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Chris S.


Ann Arbor, MI
Hometown: Ypsilanti

Member since:

October 24, 2011

How long have you enjoyed photography? What got you into it?

I have enjoyed photography for as long as I can remember. I started with a Pentax SLR in the 80's, and have owned a dozen SLRs (and DSLRs) since. I shot for the high school newspaper and yearbook, and worked as first a photographer, then the photo-editor of my college newspaper. As part, I was privileged to travel to conventions, receiving hands-on guidance from working professionals in the field. I now own a small business, Mystic Images (, and am always looking to learn and share the art of photography with others. I primarily shoot portraiture and events.

What kind of camera do you use, and what is your favorite lens?

I am a Nikon shooter - I use a D700 for most of my needs, and carry an F100 for my film needs (as little as they may be these days). My favorite lens is my 85mm f/1.4D. I love shooting FF, and will probably never own a DX-lens. I do, however, own a few cropped-frame cameras, but they serve as back-up bodies to my D700.

What type of photography do you most enjoy (e.g. portraiture, landscape, macro, street photography, nature, candid, etc.)?

I have a hard time shooting anything other than people. I love the feeling of successfully capturing a person's persona in a single moment. I often remind myself to be grateful that I am not here in the world alone - because I would never be as pleased with my images! Most of my paying jobs require me to be on-site, therefor my investment(s) in lighting have been primarily dedicated to battery-operated units (eg., speedlights, Elinchrom Quadra).

How would you like to improve your photography? What are your goals?

I have learned enough to know that I can never know everything - and that which I do know, there will always be someone who knows it better than me! I consider myself very knowledgeable, and could supply many of the textbook answers to photographic questions, but a fellow photographer's experience can't be replaced with a textbook. I think that once you have mastered the technical side of the industry, and have pounded these foundations into your photographic psyche, you have to put them into practice before you can learn the 'art' of photography. My goal is to explore other photographer's experiences in the art, so it may help me to redefine my artistic focus (no pun intended).

How did you hear about our group?

I was reading a blog post on the Photo Studio Group website, when I read about it being the meeting place for the group. I'm interested in exploring the use of the space for my professional use, as well as meeting some more of the people in the area.


I believe you cannot say you know something, until you can successfully teach it, share it, and learn with others. I am a small business owner, Mystic Images, and am always looking for those with similar interests to share and grow with.

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I think highly of the Ann Arbor Shutterbugs and its members.

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