Meet ViewBug community member jamiemacisaac, a self trained photographer based out of Kirkland, Washington. He's been taking photos for most of my life but did not really start exploring the different facets of it until 2010.

"I had a small point and shoot camera like most people did before the advent of the cell camera. I was always bothered that when i was trying to shoot someone or something in movement it was blurry or not very sharp, i always thought i was just too darn shaky. I came to realize it wasn’t me it was the camera and in particular shutter speed. I started to delve into how to solve this problem which is very simple once I figured it out after that I was hooked. I started reading books and doing alot of research online. I started out making books to take into the field with me. I would get out there with my camera and go step by step through the book until I had it down. My first book was all about shutter speed and slowing down water to give it the silky look. After a few months of practice I made an aperture book and went through the same process. My last book was both aperture and shutter speed combined or what is better known as manual mode. From there it has been a lot of practice in the field."

These are 3 quick tips I’d like to share with fellow photographers:

1. Study, study, study. Whether it be in a book, online, tutorials etc… Yes getting out and shooting is just as important but I really think it helps to know what you want to do and study the heck out of it.

2. Take time to enjoy the environment you are in while shooting. Take time and look around, go up the forest service road, head down that hidden path to who knows? the best shot may not be the one you have seen 100 times before but the new one you just found and are about to shoot.

3. Don’t worry so much about gear. You can take a good photo regardless of what you use.   

I love photography because:

Photography has been a savior for me. Before I picked up a camera I had not traveled anywhere since I was a child. Right around the age of 8, I started to experience anxiety which over the years progressed into agoraphobia. In my twenties, there was a long period in which I was not able to leave my house as I was consumed with fear of the outside world. It was a very dark time. In 2009, I came across with a photo online, it was of a waterfall in Iceland. I was struck by the beauty of it. I realized then, that I really had to see it in person. How was I going to travel to Iceland? It was a very ridiculous notion at the time as there was no way that the anxiety was going to let me. Within a week of seeing the photo of Iceland I bought a Sony a100 and began to study landscape photography. I made up a very basic book of what I wanted to practice, it started with shutter speed. I took my first small trip up to Leavenworth, Washington in the dead of winter and very nervously forced myself to walk a quarter mile down to the edge of the Wenatchee river. I set up my camera on my tripod and just sat in the snow and studied my shutter speed book. It all melted away!!! I had been so enthralled with the camera and studying my shutter speed book that my anxiety disappeared. That was the very moment that I realized this is what is going to liberate me from this thing that has had a grip on me for most of my life.

My camera lets me:

Show others the beauty in the world. Whether it is a bright gorgeous sunset or a stormy rain soaked scene, there is a magic there if you allow yourself to see it.

I find inspiration when:

I am outside, there is a lot of to be inspired by living in the pacific northwest. I also find inspiration in others photo’s. There have been a ton of photos, everything from amateur to pro that have inspired me.

One of the photos I am most proud of is:

The Icelandic house because I wasn’t even going to stop to shoot it because it was midday and before I got there it was bright and clear out which at noon usually doesn’t make for great light. I figured screw it let’s just go check it out and wait to see if anything develops. If nothing else it is a pretty spectacular place to just hang out and take it in. When I got there a mild storm was passing by which gave it a great mood and the light was actually decent. I really liked the reflections and how the sun was hitting the house.

My favorite place to shoot is:

Oregon because it is only a few hours from me and there are so many places to shoot from the gorge to the coast and a million places in between. Plus it never seems like there are a massive amount of photos in one place. Most of the time on the coast you have the place to yourself. Not so much with the gorge but what do you expect that place is pretty incredible.

One of my favorite photos on ViewBug is "Narnia":

It makes me feel inspired, it has a kind of lord of the rings feel to it if that makes any sense. It feels like I am in a far off land of ice with some mystical ice princess. Not only that, the angle it is shot at is very good. Letting us see the top of the icicles and dropping down to the princess and the floor. It is a great composition.

My favorite lens is:

The Nikon 16-35. It is sharp, deals with flare very well and I can throw filter on if needed I know, everyone likes the 14-24 and it is a spectacular lens. I just can’t deal with the flare on it. I like shooting into the sun and the 14-24 is terrible with flare. The 16-35 flare if much better and the sunstar on it is great.  It is slightly soft in the edges but it doesn’t bother me.

My favorite item in my camera bag is:

Right now, I am really enjoying my infrared camera.

If I could shoot one dream location it would be:

The bridges formed by roots of trees in India because it is mind blowing how they do it and I would love to see it in person some day.