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Thursday, March 08, 2007

P&P Blogger Profile: Amy Archer

Amy Archer of 2007 Picture a day (or week)

I was very interested in film photography earlier in my life, but then somehow managed to lose photography as a regular part of my life until I got a digital SLR. Since then I've been bitten by it and not a single day can pass without me thinking about pictures or processing. My current favorite themes are landscape and macro. As for other parts of my life, I'm an American, but have lived in Sweden since 1997. I'm originally from Oregon, the place with some of the most beautiful scenes to photograph in the world. I have a wonderful family.

Why do you blog?
I started blogging to show my family in the US what it looks like where I live, and also as a learning tool for my photography. I continue to blog because it's so much fun!

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
The blogs I view each day are photographic, not text :-) The three I try not to miss are [daily dose of imagery], seriocomic, and milou.

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I've been using Photoshop off and on for about six years, but only about three years for photography.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Canon 20D and sometimes a Canon Powershot S3

Mac or PC?

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
70 - 200 L 2.8 IS lens!

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
17" MacBook Pro

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Try to find a striking feature of everything. Try to find feeling in what you see. Light is important, but a unique and interesting composition counts for nearly as much as light. Take a lot of pictures, but don't be discouraged if you only get one out of a hundred that you really like. Throw away your bad pictures to keep from discouraging yourself (this has the added benefit of more hard disk space).

What inspires you to create?
Light, nature, and everything with subtle beauty. Hearing the shutter clicking inspires me.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Look for the joy, because it's not always obvious. Work to find it when you don't see or feel it.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Not sure - maybe Oregon.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Go for walks in the woods, take pictures, and play with Photoshop.

What talent would you most like to have?
Ability to photograph people without getting all nervous and shy.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? peace
What is your least favorite word? can't
What turns you on? roads
What turns you off? arrogance
What sound or noise do you love? Cat purrs
What sound or noise do you hate? nose blowing
What is your favorite curse word? rat's ass
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? photography, of course!
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Any occupation with strict hours.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Do you want to try again?

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