Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking. Tim has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, has published dozens of video training courses, has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer, among others. For more than thirteen years he has been publishing the daily Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter, answering questions from photographers. He also produces the related Ask Tim Grey Podcast. And he publishes the monthly Pixology electronic magazine. Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at major events around the country and around the world. Visit Tim Grey’s website at www.timgrey.com.
DOMINIQUE JAMES: How did you get started in photography?
TIM GREY: I was always interested in documenting whatever was going on around me, even as a child. But my “real” start in photography occurred in high school. I needed to catch up on some elective credits, and chose photography, journalism, and being a teacher’s assistant as my three electives. All three represent a key component in how I make my living today, with photography at the center.
DJ: What kind of pictures do like to take?
TG: I love to photograph anything that catches my eye. That tends to involve travel, since I love visiting new places. I also tend to favor landscapes and nature, but just about anything that has an interesting look or catches the light in a unique way will get my interest!
DJ: What’s your favorite camera and lens?
TG: I shoot with the Canon EOS 7D MkII digital SLR, and the 24-105mm lens is the one I make use of most. I also enjoy photographing with wide-angle lenses, and of course for certain subjects I’m looking for the longest reach possible!
DJ: Any particular piece of photo gear that you like using?
TG: I love using neutral density filters. These are an obvious tool when photographing water, for example, to produce a blur effect with the motion. But I also enjoy using neutral density filters to create a blur effect with moving clouds, or with just about anything that might be moving. Mostly I enjoy creating a view that is a bit unique, and creating blurred motion often helps to create something unique!
DJ: Do you edit and enhance your pictures before showing them?
TG: Almost always. At the very least I want to optimize the overall exposure, but I also apply a variety of creative effects in some situations. In my view processing a digital photograph after the capture is simply an extension of the original process of capturing the light of a scene.
DJ: How do you share your pictures and with whom?
TG: I share my photos in a wide variety of ways, with anyone who is interested in seeing them! I have included my photos in many of the books I’ve authored, in magazine articles, and in training videos I’ve produced. I also use a variety of social media outlets to share my photos, including Facebook, 500px, Instagram, and more.
DJ: How do you store or archive your pictures?
TG: I manage my photos using Adobe Lightroom, and store all of my photos on an external hard drive. I maintain at least two copies of the original photos on backup drives using synchronization software.
DJ: What advice can you share with others?
TG: Follow your passion and know your gear! You should photograph whatever you are passionate about, because that will lead to better photographs. And it is critical to have a familiarity with your photography equipment so you can actually translate your artistic vision into a photographic image.
Notes: All photographs on this page by Tim Grey. Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. To read the complete set of interviews of all the amazing photographers featured on this blog’s exclusive Q&A, click here.