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Thank you for your interest in my photography, and in all of my various creative endeavors. If you have any questions about my work, or about my various activities, please drop me a note on david (at) davidsimchock (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you, and to entertaining you!


Top 3 Reasons Why Digital is Superior to Film

June 12, 2018  •  3 Comments
You might be thinking... Why, in the year 2018, would someone bother to write about an archaic topic such as this, comparing an established technology with its "old school" predecessor? Well, for one, someone asked me to write about it. And, two, I suspect that there are still quite a few people that don't understand the true advantages of di...
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My Personal Top 25 Music Photographs (that I've taken)

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
"What is your favorite photo that you've ever captured?", I often hear. Ugh. That is a very difficult, if not impossible question. Even if I divide my body of work into segments such as "music", "travel", "nature", etc., it's still unlikely that I could pick a single photo from each genre that I like more than any of the others. And, even if I d...
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My Music Photography Career - The (Very Very Very) Early Days

May 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
One of the most common questions that I get asked is: "How did you get started in music photography?" And, the answer might be a little different than you expect. Sure, I've been busting my ass for the past few years, honing my skills, building my portfolio, and expanding my client list, but my history as a "music photographer" goes back in t...
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When An Osprey Met Seneca - A Story of Luck, Preparation, and Opportunity

May 07, 2018  •  1 Comment
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." Seneca This has got to be one of my favorite inspirational quotes of all time. Now, I have a slight hunch that Seneca (born 4 BC) didn't have "photography" in mind when he coined the popular saying, but it couldn't be more relevant to the craft in the 21st Century (AD). It goes withou...
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WNC Photography & Graphics Expo 2018 - Concert Photography Speaking Engagement

April 19, 2018  •  1 Comment
Just a quick post this week to announce that I'll be part of a very exciting event coming up in Western North Carolina in early May. I have been invited to join a long list of established professionals to deliver a "Concert Photography" presentation. In the 60-minutes that I have allotted, I'll cover: My experience as a professional music photogra...
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It's not a numbers game: Shooting with "Intent".

April 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
How many times have you heard someone say, “If I take enough pictures, one of them is bound to be a good one!” A gazillion times? More than that? I understand where folks are coming from when they say this, but it isn’t exactly the best way to approach photography if you are truly passionate about the craft, or you at least want to get the mo...
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Waterfall Photography: How do you do that?

April 02, 2018  •  2 Comments
Have you ever seen photos of waterfalls and wondered, “How do they make the water look so smooth?” Well, that soft “cotton” look to the flowing water isn’t all that difficult to achieve, but you do need to understand the basic exposure controls of your camera (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), and possess a few important, if not essential, accessor...
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Got blooms? 17 Tips on How to Photograph Flowers

March 26, 2018  •  4 Comments
Spring has arrived and it won't be long before April showers bring May flowers. Or, April flowers. Or, late March flowers, for that matter, depending on which part of the world you live in. Here in Western North Carolina, we will soon be treated to the annual "Biltmore Blooms" spectacle at the Biltmore Estate when upwards of 90,000 tulips will blos...
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Happy birthday to DSP! Looking back at a dream-like start...

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It's hard to believe that 15 years ago this month I officially set out on a professional and creative journey that I could have never imagined where it would lead me to today. Fifteen years ago, Vagabond Vistas Photography was born (later to be re-branded as David Simchock Photography). Fifteen years. That is longer than my previous professional ca...
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What about those ducklings?

March 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Without a doubt, one of the most popular and eye-catching photos that I've ever taken is my "Ducklings" image (below). For over 15 years now, I have been answering the following questions about the photo: 1. Where was the photo taken? 2. Did you place the white duckling in the basket? 3. Did you "Photoshop" the one duckling to make it whit...
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