Clients

Visit California, AAA, Via MagazineSpirit: The Magazine of Southwest Airlines, Cannery Row Company, Felt BicyclesTown and Country MagazineGolden State DirectoriesBackpacker MagazineGetty ImagesNational Geographic TravelerFreshpoint ProduceSysco CorporationThe Territory AheadAmerican Land ConservancyIntegrity Outdoor BrandsFujifilm USASierra Style's Luxury LivingNatures Best MagazineDVA BBDO AtlantaJupiter ImagesWorkbook Stock

Education

Brooks Institute of Photography: Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Photography: 2003

 

Biography

A born and raised Californian, David H. Collier had the fortune to grow up surrounded by the beauty of the American West. Following a short career in music, he attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where photography became the center-point of his life. He was soon winning awards for his dedication, accumulating nine by his third and final year. He had his first solo exhibition at age 23 in Durango, Colorado.  He has traveled through North and South America, Europe, China and New Zealand. His work can be found on the walls of homes, businesses and events around the world, including the 2005 Worlds Exposition in Aichi, Japan. Today, David is creating editorial travel, landscape and stock images with an incredible passion inspired by the beauty of the natural world. When not on assignment or traveling, David enjoys spending time with his family, renovating their Auburn, CA home, hiking, woodworking and cooking nutritious homemade meals.

 

 Current Camera Systems:
Sony Alpha a7RII Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens (favorite lens of all time)
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens (second favorite lens of all time)
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4.0 G OSS Lens
Hasselblad 501cm
80mm Zeiss Planar lens
Fujifilm X-E2
14mm f2,8 Fuji Lens
35mm f1.4 Fuji Lens
Ona Bags
Crumpler Bags
Really Right Stuff Ball Heads and L-Plates
Apple Computers
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Lightroom CC

Past Camera Systems:
Canon 5D Mark II
17-40mm f4 Canon Lens
70-200mm f2.8 Canon Lens
Toyo 45cf Field Camera
90mm Schneider lens
Cambo 4 x 5 Studio Camera
210mm Rodenstock lens
Nikon D70 Camera
18-70mm Nikkor lens
Canon 5D
15mm Canon fisheye lens
24-70mm 2.8 Canon EF lens
Lowpro Bags
Imacon Flextight scanner
Gitzo Tripod
Bogen Tripod
Polarizer
Red Filter
Sekonic 508 light meter
Cable release
Fuji Velvia 50
Fuji NPC 160

Panoramic images are multiple shots "stitched" together in Photoshop with no other manipulation. Masks are used in combination with levels to, in effect, "dodge and burn" as one would with an enlarger and darkroom. Each image is created from an original medium (whether that be negative, chrome, or digital) where in the words of Ansel Adams:
"The negative is the score, and the print becomes the performance of that score."