Stephen Nigl, Anchorage, AK Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement Hey. I'm Steve. Thank you so much for visiting my Imagekind page, and your interest in buying my work.
I've been a photographer for over 15 years. Hobbies have come and gone, and sometimes I consider myself a flake when it comes to seeing things through! But photography has always been more than a hobby, and it has survived many of my life's changes.
In today's world, it seems that everything has been said and done. There is always someone out there who has done it 'better' than you. But photography turns this idea upside-down. It's a record of how YOU see your world. Of who you ARE. Flickr has taught me that there will always be somebody who finds your unique world-view interesting. My greatest challenge in photography is getting the finished image to live up to my memory of the scene. Many of the shots that I am most satisfied with, go on to become my highest-rated on Flickr.
Thank you for the outpouring of wonderful comments! It really gives me hope. I have just begun to print and frame my work, and plan to display this year.
Macintosh Powerbook G4 12" with desktop monitor. Dual external HD's for my photo library and backups. Spyder Express for monitor calibration. iPhoto CS2 AutoPano Pro Graphic Converter MacOSaiX (mosaic maker)
Typically I shoot in dual-mode. Capturing in RAW and a smaller JPEG. The 30D can use in-camera algorithms to alter the JPEG on the fly. Some of my black-and-white images are shot as BW 'in-camera'. Where the RAW is by definition, an unaltered color image. Over the past few months, more of my Flickr images start as RAW's.
The photos are first brought into iPhoto. I use iPhoto as both my digital light-table, and for basic tone, sharpness, and crop functions. The images bound for Flickr go to Photoshop for batch size-reduction, and to add copyright.
For panoramic and mosaic works, I use AutoPano Pro and MacOSaiX.