To help you get to know the people behind our Staff Picks collection, we asked each team member a little about themselves, how they got interested in their favorite community, and what else they’re doing these days. Read the Q&A, check out their picks, and use the comment section to ask questions or just say hello.
Meet Tyler, who’s all about the Photography Community.
Q: What do you do at Massdrop?A: The role has evolved quite a bit in the 2.5 years I've been at Massdrop, but I am now a part of what we officially call the Vendor Relations team. In the day-to-day that means coordinating closely with vendors from the minute the drop ends and we place the group's order to the point where we've shipped everything complete and packages are en route to your doorstep. We've done a lot in the time I've been here to improve this process and create a better experience for both our vendors and the community and I'm looking forward to all that's ahead!
Q: What do you like most about working at Massdrop?A: It's become somewhat of a cliché answer to questions like this, but it's honestly the people. Everyone here lives and breathes the communities we have on the site. The passion and dedication is tangible in all that we do. I started my first day at Massdrop unsure of what a mechanical keyboard was and believing that Beats By Dre were the best headphones on the market. I'm now typing on a White Fox and listening to music through a pair of HD 6XXs that I woke up at 6 am to buy. The enthusiast bug bites hard when you're an employee at Massdrop and it's a direct byproduct of the people who work so hard to serve the community.
Q: How did you get into photography?A: I guess it was sort of destined to happen. Growing up I always had a fairly creative/artistic side but it mostly manifested itself in drawings and other mediums. When Instagram grew in popularity and I finally got my hands on an iPhone I started to see the world in a different way. Casual walks became photo adventures and I loved the challenge of finding beauty in the ordinary day-to-day moments. Not much has changed since then, and while I still enjoy shooting on iPhone, my journey has led to me embrace the use of both DSLRs and various film cameras as well.
Q: What are some of your favorite products in that community?A: For me, it all began with the Canon EOS 100D drop before the Photography community was even its own thing. I learned a lot of the fundamentals on that little guy and eventually leveled up to the full-frame, more capable Canon 6D, which is my go-to camera these days. Recently I've been really enjoying it paired with the Canon 50mm f/1.8 which is a great prime lens for the cost. As far as accessories go, I've loved the brown leather Gordy's camera strap that I got awhile back as well.
Q: What are some of your other hobbies/interests?A: When I'm not out taking photos, you can find me reading up on the latest sports uniform gossip via uni-watch.com or between local cafes in search of the best drip coffee.
Check out Tyler’s picks:
▶ Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USMhttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/canon-ef-24-70mm-f-2-8l-ii-usm
▶ Canon EOS 6D Camera Body Onlyhttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/canon-eos-6d-body
▶ Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lenshttps://www.massdrop.com/buy/canon-ef-50mm-f-1-4-usm-lens
▶ Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only)https://www.massdrop.com/buy/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-dslr-camera-body-only
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