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In Focus Women In Profile - Alisa Zuniga


1. What sparked your interest in photography?

It just progressively happened. While I was in school studying for my BA in Media Arts I was introduced to photography class and later a video class. Although we were not asked to purchase a camera to shoot our video with, I did anyways. I purchased a point and shoot Panasonic LUMIX that could shoot RAW photos. But it wasn't until after school that my interest in photography grew. I also love running and in 2014 I would document my runs in the mountains with my IPhone. Which, later led me to hiking and exploring/ traveling to different parts of Colorado. I struggled a lot when I was younger and up into my mid 30's, my father had a massive stroke when I was young leaving him paralyzed unable to walk and talk. On one of my trips to my favorite part of Colorado I remember sitting on the side of the mountain looking down into the basin as I made this promise to myself, he is my "why". I live my life to the fullest exploring and hiking as much as I can. Being in nature photographing is healing for me and a way to express my love for nature and life.

2. How long have you been shooting for?

A total of 7 years but more consistently in the last 3yrs.

3. What is your favorite type of photography?

I would have to say landscape #1 and then in no particular order: macro, wildlife, and astro. I have been getting into a bit more wildlife and astro.

4. What is in your camera bag?

I never imagined I would become a gear junkie.

Nikon D850 (my main camera).

- Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 and SP 90mm F2.8 Macro

- Sigma 14mm 1.8 DG HSM Art

- Nikkor 70-f/2.8E VR

- Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E

Nikon Z6II,

- Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod (with Really Right Stuff ball head).

Shimoda ACTION X50 (BAG)

5. What would your dream kit be?

I love my setup I have now... but if Nikon comes out with the Z8 "rumor" that then would be my dream set up. To be completely mirrorless.

6. What software do you use to process your images?

Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

(Would like to learn Lightroom)

7. Who are your top 3 photography inspirations?

Thomas Mangelson

Erin Babnik

Jim Fox (my friend and mentor) - He has taught me a lot about photography and has become a great friend.

8. What are your top 3 bucket list locations you want to shoot?

Go back to Iceland



9. What advice would give a beginner?

Learn from the people who inspire you.

Keep going and never give up.

11. What are your social media handles?

Instagram: @the_elevated_exposure

Facebook: @TheElevatedExposure


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