Hello everyone! Thanks for taking a look at this revival episode of my Artist Showcase series. I ran this series originally between 2014 and 2015 to highlight some outstanding community members and give you a peek into their galleries and artistic lifestyles. In recent months, I've been thinking about how to revamp the series to make it more personal and relevant. I hope to publish at least two of these per month going forward! I've had the chance to meet some really fantastic deviants with this series and watch them evolve into some very recognizable community members today.
It has always been important to me to recognize artists who are up-and-coming on DA. So I am revamping the core idea of the Artist Showcase series. I'll be focusing on community members who may still be considered undiscovered in an effort to well... help them a bit further on their path to discovery, woo!
This series isn't possible without your involvement! From the beginning, I have sought out and depended upon you to send me suggestions of artists who deserve more recognition for their work. So please continue to send me usernames for the series by sending me a note on DA! And share this episode in your status updates... Help expose these artists to more people!
For this first revival episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nikonfinest
, a photographer from the Pacific Northwest who was suggested to me by RMS-OLYMPIC
! Their gallery immediately appealed to me with their bright colors and apparent love of nature photography (call me biased, perhaps? hehe). Let's dive in!
Who is Nikonfinest? Tell us all about yourself!Nikonfinest: Hello, my name is Cody A. (Nikonfinest), I am a student photographer from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As of now my photography is just a hobby, but as a high school student I hope in the future I can make it a profession. My biggest dream is to be a photojournalist, and that dream is getting more and more real with all of the love and support I have received here.
How did you first get started in the art you're doing today? What motivates you to keep going?Nikonfinest: The road to being the photographer that I am today is one that is quite unusual. When I was 7 years old I got my very first camera, and a couple years later at the age of 11, I invested in little bit better one, till finally at the age of 13 I got my first professional camera. This camera that I got, is the one that I still have today actually, a Nikon D3100. When I first picked up a camera I knew that it was what I was supposed to do, and perhaps that's why I started taking photos as such a young age. I would have to say what motivates me to keep going is truly all of the support I get on this wonderful website, everyone is always so kind and inspires me. I have also found that I receive some of the best advice on this site as well! As I said before, all of this support really encouraged me to pursue a career in photography so I hope one day I can become a photojournalist, and do what I love.
How did you first discover DeviantArt and what keeps you here in the community?Nikonfinest: I first discovered Deviantart from my sister yallcor actually who is a great artist, she actually told be that it was a really great community, and inspired me to put my artworks on this site, I am so glad I did! My favorite part of Deviantart would have to be the people! All of my watchers are awesome, and such great artists!I am involved in Deviantart outside of posting artworks. I actually am Co-founder of a couple of groups, and try to suggest DD’s whenever possible. I also try and comment on nearly every one of my watchers works, when I am not busy, to try and spread of of the joy that initially got me interested in this site. Finally, I try and donate points to artists who need it, or artists who inspire me greatly.
What are your "tools of the trade"? What type of materials/equipment/software do you use?Nikonfinest: My tools of the trade include my Nikon D3100, various Vivitar macro lenses, Nikkor lenses, and a tripod, nothing too fancy. I also use different types of software such as google Nik software for editing. However, there are always a myriad of different items that I use to create different pieces, this can range from a Candy Cane, to Christmas lights, you never know.
Could you tell us a little about what went into creating this piece?
Nikonfinest: The piece you mentioned “EXPLOSION” had a lot of different concepts that went into making it. Mainly, it was a matter of luck, as I was taking a stroll through my garden and captured this bit of frost hanging on to a stem. It was also hard trying to get my macro lenses focused on the frost perfectly as well Probably the most work that went into creating this piece was the editing, and getting the focus and coloring just how I wanted it.
What is something you know now that you wish you had known when first starting out?Nikonfinest: To simply read the directions of my camera more thoroughly, and to watch all the education videos possible about the inner workings of a camera. If I had done this I think I would have improved much quicker and had a better understanding, and connection with my photography. This is definitely my biggest advice to someone starting out, and something I wish I had known, no matter how simple it is.
Thank you for your time, Nikonfinest! Can't wait to see what lies ahead in your artistic journey!