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Photographer Feature | Colby Shelton

Introducing Mr. Colby Shelton. A young, self taught and gifted photographer currently in the United States Air Force with the world at his feet. Colby is a driven, enthusiastic, honest and very outgoing young man from Dallas and we’re delighted to share him with you all today! Colby describes his style as ‘Urban Grunge’ and has used +PS Retrograde to edit all of the killer images he has supplied to us below.

Good vibes and endless inspiration,
Preset Shop Team


Who is Colby Shelton?

A 23 year old. Ambitious. Articulate. Sarcastic. Probably too sarcastic… I love the way things look and the way everything fits together.

Where do you call home?

I’m from the great country of Texas (Dallas) living near Pensacola, FL. Currently in the Air Force.

What’s your current state of mind?

Impatient for what’s to come. Seeing people who shoot full time and being pumped about doing it someday soon myself. 

What is your secret in keeping a happy balanced life whilst following your passion?

Prayer and sharing your dreams with loved ones. Doing what’s needed first and then making time for the things that are wanted. Make your dreams as important as the things that are necessary to life, like bills and work. 

As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

Focus. Level symmetry. “Wait it’s dark… Oh crap I forgot to take off my lens cap!”

How would you describe your style?

Urban Grunge. Elevated Contrast. And a little bit of a desaturated look with some real full tones.

What does fashion mean to you?

Expression of self. Inspiration from others. I love fashion.

What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

Not gonna lie. Not real hip on photography history. I hope to get there. But there’s a few photographers today I really enjoy following and find inspiration from:

Chuck Lang
Parker Young
Jeremy Cowart
Neave Bozorgi

What has been your favourite photo location or session?

Downtown Pensacola is pretty awesome. I’m excited about one day traveling to the north west and blowing my Instagram feed up with pictures.

What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?

Shoot what you like and don’t be cheap with equipment.

What misconceptions do you think outsiders have about fashion photography?

“It’s not porn chill out!” Also, that anyone can pick up a camera and just do it.

What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?

I’m professional and fun. I love what I do and I’ll always do my best.

If you could be invisible for one day with your camera…

I’d pick another super power and choose to be able to teleport myself everywhere I wanna use my camera.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

Canon 5D Mark III.

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?

The sun.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

The Sigma 50mm 1.4 art series. I just rented that lens this past weekend for three weddings and fell in love with it. The colors were so great and it was surprisingly sharp at 1.4. I was really impressed.

What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?!

Lightroom, coffee, & Spotify.

Are you a MAC or PC guy?


How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Not at all.

Cos we just have to ask…!! 😉 What is your favourite +PS tool?? And how has it improved workflow time?

I haven’t gotten real acquainted with all the tools yet. But in terms of presets.. I love Retrograde and Retrograde B&W so much.

Three photography pet hates and why?

1. When photographers act like they’re the best in the area.. Even if they are.
2. Film, digital.. Who cares just shoot what you like and stop arguing about it.
3. When my lenses fog up.

Do you play music whilst shooting? If so, what are you digging right now?

Not really while shooting. But, definitely when I edit. I’m digging The 1975 and any good metalcore.

What five words would your friends use to describe you?

Outgoing (no one is a stranger)

What lies ahead for you?

I have a lot of dreams and ideas for the future. I feel I have a lot of life experience for only being 23. The Air Force has taught me a lot and I plan to use what I’ve learned and apply it into my life as a photographer and videographer. I will have my own media company. Something bigger than just a personal photography business. I believe speaking things as if they are so.. So I will be successful and I will wake up everyday and love what I do.

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