P&P Blogger Profile: Scotty Graham
Scotty Graham of IndoGrahams
I would like to say that my full time job is a photographer, but have never been brave enough to depend totally on my photography skills for a living. As a compromise, I teach. I teach Photography and Mathematics at the Jakarta International School, and have been working in Indonesia for the past 12 years.
Before becoming a teacher, I was a helicopter pilot and a SCUBA instructor. In short, I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up.
Why do you blog?
I started blogging to communicate with my family in the states. I found blogging more entertaining than writing letters or emails, and my family appreciated the visual news that a blog can offer. Since I have always posted a photo with each blog entry, I started concentrating on the photography instead of the news. My blog evolved into a photo blog instead of a news blog. Since I had more and more visitors from around the world reading my blog, I felt strange reporting on personal news, so I decided to totally transform my blog into a photo blog…I still run a “family blog”, but it is for invited readers only (my family). I blog because it is a great way to get exposure for my photography and a great way to exchange ideas and concepts with other photographers around the world.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider (http://www.scottkelby.com)
By far my favorite blog. Scott is president of NAPP, and there is always great information for Photoshop users and photographers.
Rob Galbraith’s Digital Photography Insights (http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/index.asp)
Some of the most up-to-date news on the digital photography industry.
Lighting is everything in Photography. This blog offers great tutorials and information on lighting.
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I have been a photographer as long as I can remember. I started taking photos when I was 10 years old when my grandmother bought me a Pentax K1000 for my birthday.
I have been using Photoshop since version 5 came out in the late (or was it mid) 90’s. I became a member of NAPP in 2003, and started teaching Photoshop at that time.
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
I shoot all Nikon Equipment. For my underwater work (my passion), I shoot with my trusty D70 with a Nexus housing. For all other work, I use Nikon’s D300.
Mac or PC?
I have always been a Mac guy….truly the greatest computer for a Photographer.
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
It would have to be a three-way tie….my Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens, my 24-inch iMac, and my Nexus underwater housing.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
An EPSON 9880 wide-format printer.
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Carry your camera with you at all times, and shoot till you drop. Read as much as you can, and look at photographs from other photographers every day. Learn from the professionals and develop your own style.
What inspires you to create?
There is no feeling like the one you get after capturing a moment in time perfectly in your camera then sharing that moment with others. It is what inspires me to do it again and again.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Spend time each day doing what you love the most, and take care of your friends and family.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Kauai, Hawaii…..my favorite place on earth.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Scuba diving, golf, and playing with Lightroom/Photoshop
What talent would you most like to have?
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