If you want to see images that make our world look it’s best, you’ll want to see Toby’s magnificent portfolio. He doesn’t stay confined to one genre, instead looking at making the best possible images of the world around him.
“I don’t think I have one particular style. And I don’t think I ever want one. But only time will tell. I like to shoot a lot of things in a lot of different ways. For example, look at my Modern Series vs my vivid landscapes and sunsets. At the same time I feel I am adapting my landscape work into its own style which would work closer with my Modern style. One reason I don’t love having one style is because I feel every situation deserves its own personality.
“Right now I am focusing a lot on aerial photography- more on cities, but want to get into some other areas to build up didn’t categories. It isn’t a cheap hobby, but it definitely has a lot of reward and thrill. I just can’t get over how much I feel in love with flying.
“One of my favorite things oddly enough is surf photography, though. I haven’t shot in the water with housings but I am just happy with shooting from land! I like adding my own touch to my surf collections though, this is where my Modern process really comes to life, especially when I am doing long exposure panning with the surfers.”
“In short, I started creating because I love it and can’t stop. I feel as if I have been creating my whole life. It is what I have always loved to do. I never was the school type and struggled my way through high school and college. From ceramics classes to photography, art distracted me from my core studies throughout school. I knew deep down art was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When I started learning more about photography and post processing, I fell in love. Being able to create an image and include aspects that may not be real is a powerful way to express my artistic vision.”
Toby pulls a lot of his inspiration from the internet, which helps him stay fluid in his work. “If it is popular and the editors choice sections on 500px, Instagram, or just browsing every other random websites; I tend to find a lot of inspiration online these days.” But he doesn’t rely solely on the internet, remembering that The City is full of amazing sights that can really get the creative juices flowing. “I find inspiration from my surroundings. Walking around San Francisco or driving all over the west coast, I get distracted looking for new perspectives to create unique imagery. Living in San Francisco, the weather doesn’t always play nice, but it does, there are so many beautiful opportunities and places to shoot!”
“My main goal with photography has always been and will always be to just enjoy it, to get outside and enjoy nature and vast urban land and cityscapes. The goal of doing it for myself and not for the money. My goal is to get better with every shot, to find something new, to create something different. Right now I am focusing a lot of aerial photography. I have flown a bunch in San Francisco, once in New York City and would love to get over every other city and beyond. I think a long term goal though would be opening a gallery and getting more into Fine Art, I know that is a difficult market to succeed in, but you can’t succeed in anything if you don’t try.”
Tobys Favorite Gear
Kessler Shuttle Pod Mini
Goal Zero Bolt Flashlight
Fieldtrip Jerky – because you always have to have jerky with you!
Tobys Advice to Emerging Photographers
“You want to separate yourself from the rest. Try not to go out and shoot the same things that everyone else is shooting, but don’t let that hold you back from going to the same location. Because even if you are stuck with the same locations, make it your goal to do something different with that location every time you go.”
“Another thing I really like to teach people is not to be afraid to fail, because if you don’t you won’t know how to succeed. The latest and greatest equiptment is not going to make you a better photographer. Yes, there are times where you will eventually need better high ISO capabilities or more megapixels to fit client requests. But just know, the stuff may be cooler but not necessarily better for you!”
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