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Nathaniel Young Purdue University

"My journey into landscape photography was not intentional..."

Tell us about yourself!

Hi everyone! I am from California, but I go to school at Purdue and am studying computer science. My passion lies in photography (landscapes are my favorite) and is how I use the Adobe Creative Cloud applications the most.

My journey into landscape photography was not intentional as I started using the Creative Cloud applications for my graphic design and school video projects in high school; however, after a trip to Yosemite, I started working at getting better at both taking and editing photos. The following year, I traveled to London and then Hong Kong, and I continued to practice my techniques while borrowing my mom’s camera. Slowly over the years, I have worked to refine my skills to capture those fleeting moments of light, magical colors, and beautiful atmospheric conditions.

One of my creative projects I have been working on recently is my blog which I have just launched this summer. In my blog, I am sharing the stories and adventures behind some of my photos. You can read more about it HERE.

Golden Gate Bridge Sunset | Sony Alpha a7 II + 24-70mm f/4 @ 51mm, f/16, ISO 100, 30 sec x2

Based on your experiences, do you have any professional advice or tips for other ambassadors looking to further their professional or creative careers?

First off, be open to learning new techniques and experimenting with new ideas. There is so much that you can learn about yourself and the things you like by just trying to do something new. In addition, there are a lot of people out there in your field that you can learn from or draw inspiration from. After learning and drawing inspiration from others, you need to go practice those techniques. The knowledge that you learn is no good if you do not go out and practice it. So, always keep improving your craft! Secondly, creating specific goals will help keep you focused on accomplishing the things you want to do. In addition, breaking up those goals into smaller steps is a good way to keep the task at hand more manageable. Lastly, pursue the things that you are passionate about because it will show in the quality of work you create.

"The knowledge that you learn is no good if you do not go out and practice it."
Last Light at Half Dome | Sony Alpha a7 II + 24-70mm f/4 @ 70mm, f/8, ISO 100, 1/15 sec

What are some tools or apps you can't live without when it comes to productivity or creativity that some people may not know about?

I use Lightroom Classic and Photoshop for editing my photos; I also use Premiere Pro and After Effects for editing video. In addition to those, I use LRTimelapse for editing timelapses which integrates really well with Lightroom Classic. While most people probably have heard of all these applications before, some people might not realize the importance of checking the weather conditions before going out to take photos outdoors. The PhotoPills app can help you plan for where the sun/moon/stars are in your frame at any given time. In addition, looking at a radar map for cloud cover or looking at tide height charts can also be very useful tools. Also, looking at a photo stream from a webcam located near where you are planning to go shoot can be very helpful too.

As far as hardware goes for photographers, an Acra Swiss quick release plate is truly the best way to attach your camera to various tripods or gimbals. Also, an intervalometer is one of my most used accessories as it allows me to set up timelapses in addition to trigger my camera without accidently shaking it. On the editing side, a fast SSD (or multiple if you can afford it) is seriously a must have especially as you start working on bigger and bigger files.

"...pursue the things that you are passionate about because it will show in the quality of work you create."
City Above the Clouds | Sony Alpha a6000 + Tokina 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, f/16, ISO 100, 1/100 to 1/4000 sec (5 shot exposure blend)

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