About

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL LANDRY:

Hi.  I’m Paul.  I’m a photographer who is drawn to line and shape and color and texture, and loves capturing that “special moment,” and blah, blah, blah…  Ugh!

Truth is, I’m a professional software engineer and amateur (or enthusiast) photographer.  Some might call me an “advanced” amateur1, some might call me a “rank” amateur, but most would likely call me a goofball.  Oh well…

As you can tell from this site, while I am a professional software developer, I am clearly not a WordPress developer and very clearly not an expert at WordPress optimization!

Anyway, hopefully you’ll find something here that you enjoy.  But please, don’t use my photographs without permission, I mean, in the unlikely event you’re inclined to… thanks.


CONTACT:

I encourage you to send me your comments, but be forewarned: if you simply tell me just how crappy a photographer I am, well, I just might not respond. 😉

You can address correspondence to:  paul (at) paullandry (dot) net


THE FRUGAL PHOTOGRAPHER:

We all know that gear doesn’t make the photographer, or, as I like to say, if you can’t consistently make really good photographs on entry- or mid-level gear, then you’re not going to make great photographs on even the most expensive gear.  Granted, I like to say that because I happen to own anything but the most expensive, advanced gear, but I think we can all agree that it’s true, at least in principle.

Maybe it’s because I’m a bit of a musician myself, or maybe it’s just that I’m a longtime raconteur, but I like to recount the story of Ted Nugget and Eddie Van Halen’s guitar rig.  As legend has it2, when Van Halen’s first album was released in 1978 they wound up on tour opening for Ted Nugent.  Ted, standing side-stage one day during a Van Halen sound check, was apparently quite impressed by Eddie’s playing and sound, and later asked to play through Eddie’s guitar rig.  When he did, of course, Ted Nugget suddenly sounded just like… well, himself.  No gear, in and of itself, can make you sound like Eddie Van Halen, and no gear, in and of itself, can make you shoot like (insert name of your favorite photographer here).  ’nuff said.

Suffice it to say that while I don’t own any gear that could be described as the latest, greatest or most advanced, I do make every effort to make the most out of the gear I do own.  I make every effort to really know my camera, lenses, lights, and modifiers inside and out, in order that I might be able to squeeze every ounce of performance out of what I have.  That’s not to say that I’m always successful, but I am always trying, always thinking (photographers are, after all, problem solvers).

Regardless, in the unlikely event anyone is interested, here’s a listing of the various and sundry gear that I use regularly.

  • Gear:
    • Camera Bodies
      • Nikon D810
      • FujiFilm X-T2
    • Lenses
      • Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4
      • Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5—5.6
      • Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.8
      • Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4
    • Stabilization
      • Induro Tripod, Alloy 8M, AT-213 with Induro Ballhead, BHD1
      • Induro Monopod, Alloy 6M, AM14, with Kirk Enterprises Arca-Swiss quick release clamp
      • L-brackets and mounting plates by Kirk Enterprises and Really Right Stuff
    • Lights
      • Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash
      • AlienBees B800 Strobe (x3)
    • Light Modifiers
      • Westcott Apollo Softbox, 28″
      • Westcott Apollo Softbox, 50″
      • Westcott Pro Signature Large Softbox, 3′ x 4′
      • 60″ convertible umbrella (x2)
      • Barndoors and grids for AlienBees (x2)
    • Computer and Software
      • Apple 13″ MacBook Pro (with 24″ external monitor)
      • Apple Mac Mini (with 35″ external monitors (x2))
      • Adobe Creative Cloud:
        • Lightroom CC
        • Lightroom Classic CC
        • Photoshop CC
        • Bridge CC
      • Pixelmator / Pixelmator Pro

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1 I mean, maybe—it could happen…
2 I remember reading this story in, I don’t know, maybe Guitar Player magazine, when I was a kid.


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