My name is Nate Bowery, Knoxville based landscape and adventure photographer. I have put together this FAQ in hopes that you can get to know me better. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions that are not addressed here.
1. How did you get started in photography?
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually bought my first “real” camera, and found my passion for photography. Although, it was a year before I bought my first camera that I began to have the feeling that photography is something that really intrigued me.
Like most, I went on vacation and saw some amazing scenes that demanded to be captured. Using my phone, I began my subconscious journey as a photographer. Today, my goal is to explore, capture, and inspire.
2. What camera do you use?
I shoot with the Sony a7iii and the a6000 as a backup.
3. What lenses do you use most?
Most of my landscape photos are shot with the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss. For astrophotography and those situations where I need a bit wider lens, I use the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0.
4. How do I collaborate with you?
If you are a brand or have a product and want to work with me, please contact me through my contact page or email me at email@example.com.
5. How often do you travel?
I usually take around 3-4 big trips each year that last at least a week long. I also take weekend trips whenever I can. Now that I have finished school, I hope to spend more time traveling.
6. Is it possible to meet up with you on your travels to shoot?
I would love to meet up and shoot with you! I often post when I am going somewhere on my Instagram story. If you see that I am coming your way, shoot me a message.
7. Do you shoot any medium other than landscapes?
In addition to landscapes, I shoot portraits, events, and sports in the Knoxville, TN area.
8. When you’re not taking photos, what do you do?
I have a job as a gymnastics and tumbling coach. When I am not doing that or taking photos, I enjoy exercising, watching Netflix, and I love audiobooks!
9. Have you ever considered doing video?
Believe it or not, my digital creative side began in my early teens. I would love filming and editing videos of my gymnastics and acrobatics. I haven’t done any video work since high school, but it’s definitely something I would like to get back into.
10. How do you get your photos of water looking so silky?
To get those silky waterfall photos, I use ND filters (neutral density) and CPL filters (polarizer). The CPL helps cut out the glare in the water and on rocks. The ND just blocks out light allowing me to lengthen my shutter speed anywhere between 1 second to a couple of minutes. The CPL also helps in reducing the light to allow for slower shutter speeds.
In short, to get the silky look, you need a long exposure. That is often times longer than 1 second. The filters allow the camera to do this.
11. Do you prefer the Appalachian or Rocky Mountains?
My ideal landscape photo is having alpine glow catching jagged rocky mountains and at the same time lighting up the clouds above the peaks with a warm pink glow. Add in a beautiful mountain lake in the foreground and my heart will skip a beat. Due to this dream photo, I prefer the Rockies.
12. Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
It definitely depends on the location I plan on capturing, but 9/10 times I love sunrises more. At most great locations, there are too many people at sunset. It’s not that I don’t like people, they just tend to get in the way when I am getting my shots.
13. What do you use to edit your photos?
I use Lightroom Classic CC for almost all of my photos. If I want to edit phone photos or if I just need a quick edit, I use the Snapseed and Lightroom CC android apps.
If you have made it this far and still have questions, please leave a comment down below. Thank you for your time!