Gallery Member Spotlight - Amandart

In the latest installment of this regular series, we cast the spotlight on members of the PhotographyBLOG Gallery and ask them about their photography. The 23rd member to sit in the interview chair is Amandart.

What do you enjoy most about the Gallery?

The feedback. I like getting instant feedback and I enjoy commenting on other people's photos.

Do you think being a Gallery member has helped improve your photography?

Oh, absolutely. When I first got interested in digital photography I went to the library, bought magazines, and did everything I could think of to learn what I could. Nothing beats looking at all the photos and reading the comments. I write down fstops and exposures etc., hoping to replicate some of the excellent photos posted here. I get so many great ideas and tips from all the talented people on this site. The knowledge and experience of the members far outweighs any other method of learning.

What is your favourite kind of photography, and what is it that interests you so much?

I love wildlife photography. I love animals, I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. The part that interests me so much is not only are they beautiful to look at, but fascinating to watch. If you observe them long enough it's possible sometimes to anticipate their next move and with a little patience capture it.

What kind of equipment do use now, and what did you start with?

I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ7. I was concerned that I might not get the hang of photography. I thought it would be a good starter camera for a beginner and it is, but what I didn't plan on is how fast I would grow out of it. I have my sights set on a Nikon D80.

Have you sold any of your Gallery photographs?

No, and that's ok because more times than not, after I download my memory card, I always find something special that I didn't originally see thru the eye piece... like a fawn peeking at me from behind his mother, a doe actually on tippy toes to get a better sniff, or a father sparrow trying to feed 2 very excited fledglings at the same time. Those are the real treasures, and no matter what, that is what will keep me taking photos as long as I can.

What is the one piece of advice that you would give to other budding photographers?

Take many photos of the things you enjoy. If they don't turn out good, go back and take some more. I would also like to add one more tip that I think is important - show respect for the subjects that you photograph.

You can see more of Amandart's photographs in this User Gallery.

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