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Best of ASMP 2019 Third Place Winner’s Profile – Howard Paul

By January 15, 2020March 12th, 2020Best of 2019, Contests

Denver, Colorado
Image © Howard Paul

Short-grass Prairie

Third Place – Personal/Self Promotion

ASMP: What was your inspiration for taking this photo?

Howard Paul: This scene appeared before me while sauntering about to exercise my eyes. I really did not see its beauty at the time; it was an “eh, this looks interesting” sort of image.

ASMP: What type of setting do you prefer?

HP: I am not, by any means, a landscape photographer as I have difficulty translating those three dimensions into two. However, on quiet days I look for scenes at this and another location that offers exquisite light and wide-open expanses.

ASMP: What type of lighting did you use for this image, series or video?

HP: This was natural, filtered sunlight.

ASMP: What other photographers’ or artists’ work inspires you?

HP: I have been greatly influenced by the B&W lighting of Emmet Bergholz, the director of photography on the 1960s era TV show “Combat!” as was Piet Mondrian and Albert Bierstadt.

ASMP: When did you join ASMP and what do you find most valuable about your membership?

HP: I joined ASMP in 2014, after being out of the business for many years, to get back up to speed on contracts, copyright, and liability. The proactive work on copyright is vitally important. As are the podcasts and other business-oriented information.

ASMP: What is the more important relationship you’ve formed through your ASMP membership?

HP: I have made very deep friendships with fellow photogs. Our Colorado chapter is a marvelous network of people dedicated to furthering our industry. We refer jobs and loan equipment to each other. The fear of competition NEVER arises among the regular attendees of our programs. Without this network of colleagues, my business growth would be less successful.

ASMP: What kind of gear do you use?

HP: I use Nikon bodies and glass, Photogenic monoblocs for studio lighting.

ASMP: What do you know now that you wish you had known when you first started your career as a photographer?

HP: Everything! Honestly, if ASMP Colorado had been as welcoming and outward-oriented when I completed school at Colorado Mountain College, my career would have been advanced 15 years faster.

ASMP: Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself and/or your work? Go ahead, surprise us with something unique and unusual.

HP: I have been a mountain rescue volunteer in the Colorado Rockies for more than 30 years and have a stock library of 14,000 images of emergency services.

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