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About Julie

 

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Artist or Photographer?

Both. I am an artist who uses photography as my main media of choice and a photographer who uses all the wonderful things about art (concepts, elements of art, principles of design) to make imagery.

Film or Digital?

Both. It depends on what I am making images for really. I shoot mainly digital for commissioned work, but from time to time will put out the plastic cameras for some fun. When making conceptual art I find that I usually begin with film, use digital media for manipulation, then often times I end up back in the darkroom for a final print. Seems crazy, but I love the process of making art. This is what I like to call “Tradigital” art.

Style?

I feel I have a bit of the traditionalist in me in the fact that the fundamentals of art and photography really help towards making a successful image. The better image you get in camera the better your final image will be. I feel that I am a bit modern in that I simply love to experiment with how images are presented, but I try to be careful not to over do it with too much Photoshop. My philosophy for Photoshop is “enhancing” rather than “fixing”.  If I am doing too much “fixing” in Photoshop, then I know I just didn’t nail it in camera.

Natural Light or Artificial?

Both. {Are you noticing a pattern here?} Really whatever works. Although, I am amazed at what a little off-camera lighting can do, both for the quality of the image and for post-production. I find I don’t have to edit as much in post production when I use off-camera lighting. My goal for both is consistency and control. Seems like a recurring theme for photography. Consistency and control are vital in the production of successful imagery and successful imagery presentation.

Canon or Nikon?

I really don’t care. Whatever floats your boat. Both are great. I’m not gonna fight on this one. But, if you want to know, I shoot mainly with a Canon 5D Mark II.

My film cameras range from plastic cameras (Holga, Lomo Diana) to Nikons, to Canons, to an old Pentax 6×7.

Mac or PC?

Okay, I really do care about this one. I am a Mac lover, end of story.

 

Actions or No Actions?

I do most of my editing in Lightroom and I do use my own Presets. I use actions in Photoshop that I have created and I cannot imagine editing without Lightroom Presents and Photoshop Actions. They are huge time savers.

 

All in all my goal as an artist is to create meaningful imagery, which is quite a challenge, especially in a world that is inundated with images and image-makers. My goal for each photo session is to remember why I am making these images in the first place and try to get the best image I can in camera before I take it to post-processing. I know I have a long way to go, I don’t have everything figured out, nor do I think I ever will. I do know that I love making imagery and sharing it with others.