Who are you, and where in New Jersey are you from?
My name is Dan Schenker, and I’m an aerial drone and event photographer from Hamburg, New Jersey.
It’s just about as far north as you can go; drive too far and you’ll be in New York state. If we ever meet in person, you’ll probably see me with my wife and toddler, eating ice cream, or petting a dog.
What are the three best spots for photography in New Jersey, and why?
Pochuck Boardwalk in Glenwood, New Jersey. It makes for dynamic photos in literally every season, and on most days, it’s a nice peaceful walk surrounded by nature.
Wildwood, New Jersey. This is a town that time forgot, and its mix of mid-century modern style and lots of neon make for really fun, retro photos.
This one is kind of a cop-out, but anywhere in the air! Growing up, I felt like I’d explored every inch of my county, but through the years, changing my physical perspectives has helped me also change the less tangible one.
What's your camera setup?
For events, I have my trusty old Canon 5D Mark III and either a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens or a 24-105mm f/4. Nothing too special there.
In the air, I have my DJI Mavic Pro 1, though I’d love to upgrade that soon.
What's your dream piece of gear? Think big!
Is it weird to choose a lens for this? Canon’s 85mm f1/2 is such a killer portrait lens. Going down a more quirky road, there’s this obscure Soviet lens manufacturer called Jupiter that made an incredible 85mm, too.
What's one bucket list photo of New Jersey you haven't gotten yet?
One tip for aspiring photographers?
Stop comparing yourself. You’ve chosen a hobby or profession that is judged by preference.
If you like your photos, then they’re good photos! If you don’t like them, ask yourself why, then either learn how to improve your skill to reach a point where you’re content, or throw away that thought that’s telling you that you aren’t good enough.