As part of our on-going Photographer Interview Series, I am pleased to bring you an in-depth interview with photographer and founder of PhotoExtremist.com Evan Sharboneau. For those not familiar with PhotoExtremist, it is a terrific site which publishes unique tutorials and images for photographers and photo manipulators.
Q – How did you get started in photography?
Evan – On Christmas Eve, when I was about 14 years old, I was casually taking a picture of a house with Christmas tree lights on it at night time. I using a really early point and shoot digital camera – one of the first ones made. My hand got bumped right when I took the picture and got me this result:
I discovered a few days later that I had just used a “long shutter speed”. After that, I became more and more interested in photographic techniques, I wanted to learn about all of them. Long exposures and light painting was the first trick, and that is a whole art form in and of itself. After that came infrared, 360×180 panoramas, and so on.
Q – What type of field of photography would you say that you’re in?
Evan – Well I started out as a hobbyist, went to an artist, then microstocker, and now am somewhat of a blogger/content producer. I’m really all of the above now. I guess you could say I’m a “experimental free-style creative” if you had to classify me as anything.
Q – Do you have any tips for new and upcoming photographic artists?
Evan – Don’t worry about gear too much, put more focus on composition and ideas. Get a basic DSLR, a basic tripod, a basic lens, and Photoshop CS3, CS4, or CS5. Create some really good images with those and then get a camera that offers you more features when (or if) you find that you need it.
Q – What projects have you been working on recently?
Evan – I just finished writing a 190 page instructional photography e-book called Trick Photography and Special Effects. It basically shows the reader how to use special photographic techniques to get crazy images with a DSLR. All the tricks I use to make my images are described in detail in that book — many have said it is like a reference book for whenever they want to get more creative!
Q – That sounds great, where can we get your e-book?
Q – Where can we find more of your stuff?