Featured Photographer Jay Patel

Featured Photographer Jay Patel

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places began early in childhood during numerous trips to some of the most breathtaking locations on the Indian subcontinent. His passion for magnificent places now manifests itself in a continuous search to capture nature’s majesty with his camera. Jay’s career in photography began in 2001 when he purchased his first digital SLR. He has since spent time reading photographic articles and studying the styles of great landscape photographers. He has had no formal education or training in photography. He hopes to provide inspiration for others who may also try to capture the nature of light through workshops, eBook, and tutorials he teaches with his wife, photographer Varina Patel. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Patel: I never really took photography seriously until late 1999 when digital cameras were just coming onto the scene. I purchased my first Nikon 990 in late 1990, and fell in love with photography (something I always wanted to learn). I purchased my first DSLR in 2002 and started seriously pursuing landscape photography. BL: How long have you been teaching and/or writing about photography and how would you describe your teaching/writing style? Patel: I started teaching photography in 2005. My teaching style is very casual. When I am teaching, I attempt to strike a balance between simplicity, creativity and technical aspects of...
BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Varina Patel

BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Varina Patel

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Varina Patel is a freelance wilderness and landscape photographer. She is drawn to the challenge of finding her next photograph and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively. Her photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world. She teaches workshops on landscape photography and processing along with her husband and colleague, photographer Jay Patel. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Patel: I am a wilderness and nature photographer. I love brilliant light, minimalist compositions, and macro photography but as long as I can shoot outdoors I’m happy. I started shooting as a kid and learned to develop film in a darkroom in middle school. By the time I reached high school, I knew I wanted to go pro and I did so in 2005. BL: How long have you been teaching and/or writing about photography and how would you describe your teaching/writing style? Patel: I’ve been writing eBooks, and teaching on-location workshops and classroom seminars since about 2006. When I’m teaching in a classroom or on location, I am very hands-on. In my eBooks, I provide lots of examples and explain the thought process behind the workflow. I try to simplify concepts and share lots of tips and tricks to make even the most complicated workflow accessible to everyone who wants to learn. BL: What...
BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Jim Goldstein

BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Jim Goldstein

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer, based out of San Francisco, California, who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial and editorial work to express his passion about nature and the environment. A member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Jim produces the highest quality photography for both commercial clients and fine art photography collectors. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Goldstein: Landscape and outdoor photography has been my primary focus for over 15 years. Since I was a kid I’ve long been interested in sciences such as geology, astronomy, biology, etc. From the time I could read I’ve been avidly studying these areas in books and magazines such as National Geographic, old Time Life books, and even almanacs. I was a bit of a nerd. Later in college I studied these subjects more seriously and began reading Outdoor Photographer and other photography magazines. Between my studies and taking in the inspiring work of Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, and others I knew, I wanted to master the art of photography. BL: How long have you been teaching and/or writing about photography and how would you describe your teaching/writing style? Goldstein: I’ve been writing about photography since 2006 when I launched my blog. I’ve also written for magazines such...
BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Lawrence Chan

BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Lawrence Chan

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Lawrence Chan is a marketing strategist for smart creatives. He is also a photographer and traveler and is the author of several books on marketing and social media. His work has been published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. He is a lover of tofu, Chipotle, wonton noodles, and Starbucks Iced Americano. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Chan: It started out as wedding photography but I am slowly shifting to landscape photography due to my extensive travels. BL: How long have you been teaching and/or writing about photography and how would you describe your teaching/writing style? Chan: I have been teaching in the photography industry for almost four years. My goal is to dissect complex marketing and psychology studies and gear them toward entrepreneurs. BL: What is your single most depended on photographic item–aside from your camera? Chan: The one lens I always bring with me when traveling is my Canon 16-35mm. BL: What type of gear, new or old, are you most interested in experimenting with? Chan: In the future, I’d like to sample Hasselblad. BL: Describe what prompted or inspired you to create Found – Be Discovered by Those Who Matter? Chan: With my success in generating leads, I wanted to share one of my methods, which was harnessing the power of photography in...
BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Guy Tal

BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Guy Tal

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Guy Tal is a professional artist, author, photographer, educator and public speaker. He believes that the practice of creative pursuits manifests not only in the making of art, but also has the ability to transform and enrich life, facilitate meaningful and rewarding experiences, and foster contentment and satisfaction through life-long discovery and learning. His work has been featured in Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Digital Photographer magazines, among many others. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Tal: My goal is to create images that are personally significant and that communicate something of the state of mind and relationship with the subject that inspired them. In a sense, what I’m after is a more nuanced version of what Alfred Stieglitz called “equivalence,” as in implying something equivalent to the photographer’s experience in all its dimensions, both visual and emotional. In my mind, the best images are not images OF things; they are images ABOUT things. My favorite subject matter is the landscape of my home, the Colorado Plateau. I first became interested in these places as a young soldier, thousands of miles and a lifetime away, on the Golan Heights. By coincidence, or perhaps not, I found a copy of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” and became fascinated with his descriptions. At the time I couldn’t even hope to see...
BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Julia Kuzmenko McKim

BorrowLenses Education: Featured Photographer Julia Kuzmenko McKim

Technique, knowledge, inspiration – gain it all from seasoned photographers with years of experience and many tips to share with both burgeoning photographers and pros looking to gain a new perspective. Visit our entire collection of interviews, which are full of amazing images and valuable advice. Julia Kuzmenko McKim is an internationally published beauty, fashion, and portrait photographer, digital artist, retoucher, and educator. She is an International College of Professional Photography (Melbourne) graduate represented by Aston Models Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. BL: What is your photographic specialty and how did you become interested in it? Kuzmenko McKim: I specialize in Beauty, Fashion, and Portrait Photography. I think it was a natural progression from my childhood hobby – painting and drawing pretty girls. As I picked up my first camera in 2006 I started shooting all sorts of portraits and, after meeting a super talented makeup artist and hairstylist, Mikala Jean Vandenbroucke, a couple of years ago, I fell in love with Beauty and Fashion photography and we spent a lot of time refining our crafts together. BL: How long have you been teaching and/or writing about photography and how would you describe your teaching/writing style? Kuzmenko McKim: I started working on my teaching programs (both photography & retouching) in mid 2011 and my first students attended my online and local classes in the beginning of 2012. It took a lot of researching, planning and dissecting my own learning process of the previous 5 years. I knew that I had wasted a lot of time trying to learn non-relevant stuff because I did not know any better. So the goal of my teaching programs...