Corner Member Close Up: Sharna Lee

It's Friday, which means it's time for another Corner Member Close Up. This week we meet Sharna, one of the self-proclaimed "refugee's" from "that other site." ;) She's one of the newer, more active members of the Corner, and it's great to learn a little more about her. Enjoy the interview, along with 20 of her favorite photos!

Name: Sharna Lee
Username: Sharna


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Sharna and I live in a small town North of Los Angeles called Palmdale, California where I was born and raised.

What does your username mean?

It's my actual name. My grandmother used to say it sounded like an Egyptian Princess, she may be right. :)

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

I was probably in my early teens. I was going through pictures at my sisters birthday party that were my dads and a lot of my first pictures were in there. They sucked! LOL

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

I'm a very shy person but behind the camera I'm not shy. So I think that is why I love to take pictures so much.

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

I've always loved photography but when I got injured I needed something to occupy my time so in 2006 my husband bought me my first dSLR and I never put it down.

What is your background/training in photography?

I am mostly self taught but I have to give credit to my fellow forum refugee's. If not for their honesty and kindness I'd still be lost. :)


What was your very first camera?

My first camera was a P/S - an HP I believe.

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

Canon XTi, Canon 40D, and Canon 7D *I'm done buying camera's* The XTi will belong to my daughter soon. Canon lenses ranging from 18 to 400mm mostly cheaper ones. My favorite is my 28-105. Canon 430 EX, Canon 430 EX II, 2 Pocket Wizard Flex TT5's, Alien Bees 800, Various stands and background stuff.

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?

Yuck! I guess it would have to be the 50mm. I could make that work for portraits and for landscape.

Bonus Questions

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

Not that I can remember. I always try to tell exactly how I do an image so that the new photographer can learn as well.

Do you like your photos most of the time or dislike them most of the time? Why do you think that is?

I didn't at first but lately I really do. I would like to get better and that takes time and practice so that's what I'm doing.

Have you ever taken the EXIF/exposure info from any of the critiques and tried it yourself?

Absolutely! That's how we learn right? :)

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

I am a photographer who can't paint so it's a matter of what you do. I am sure painters could take pictures if they really wanted it just takes practice.

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

My favorite place is Venice Beach, California, because it's full of interesting people. My favorite subject is my daughter. Because I want to record her growing up.

You are given a dream assignment to photograph one location in the world. Where/what would it be? When would you shoot it? Why that place and that time?

Hawaii. Probably the beach. I'd shoot it in the morning. Because morning light is the best IMO.

You are given a dream assignment to choose one person in the world that you can photograph. Who would you choose? Where would you photograph him/her? Why that person and setting?

Steven Tyler!!! Because he's one of the sexiest men alive *besides my husband of course* and I'd shoot him anywhere and any time. *sigh*

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

My photographic influences include my father, and a lot of the refugee's from that other website because their works have inspired me to do better. That their work is so amazing. Color, clarity, and composition.

What are your goals for your photography?

I aspire to be a Pro. And make money to heal my broken ego.

What photo did you take that you are the most proud of up to this point in your photographic journey?

I had a chance to shoot Jay Leno in his private garage. What a rush!

What was your most embarrassing moment while taking pictures?

I was shooting pictures while my husband was fishing when he called me to come take a picture of this fish he just caught. So I hurried toward where he was and my legs gave out and I went down. But... I held my camera over my head so it wouldn't get hurt and landed on my face. Well a truck was driving by and they all were laughing at the site of me. I had a big clump of grass on my chin. But... My camera was safe. :D

What was the most dangerous thing (or worst thing) you ever did to get 'The Shot'?

I was shooting for the local news paper at the race track. There's a spot called the oval track and I was in the center. All of a sudden a car spun out of control and headed straight for me. This happened twice so I asked the track photographer if I could go out of the middle. I was so shaken up but I got the shot I needed for the paper.

What do you do with your photographs?

Mostly just for myself. I do however take portraits and sell them on occation and I use some for competitions too.

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

What keeps you hanging around the Corner?

My fellow refugee's from that other site.

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

The photo sharing section. It's where I learn.

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Practice, Practice, Practice. Post pictures in the critique section and don't be too thin skinned. The critique is meant to help you learn and grow.

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?

Spicoli. Where do you hide the bodies after Halloween? :D No, seriously, jaharris1001, How he gets such amazing sharpness in his macro shots.


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

My winning personality, smile, and my kindness. And my racing images. :D

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

A family portrait. I'd want my family to remember us how we were together. :D

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–07–08 15:47