Excited about our Have You Met series where I showcase YOU, the photographers of our community. We had over 400 photographers apply for the series in less than a week. I can’t wait to showcase the talented photographers. There is a mix of hobbyist and business owners as well as full-frame and crop sensor users. This may be my new favorite part of the site.
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No.01Tell us a little about yourself and your photography journey.
I was born in Germany, moved to the U.S when I was 20 and currently live in New York City with my husband and two teenage daughters. I studied Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Masters degree in Architecture at UCLA. My photographic journey didn’t really start until about 3 years ago when I purchased my first DSLR camera – at which point I truly felt that I found my passion and calling. The road to what I considered a good photograph was very rocky – a few ups and many downs but I was determined to keep shooting and eventually with the help of supportive teachers and mentors, my work improved. Through this deliberate process and in spite of not always successful results, I realized that I had found my happy place in the act of photographing. Photography is my meditation and capturing a great shot is a wonderful bonus.
180mm | f/11 | SS 1/125 | ISO 400
No.02What is the best advice you received so far on your photography journey?
“Compare Yourself to Yourself three month ago” !
No.03Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration wherever I am… nearby, traveling, anywhere outdoors….as well as looking at as many photographic blogs that I can get me eyes on. I will take screen shots of photos that I admire and then try to figure out what I like about them; and how I can recreate it in my next shot!
18-200mm | f/3.5 | SS 1/160 | ISO 800
No.04What type of background do you have? Self taught? Formal training? Mentor?
I have enrolled in multiple online classes as well as classes at ICP (International Center of Photography, NYC). I was also lucky to have found great inspiration and support from who I would consider my mentor, the fine art photographer and Lensbaby guru Kathleen Clemons. I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen at a photo workshop and she has continuously supported my work with constructive criticism and praise when deserved.
No.05Are you currently doing any photography projects? If so, what?
I recently joined http://52frames.com/ a platform for aspiring photographers from around the world who are working together to improve their skills by participating in weekly challenges, photo walks and tutorials.
180mm | f/4.5 | SS 1/4000 | ISO 640
No.06If you could only use one lens for a year, which would you choose?
My Tamron 180mm macro lens.
No.07Share links to 3 of your favorite photography tutorials and tell us why.
I really don’t have a favorite tutorial – I love watching https://www.creativelive.com/photography when I have the time as well as watching the Click it up a Notch tutorial, there is always something to learn, in all of them.
No.08What is your favorite image right now?
180mm | f/4.0 | SS 1/1000 | ISO 400
No.09What type of camera and lenses do you shoot with?
shoot with a Nikon D7100 and use the following lenses:
Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Tamron SP AF 180mm F3.5
In addition, I just received a Fuji XT1 with a Fuji XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
No.10Let’s light someone else’s candle, who is a photographer you think we should check out?
My fellow online student and constant inspiration:
Iris Schoonus http://www.irisschoonus.com/
No.11What is your biggest challenge when it comes to photography?
Getting my photos tack sharp (especially macro shots) because I don’t like to use a tripod.
No.12How do you display your photos?
I just ordered a few large scale prints to be displayed on my wall.
No.13What's the strangest thing you carry in your camera bag, and why is it in there?
Clothespins – they help me keep distracting leaves or branches out of my shots away from my main subject.
180mm | f/4.0 | SS 1/100 | ISO 800
No.14What is next on your list of things to learn this year in photography?
Finding the patience to master the Lensbaby lenses.
No.15If people want to follow more of your work where should they go?
On Instagram (NinaKling and NinaKling_2) as well as my webpage www.NinaKlingPhotography.com
18-200mm | f/5.6 | SS 1/320 | ISO 320