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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

P&P Blogger Profile: David Hobby

David Hobby of Strobist

David Hobby: 42 years old; Caffeine-laced blogger; Staff photojournalist for The Baltimore Sun; Married to a wonderful woman; Father of two imaginative, inquisitive kids; Diehard University of Florida Gator; 3-time Southeastern U.S. Kickboxing Champion – ’84-’86. (Okay, I made the last one up.)

Why do you blog?
When I was younger, I always had unselfish mentors. I still do. Now, the internet makes it possible to pay the next generation forward on a much larger scale.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Not a fair question. I read about 50 blogs a day. But okay, I’ll bite. Consumerist, ProBlogger and WhatTheDuck

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Since I was 8.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Nikon D2Xs, Nikon D2Hs, Canon G7

Mac or PC?
You’re kidding, right? Mac, forever.

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
Nikon SB-26 speedlight.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
Nothing, really. I have a core bag of glass and small flashes that I have shot with for a long time. No reason to change, other than to upgrade bodies.

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Shoot constantly. Study and reverse-engineer the techniques of shooters whom you admire. Major in something other than photography to bring something external to your profession.

What inspires you to create?
Honestly, I do not know. Other than the fact that it is a very satisfying thing to do.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Do not let fear of the unknown keep you from experiencing new things.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Paris. For a year.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
More family time.

What talent would you most like to have?
Fluency in many languages.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Imagination.
What is your least favorite word? Worry.
What turns you on? Travel.
What turns you off? Constricted thinking.
What sound or noise do you love? My kids’ singing.
What sound or noise do you hate? An alarm clock.
What is your favorite curse word? Dammit.
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? I have never regretted being a photographer, so I have never given other careers a second thought. Is that weird?
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Anything that required my living in a suit and tie.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? What took you so long?

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