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Tye Edwards (https://www.tjemedia.com) is a freelance cinematographer/photographer living and working in the greater Los Angeles area. He studied Digital Video and Cinema at James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design, and specializes in landscape, light painting, and astrophotography. When he’s not on set or in the field, he is typically out hiking, camping, or venturing out to new locations, sometimes, all at once.
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LACP Founder and Executive Director Julia Dean asks Tye Edwards ten questions about his background, career in and beliefs about photography
Julia Dean: What kind of photographer are you?
Tye Edwards: I guess you could say I shoot a little bit of everything. I thoroughly enjoy wildlife and landscape photography, however, I’d say I’m best known for my light painting photography.
JD: How long have you been shooting?
TE: When I was younger, probably around 9 or 10-years-old I would steal my father’s Blackberry Pearl camera phone to take photos and videos and later edit them into some kind of story. It wasn’t long after that, that I bought myself a small JVC Camcorder that took both video and stills. From there, my passion for film and photography grew stronger and stronger. Until I eventually decided to make it a career.
JD: Where did you get your training?
TE: I received my formal education and training at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I’ve received other training and knowledge through collaborating and networking with other talented cinematographers/photographers in the industry.
JD: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?
TE: I was as actually on track to get my degree in public relations, but in my 4th year of college, I decided to change my major to something that made me truly happy: Film/Photography. I ended up staying for a 5th year to complete my degree, working harder than I ever have just to play catch-up and not have to stay for a 6th year.
JD: Did you ever come close to giving up?
TE: Of course, but my love for the craft has always been stronger than my doubts, even if it didn’t feel that way in the moment.
JD: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?
ED: Where to start…. Lots of time, comfort, sleep, money, etc… But it’s been sooo worth it.
JD: What have you gained by being a photographer?
TE: I’ve never been happier. Film and photography have taken me to so many amazing places, where I met some of the most amazing people, and made the best memories that’ll last a lifetime. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
JD: What classes do you teach at LACP?
TE: I teach a Light Painting Photography course here at LACP.
JD: What do you love most about teaching?
TE: The thing I love most about teaching is inspiring others and bringing the best out of an individual, making them aware of their unlimited abilities.
JD: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?
TE: It’s not always going to be easy, but stick with it. Persistence is the key. Stay humble, know your worth, and never stop networking. You’ll get so much farther in life by keeping your options open, being honest with yourself and others, and being willing to put forth the effort to make yourself a better shooter.