FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is different, special, or unique about Stephen Bruno Photography?
My photography is different in that I have specialized skills and knowledge in a variety of photographic areas rather than specialization in a single area. I bring this combined expertise to each diverse area from portraiture to wildlife and nature photography.
Who created and maintains your website?
I have created this website (with the occasional initial advanced technical assistance), and I have taken over the customizations and additions of content myself.
What methods of payment do you accept?
For your convenience, I accept Cash, Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Additionally, you can pay by PayPal and Google Check Out. Of course, I also accept prepayments by Check or Money Orders and Certified Checks. I apologize but I do not ship COD.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes I do. You may purchase gift certificates in whatever configuration you desire. I will prepare the handsome gift certificate with your name, indicating the amount of the gift and mail (or email) it to whomever want.
Do you have a business philosophy?
My business philosophy is to provide you photographic services that exceed your expectation.
What is the most rewarding part of your photography?
Regarding wildlife and nature, it is meaningful to me to feel the special bond of the wilderness. I especially feel honored to share a moment or longer with wildlife in their natural surroundings. Another privilege is taking human and animal portraits. Each of us has several novels worth of stories. My portraits present short stories that are my honor to share.
How do you view photography?
I recognize it as an art form and see myself as an artist.
Who are your favorite photographers?
A few of my favorites include Annie Leibovitz, Paul Strand, Margaret Bourke-White, Eve Arnold, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Bruno Morandi, Steve McCurry, David Duchemin, Ami Vitale, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Who were your early artistic influences?
M.C. Escher. I remember purchasing several Escher prints and attempting to reproduce his amazing drawings.
You offered me free prints from your website when I met you on one of your photo shoots. There must be some string attached right? Do you ask for donations or something?
No, the prints really are free. I would not accept a donation or other gift of gratitude for my prints that I offer as gifts. When I receive directions, locations of wildlife or other subjects, valuable information, quality conversation, or any other kindness I do offer free prints.
I met you in public taking pictures of something that is not on your web site. How do I purchase prints of these photos?
Send an e-mail to me with a detailed description providing:
• The approximate date
• The location
• What I was photographing that day
Do you accept speaking engagements about photography?
Yes, I do accept limited speaking engagements about photography depending on the engagement and for a pre-determined fee, which may include travel expenses.
to make an appointment.
Do you use filters?
I prefer photographing with natural light. I sometimes do use polarizing, graduated neutral density filters and others that help me record more accurately, what my eyes see.
What hardware do you use the most?
Nikon D4 camera.
Nikon D300 camera.
Sigma 50-500mm 4-6.3 telephoto lens.
Nikon 80-400mm VR 4.5-5.6G telephoto lens.
Nikon 70-300mm VR 4.5-5.6G telephoto lens.
Nikon 18.70mm 3.5-4.5G wide-angle lens.
Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 wide-angle lens.
Nikon SB-910 Autofocus Speedlight
What software do you use the most?
I use Photoshop CS6 the most, with several excellent plug-ins. I also use Photoshop Lightroom 4.4, Portrait Professional Studio 11, Perfect Photo Suite 7, and Image Rescue 4, among others.
What is your workflow?
I always shoot RAW. After each photo session is completed, I back up my unedited files. Using CS6 Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, and other software, I edit the images to record what I observed. Then I create backups of each finished set of files. My website provider (SmugMug) saves three copies of each posted image in several different states for security.
Do you provide stock images?
Yes, I offer licenses for the following stock images:
1. LICENSE FOR COMMERCIAL USE:
A Low-Res (1MPix), perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferable, worldwide license to use this image for permitted commercial advertising, promotion, brochures, packaging as part of a commercial website for promotional purposes (maximum 800x600pixels) use prints, posters, flyers, tear sheets for promotional purposes (not for resale) prints, posters, or other commercial display of image magazines, books, newspapers, other printed publications video, broadcast, and theatrical. See my Stock Images page for further information on Commercial licenses restrictions.
2. LICENSE FOR PERSONAL USE:
A non-exclusive perpetual personal-use only (non-commercial use for display on personal websites and computers, or making prints for personal use) license to download and copy Low-Res (1MPix), with restrictions listed on the Stock Images page.
Do you have a favorite photo?
Every shoot, I have a new favorite image.