P&P Blogger Profile: Marcus Taylor
Marcus Taylor of Invisible Green
My name is Marcus Taylor. I am married, have an 18 month old son, and a daughter due in June. I’m a web developer for Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia and also on the development team for PixelPost (the open source photoblogging application).
Why do you blog?
It started out as an ego thing for me, just to show off my photos, but then I started seeing some really great photos and blogging became a motivator. I’ve set a goal to post a new shot every day. Having this goal always at the back of my mind means that I shoot more often than I did when I didn’t have the goal, and I try to make some photos that I will be proud to have the world looking at.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
I limited these to photography related blogs, since there’s no way I could pick three from the 100+ blogs I’m subscribed to: The Radiant Vista’s Daily Critique, Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, and Digital Photography School.
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when I made the transition from, snap shooter to photographer, but I really started to get serious about three or four years ago. I didn’t start using Photoshop for anything other than cropping and resizing until CS was released.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Nikon D70 and D40. I’m not really a Nikon evangelist, I just happened to feel more comfortable with the controls on the Nikons, when I upgraded for a Nikon P&S.
Mac or PC?
In the past I preferred PCs, because I could upgrade them in pieces. I would essentially have a new system every 18-24 months. Lately, though I spend a lot less time tinkering with my computer and more time actually using it. I’m happy enough with Windows XP, but I absolutely hate Vista. When it comes time to upgrade again, I will probably switch to Mac.
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
The server that hosts my website and provides redundant backups of all my photos.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
It seems a bit odd me giving advice to novices, when I consider myself one. One of the things that I’m learning though, is that rules about exposure and composition are important reference guides. However, nobody discovered anything new by following somebody else’s path, so don’t get stuck trying to follow them.
What inspires you to create?
I’ve never really considered motivation. I’ve always just done it. If I had to say one specific thing related to photography I would have to say beauty. I want to be able to capture the beauty I see in the world, and to share what I’ve seen with others. This doesn’t necessarily apply to my other creative endeavors though.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
In the mountains of Colorado or Vermont.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Hike, camp, nap, build web sites.
What talent would you most like to have?
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Wanderlust
What is your least favorite word? Impossible
What turns you on? Water (ocean waves, waterfalls, etc.)
What turns you off? Ignorance
What sound or noise do you love? My son’s laugh.
What sound or noise do you hate? People eating with their mouths open
What is your favorite curse word? fuck, for sheer versatility
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Philanthropy
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Anything involving sanitation
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Nicely done!
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