During my time in Korea I had the chance to meet a lot of wonderful people including a few in my own building, one of whom was Heather. Naturally, we became Facebook friends and I couldn’t help but notice all of her beautiful profile pictures. I couldn’t stop myself from commenting, “Wow!” “This is amazing” and of course, “Who took this?!”
Turns out her boyfriend (now fiance ^.-) was the man behind the camera.
I was utterly impressed by the quality of each photograph, even more so after I learned he was self-taught!
Unfortunately, we left Korea around the same time but I’m happy to say I was able to do a long-distance interview :p
There are a lot of hobbies out there. Why photography?
“In late 2011, I hung out with my boy David Nguyen who was into photography. Whenever we would drink together I would play around with his camera (Nikon D90 ). One day during my inebriated state I told myself, “Hey, you need a hobby that you can do for the rest of your life…. this is it man, go learn how to take EPIC pictures!” The very next day I went out to the store and bought a DSLR, and I have been shooting ever since then.”
Trillium Lake, Oregon
How was the process of teaching yourself?
“Hehe, really fun actually. Well I learned the basics from my friend, then after that I started watching Youtube videos, reading photographers fight on online forums and also stare at famous photos for hours.”
What was the hardest part?
“Hmm, I would say trying to figure out my style.”
Is there anything you still have trouble with?
“Yea, traveling with as little as possible. I always end up bringing a little too much.”
Which country is on your bucket list?
“There’s always a country that I want to go to, but I think Italy is def one of the highest priorities right now.”
Trillium Lake, Oregon
Which photo is your favorite?
“Maybe my picture at Trillium Lake, Oregon.
Conditions? Uhh, it was reallly early, I was tired, I was hungry, my girlfriend was cold, but oh my, that scene was dope.”
What are your thoughts on photoshop and photography?
“I think you should always do some post editing. Even if I catch a picture perfectly on camera, I will still go in and make sure the white balance is on point, adjust contrast, etc”
Now that your engaged (congrats btw ^.-) will you be taking your own wedding pictures?
“haha. Thank you, haha, I will have someone else take pictures, however I do plan on taking mad selfie pictures lol.”
What words of advice do you have for anyone interested in learning photography?
“To up your game in photography you should take some time and do a little studying on paintings. Exposure, composition, feeling, its all there. You can learn a lot from a 1000 year old painting. Also just like anything in life, if you want to get better at it you have to keep doing it, even if its just a few hours a week, keep shooting and you will see improvements.”
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