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Photographer of the Week: Randy Brogen

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 8, 2009 09:31 AM

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Eyes of Hope
"Eyes of Hope" / Photos by Randy Brogen
An impromptu shot taken in Somerville
Canon EOS 5D, 1/250, f/5.6, 285mm, ISO 400

By Randy Brogen

I took up photography about six years ago as a hobby just before my son was born. I had always been interested in taking pictures, but my lack of patience for the development process was enough to keep me sidelined. Worse yet was dealing with the chemicals if you wanted to develop the pictures yourself.

Then came the digital revolution...

I picked up my first digital camera, an Olympus 3030, and it was a lot of fun; however, I still knew nothing about the art of photography, let alone post-processing. As a result, all of my shots had that "snap-shot" look and feel. So I began modifying images using brute force with very little success.

After about a year, I decided to upgrade to my first DSLR: the Canon Rebel XTi. After my son was born, I began taking pictures of him and his friends at birthday parties and gatherings. As one would expect, I was still shooting in Auto mode, not having caught the "shutter bug" just yet, but having more and more people comment on my pictures.

I continued shooting in this fashion until about a year and a half ago, when my family bought me some books on photography by Scott Kelby for Christmas. Only then did I begin to learn the details of what I had been taking for granted shooting in Auto mode. As I learned about full Manual mode and tried new things, I got even more excited about what could be done.

Minuteman Cover
"Minuteman Cover"
This shot was taken in Lexington outside the Minuteman Technical High School
and is currently being used as the cover image for the Student Handbook.
Canon EOS 5D, 1/80, f/3.5, 38mm, ISO 100

I began to push the boundaries of the Rebel XTi and did not want my equipment to be a limiting factor. Therefore, I purchased my first full frame DSLR, a Canon EOS 5D with two "L" series lenses - a 28-70mm and a 70-200mm, which opened up a whole new world for me. Today I shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, as well as the Canon EOS 5D, and a several "L" series lenses, along with peripherals to accommodate a wide variety of requirements.

Jelly Wonders
"Jelly Wonders"
This shot was taken during an event that I volunteered to photograph
for the New England Aquarium.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 1/100, f/2.8, 28mm, ISO 1250

I enjoy shooting just about anything, as long as it presents me with a unique opportunity. I look for opportunities to be creative and I am fortunate that I am provided with opportunities to be very selective about what types of photos I shoot. When photographing people, I prefer to shoot in a natural, familiar setting to the subject. I try to create an atmosphere that is fun and spontaneous because I believe the more your subject is relaxed and comfortable with the environment, process, and photographer, the higher the odds are that you will capture some great images.

My true reward is when people see my shots for the first time and say "WOW!" Every time I go out on a shoot, it is like Christmas because I can't wait to see what I have captured on my memory cards.

I also really enjoy meeting new people ... they are just friends you have not met yet. Perhaps you will see me out and about in Boston. If you do, be sure to stop and say "Hi".

Here is a full-screen portfolio of Randy's work.


Randy Brogen

Randy Brogen began his career in the U.S. Army where he took part in some amazing historical events like the Berlin Wall coming down and the reunification of Germany. His military specialties were in aviation and cryptology. In his everyday job, he is the Chief Technology Officer for an international corporate real estate firm in downtown Boston, where he has worked for 10 years. Randy took up photography as a hobby about six years ago, and hopes to parlay his skill into a professional photography business. You can see more of his photos on his website.

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