In our Featured Photographer series, we highlight the work of our former and current students!
Your Name: Don Story
Type of Camera: Nikon D500
What do you love to photograph the most? I love to photograph architecture, especially unique buildings old, historic or modern, landscapes of all types, flowers, automobiles and aircraft. My interests are varied in that I try to look at the world around me as though I am looking through the viewfinder on my camera. We see more than the camera does but only the camera and photographer capture a moment in time that lasts for as long as technology allows. The ability to capture a moment in time and the never ending challenge to learn to do it well are the motivation and reason I love photography.
What is one thing you have learned that has improved your photography? Gaining a better understanding and appreciation for light, natural and artificial in its many forms, colors, intensities and direction. Learning when light is good and when it can be better and when we need to wait for the right light. Understanding that photography is all about light.
Advice you’d give to others wanting to grow in their photography skills: First, never stop learning. There is always more to know and understand but choose what you need to know based on where you are in your photographic journey. Second, learn the basics of photography that are independent of your camera. Third, learn your camera’s settings from the basics to as advanced as you want to go with its capabilities. Forth, learn from others who share your interest and try new things. I have benefited greatly from books, videos, on-line courses but most significantly from other knowledgeable photographers sharing their experience and knowledge. Share your photographs and ask for feedback but stay true to your vision. There are a few absolutes in photography but it is an art.