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Friday, May 11, 2007

P&P Blogger Profile: Matt Kloskowski

Matt Kloskowski is an Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (www.photoshopuser.com). He has authored numerous books and DVDs relating to Photoshop and spends his time teaching photographers how to bridge the gap between photography and digital imaging.

Why do you blog?
It seemed like a natural way to get the videos and tips that I teach everyday anyway, out there in an easier way.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
The Online Photographer
Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider
John Nack’s (Senior Photoshop Product Manager) Blog

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Photoshop – 14 Years
Photographer – 5 Years

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Nikon D200

Mac or PC?
I use both Mac and PC. Doesn’t really matter to me as Photoshop works the same on both. I use my MacBook Pro more lately because of its nice slim form factor for traveling.

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My Epson R2400 Printer. I love it.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
It’s a lens. The Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8. Wow… what I would give for that thing. I’ll post my B&H wish list should anyone like to purchase it for me : )

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Advice, long work hours, impossible projects, and criticism… they may all be difficult at times. But in the end, they all make you stronger and better for it.

What inspires you to create?

I just love it. It’s really all I’ve ever known. I never really think anything I do is good enough so I just want to keep trying to make something better.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
I actually love where I live now. Living in Florida was my dream as a child so I’m already here. Aside from Florida, I guess I’d love to have a place in Tahoe during the winter. Or maybe even in Maui. I guess I’m undecided.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Golf, running, landscape photo shoots, but (most importantly) spending time with my family. My two sons Ryan and Justin (5 and 4 years) are just the coolest little guys to spend my free time with.

What talent would you most like to have?

I’d love to be able to draw what I see.

Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Photoshop!
What is your least favorite word? Any racial slur.
What turns you on? See answer to “What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?” above.
What turns you off? Smoking
What sound or noise do you love? The sound of cheering when your number rolls at the Craps table.
What sound or noise do you hate? The sighs around the Craps table when some one craps out.
What is your favorite curse word? ...
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Jet Pilot
What occupation would you not want to participate in? The security guard at a Rap awards show
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Hey Matt! You up for a round of golf?

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