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About Me

Hi World!

I'M Steve Chianos

I honestly can't remember a time that I didn't have a camera in my hand.  It started when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old when my parents gave me a Kodak 110.  Do you remember those?  Small rectangular cameras with the flash pack that clicked in on top?  That's where my love of photography started and it is one of the few interests that has always been with me.

When I started high school I got my first 35mm camera.  It was a big step for me and I started spending my money on new lenses, filters, and books.  Can you imagine that?  A teenage boy who spent what little money he had on camera accessories?

My skills grew when I got into college and spent several semesters studying photography and finished with a 9-month apprenticeship(unpaid of course).

Now my wife complains that I never remember to take enough pictures of our son when we're traveling, but I think the results of my passion speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy my art and thank you for taking a few minutes to read a little bit about me.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.



Inspiration

I commented on an artists forum that one of my inspirations is Ansel Adams and the responses were, "Of course! Who wasn't inspired by Ansel Adams?"  Cliche perhaps, but there it is, I love Ansel Adams' work and it inspired in me a love of photography.

Techniques

I spent the first 20 years of my photography hobby working with film.  First a small Kodak 110 and soon after a 35mm SLR.  

The 35mm is the camera that I used to learn most of my techniques.  Yea, this means I'm old school.  The college courses I took, and the apprenticeship I did after college, (unpaid of course), drilled into me a habit of doing as much editing as I could before I took the picture.  I've heard it called, 'Editing with your feet.'  Working with the images after they were negatives required a lot of skill and equipment, so it was easier to get it right before taking the picture.

I don't know if it's good or bad, but hose habits have carried through with me for the next 20 years of my digital photography experience.  Even though it's so much easier to edit digital images after the picture is taken, I still spend a lot of time editing with my feet while my camera and I are out exploring!

career highlights

This is a tough one because my career has mostly been a personal love of photography and sharing it with friends and family.  

6 years ago I discovered FineArtsAmerica and started an account.  I've sold a few images with them and realized that I do have a good eye.  But FAA never really felt like a fit for me.

With a small taste of success, I decided that I want to make a serious attempt at marketing my photography and I'm excited to be starting the next phase of my artistic life with an Art Store Fronts website!

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