Dan Westergren, Director of Photography for National Geographic Travel is based in Washington DC where he spends his days looking at pictures of some of the most beautiful places in the world. Since picking up a camera in the 8th grade he has been fascinated with photography and the way photographers create objects of beauty from the world at large. He has turned this fascination into a lifetime obsession of constantly photographing everything around him. He's been lucky to photograph for the pages of National Geographic Traveler amazing places like the summit of Mt. Blanc and the North Pole. But often his subjects are just the neighborhood dogs or his kids, who he will drag to the Potomac river and make them stand waist deep in the cold water waiting for the light to be "just right." He is also an experienced teacher, having led workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in Santa Fe, Tuscany, Baja, Antarctica, The Arctic Ocean, Washington DC, and the Galapagos Islands.
I have always been a fan of using small, unobtrusive cameras in my photographic work. When the photo world switched to digital photography, my quest to replace small film cameras became very difficult and I resigned myself to carrying huge cameras around the world to do my work. Fuji's X series of cameras has changed my thinking and once again I can carry less and move faster with these amazing samll cameras. At first I used the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 as a secondary camera carried alongside my DSLR kit. But, the FUJIFILM X-T1 has changed that. Finally I have a small, responsive camera with a huge viewfinder and excellent image quality. I can leave the big cameras at home and know that I'm not making any compromise. I especially love FUIFILM's commitment to simplicity. The FUJIFILM XT-1 has wonderful external controls for almost every function of the camera and I no longer find myself lost in endless menus when trying to take pictures.