Nick's Photos

Sunset at Heisler Park in Laguna Beach, CA | 6x7 Fuji Velvia 50 Film

I've found that many people assume I do a lot of Photoshop manipulation to my images. With the way the digital photography community has overemphasized the importance of post-processing, it's no surprise that the average viewer assumes this. But the truth of the matter is that I don't rely on heavy digital manipulation to create my photos. I approach digital photography with the objective of accomplishing as much as possible for the image in-camera and on-location. With all the “magic” one can work on a photograph in this digital age, it can be easy for photographers to rely on the computer to make a decent image and not on their own skill behind the camera. In an effort to avoid using software enhancement as a crutch, I never make any extreme adjustments to the image after I have clicked the shutter. I never digitally remove or add elements to an image, change the sky, combine multiple images or make major adjustments to exposure. Also, I do not use HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques in my photos. I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to process digital RAW files, color correct digital photos and film scans, prep files for printing, and occasionally dodge and burn black and white photos. Beyond these standard, basic, and necessary adjustments, I strictly limit the amount of computer time with each photo. This approach to digital photography is rooted largely in a sense of personal pride I get from creating the image in-camera, not in the computer, and from my affinity for the traditional style of analog film shooting.

I have extensive experience in both digital and film mediums. The majority of my landscape photography today comes from traditional analog film, but my portfolio of images includes hundreds of digital photos and I continue to use digital almost exclusively for all "for hire" and commissioned photo shoots. My film formats of choice are medium format 6x7, large format 6x17, and large format 4x5. My films of choice are Fuji Velvia 100, Fuji Provia 100F, Kodak Portra, and Ilford Delta black and white films. My digital photography equipment includes Canon DSLRs, but I am well-versed and experienced in equipment from nearly every manufacturer on the market. I believe digital photography and film photography both have roles in this modern age and each has their merits. I prefer film for my landscape work because the resolution is unmatched, the overall look appeals to me more, and I simply enjoy the challenge and process of medium format and large format film over digital. Digital photography remains an integral part of my life as a teacher of digital photography and as a tool for commissioned jobs.

Watch me at work creating pictures in my on-location photography videos on YouTube