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Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Denver, Colorado. Specializing in Landscape, Travel and Humanitarian photography, his diverse portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Colby regularly teaches photography workshops and seminars worldwide and he is the Director of Photography with MatadorU, the education arm of the most trafficked online travel publication in the world. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens (www.thegivinglens.com) with the idea of blending photo education with support for sustainable development initiatives in developing countries around the world. By taking teams of photographers of various skill sets and partnering with local NGO's on the ground, TGL helps to fight for various causes such as child education, clean drinking water projects, species preservation, women's rights and more.

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My main camera brands are Canon & Sony.

My son inspires me most. While he is only two years old and can barely take photos with his toddler tablet, he is truly an inspiration to me and my work. I am constantly interested in his child like sense of discovery that allows him to see the world with fresh eyes. As an artist, this helps to remind me to not take things for granted, but instead try to change my approach or perspective to photograph a challenging subject. Overall, this speaks to my mindset on life and photography, which is that that is inspiration can come from anywhere. Every day, I find inspiration from other professionals, aspiring photographers and novices alike. In the end, we can all learn a thing or two from each other.

Personally, I have never picked a single image as my overall favorite, as each of my photos mean something to me in a different way. However if I wanted to single one out, I would say "Walking to Nirvana," which is a photo of a monk walking through a temple in Cambodia early one morning (seen below). Coincidentally, this image was taken on my first real trip as a photographer. While I think the outcome of the image was more blind luck (as I was still figuring out what exactly "exposure" meant), I had to be at the right place at the right time. After capturing the shot, I knew I had something special. It was this photograph that initially gave me the confidence to realize that I might actually be able to pull this off and make a living as a photographer.

Early on in my career I was fortunate enough to land a job teaching photography for National Geographic in South America. While I ended up getting the job out of a mixture of happen-stance, persistence and skill, it was an opportunity that helped propel my career at a very early stage. In retrospect, it was a great way to learn the importance of being willing to put yourself out there. Too often photographers are too worried about failure that they never pursue their goals and dreams. If I hadn't put myself out there to try to land the job with Nat Geo, I might not be here today.