Part of why Clutch Studios is the best at what we do is our team’s deep knowledge of what goes on upstairs in our photo studio. A basic understanding of the physics of photography allows our 3D/CGI team and retouching crew to make the most photorealistic and eye-catching digital artworks, even if the subject isn’t found in the real world like a growing Nutrilite plant or a Disney cruise ship in an imagined bay of France.

Some of us here though have turned our knowledge of photography into a passion. Once again, in honor of National Hobby month, let’s take a look atone of retoucher Steve-O’s favorite artistic pastimes.

For Steve-O, photography has been a very rewarding pursuit: “What I love about photography is I am able to push my creative and technical skills together.”

When he was just 12 years old, Steve-O’s dad gave him a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 20. “I spent every penny I earned on film and developing for a couple of years.” After his initial fling as a kid, his relationship with photography became on-again/off-again. That is, until seven years ago when Steve-O and some colleagues challenged each other to shoot one photo a day for a year to be posted on Flickr. “That trained my eye to see an image worth shooting in the most unremarkable places,” he said. Since then, Steve-O and photography are very on and have no plans to be off again any time soon.

Along with his trusty iPhone, Steve-O carries his Canon G15, Nikon D5100 or Nikon D800E  99.9% of the time, guaranteeing he can capture anything neat crossing his path. “The 800E with a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 delivers the sickest images,” he says. Steve-O uses these to capture both urban and rural landscapes, portraits, street photography, macro shots, and more.

Just as last week Dave suggested the easiest way to learn to play the drums is simply to drum, Steve-O has similar advice for those looking to get into photography: just do it. In order to further develop (pun intended) your skills, it’s important to learn some of the basics: “Shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Each of these three effect each other and the final outcome of your image. Once you learn how each of these interact with each other you’ve got 90% of what you need to be a great photographer.”

And if you’re concerned you don’t see enough interesting or beautiful scenes in your day-to-day life, don’t let that hold you back! “Go see a movie, take a walk in the park, sulk in a coffee shop wishing you could smoke in there. Flickr and many other sites have beautiful imagery but I have found the world around us is overflowing with cool stuff to shoot, you just have to see it.”

If you want to see more of Steve-O’s photography, you can check out his Flickr or his website here: www.okunst.com