ColorMunki Smile Photo Contest Week 1 Winner
by Brenda K. Hipsher – August 29th, 2013
Our week 1 winner in the ColorMunki Smile Photo Contest comes from Yakima, Washington. Candice Watson found her love of photography when she started going to the local arboretum to photograph flowers. Her beautiful photograph called “Mr. Lincoln’s Red Rose” captured the theme color for the first week of the contest.
We asked Candice for an interview so you could get to know her a little better. She graciously agreed!
X-Rite Photo Blog: When did you start photographing?
Candice Watson: I bought my first DSLR camera in March of 2011. The main reason I got into Photography was because my son was into it, and I wanted something that we could do together. It has been the best thing I have ever done, and am so glad I did. My family even joked with me, and thought the camera would just sit on the shelf. I have the last laugh.
XB: What is your specialty in photography?
CW: I would say my “specialty” would be Portraits, and Landscape/Nature Photography. I love doing Portraits. Being able to capture someones personality in their eyes, or a special moment is so wonderful. I also love Landscape Photography. I am still learning this aspect, but it is a great way to get out in Nature.
XB: Do you calibrate and profile your monitor?
CW: Yes, I do calibrate my monitor, and also create printer profiles using the ColorMunki Photo. I was told that calibrating my monitor was a must. So to anyone who is serious about Photography, it is money well spent!
XB: What is your greatest challenge in photography?
CW: I would say my greatest challenge is learning composition, and using off camera flash. I still struggle with it, but the more I get out there, the easier it becomes. I used to also struggle with printing, but because of your products, this is no longer a challenge.
XB: What was it about this particular image that caught your eye and caused you to capture it?
CW: I love taking pictures of flowers, especially roses. In fact, when I bought the rose bush, I did so with the intention of being able to take pictures of it. The day I took this shot, I had been out taking pictures at our local Arboretum. When I arrived home late in the day, I noticed that the lighting on this rose was especially good. So I grabbed my camera and went out to take the shot. I will admit however, that it took me a few shots, and experimenting with different angles, to get the exact shot I wanted.
XB: Have you entered photo contests before?
CW: Yes. The only other Contest I have won or entered, was at our local Fair. I had entered a black and white picture of a Tree that I took, and it won “Best of class.”
XB: What would you say is your favorite thing about photography?
CW: I love getting out into nature and capturing a moment, or a scene, and being able to share what I saw with other people. When you stop to really look and see things from a different perspective, you really notice all the beauty the world has to offer. But sometimes we are so busy with our lives, we forget that it’s there. Photography has opened up my eyes, and made me really appreciate the world around us. The view from behind a camera lens is the best view ever!!
XB: What advice would you give someone who is just beginning as a photographer?
CW: I would first and foremost tell them, never to give up no matter how hard it seems. It is worth the effort. I would also tell people to read, and watch all the Webinar’s they can. They are extremely helpful in explaining things. I have watched many of your X-Rite sponsored Webinar’s, which were great!! But the best advise I can give is, to just go out and shoot. It takes lots of practice, and the only way to do it, is to get out there.
Now she’s photographing places from the Pacific coast to Yosemite. Taking photographs has become a way of life for her. “The great thing about photography is that there are endless things you can do with it,” says Candice. ” So share your vision with the world!” We agree.
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