of the learning curve compared to some folks. Hopefully with a lot of scratching and crawling, I’ll work my way up though! My interest in photography though, does date back to my early teen years so, in a manner of speaking, I could claim the interest has been there for 20 years!
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Currently the XT. I’ve resisted changing bodies since this one has been so good to me. As I do start to bump up against the processing and shutter speed limitations, the 40D is starting to hold some appeal for me though.
Mac or PC?
Depends…for desktop work, I still am most comfortable in Windows, but my laptop is a Macbook Pro, which I love for its portability and additional features that are not as easily accomplished in Windows (like Garage Band and iPhoto).
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
I love my 70-200L from Canon, but the Sigma 70 Macro is a very close second. When some IS glass falls in my hands though, that will likely become the go-to gear.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
IS glass and/or the 40D
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
That’s kind of hard to say as I still consider myself something of a novice. I guess just don’t get discouraged. It can take a while to really get the technical nitty gritty in both the camera and post processing down and manageable. Then, once you learn it all, it’s ok to forget it (because you never really will) and focus on the creative.
What inspires you to create?
This is an interesting question, and to be honest, I am not sure I have been inspired to a specific end yet. I think I am at an apex where I’ve just now gotten enough of the technical down and am on the verge of leaping forward on the creative side, so I don’t feel like I’ve been all that creative with photography…yet. Sources of inspiration for me though are music, nature, and my own emotions. Learning from the online resources of greats like Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, and so many others also carries a certain amount of impact too.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Brush and floss daily.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Tough call…either a house in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains (realistic), and a beach cabana in the Carribean (not so realistic).
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Take pictures, blog, surf, sleep, and spend time with my family (wife and dog.)
What talent would you most like to have?
Play guitar. Piano was easy, but I could never get the mechanics of guitar.
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Photography
What is your least favorite word? It sounds like “hunt” but starts with a “c”.
What turns you on? My wife…
What turns you off? Ignorance…
What sound or noise do you love? Ocean waves crashing outside my window, or Pat Bowlen when he said “This one’s for John!”
What sound or noise do you hate? A dentist drill.
What is your favorite curse word? Don’t really have a favorite…said them all, but not proud of most of them.
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Graphic designer/photographer
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Grave digger
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You may enter…
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