Artist Insight with Robert Davis
We sat down with Robert Davis (@Lagunabeachsecrets) to ask him some question about his background with photography, what gear he uses, favorite shoot locations and much more.
What Type of photographer are you?
I am a seascape photographer. I specialize in beach sunsets.
Which camera do you use?
Nikon d750 with a Nikon 14-24 plus a Vu filter system
Do you prefer to use a tripod, or freehand?
I shoot on a tripod 100% of the time.
What are some of your favorite locations to shoot?
Laguna Beach, CA
What time of day do your prefer to shoot, night or day?
I only shoot sunsets because I'm on the west coast. Durring sunsets the sun is over the water and I get the best colors.
What brought you into photography?
I had just bought a brand new 2007 Honda S2000 and I wanted some nice photos of it so I bought a camera. I got tired of taking car photos and I rediscovered my love of the beach. Since then I have been shooting the beach weekly.
How long do you spend editing a photo?
I spend around 10 minutes to pick my photos to edit then I spend around 5 minutes to edit each one. I apply a base edit then adjust the colors and finish the image using the brush tool.
Which program(s) do you use for editing?
Do you have any advice for someone getting into photography?
You need to shoot as often as possible at least once a week. When I started out I would shoot once in a while and after 2 years I was not any better. I made it my New Years resolution to shoot every week. It did not take too long until I was seeing improvements. I shoot every week for 2 years only missing a few weeks due to weather. I now shoot every time there are nice clouds.
What type of images do you think your presets are best suited for?
My preset pack is for someone that shoots sunsets and wants their sunsets to be very vibrant and bright.
Do you have any tips or tricks for users of your presets?
Apply the appropriate preset for the color of your sunset. Next adjust the white and black point by looking at the histogram. That's it, I usually stop there. If you want to add a little more interest to the image use the brush tool to dodge and burn areas of your image.
Your best tip for post-processing an image
Learn to use the histogram. If your image does not span the entire histogram adjust the white and black points. This is very important when printing. You don't want to order a large expensive print and then have it come out dark because your exposure was off.
What inspired you to get involved in the AOV community?
I want to inspire others to shoot bright and vibrant landscapes.
A little bit about yourself
I'm photographer that specializes in anything beach and sunset related. I teach on location seascape workshops, I also have a seascape lecture series. I shoot beach weddings and portraits. I shoot real estate with a emphasis on the homes beautiful views.
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