Jim, What films do you use?

I have always used Kodak EPP-100 Color slide film and Fugi NPH 400 and 800 NPZ color print. All black and white is taken
with TRI-X 400 pushed to 800 ASA. Now I'm using a Nikon D300 digital camera for everything. When shooting 2 1/4 I still use Fugi film.

Do you develop your own film?

I develop all my own black and white film and use Kimbo Color Lab in San Francisco for my print film. I have my color slide film developed at San Francisco's New Lab.

What advise can you give someone just starting out taking photography?

I feel everyone has the potential be be a good photographer. I'm always learning and always reading about photography. I would suggest you learn using a manual camera as opposed to an automatic camera. This way, you will learn what you are doing, and will be able to adjust the amount of light exposing the film. I was taught in my early stages about both composition and perspective. I would suggest you learn the zone system by Ansel Adams as well.

What are some of the best Photography Schools or Institutes?

I'd say Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara or the San Francisco Art Institute. Although I learned at MacAteer High School and by trial and error.

What advise can you give someone just starting out in the industry?

You're only as good as your last photograph! Good Luck!

Who are some of your favorite photographers?

Ansel Adams, Jim Marshall, Tom O'Boyle, Herb Ritz and Annie Liebovitz. The list is endless.

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