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  • Into the Mystic3:30

A native Californian transplanted to the Detroit area, photography is one of my hobbies, and this is some of my work.

I love the creative process.  Lighting, angle, camera settings, environment...  Using a technical process to create an artistic image is pretty cool.

But it takes more than that.  It takes a great subject.  Landscapes, hotrods, or flowers are what you see, so I can only do so much with them...  But PEOPLE...  Now there is something.

If I can make people feel comfortable and good about themselves, they will reward me with the opportunity to shoot them at their best.

Most of the people in my photos never modeled prior to working with me.  Some went on to model for others.  It was our interaction that produced the greatest impact on the final image.

I don't shoot for money.  That is, money is not why I shoot, and much of what I shoot I do at my expense and/or no charge to the person(s) I'm doing it for.  But I've been known to accept a paid assignment here and there.

Thanks for visiting!

Dennis Butler

Grosse Ile, MI



Beginning photographers are invited to contact me to shoot and learn.  I enjoy teaching where I have knowledge, and learning where I don't.

My camera is a Nikon D700.  My main lens is a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8.  I like to use neutral density filters when I can.

I use Yongnuo flashguns, Alien Bee studio strobes, and Godox triggers.

I shoot mostly handheld, even at night and in low light.

I like to work on location using portable lighting, and love challenging environments and lighting conditions

I shoot in Manual Mode, except for weddings where speed and accuracy are the priority.

I am fascinated by the Chiaroscuro style of painting, and have tried to incorporate it in to my work.

My home studio is coming together.  Not much longer now.  This Winter I hope to be shooting in there.

Thanks again!


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