Your Crash Course

Hello. I’m a professional photographer, security engineer, and all-around web guy. Obviously, I can’t just focus on one thing… I love technology, travel, data, music, the Internet, and art.

This Site

This site is my personal blog, where I post posts and share links. However you may have gotten here, thanks for stopping by! Feel free to read and comment on anything you find, and feel free to get in touch

This is v4 of my personal site, the others being v1, v2, and v3, of course. The current version ditches Movable Type + PHP + MySQL in favor of Jekyll. Not that Movable Type, Wordpress, and other CMS engines aren’t awesome — I’m just not interested in the required care and feeding at this point. Plus, haven’t you heard?!?! Static sites are so hot right now.

I’m a Mac geek, and I rock a 15” MacBook Pro with Retina most of the time. At home, I also have a 27” iMac Core i7 that serves as my photo editing workstation, and it doubles as a file server for photos and music.

An RSS feed of posts and links is available courtesy of Feedburner.

Unless otherwise noted, all content on this site is © Andrew Stott.


Of course, you can find me at the usual places online:


I shoot for myself (travel, friends, Chicago, Elena) and for other people (portraits, weddings, engagements, concerts). Either way, I ♥ making beautiful images and telling stories through photography.

Photos taken after April 2009 are probably shot with a Nikon D700 or a Fuji X100S, which are my primary cameras. I have previously used a D200 (2006-2009) and a D100 (pre-2006). Most of my images from 2007-on are shot in RAW and processed in Aperture/Lightroom and Photoshop. I tend to prefer a subtle look to my images and often use VSCO Film to emulate film stock.

Lately, I have been getting back into film, and also shoot with a Contax 645 medium format camera, a Nikon F100, and a Holga 120N (in white, ‘natch). For film stock, I use Fuji Pro 400H and Kodak Portra 400, although I have been known to dabble with Ilford XP2 and Fuji Neopan 400 from time to time.

Current gear list:

  • Fuji X100S
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon F100 (film)
  • Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR
  • Nikon 35mm f/2
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.8
  • Nikon 85mm f/1.4
  • Contax 645 Medium Format (film)
  • Zeiss 80mm f/2
  • Holga 120N (film)
  • Nikon SB-800 flashes
  • Sekonic L-578 light meter
  • Pocket Wizards for flash triggers
  • Adobe Lightroom + Adobe Photoshop

And since you can never have enough bags:

  • Domke F-3X Super Compact (Black)
  • Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 (Pinestone)
  • Think Tank Photo Airport International
  • Kata DR-465 photo backpack (Black)
  • Tamarac Pro 9 photo + laptop backpack (Black)