Today we’d like to introduce you to Earl Wilson.
Hi Earl, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My journey with photography started in 2008 at San Diego City College. I started taking basic black and white photography classes which helped me understand the camera and lens. After about a year, I jumped the gun and bought a canon rebel XSI. I started asking people at work and through MySpace to model for me. It worked but my work suffered because I didn’t have the right mindset and I didn’t understand lighting in photography. I went back to San Diego City College and took intro to digital photography and a Portrait Lighting course which helped my work in the photo studio.
The impact of Instagram photography humbled me and inspired me. I started looking into event photography and learned fast that was not my lane, especially with work and my hobby of running which both took most of my attention and time.
In 2017 I bought a Canon 6D and that got me back out doing photos. Then I deployed and when I returned the photography in San Diego was blooming. It took me some time to get back out there. I think one of my first photo jobs was doing my brother’s engagement photos. I kept shooting and finding people to collaborate with and then I started traveling to LA. But then the pandemic happened and now currently I enjoy spending my photo time with SD Walkabouts and Beers and Cameras San Diego.
I’m still leaning and Developing as a photographer.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A lot of trails and errors. Lacking the understanding of lighting in portraits. Time in general. Not charging for photos because I didn’t believe in myself.
Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I have come across a lot of older and well-respected photographers in Southern California and I’ve learned a lot from them.
One of my favorites is Maurice Orange he had a meet-up group and group model “Shut Up and Shoot Raw” up until that point I was shooting in jpeg.
- Website: https://www.earlwilsonphotography.com/
- Instagram: Earl1hunnet
Earl Wilson Photography