What is your name and what do you do?
My Daniel Williams III and I am a landscape/portrait/event photographer, hoping to expand to as many different types of photography as possible.
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I am born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and relocated to Suffolk, Virginia. Virginia is a beautiful diverse place. The balance that Hampton Roads offer is a gift to any photographer. When I want to do a downtown shoot, I go to downtown Norfolk where I can get the tall building intercity scene. If I want to do more of a rural shoot, Suffolk is full of beautiful countryside. I am also surrounded by water and amazing beaches. Furthermore, there are great winters, falls, and summers. The options are endless for any type of landscape or portrait picture.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
Photo albums are what initially got me shooting. I used to love making photo albums. A lot of the times to get more pictures in my photo albums, I would actually have to take the pictures. I think I might have every yearbook from 1st to 12th grade. I love pictures. However, what took me to the next phrase to want to do this professionally is photo editing. One day I received a new photo editing software and starting playing with it. I would edit and upload some pictures of my friends, family, and scenery on Facebook. I was getting good feedback on them so I kept doing it, and after a few years’ people started asking for me to take pictures of their events.
Explain what does an average day look like for you?
The average day for me is pretty bland and boring. It pretty much consists of me riding around with my camera looking for something to take a picture of. Now when I have a photo shoot or an event planned that is when it gets a little more interesting. I would wake up; make sure my camera is empty and charged. I will pack everything I need in my bag. I will get there early and take a look around. I will run through a few shots in my mind before everything starts. Once everything is over, I rush back upload everything onto my computer and start editing. Unfortunately, that is an average interesting day for me.
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
The number one thing I watch for inspiration is other photographers on YouTube. There are so many excellent photographers on YouTube; I just like to watch them work. I also look at a lot of Facebook and Instagram. I find quite a few of my locations from the many outstanding photographers that post pictures around my area.
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
Though I never was a Navy Seal, their famous quote is the one I live by. “The only easy day was yesterday”. For me it sets my expectation for every day. I know I’m always going to have to work harder than what I did yesterday in order to get to where I want to be and stay there.
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I have recently changed over from Canon to Sony. Therefore, I am in the process or rebuilding my inventory. I was using the T3 Rebel, believe or not; however, when doing photo shoots I realized I need something that could focus quicker. I have upgraded to the Sony A9, which I have found out that I really like the mirrorless technology. I have a Godox softbox. As for lenses, I am currently using the Sony 50mm 1.8.
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I think I might get the most positive feedback from my landscape pictures. What I like most about landscape pictures is just going somewhere nice and enjoying the scenery and weather. It is great do just sit and enjoy all the beautiful things around you. However, I really enjoy just shooting in general. To be able to capture something great and share it with others is a great feeling.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Top 3 is a tough one for me. I really listen to a lot of music. I would have to say Drake – Views; I really like the tempo changing from slow singing to rapping. The more emotions in the music, the more point of views I can see while looking at a single subject. The Best of Jeffrey Osborne, I can’t explain it just takes me to a calming more focused place. The last one is Bruno Mars – 24k Magic. I play it all the way though, it just keeps me going.
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
I really follow and admire a lot of photographers. My top 3 are Jessica Kobeissi, Manny Ortiz, and Jason Lanier. They have superb YouTube channels. I am pretty sure I seen the majority of their YouTube videos. I also follow a lot of amazing photographers on Instagram. I do not know all of their names but Tony Smith Jr, Alex Yerena, Shanel Smith, Tolar Parker, Imstillrich, Quinton Lover Productions, Daniel George, Fotomephotography, Shiino Photography, Jeff Wermers, Farinde John, and Devin Scorpiolibra182 just to name a small sample.
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting? (besides shooting more)
Never be scare to try something new; always be willing to step out of your comfort zone.
Random Question: What is your favorite show on Netflix right now?
The funny thing is I am always watching a TV Show on Netflix. Right now it’s the Defenders. The way Marvel planned and outlined the whole infinity stones series is how I would like to plan my whole Photography career. I have never seen anything like it.
What is next for you?
More of everything, I am just going to keep shooting as much as possible. I am truly ready for any opportunity that comes my way.
Where can people find you?
People can find me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter all under DW3Photography.