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Tips from a Master Photographer:  Inspiration

Inspiration is everything in photography.  Most photographers didn’t get into photography because we loved sitting behind a computer or because we loved sitting in a darkroom.  We got into photography because we saw something that inspired us.  Whether that was a National Geographic Magazine article that took us first-hand into some remote part of the world or because we grew up next to a father or grandfather that taught us about the craft, there was something that inspired us.

© 2015 Ryan Brown
© 2015 Ryan Brown

As a portrait photographer I find it particularly important to find something that balances work with pleasure.   After day-in-day-out photographing for clients, it is important to re-ignite our inner passion for photography.  I remember as a child looking at the National Geographic Magazine and wondering what it would be like to travel the world and interact with these different cultures that they document.   This was the inner fire that drove me to become a photographer.

© 2015 Ryan Brown
© 2015 Ryan Brown

When I am not photographing a portrait for a client I am working on personal projects.  The personal project is what has given me the creative freedom and balance from the everyday portrait.  As a traveling Technical Representative for Sigma, I have the unique opportunity to travel and interact with different people around the United States on a regular basis.  I have been lucky enough to see almost everything in America that I have wanted to see.  My personal project that I am working on is one that I have titled Character Portraits.  The character portrait is a portrait that shows who someone truly is.  Whether it a cowboy, a tow truck driver, or a shop owner, I create portraits in their own environment that brings their story out through their eyes.

© 2015 Ryan Brown
© 2015 Ryan Brown

Sigma prime lenses are one of the keys to this project.  The fast aperture of the 1.4 primes, as well as the undistorted look of the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM are able to help me place the subject within their environment and capture the portrait as well as the environment in a unique look.  I have included some of the image from this project here.  Please enjoy the images and contact me if you have questions!

The Tips from a Master Photographer edition is a bi-monthly blog by Certified Master Photographer Ryan Brown.  This edition will be educational, inspirational, and technical.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Ryan at ryan@ryanbrownphoto.com

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