Nate began shooting photos fairly recently, purchasing his first DSLR camera in December 2012. He recently graduated from Salisbury University and presently works for South Moon Under as a photo retoucher. Nate, by his admission, started out knowing very little about cameras and settings. He began shooting automatic. However, after his half brother taught him some camera basics he switched to manual mode. Other than that he is largely self-taught, learning mostly through YouTube videos and tutorials along with experimentation. He knew early on that he wanted to make edgy photos and from that has developed his “creepy weird style” (his words!)
Nate started with a lot of photo manipulation using composites. He says “dark art” spoke to him and he wanted to get into more mysterious, artistic type of photography having been influenced in part by the 2001 psychological horror-science film, “Donnie Darko.” Knowledge of Photoshop helped him to make what he describes as “ok” photos into art.
Nate has tried some different photography techniques including long exposures, infrared photos using infrared filters, time lapse photography, and double exposures. Initially, he says his images had no real concept. He just set out to make “something cool.” Eventually, however, he transitioned into conceptual photography using concepts like “existence”, “living in the moment”, and “reflection.” He initially tried to copy the work of others just to see if he could do it. He also wanted to replicate the film look and got into making surreal photos and seeing how far he could take it. Nate says he has always loved silhouettes and also “fell in love with particles,” which he incorporates into a lot of his images. For this, he uses Adobe After Effects Particle World plugin. Many of Nate’s images are self-portraits and “floating portraits” have become an obsession with him.
While in school at Salisbury, Nate says he found his style and had a need to progress in his work. At one point he says he went through a “period of desolation” during which he spent a lot of time traveling around alone over a 15 week period working on a project for one of his classes. Since graduating, he has begun work on a film of the places he went during that time entitled “The Places I Go”.
Currently Nate has a makeshift studio in his basement where he shoots some of the self-portraits that he incorporates into his composites. He says he sees his work as 50% photography and 50% photo editing. Most of his images are “lucid” and begin with just a basic idea. He then plays with the image in Photoshop until he comes out with a final product that he likes, deciding what he wants to do as he goes along. You can find Nate’s work at http://natebittinger.format.com/ on F,lickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/natebittinger/ on Fa,cebook at https://www.facebook.com/NBittingerPhotography or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/natebittinger/ .
The July photo assignment was “Look Up”. We had some entries this month! The winning photos were from 3rd Place, Melissa Chin, 2nd Place – Sandy Carr, 1st Place – Jim Rogers. Congratulations to the winners. Your names have been added to the drawing for the end of the year prize of a boxed version of ProShow Producer, a $250 value.