Artist Insight with Bruce Getty

We sat down with Bruce Getty (@Gettyphotography) to ask him some question about his background with photography, what gear he uses, favorite shoot locations and much more.

Which camera do you use?

I use Nikon D810 14 to 24 Nikon lens 24 to 70 Nikon lens with VR and the 70 to 200 Nikon

Do you prefer to use a tripod, or freehand?

I also use my  tripod quite often but I freehand whenever I can

What are some of your favorite locations to shoot?
I love shooting New York City and New York State I also love to shoot San Francisco Bay area as you know. The California and Oregon coastline. There are so many great places out there to shoot and I want to visit

What time of day do your prefer to shoot, night or day?
I'd like to shoot when ever I see something interesting and the light is good!

What brought you into photography?
What brought me into photography is, really hard to explain, I went from a full-time construction worker and Union carpenter! Then in the year 2001 I started to use drugs again, I always wanted to be an artist,  so as an escape I just started doing things and it evolved, into something great. Anyways I'm sober now and now I am doing photography very seriously. I do not do as much antique restoration but still a little, I am not so much into carpentry as I once was.


How long do you spend editing a photo?
The longest I spend on editing a photo maybe 30 minutes that is the longest ever! Do not do any digital manipulation!

Which program(s) do you use for editing?

Sometimes I blend exposures in Photoshop! I use light room and then I go to Photoshop to finish it off and to put into Instagram format!

Do you have any advice for someone getting into photography?
Someone who is just getting into photography has to have you have to have patience and it will come if you have talent! Study other peoples compositions and then you can get your own ideas for your own competition the way you see it. Then you will find out if people like it. There is a lot of technique, all these things come with experience you cannot expect to learn overnight and less you were some kind a gifted individual.


Your best tip for post-processing an image
My best tip for editing is watch your edges you can create halos around your edges by simply using too much sharpening too much clarity or decreasing highlights or increasing the shadows too much


A little bit about yourself.

I just turned 50 , I spent most of my life in and out of jail prison and hospitals! Battling drug and alcohol addiction, it finally caught up to me in 2008 I was released in 2012 i've been sober since started my Instagram in the middle of 2013 really changed my life the interaction with other people that like to take pictures and do it the right way. And interaction with people throughout the whole world.

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