Jeff is a second-year student at Columbia Business School. After graduation, he will work for the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to business school, Jeff received a law degree from Yale and a BA from Columbia. He started shooting in late 2013, and photography has become a major passion of his. Jeff and his wife, Anna live on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Where are your favorite places to shoot?
My favorite place to shoot is Central Park, partly because I live so nearby and it's accessible, but also because it's beautiful in all weather, and in all seasons. I especially like Bow Bridge and the Mall. I also love to shoot the brownstones in the West Village and Brooklyn Heights. To me they stand for the density but also the romanticism of New York, a sort of respite from commercialism. On the other hand, Times Square is fun to shoot because of all the insanity and the tourists and the lights.
Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?
I would say three things: 1) follow lots of great photographers, and try to emulate their styles, including their composition; 2) use a light touch when editing, aiming to use natural light as much as possible; and 3) practice - return to a location until you get the shot you want, and have patience while you're there. The equipment you use absolutely does not matter.
Why is Instagram your medium of choice?
I like Instagram because the medium allows the photos to speak for themselves, and although it takes time, users eventually flock to good content. There is also an endless list of photographers I admire, so I use it to consume art far more than to share my own
Tell us some fun facts about you
I once shattered my elbow during a photo shoot in 2014. Also, I love to write and my dream is to write my own novel.
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