Since 1984, D.A.Wagner has worked with digital technology, first as an award-winning commercial photographer (some of the work you see here) and now as “Lightroom Guy,”a travel photographer, private photography coach and blogger.
In addition to decades of professional photography experience, he spent 10 years at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor. He’s one of only 240 Adobe Certified Lightroom Experts worldwide and teaches Lightroom (and photography!) like few others, with an easy style and sense of humor.
I scrapped 20 years of work to build this new “still life” portfolio. As a guideline, I very loosely committed myself to Richard Avedon’s, “Series of No’s” to simplify my work down to a few essentials: simple lighting, simple composition and execution.
Using an Arduino-based Camera Axe*, I capture liquids with high-speed strobe as they pass through a laser beam. Unlike trial and error captures, this process always triggers flash and camera at just the right millisecond in time. The water is unpredictable, the timing impeccable.
Before I started shooting digital photography, I hand made props and sets, shooting multiple exposures using multiple large-format film cameras to create my special effects images. In ’84, I got my first computer and never looked back. Today, my work production techniques are complex, but the results are simple, elegant visuals, often using the techniques learned from the analog days.
I start and end every day with food, so why not shoot it?
Since becoming “Lightroom Guy,” I’ve started traveling around the world to explore possibilities for my future travel workshops.