SmugMug Corner #92: André Orso

The SmugMug Corner today (a little earlier than normal, I know), features André Orso - originally born and raised in Brazil, but currently living on the west coast of the United States. The interview below, along with 10 of his favorite photographs, should hopefully help get you through to the weekend. Enjoy!

Name: André Orso

Tell us a little about yourself.

André Orso, 42 yr. old. I was born and raised in Brazil, then moved to the United States in 1985 to attend High School as an exchange student. I am still here, living in Salem, Oregon. I have been a manager for DMV for about a year and a half. Before that, I used to work as a call center manager for T-Mobile.

What is your background/training in photography?

I took photography classes in college, back in the 90's. But mostly, I have learned from reading books, magazines, and from other photographers.

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

I can say about 30+ years. I got my first camera in 1975 when I was around 7 years old on a trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I begged my parents to buy me a KODAK camera I saw at a store, and they did. I still have this camera. But it wasn't until my adulthood that I was able to afford better equipment and take my hobby more seriously.

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

I shoot Nikon. If you were to look into my Lowepro camera bag, you would find: Nikon D300s (with my awesome SmugMug strap), Nikon DX AF-S 18-105mm, Nikon 80-200mm 1:2.8 D, Nikon 50mm 1:1.8 D, Nikon SB-600 Speedlight and diffuser, Gary Fong Pop-Up flash diffuser (Puffer), 8 GB CompactFlash and 4 GB SD memory cards, misc cleaning supplies, and filters. I also use a Camulet CK-7500 tripod with a Camulet grip. My backup camera is a Nikon D50 (my first dSLR) that my 6 year old son now uses as his camera. I would like to add another prime lens to my collection, maybe a 35mm.

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

I enjoy all sorts of photography, depending on my mood and the circumstances. I enjoy being outdoors, photographing sporting events, and sunsets at the Oregon coast. When I have my camera with me, I can find anything to photograph.

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

When I was younger, National Geographic Magazine photographers seemed to have the best jobs and photos in the world; their photos told stories. Without having to read anything, I could just look at a photo and it had a meaning, story behind it; I wanted to be able to do that with my photos. Now days, I get inspired when I look around and see God's creation. I still read photography magazines and books, but I get inspired when I spend time looking at other photographer's work in SmugMug and on the Internet. I also get inspired when I have a chance to go out with my sons and just spend time walking around, taking photos of different things. Each one of my three sons have a great eye for photography, and they all see things in different ways. But behind it all, I give credit to God.

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I have been with SmugMug for about 3 years now. I enjoy the ability to customize my page, and be able to set prices, coupons, etc. I feel supported by the SmugMug family, not only the photographers I have a chance to meet, but the people behind SmugMug, that make it a success. They are always looking for ways to better support us (photographers) with new features and options. Signing up with SmugMug was one of the best decisions I made for Orso Photography.

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

SmugMug has made it possible (and easy) to get my photos from my computer out in the world. I am a photographer, not a web developer. SmugMug has made it easy for me to create, manage, and customize my website, my photo galleries, and monitor statistics, sales, and etc.

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Never stop learning. Being a photographer is a learning journey. There is always something new to learn and try. Cameras are changing and we need to change with them. Also, never limit yourself or your abilities. Keep trying, researching, and always welcome any feedback you receive from other photographers. It is a great community of people who have this awesome passion to capture moments in time.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–04–08 09:43
Categories: SmugMug Corner