Photographer Spotlight: Kyle Pendley

Portrait of Kyle

Kyle Pendley is the Production Manager at Arizona State University’s Print and Imaging Lab on the ASU Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. He manages a production team of around 10 people on a daily basis.

Kyle Schmelzer, an employee of the print shop who works under Pendley, said, “He’s a great guy who will always be there to help you, no matter how stupid of a question. He puts a lot of trust in you, and he feels more like a friend than a boss.”

He often handles jobs in the print shop that require his knowledge of photography and videography. Pendley got his start in photography when he was a senior in high school, where he joined his school’s videography class.

“I was the sports anchor (was horrible at it), filmed special segments, and also did the editing of the entire show,” says Pendley.” “This involvement in a new creative outlet really encouraged my appetite for videography and photography.”

He got his job at the Print and Imaging lab when he was a freshman at ASU.

“I went on an interview for a receptionist type position for one of the departments. After nailing that interview I received a call from my boss to be at the Print and Imaging Lab asking if I would like to come down for an interview,” says Pendley” “Shocked beyond belief since I didn’t apply for a position I humbly agreed to stop by the next day. Then the rest is history. I guess what had happened was the person I had interviewed with for the receptionist position had gone down to the Print Lab and told them they needed to interview me because they had thought I would be a bigger asset to the Print Lab then I would be to their department.”

He has now been at the print lab for 6 years, working several different positions during that time.

Drone Photography by Kyle Pendley

Although he does not consider photography to be his full-time career, he often does drone, portrait and wedding photography. Pendley  even has his own book, that he hand made at his job at the print lab, that showcases his drone photography.

Portrait Photography by Kyle Pendley

He says that as a photographer he focuses most on “quality and detail.”

“Many other photographers will tell you it’s about “capturing the moment” and that is absolutely true and I probably should focus more on that,” Pendley says. “However, where I find my focus is in retaking shots or trying all kinds of different edits until I get an image looking the way I want it to look. I am a perfectionist when it comes to photography.”

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens

As far as his gear bag goes, he uses a Canon 70D and typically has his Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens glued to it. Pendley’s gear bag also always contains his Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens, Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens,  Rode video microphone, GoPro Hero5 and DJI Mavic Pro.

Once he has finished with his picture taking, he does his post processing in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. As of recently, he has also began using Luminar to edit.

Landscape Photography by Kyle Pendley

For those looking to get their start in photography, he advises to just get out there and shoot and to not focus too much on having the best gear.

“You will never get better if you don’t get out there and press that shutter button as many times as possible. If you are passionate about it you will improve because you will see your faults and will find a way to improve the next time,” says Pendley.” “Don’t get discouraged and think your equipment isn’t good enough or that you’ll never be as good as some other photographer. The equipment doesn’t make you a good photographer, you could have an entry level camera and still be an amazing photographer.”

You can check out Kyle’s photos on both his Instagram and his 500px accounts.

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