Sunday, May 24, 2015

Featured Artist: Salty Air Creations

Featured Artist: Kelly Elliot
from Salty Air Creations

Tell us about yourself and your business.  

I am completely self  taught, other than learning from my peers and Youtube tutorials! I shoot mainly nature and animals.

Where are you located?  
I am located on Canada's east coast, in New Brunswick.

Who or what inspires your art?  
Mother Nature inspires my art! Dreamy golden light. Majestic horses. Goofy dogs. Flowers after a rain. The world around me is magical.

What do you love most about photography?  
I love creating. I  love being able to take a photo of something completely boring or ordinary, and giving it a fresh new perspective.

Describe your style in 2 words. 
Completely unpredictable.

Tell us about your specialization or what subjects you prefer to shoot.  

I prefer to shoot nature and horses. Animals in general but after I took my first horse photo a few years ago, I knew I found my place.

What do you do to jolt your creativity when it’s running low?
I look to other photographers for inspiration if I feel my creativity is running low. All I have to do is go onto my newsfeed and see all the breath-taking talent...or heading over  to any of the photography groups I am a part of. Otherwise, I MAKE myself pick up my camera,  and shoot. Whether I feel like it or not. I've created some of my favorite images that way.
What’s in your camera bag?  

Oh dear, well I do think I need a bigger one, it is bulging and the seams are coming undone?! I have my Nikon D3100 body in there, my 18-55 kit lens (which maybe I should just take out..I never use it?!), my 55-300 5.6, my 50 mm 1.8, which I only use for freelensing, my 35mm 1.8, several filters, lens pen, a USB cable, my remote shutter, battery charger, pen, paper, my Fiske's lip balm, and a heavy bag of change for some reason.

What are your Top 3 must haves when shooting.  
I must have my creative eye, my camera in raw format and my Adobe PSCC for post processing.

Share a fun fact about yourself with the readers.  
I think I am allergic to wasps. A couple years ago I was swarmed when I stepped in a nest and lost my boot and sock smack dab in the middle of the hive. Along with the usual barrage of stings on my legs, I had one huge welt that was in the shape of a pentagon and it stayed on my leg for 2-3 months. Not photography related but maybe I should of taken a picture..

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who would he/she be? 
 I am not much for famous people, and if I could photograph anyone in  the world, I would have to choose my beautiful niece who lives on the opposite end of the country now. I may get to see her once a year, if at all, and whenever we do see each other, we always have to do a photoshoot. She is so much fun, so patient when I want to try new things, even though it is usually the middle of winter when she is here, and we always have a great time.

Natural light or artificial?  
Natural all the way!

What impact does photography have on your family life?  
It doesn't, really. My other half works away a week or more at a time, and we have no kids except or furry and hooved ones, so I have lots of time to shoot what I want, when I want.

What’s your most important artistic tool besides your camera?  
My brain. That's where my visions are stored.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since started photography?  
I have learned that I need to align myself with artists who inspire me, and are supportive. People can tear your work apart so fast and while constructive criticism is important, it is never ok to be cruel. That being said, I have learned to shoot from the heart. Whether others like it or not. If it makes me happy, I will do it. And that is when I feel the most at peace.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting their journey in the photography world? 
Never, ever stop learning. You will never know enough. Never plateau and say you are comfortable with where you're at. There is always, always room to improve.


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