In April and May our SPOTLIGHT is on Frank King! He's one of our newer members and we're happy to have him step into the SPOTLIGHT and share his vision.
Like many members of the photo clubs, I have been interested in photography for many years but because of work and raising 4 kids, I could never seem to find the time to pursue my interest. Less than 2 years ago, I finally decided to dedicate the time and resources needed to learn photography.
At the time, my knowledge of cameras was limited to my point-and-shoot Coolpix. I purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon D5200, and a Tamron 18-270mm lens and enrolled in several photography classes to learn about the DSLR's capabilities and shooting modes. I quickly realized there was a lot to learn about photography than simply pointing and shooting.
I have found the learning process to be challenging but exciting. I continue to take photography courses, read books and subscribe to several photography magazines in order to expand my awareness of the many facets of photography. I also used self-learning videos and various internet sites to understand how to navigate Lightroom 5 and the NIK Collection to post-process my images. I feel post-processing adds another dimension to photography by providing the opportunity to get the most out of my images whether color or black and white.
Landscapes have been my primary shooting interest over the past two years because of my love of Ansel Adams photos and the awesome landscape images presented in National Geographic. The intricate interplay of light, sky, land and water and the boundless opportunities to shoot beautiful scenic images anywhere in this country and abroad is what drives me to learn as much about photography as possible. However, this past year I expanded my shooting interest to include architecture, wildlife, street scenes and night shots. I also recently purchased a Nikkor micro lens to begin learning how to shoot macro subjects.