Corner Member Close Up: Dan Braam

This Friday, in our bi-weekly photographer interview with members of the Corner, we meet one of the original members of the Corner, a long time moderator, great photographer, father, and all-round great guy, Dan Braam (though you may know him simply as DDAY). His answers are short, and the photos are stellar. Enjoy!

Name: Dan Braam
Username: DDAY


Tell us a little about yourself.

Name: Dan Braam. Age: 49. Location: New Ulm, Minnesota, USA. Job: VP Mortgage Servicing.

What does your username mean?

It has no real personal meaning to me. It is commonly used to describe the allied invasion of europe during WW II.

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

Not sure about my first picture. I got my own camera at age 12. I'm sure many shoots stunk. I had a real problem getting a proper exposure. Some things never change.

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

Photpgraphy is a great way for me to creatively express myself. Some attempts are more "expressive" than others however.

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

It's been a passion for well over 30 years for me. I bought my first camera from my uncle when I was 12 years old.

What is your background/training in photography?

Pretty much all self-taught.


What was your very first camera?

A Yashica Electro 35.

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

I shoot with Nikon stuff a D200 & D80 and a few pieces of glass.

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

The 105mm macro. You can use it as a short tele, for portraits and of course macro!!!

Bonus Questions

Have you ever Photoshoped/edited a photo but told others you haven't?

No. I edit most all of my photos. I think most people do. Besides, I shoot almost exclusivley in RAW so some editing is a given.

Do you think that photographers take photos because they can't paint; or do painters paint because they aren't good photographers?

No. This is an apples and oranges question to me and I like both apples and oranges. I know people that can do both very well. I don't happen to be one of them, though.

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

I really love the outdoors. Photography gives me a good reason to go out and about.

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

Friendly people. I can still remember positive feedback I received from ohenryTim on a couple of the first images I posted.

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

I like the sense of community. We all have a common passion and it's great to share this with like-minded people.

What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

I like the feedback/critique sections the best.

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Participate!!! You can learn a lot by giving feedback, probably as much as getting feedback especially when it comes to the creative aspects of a photograph.

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

There are so many great people here it's hard to pick just one. I guess it would have to be Tim. He seems like such a good person and I'd like to ask him why he started the Corner.


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

I hope that people would see the part of me that went into the photographs I've taken.

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

I'd like to get good portraits of my three kids. I'm not much of a portrait photographer so it would be a challenge for me.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–03–18 16:51