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Dan Pimentel

Dan Pimentel

Dan Pimentel has been a professional photographer since 1979, with specializations in journalism and advertising, and writes extensively as a freelance author for seven major national aviation magazines and several blogs.

Rekindling an Old Love of Photography with a New DSLR

My wife Julie had not touched a “real” camera for over 30 years. In that period of time, much has changed in camera technology since she used her Olympus Film camera. As a ballet dancer and instructor, she was interested in taking photos of dance back in the 1970s and ‘80s. She took two photography courses at a community college where she discovered that she had an exceptional eye for photo composition. But when that Olympus camera was stolen in …

Professional Photography: How to Shoot for Advertising

Dan Pimentel has been a professional photographer since 1979. Specializing in journalism and advertising, he is a freelance author for seven major national aviation magazines. His Airplanista Aviation Blog has been published since 2005. Pimental’s professional photo galleries are found here. He is very active on Twitter as @Av8rdan. Advertising: it is around us every day. It asks us to buy something, go somewhere, or become someone’s customer. In our hyper-connected world, we see advertising images everywhere we look. Most never make it into …

Air-to-Air Photography: Shooting Magazine Covers with Jim Koepnick

Back in high school, Oshkosh, Wisconsin photographer Jim Koepnick used the generic exposure guide on the slide film box to set exposures on his Argus C3 camera. He didn’t know at the time that playing around with a few boxes of Kodachrone would lead to hundreds of magazine covers and an uncountable amount of published images. He soon bought a Petri SLR from the J.C. Penney catalog to get involved with interchangeable lenses and flash. It was a logical next …