Karen Jordan hails from Canada. She’s started shooting with a trusty 110 camera and since courses in college “hasn’t looked back.” What drives her? What’s her photographic philosophy? Read on, this week’s Photog Friday profile.
Name: Karen Jordan
Country of residence: Canada
How did you first get interested in photography?
I always liked taking pictures…even when all I had was a 110 camera…but when I started college my course work involved photography. I’ve never looked back from there.
What do you like to shoot?
I like to shoot pretty much anything. My favorites right now are portraits, sports and macro.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?
The only bad image is the one that you never took.
I prefer to study a subject from as many angles as I can in order to find a unique perspective for my shot. Yet, for other shots I go for as realistic a feel as I can capture.
My set ups are as simple as possible. I prefer to use natural light, but I’m not afraid to pull out my lights if the situation warrants it.
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
The best shot I have ever taken was a shot I took when I was 14 with my trusty 110 camera. As I say on my website I hangs on my wall to this day. (it also sits on my brother’s desk) It’s just a casual snapshot, of my mom and my grandmother. Both have passed away since then. I suppose it depends how you define ‘best’ really.
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy?
Nikon D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 60mm macro 2.8 D, Nikon SB-800 But since I work in a camera store I have access to pretty much anything I need.
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)
Macro and portraits
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
I’ll still be shooting and refining my skills. Hopefully I’ll be selling more of my work as well.
What the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
My day job is selling cameras so I’m used to talking to photographers at all levels. My best advice has always been: shoot! Shoot lots! Books and classes are full of wonderful information and hints and tips and ideas but photography is a skill. The only way to improve a skill is to practice it and that means shooting.
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