Few of us go to see first hand the beauty of nature in our seas and oceans. For many of our introduction to the beauty of the underwater world can be credited to Jacques Cousteau. Thanks to the pioneering work of generations of new divers naturalists have taken water and a select few, cameras in hand, are able to do so with a great deal of artistry. This photographer is Jim Patterson, who is the guest on today’s “3 minutes with …”
1. Describe your photography in 100 words or less.
I approach to nature with love and passion for the subject and an artful eye. When in
the field, I strain for compelling compositions as I feel the composition is the Foundation for a great image.
Color and light doesn’t mean much if the composition does not engage the Viewer. That said, I love strong colors and contrast and
try to incorporate that in my imagination.
2. what gear/software used?
Over the years, my diving kit included Nikon camera bodies and lenses, housings and Aqua
tica and Sea & Sea port and Ikelite Strobes. My go to lenses are the Tokina 10-17 mm Fisheye to wide-angle and the Nikkor 105 mm f 2.8 G macro. My current digital workflow includes the organization with 3 Lightroom and Photoshop as my main editing software. Cloning tools in Photoshop are dramatically better for a good control, the arch nemesis backscatter of underwater photographers around the world.
3. What is a quick advice you would give to people interested in underwater photography?
If you want to get into underwater photography, I highly recommend becoming a proficient and safe
underwater before. And be prepared to spend a lot of money.
4. What do 3 photography sites or photo blogs you recommend?
For underwater photography of every thing, I go to wetpixel.com.
Thoughts about photography with
an artistic approach, I recommend This Guy’s blog at guytal.com.
And finally, for tutorials that I personally use in my digital workflow and image editing, I recommend site http://goodlight.us/by Tony Kuyper.
To see more of Jim’s photography visit his website at jimpattersonphotography.com