The Photographer

I picked up a 35mm camera at the age of 16
I studied Philosophy and Early Childhood Education in College.
I love kids and I taught preschool for a couple of years.
Working with them helped my creativity grow.

I really don’t submit stuff often, so I’ve been lucky to be recognized for my photography and my iPhoneography.

Nikon work

Topaz Labs blog feature

Topaz Labs editing tutorial

Photobotos feature #1

Photobotos feature #2

SLO Coast Journal May 2012, June 2012, July 2012, May, 2013, June 2013, Feb 2014


Emerald Magazine (Cover) April 2015

Best Buy Mobile Blog

iPhone Photography School interview

Life in Lofi September 2013

iPhoneogenic July 2013

Art of Mob January 2014

USA Today/Smarter Travel article

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57 comments on “The Photographer

  1. Hey David,
    Thanks for stopping by my little photog and for the like and follow. Your pics are awesome, I have now started following you on fb and here as well. Great concept taking 1 photo a day with your iPhone.
    See you around 😀

    • Thank you Ari. First, I have to say that I’m a fan of Ansel Adams too. He first inspired me to be a landscape photographer back when I was 16.

      I like what you’re doing on your blog too. You’ve got a good eye and I think I’m jealous of your macro lens…I want one too!

      I started this up on a whim, but its turning out to be quite fun and people seem to like what I’m doing. I sold my DSLR about a month ago so I’m using my iphone to keep me sharp until I get a new camera. Its also helping me let go of my perfectionist tendencies because now I’m not using photoshop to try and make every detail perfect.

  2. I took a photography history course a few semesters back and I really learned to respect past photographers in their art. Adams is just a few of whom style I enjoy.
    I can’t believe you sold your camera, which one are looking to replace the old one. I went to your fb page and saw you liked Nikon. Is that what you are going to get?

    I totally understand about being a perfectionist, I struggle with this all the time. And it doesn’t help that I still have a lot to learn about photography. I feel that my photography style is not as free and whimsical as I enjoy seeing, it seems as though my ideas are squished into a box.
    I do appreciate your critique, comments and ideas. I hope to be able to learn more from you in future.
    See you around 😉

  3. I had to let the D60 go. I’ve improved so much over the past 2 years that the camera was really holding me back at this point. I need either a pro level or semi pro. I’m going to stick with Nikon because I’m really familiar with them now and I have a few lenses still. I was thinking I’d get the D7000, but the D800 was just announced and looks amazing. Too bad its out of my price range for now, but if it drives down the price of a used D700 I might grab one.

    Don’t let your ideas be squished. Look for inspiration in everything. These days I can get inspired just by watching the light interact with the world.

    Next time you feel like your ideas are squished, go take 1000 photos of 1 object and try to make the majority of them different in whatever way you come up with. Seriously!

  4. Thank you for taking the time to view and comment on my recent post, “Turn your iPhone camera into a macro lens using a water drop” … I’m delighted you liked it!
    Best wishes,

  5. You have such as amazing talent. I never knew the iPhone can produce such dramatic effects with the the right apps. I enjoyed my visit immensely, and I sure will be back.

  6. Wow, I found your site through another, and I’m so glad I did. I just started blogging a photo of the day (POD) a month ago, and have been learning so much about apps and being aware. I look forward to looking at your previous and future posts to learn more!

  7. I just got an iPhone 4s yesterday (threw my darn droid out), so how fortuitous to have found your blog today through Brian Gaynor! I’ve got a lot of learniing to do with the iPhone. Can’t wait to get out there today and get started.

    • Congratulations. I wish I’d bought the 4s instead of the 4 just for the camera. There are so many good apps out there. Start out with Camera+ or CameraAwesome for something better than the default camera app.

      • Came over again to say thanks for the follow over on my blog. I was playing around with snapseed for the first tiime tonight. I’ll check out Camera+/Awesome. Thanks!

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  10. David,
    Because of you I’ve started using my iPhone as my primary camera. The learning curve has been a bit steep because there are so many apps that can be used to capture and edit images, but I’ve now settled on a handful.
    I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award:

    • Thank you. I’m glad you’ve been inspired to shoot more with your iPhone. There certainly are a ton of apps to choose from, but definitely not all are created equal haha.

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  12. I’ve awarded you the Inspiring Blog Award. Congratulations. Your iPhonography has definitely been an inspiration to me. You’re on my post for today.

  13. Excellent blog you have here… all the pics are spectacular!

    Thank you also for checking out AND following my blog! Hope my upcoming posts do not disappoint! 😉

  14. we are living in a golden age of photography, as technology makes it easier for talented people to practice photography and evolve individually under their own steam. i enjoyed your telling of that story, and the results!

  15. I don’t have an iPhone, so I never realized the capability. I guess as you said, in a digital age, anything is possible. I enjoyed checking out your work. I’ve had so many cameras over the years, but I didn’t start working with a 35mm SLR until about 10 years ago. It was a completely manual camera, which was a great deal of fun. Then I moved into a DSLR and got lazy with all the programmed settings. Now, I’m getting back to the basics and relearning everything I’ve forgotten. Maybe I’ll test the waters with an iPhone in the future. Thanks for liking my Hummingbirds post, stop by again sometime!

    • I don’t know if its lazy using programmed settings if it gives you the look you want. I think using the iPhone helped improve my composition skills. Plus its quick, fun, and easy to edit your photo.

  16. David, I really like your gravatar photo. Would you tell me how you achieved the antiqued detailed look about it? Also, I have always been inspired by Ansel Adams as well. He was the first photographer who piqued my interest in photography.

    • Thank you. I don’t remember the workflow exactly because that was a few years ago now, but I do know I used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro. I know for sure I used the tonal contrast filter and possibly some bleach bypass

  17. Thank you for stopping by and liking my latest photo challenge blog entry. I’m not ready to give up my SLR yet, but my cell phone camera is often my only choice when I go hiking. I hate carrying the DSLR, too heavy for long hikes, especially in rougher terrain. 🙂

  18. Thanks for the recent visit to/follow of my blog. It brought me here and I’ve enjoyed going back through some of your recent entries. It definitely appears that you’re making the gear you’re working with, be it the iPhone or your DSLR.

    Incidentally, I got a kick out of the Fenway Park images. I’ve been a huge baseball fan all of my life (I also played, up to the semi-pro level, once up on a time) and I’ve been fortunate enough to play a handful of games at Camden Yards in Baltimore, so I could definitely identify with your BP experience at AT&T Park.

  19. Hi David- Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I am looking forward to using your Big Sur guide- you’ve included many of my favorite spots but there are some new ones for me in there. Love your work and I see we have early childhood careers in common. 🙂

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