Photographer Dave Drost is an award winning landscape photographer that is Certified by Professional Photographers of America and currently residing in Arizona. He specializes in fine art horse photography & western landscapes. Arizona and the Southwest have such an overwhelming and diversified beauty; there’s always something to photograph.
His works has been published in Outdoor Photography, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Arizona Highways Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine and has received numerous awards, including national, local, and state awards.
“My love of nature and the camera’s ability to freeze a moment of time to be enjoyed forever, gives me the tools I need to capture breathtaking scenes and nature at its finest. Each of my images reflects a patience of waiting and watching for the perfect moment, before pressing the shutter release and stopping that point in time. I want my photography to give the viewer the same feelings I had; the sense of being at that exact place, at the same moment where I took the image. Working outdoors in nature gives me an unending supply of those special moments just waiting to be captured. I believe the most important quality of a photograph, as in all art, is to evoke an emotional response. While everything in nature does that for me, selecting just the right places and moments to make a photograph that conveys those emotions is far more difficult. My camera is one of the tools I use to achieve my final results.”
I shoot RAW files with a Canon 5d Mk3 digital camera. Frequently I am asked as a photographer whether I use Photoshop. The question should be not do I use Photoshop, but how I use Photoshop. There is a great misconception among the public that photography like mine is somehow “created” in Photoshop. I point out that throughout history of the photographic medium, one’s technique in the field must be perfect. This has not changed today. The abilities that define a great photographer are first and foremost how to seize the moment and make it theirs, reacting quickly and precisely to often rapidly changing situations. No matter how much processing I apply post-capture, I have to spend the time in the field doing everything possible, including a lot of failures before that rare moment shows itself and successful capture is made. An overwhelming number of photographers today use some amount of digital processing to enhance/optimize their images. A digital image in its native (RAW) form must be converted with a RAW converter. My RAW images are optimized in an effort to pull out the best possible colors, contrast, details, etc. but if no such colors, light, subjects, etc. exist in the file, they are usually difficult or impossible to just make up.
After the RAW conversion the image is then imported to Photoshop, where additional optimization takes place. I would like to underline the fact that the actual subject matter you see in my images was really there. The images are enhanced back to what I saw and imagined while in the field. I want the look as natural as possible, yet still have a WOW factor. Much care is given during post-processing, so as not to over-do or saturate the image, which could make it appear fake and unrealistic.
Whether shooting in local areas of Arizona or traveling around the Southwest’s beautiful landscape, I wait for the perfect light. Many have said my images look like a painting. To me this is the ultimate compliment. Whether I photograph horses or western landscapes, I believe that passion, along with great light, having a preconceived idea (vision) of what I want in an image and being able to let yourself go to feel the energy of the surroundings, is the ingredients to creating a great photo.