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  1. Favorite movie
    I know it’s gonna sound weird, but it’s a
    tossup between Star Wars and Gone with
    the Wind.

  2. What can’t you live without?
    My Family. They’re the key to my life.

  3. Favorite type of music
    Anything Hillsong United

  4. What do you do in your spare time?
    Planning shoots. Honestly, I love planning
    how to get the best photos.

  5. Where’s your favorite place to travel?
    Anywhere with my wife and daughter

  6. What are three things you always
    take with you when you travel?
    Camera, tripod, and PhotoPills

  7. What’s your favorite new app?
    Slow Shutter Cam to shoot long exposures
    on my iPhone

  8. What’s the best advice you’ve
    ever received?
    Try not to think in absolutes.

  9. Who would you recommend some—
    one to follow on social media?
    @JohnKrausPhotos is an awesome young
    photographer. I’m a little biased because he
    shoots rockets with me, but he’s super-
    talented at all types of photography.

  10. What’s the one thing you wish
    somebody would ask you?
    I’d love Elon Musk to ask me to photograph
    space from inside one of his rockets. (It
    never hurts to dream!) n

Who’s Who on the KelbyOne Instructor Team: Erik Kuna


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Where are you from, and what kind of work do you do?
I’m from Binghamton, a city in upstate New York, where we lived
off spiedies and a lack of sunshine. Since the spiedies could travel,
my parents decided when I was at an early age to relocate to Clear-
water, Florida, where the sun shines more than 90% of the year.
That move proved advantageous for my photography journey as
my main type of work is photojournalism at NASA Kennedy Space
Center. For the last few years, I’ve been covering SpaceX, NASA,
ULA, and Air Force rocket launches for various news outlets, creative
agencies, and magazines around the world. I’m also an avid Milky
Way, astro, and landscape photographer, and have an unhealthy
addiction to PhotoPills.

Where do you look for inspiration?
All around me. Life has so much beauty and awe that I tend to draw a lot
of my inspiration from it. Specifically, I look for those majestic moments
of great lighting and colors to unfold and inspire me. I guess you could
say my number-one inspiration has been in the words of Jay Maisel:
light, gesture, and color.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I really enjoy helping people unlock their potential. I think we all have
talent and a voice, and it’s really cool as an educator to help people
tap into that. Another big part for me is to dispel all those myths and
over-complications out there that often prevent people from excelling
at photography.

Do you have any work rituals?
Yes, I have to plan, practice, and pray. I really think these three things
are key. You have to know your subject and study it to the point you
can predict what will happen before it happens, then you have to
practice the techniques and skills you need to execute your plan so
you can create the best images. It takes all that coming together with
a little bit of luck, faith, divine intervention, magic, or whatever you
want to call it.

Are there any hardware or software tools
you just couldn’t live without?
Absolutely! It always starts with Google Maps, Google Earth,
and PhotoPills. Those are my secret weapons of preproduction.
That, and a specific weapon for rocket streak photography
called Beyond those, Photoshop and Lightroom
are key. Without Photoshop and Lightroom I wouldn’t be able
to survive, or at least create the images that are in my head
from my RAW files.
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