Have you met April Bryant yet? She’s got an eye for photography—she’s a contributor for Getty Images and has also had her images published by several publications. April’s image is titled Nothing But Light.
1.) What can you tell us about Nothing But Light?
I titled this image Nothing But Light from the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson. “From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.” I think this is especially true as photographers even in a literal sense.
This is a little cherry tree that we grew from a grocery store seed (that probably shouldn’t have been viable). It eventually grew large enough to plant outside. It grew odd and slanted, away from the sun, bloomed and dropped leaves at weird times, so it was never quite normal. Sadly, it didn’t make it though our last winter but, it did bloom nicely through a few seasons, and this photo always serves to remind me that being different can be quite beautiful.
2.) What gear/software did you use to create this image?
I shot this image, backlit by golden hour sunlight, with my Nikon D610 and 24-70mm f/2.8, my favorite lens. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop, of course! Sparkles and bokeh were provided organically by Mother Nature.
3.) What do you like to photograph?
This is probably the question I get asked the most. It’s a question I struggled with for years. In my portfolio, you will find landscapes, macros, architecture, portraits, and everything in-between. The answer was truly right in front of me. My favorite subject is nice, warm and inviting light. I realized it when a fellow photographer mentioned that he could usually tell my photos from others, without seeing my name, because they always had a lovely, warm glow of light. The one thing I try really hard to capture in all of my images is beautiful light. After all, photography is literally the study of light. I can’t think of a better favorite subject to have!
4.) How long have you been a KelbyOne member and what made you decide to become a member?
I have been a KelbyOne member since 2013 when it was still the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. I was looking for solid-quality, professional Photoshop tutorials that I could trust, not a hodgepodge of YouTube videos. KelbyOne definitely fills the bill with quality courses taught by quality instructors. I recently attended Scott’s Lightroom on Tour in Nashville, and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in photography.