David Harvey

About me

1. When did you start getting into photography?

I got into photography when I was about 15. I started out learning online, got a cheap camera and a lens (Nikon D80 and a 24-70 Tamron lens). Started looking at photos and trying to recreate them and that taught me a lot about my camera’s controls and how to manipulate the lighting to achieve the results I wanted.

2. Did you always want to be a photographer?

I grew up in a house where my dad was always holding a camera. It was an Olympus 35mm SLR. He would take pictures of me and we would wait until the film is over then wait even more to get it developed. I remember me being excited about seeing the pictures and how they turned out. My dad used to adjust the settings for me and tell me to hit the shutter button when I was 5. I grew a love for photography from an early age and that made me eager to do more with it.

Photo credit: Austin Dings Photography

3. What camera do you currently use? Or shoot with the most? And lens?

I currently own a Nikon D800 and a Nikon D7000. I also use Canon 5Ds for work. For lenses, I have a 70-200mm, 50mm, 85mm and some of the kit lenses I accumulated throughout the years. I mostly use the 70-200 at 2.8. I consider it one of my favorites. But I try to change the way I think from time to time and try something different like a 24mm or even an 18-105mm

4. How would you describe your photography style?

I try my best to look for photographs that were never taken before. I think how many photographers were here and took the exact same photo from the exact same angle and I try to avoid that and that gives my photos the uniqueness they have. I don’t think I can put my photography into a certain style because I shoot so many different styles. I shot products for companies, behind the scenes of TV shows, fashion shoots, weddings, corporate events even pets.

5. Favorite place you’ve ever shot?

I love San Fransisco. It was definitely one of my favorite cities to shoot at. The sketchy city vibe at night while feeling that you might lose all your camera equipment gives you a thrill that adds a layer of mystery to your photos. 

6. Coolest/funniest moment while shooting?

It’s always a running joke about how many parking structures we’ve gotten kicked out of. So far we’ve reached 182.

7. Did you go to school for photography or self-learn?

I’m a self-taught photographer. I always try to build my knowledge from fellow photographers in the field and experiment new concepts.