P&P Blogger Profile: Rob Jones

Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography

Rob Jones and his wife, Rose Jones, own Towner Jones Photography, based out of Gainesville, VA.

Why do you blog?
I blog to help myself grow as a photographer, to become part of a larger community of photographers by sharing techniques and ideas, and as a way to reach my clients.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Photoshop Insider (www.scottkelby.com)
Lightroom Killer Tips (www.lightroomkillertips.com)
PhotoWalkPro (www.revellphotography.com/blog)

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been using Photoshop since version 3.0, and I’ve been a photographer since the mid-90’s when I got my first camera. When digital photography came on the scene the computer nerd and the artist in me both had an outlet – and I haven’t looked back since.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
I currently shoot a Nikon D200.

Mac or PC?
PC. Yes, I’m a hold out for the PC, but I’m certainly not against the Mac. I have a background in computer engineering, so PCs have been close to my heart for quite some time.

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My Dell 3007WFP-HC 30-inch monitor is one of my favorite toys. It has stunning color and sharpness, and you can’t beat having 30-inches of real estate.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
Any of Nikon’s long reaching, fast glass… including but not limited to, Nikon’s 400mm f/2.8, 200mm f/2.0, 600mm f/4

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Don’t be afraid to make lots of mistakes. If you’re shooting digital, learning to take better pictures is FREE! No book, seminar, class, video, whatever can replace practice on your camera.

What inspires you to create?
It all depends on the moment. Often it’s people (particularly friends and family), but many times it’s seeing something amazing done by another photographer.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
God has a wonderful plan for us, trusting in that fact, and not allowing the setbacks we face in life to steal our joy is the secret to real happiness.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
I’d love to live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina – for now, I’ll vacation there any chance I get.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My favorite “spare time” activity is spending time with my wife and daughter. When it comes to hobbies, apart from photography and messing around on the computer, I love to play saxophone and piano. If I’m not doing any of these things you’ll find me hiking, camping, or canoeing.

What talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be more athletic – I enjoy playing pretty much every sport – but I’ve never been coordinated enough to really hold my own.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Sure
What is your least favorite word? Cornucopia (it just irritates me)
What turns you on? My wife, and (though my wife would have liked me to stop with my first answer) the smell of new electronics or photo equipment.
What turns you off? People who are inconsiderate, selfish, or rude.
What sound or noise do you love? My daughter laughing, well played saxophone, the ocean
What sound or noise do you hate? My daughter crying, when it’s caused by pain. (If you don’t have kids, this is a much different cry than that of a temper tantrum… this one tears a daddy’s heart in two)
What is your favorite curse word? It’s not exactly a curse word, but lately I find myself using “douche” as a way to describe someone who’s irritating me.
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d love the opportunity to be a professional musician.
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Any job where I’d have to see people suffering on a regular basis. My heart hurts for people, and I don’t think I could handle it in large doses.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?  Well done, good and faithful servant. I love you and welcome home.

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  • Nice to meet you Rob!

    June 23, 2008 at 7:48 pm
  • I agree about not being afraid of making mistakes. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect.” Newbies need not worry too much about criticisms and negative feedback. These are all part and parcel of growing and blooming into the photographer you want to be.

    June 13, 2011 at 7:42 am

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