Who designed your website? great layout/design.
The website is made through Virb with their “York” layout. I guess I “designed” my site myself in the sense that I made some custom changes to make it look like what it is now.
I’ve been getting a ton of the same questions so I decided to make a FAQ page. I guess it’s not truly a FAQ page but more so an archived list of all the questions I’ve received.
Hey Daniel. Ginormous fan of your work. Love all your portrait work. I was just wondering what kind of scanner you were using and what percentage of your work do you scan yourself. Thanks!
Thanks! Appreciate it. I got asked this question multiple times in just the past 2 days… weird. Anyways, I use an Imacon Flextight scanner and 100% of it is done by my interns, aka my hands.
Hi! Is your road trip blog finished? There hasn't been an update for a while...
I think this is hilarious because I didn’t know people actually cared about it (which is why I stopped posting). I have so many photos and stuff to go through so I’ll definitely post more.
FYI, Anon is referring to this blog: http://dawniel.com — A blog my friend, Dawn Kim, and I made during our cross country road trip.
Do you have Instagram?
Thank you, Anon!!!! I’m so glad you didn’t word that question “What’s your Instagram username?” I hate it when people assume everyone has an iPhone (*cough* Phoot Campers *cough*) because everyone does not have an iPhone and I am one of those losers. As you can tell, I’m really bitter about it because everyone I know uses instagram and I feel like that only kid at school without Pokemon cards, or a yo-yo, or pogs, or a bb gun (man my generation sucks). But SOON ANON, SOOOOOOOON!!!!
I bet many people have asked you this already, but how did you get into the art of photography? How about art in general? It's so fascinating to learn about others' passions, especially those who have pursued it with great fervour. Thanks so much for taking your time to read this!
I always knew I wanted to do something in the creative arts but it took me a really long time to figure out what exactly. I grew up with a pretty artistic family with my mom going to school for ceramics and my older brother becoming a graphic designer. When I was really young, I took art classes with my brother but I was horrible at drawing, and still am. I remember thinking it would be so cool to be an “artist” and make “art.” I thought art = drawings so I continued to draw things like my childhood pet cocker spaniel, Cookie, but I was kidding myself with those drawings. I also grew up playing instruments and even joining the school musical (shhh secret) but nothing really vibrated with me. It wasn’t until high school that I realized what I wanted to do— but it wasn’t photography, not quite yet. I would go home from school everyday and watch the Food Network for hours and hours. I was obsessed. I was convinced I was going to go to culinary school and become a chef. I’m not sure exactly what happened with that but I do know that I started taking pictures and things changed. There’s still a part of me that wishes I was formally trained in the culinary arts (especially when I watch Top Chef) but I have no regrets deciding to pursue a career in photography. Even though I didn’t really consider going into photography until I was 15, I think I always had an interest in it growing up. My dad owned a lot of vintage cameras (mostly broken) around the house and I remember playing with them like they were toys. I was always really interested in the mechanics of the cameras. I remember getting my first 35mm point and shoot when I was about 8 or 9 but I didn’t take it too seriously. Fast forward another 8 years, I picked up a camera again and the rest is sort of history.
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just stumbled on your work and wow you are absolutely talented. can't explain how or why but looking at your photos, especially landscape, makes me feel good? at calm? anyways, keep up the amazing work - hwaiting .
Thanks so much! That’s awesome. That makes me feel good and calm.
Do you do a lot of tweaking in photoshop?
This is a hard question to answer because the answer is relative. Do I think I do a lot in Photoshop? No, but I’m sure many others would say yes. I mainly use Photoshop for color correction, contrast, and saturation. I might take out a few distracting things here and there but I would never drastically change the image while doing so. It all matters what project it’s for really.
How often do you use professional lighting equipment? I'm just beginning to get in to photography more seriously and I like the idea of using as little gear as possible.
Most of my stuff is naturally lit. If I’m shooting a job or something, I’ll bring lights but that doesn’t always mean I’ll use them necessarily. I use whatever will get the job done the best— sometimes it’s just the sun with some fill, other times it may be a large set up.
Did you guys take any pictures at the state border? Seems like it's a road trip must...
Hello! I have a question, but I first just want to say I think your work is great! Anyways, what I was wondering about is your experience at PHOOT camp. It seems like you were the youngest there. Did that change anything? Im also curious if you drank, and if you didn't, was it all awkward/were you the only one? I'd love to apply, but not only am I actually underage to drink, I also just don't drink. I don't have anything against people who do, Im just not sure how much I'd enjoy being the only one not. Thanks!
Thanks for the compliment! I really appreciate it. Phoot Camp is easily one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I’ve met some great, talented, genuine people all thanks to the creative retreat held every year.
Yes, I am the youngest of the group but that was never a problem for me and I got along with everyone just fine. I was underage my first year so I did not have any alcohol, whatsoever. But in all seriousness, it really doesn’t matter if you drink or not. It shouldn’t even be an issue. In fact, Mona Brooks doesn’t drink at all and she’s usually laughing harder than anyone. Phoot Camp is all about meeting like-minded creative individuals and coming together to create images. Not drinking.