Spotlight: Q & A with Michael Ericson, photographer
Michael Ericson, sophomore marketing major, has methodically honed the craft of photography since immersing himself in the world of lenses, external flashes and tripods nearly three years ago.Now working as a freelance photographer, Ericson uses his keen eye for detail and photo composition to capture moments around Georgia College, Milledgeville and beyond. The Colonnade recently talked with Ericson to uncover what exactly makes the man behind the lens tick.
Q: When did you first become interested in photography, and how did you cultivate your talent?
A: I started photography as my senior project in high school. All seniors had to do 100 hours of a project, and I ended up with over 150 because I got tired of counting hours past the requirement. I improved my photography with all the time I spent taking photos and learning new tips and tricks from the Internet.
Q: Since attending Georgia College, how has your photography work improved or changed?
A: Since I made it to GCSU I have found more people to photograph in order to improve my photos. Recently, I have begun working as a freelance photographer.
Q: What are your favorite subjects to shoot and why?
A: I always love to photograph the beauty of women — the difficulty of capturing the perfect shot with the chance of anything being off at the slightest. You must master the lighting, posing, camera settings and more to get it just right.
Q: What are your organized photo walks, and how can GC students become more involved in them?
A: I set up a group called the Milledgeville Photography Walk Group on Facebook. I set up this group to organize photo walks on weekends and some weekdays for near-by photographers to join together and explore the surrounding area. I’ve been having trouble getting an event going, but if we can get more people and admins working at creating events, then we can make this a big event for photographers.
Q: What advice would you give to budding photographers who would like to hone their photography skills?
A: You must take all the photos that you can, as much as you can. If you have an idea for a photo, take it immediately. And if you want to learn without taking photos, then look at the many photography blogs and websites like fstoppers.com and Digital Photography School.