Faces of MetroPPA - Frank Shedden


How long have you been creating images and a little about yourself?

I started capturing images at about the age of 15. My Mother owned Impressions Freelance Photography in Douglas, Wyoming back then. I worked as a second shooter on her projects. Now I love shooting everything western or cowboy, sports, events, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife mixed in with a little portraiture and a newfound interest in macro.


Which is your favorite lens? Why?

That would be the Tamron 18 - 200. What more could you ask for other than f/2.8 or wider? Wideangle and midrange zoom all in one. I love it.


What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

My post-processing is minimal. I use Exposure X6 and Corel Pro Ultimate.


How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

I use a multi-faceted approach. I read and I watch select youtube videos, PPA and Metro PPA have proven to be excellent sources as well.


Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

That is a tough call there so many to chose from. I will go with this one. It's of Levi Hames an up-and-coming bullfighter. It was one of his early learning experiences and it shows the grit, tenacity, and bravery required to be a bullfighter. Their job is to save the rider and some lessons come hard.


What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Looking back I think it was an education thing. I have an "eye" for it. Little did I know then that the learning never stops. There is always something to improve on, learn, or skill to develop.


What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?

I take a Godox Speedlight and 30-inch softbox. I recently added another Godox Speedlight and a 30-inch umbrella. I also have a few small battery-powered led video lights I carry with me.


How important is Photoshop in your final images?

It is not at all, basically. The first time I actually used Photoshop was earlier this year in preparation for the MPPA photo competition and I have not really used it since.


Name three things on your photography bucket list.

I have recently learned about red sprite photography and now I want to capture them as well. I would love to capture a supercell in a full structure like you see in less humid areas in far west Oklahoma or in other states. Last it is whatever amazing thing I stumble upon that I have not photographed before which then means there is still a lot of the world to see through my viewfinder.


What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

It is kind of bare right now. A few leftovers, some condiments, and maybe a can of beer or two.


A website and/or blog you visit often?

Google and Amazon.