SmugMug Corner #98: Samuel Pierson

It's Friday (and Canada Day - Happy 144th Birthday Canada!), which means it's time for another "SmugMug Corner" photographer interview sponsored by (duh) - one of the Corner's best sponsors. This week we meet a science teacher from France, Samuel Pierson. We've got over a dozen photographs below: from rally cars, to landscapes, to sports. Enjoy the photos and the interview below, and to those in Canada & the USA (Happy Fourth of July on Monday!), enjoy the long weekend!

Name: Samuel Pierson

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Sam. I'm 32 years old and I live in France (near Verdun, a town famous for its WWI battlefields) and I currently work as a science teacher.

What is your background/training in photography?

I have no special background in photography; I followed no courses... I just read articles, mainly on the web, and watch other photographer's works. The main way to improve my skills is then experimenting a lot.

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

I got my first camera (a Kodak disc thing) when I was 7 but I actually (re)discovered photography when the digital SLRs became cheaper, about 4 years ago...

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

I'm an Olympus shooter: I currently use an E30 and an E520 with the following Zuiko digital lenses: 50-200 mm F2.8/3.5 swd, 50 mm F2.0 macro and 14-54 mm F2.8/3.5.

I'd like to add a little more reach on both ends with the 7-14mm and the combo 150mm F2.0 & Teleconverter x2. I may dream about the 90-250mm F2.8 but this will probably remain a sweet dream.

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

At first I did a lot of landscapes but I'm doing more and more sports: soccer where I have to shoot from the stands and rally races. A friend of mine took me there once I soon became addicted. Capturing colorful race cars in sometimes beautiful landscape is really interesting and challenging.

Beside sports, I really like old and abandoned places or houses even just old stones to get some spooky or macabre mood. That's why I also take a lot of old churches (there are quite a few interesting and really old ones all around).

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

I love the work of Pascal Huit on world rally championship pictures because he captures the race in such a different way. He's not just capturing the cars in motion.

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

I joined SmugMug 5 years ago to share photos with my friends and family. I now own a pro account that let me sell a few pictures and add a watermark on them. I still like the ability to keep some galleries unlisted yet easy to share with friends.

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...

Being part of the Daily photo community has helped me a lot to improve my skills for 3 years now by getting new ideas of subjects as well as processings. It also makes me train on a regular basis.

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

Experiment, experiment and experiment!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–07–01 17:40
Categories: SmugMug Corner