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Maelyn is a Photographic Specialist who works at our Carytown & Broad St locations, and has been working with us for 3 years! Maelyn will be instructing our Basic Photoshop CC Classes May 27th & June 3rd. Learn more about Maelyn, and sign up for her classes if you're interested in improving your photography!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Photography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In May this year, I will graduate with a MLA in Public History. I started working in Photoshop with CS4 in undergrad right as CS5 was being released. In addition to my own work, I have done photographic editing for many different companies and organizations in North Carolina and Virginia working in Photoshop CS3 to Photoshop CC.
QUESTIONS WITH MAELYN
How would you describe your photographic style?
In my digital work, I like to play with light in shadow through the trees. My true professional work is through alternative darkroom processes and tends to focus on combining the material world with the natural through a mixture of film and digital imagery.
Whose photographic work has influenced you the most?
I am a huge fan of photographers Sally Mann, Richard Moss, Louis Draper, Maggie Taylor, and my favorite Robert and Shana Parkeharrison.
What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned about photography so far?
The most valuable lesson I have learned in photography would have to be anticipate the shot. Always be ready for that one moment when the light hits the subject just right because it might never happen again.
What got you interested in pursuing photography?
In college I started out as a music composition major and began to realize that I wasn’t enjoying music any more and decided a change needed to be made. I took a few classes with the art school and started working in darkroom and fell in love with photography.
How important is post-editting to your final images?
Every photographer should strive to get everything correct in camera and only use editing as a back up. When it comes to editing you never want to edit in a way that is obvious to the viewer. In my own images I edit as little as possible with my nature photography. When editing photos for a client I keep the edits as natural as possible, too many edits can take away the personality in the photo.
What’s something you’re still learning?
I am still learning every aspect of photography. It’s important to always keep yourself open to learning. It is impossible to know every aspect of photography. You could know everything about the way you currently shot, however that is not the only way and if you are closed off to exploring and trying different approaches you might not ever find your new favorite approach.
What is your preferred camera equipment?
I prefer to shoot with a Fujifilm X-T2 and for film I enjoy using a Mamiya 7ii and a Nikon L35af.
What piece of gear is a “must have” for you?
My most used piece of equipment is actually my Black Rapid wrist strap because I can easily change it to whatever camera I’m using at the time.