Dan Ballard

Few photographers have the ability to transport viewers to exotic locations with their work. Dan's extensive portfolio of award winning landscape and travel images takes you on a journey to some of the world's most beautiful and far reaching corners. Rich colors and compelling composition tell the story of each place he visits. We can't wait to see where he takes us next.

Dan uses Zenfolio for his main portfolio web site and for offering a selection of his works for sale.

With the amount of travel Dan does each year, he loves that he can access and update his website from anywhere in the world. This also helps him with print sales as he can review and approve orders while on the road.

Getting compliments on the look of his website all the time from other photographers, Dan knows that an impressive web site is a major advantage in the new digital age.

Where were you born and raised? Where have you put down roots?

I was born and raised in the very small town of Kim, in Southeast Colorado. Nowadays I spend about half of my time traveling overseas or around the US, and half the year back in Colorado.

What type of photography do you shoot? What type of photography are you most passionate about shooting?

I shoot landscape, travel, and western, but what I am really most passionate about is blending travel and landscape photography together. My goal is to create a grand scene that could be a landscape in itself, but that also shows people or culture as well.

How long have you been a shutter releaser? What led you to this profession?

My mother is also a pro photographer, so I grew up around cameras and photography. Although she makes her living with portrait photography, we were constantly going to the mountains to take pictures. I think that started it, and then when I started traveling about five years ago it really grew into my main passion. I wanted to be able to share the amazing things I was seeing!

How has Zenfolio helped your business?

Zenfolio has been great for me. I spend so much of my time on the road I have to have a web-based site. I not only need to have my print sale s managed for me, I need to be able to make changes to my site from wherever I happen to be. Zenfolio is great for that. It is amazing how many times I've made site changes for clients from my phone on the road. I also love the super clean layout. I want to show off my photos, and Zenfolio allows me to show the images without the site getting in the way. I get compliments about my site every day from other photographers, editors, and clients who love how easy it is to get their images from a shoot.

MAC or PC?


Do you have brand loyalty for Canon, Nikon or something completely different?

I shoot Nikon. Although other companies make great cameras as well, I love the build quality of pro Nikon bodies and the fact that they are excellent for shooting things that move. I have to have a camera that can lock focus in an instant, fire off a ton of shots in quick succession, then get soaked with water or pelted with sand and keep on working without pause.

What was your first published work?

I can't remember exactly. It wasn't all that long ago, it just wasn't very memorable! I was in a ton of small local calendars and some small local magazines and newspapers. Cowboys and Indians magazine was the first of any importance.

What inspires you as a photographer? Or who?

I would have to say my main source of inspiration is found in the amazing places I visit. I am constantly in awe of the grand landscapes and people of the world.

What are your thoughts on using social networking sites to market your photography business?

I use and love Flickr as a marketing tool. Not only does it expose your work to a ton of people, it also helps you to grow as a photographer through feedback about your images, and inspiration from other photographers.

Favorite color?

When photographing I would have to say purple. It can have such an amazing look when captured in the world, and it is not that common.

Tell us something about yourself that we would never guess.

I am a mountain unicyclist. It involves an extremely tough unicycle designed for the mountains and the goal is to find the hardest trail possible and see if you can ride down it. I love it!!! It is pretty challenging (obviously) but once you get the hang of it.... it's incredible!! Google it :)

What is the very first camera you ever owned?

I think it was a Minolta film SLR.

If you could only listen to one album the rest of your life, which would it be?

Wow! Tough question! I am a musician and I love music, so that is difficult to answer. One album....."Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison

What piece of equipment or doohickey do you have with you on every shoot?

Travel umbrella!!!! Gotta have it! I pretty much look for the worst weather imaginable to go shoot in so a small umbrella is maybe the most valuable accessory I have.

Final words of wisdom on being a first class shooter?

"Work harder than everyone else. It is not easy to crawl out of a warm tent at 3a.m. into the freezing cold to hike for miles, when you know you may not even get a sunrise. But if you do it enough times, eventually you will be rewarded with the most incredible sights on earth, sights that most people never see. Those moments are why I love photography and where strong images are made. Go out time and time again before the sun and you will see the quality of your work soar.

Dan Ballard

Fine art photography, Colorado, USA


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