SmugMug Corner #102: Howard Hull

It's Friday, which means it's time for another great photographer interview. This week, in our bi-weekly column "SmugMug Corner" sponsored by, we meet 73-year-young photographer Howard Hull. We've got 16 photographs of his below, along with a great interview. And for all those that think you need a fancy dSLR to take fantastic photos, learn from Howard - every single one of the beautiful photographs below were taken with a point-and-shoot camera!

Name: Howard Hull

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in southern California. I'm 73, married. My wife, Carol and I recently celebrated 40 years of bliss last December. We have a great son, Brian, who works in the IT field. I've been an insurance agent 30+ years and Carol works with handicapped kids as a part time teacher's aide. We both hope to retire in September, God willing.

What is your background/training in photography?

Nothing formal, just learning as I go. I've always had an artistic bent and I get to express it now through photography.

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

Well, I got a digital camera for Christmas in 2007. I've been enjoying photography ever since. I'd had a few cameras before but never really did much with them other than take a few pics on vacations and holidays. I think too, that the digital age has played a big part.

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

Nothing fancy. I currently have a Sony H50 point and shoot and a Canon S90, also a point and shoot. I generally always have both of them with me, the Canon in my pocket and the Sony in my car. I also have a tripod and monopod. I do think about a dSLR from time to time but aside from the cost, I really like the simplicity and convenience of my point and shoot cameras.

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

My favorite things to photograph would be found outdoors. I like nature, from macros to landscapes, and just about anything in between. There is nothing more beautiful than God's creation. There's beauty just about everywhere if you're looking for it.

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

I have to say the photographers of SmugMug. There's so much talent and variety there, really inspires me to keep learning and hopefully, improving my photos. I've especially enjoyed being part of the Daily Photo community.

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

I joined SmugMug in November 2008. I like just about everything about it. The the ability to customize, the ease of navigation, and all of the options available can't be beat. Also, customer support has been outstanding.

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 is just a great place to share photos, whether you're an amateur or professional. The inspiration and encouragement I get from the comments and work of others is tremendous. I think I've learned a lot and hopefully will keep on learning.

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

If you enjoy photography, just pick up your camera and start shooting. You don't need expensive equipment to take great photos. Join a photo site, like SmugMug. As mentioned above, the encouragement and help you'll get from others is so helpful. And last but not least, have fun!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–08–26 20:28
Categories: SmugMug Corner