We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Stein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brian, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I think that making learning a habit is very important, because if you are not learning and growing in today’s world – sooner or later you won’t be able to perform in whatever field you are in. Learning can also become a valuable skill over time. Having the ability to learn quickly gives you the opportunity to do many different things throughout your career no matter what field you are in. Developing learning as a skill has helped me tremendously in my photography career. I learned everything I know about photography through my own research and trial and error. I continue to learn and grow, and it helps me become a better photographer.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always loved landscape photography. I try to capture beautiful, dynamic scenes that people (including myself) want to have on their walls. Whether it is simply the framing of the photo, using long exposure techniques for dramatic effect or a unique aspect of the photo such as a sunburst or reflection – I strive to make my photos draw the viewer in and help them appreciate the beauty of the scene. Additionally, when photos are printed as opposed to viewing them on a screen, it makes the viewing experience that much better. This world is a beautiful place, and I hope to help people realize and appreciate that through my photography.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pittsburgh is a very unique city, and has some incredible places to view the city skyline and the three rivers. Riding up the Duquesne Incline to Mt. Washington is a must do – riding in the original cable cars is truly a unique experience. Mt. Washington also has some of the best views of Pittsburgh, and offers many walkable lookouts. The West End Overlook is also a great spot to view the city – a fun challenge is to try to count the number of bridges you can see from there. They go for as far as you can see! However, my favorite view of the Pittsburgh is on the North Shore River Walk. The yellow bridges frame the city in such a unique way, and if you go at the right time, the reflections are incredible.

Another must do activity is to check out the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The Cathedral of Learning is one of the tallest university buildings in the world, and is truly unique. Inside of the building there are many different nationality rooms that you can view, or you can just admire the Hogwarts-like interior. My favorite neighborhood in Pittsburgh is Shadyside. It is a fantastic place to grab dinner and drinks – and everything is within walking distance.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my wife. She has been through it all with me since I started this journey, and has constantly supported me and even tagged along on most of my crazy photography adventures. Her continuous encouragement has helped me become the photographer I am today. I am forever grateful for her.

Website: https://brianstein.zenfolio.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/briansteinphotography/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrianSteinPhotography/

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