About

Daniel Joseph Dinges A.F.P. has been a professional photographer capturing images throughout the western regions of the United States for over 40 years. Born in Oregon’s Willamette Valley in 1953, Dan was raised on a small family farm outside of Woodburn. He grew up being the third oldest of seven brothers and sisters. While in junior high, Dan fell in love with photography. He became an apprentice to Richard Stefani at the age of 16, and in 1980 opened his own business. Dan’s now well known professional studio, Daniel’s Photography, sits in the heart of Woodburn's historic downtown district, and has so for the past 25 years.

Dan’s specialties include, but are not limited to; portraits, family groups, weddings, high school seniors, children, and corporate & small businesses.

While his work in portraiture has taken him far, his entrepreneurial lifestyle and desire to know more about photography, and the art of nature, has taken him further. Dan’s keen eye for lighting and composition is evident in his mastery of indoor and outdoor work. His role models, and inspirations for his work come from well known nature photographers like Edward Western, Ansel Adams, and Richard Stefani.

Traveling to the furthest most outskirts of the west and northwest regions of the United States, many of Dan's nature pieces have been taken in untouched locations of Zion National Park in Utah, Yosemite National Park in California, the Teton Mountain range in Wyoming, the Steens Mountain range, and Santiam River in the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon.

Being a true believer in photography taken the original, ‘old fashion way,’ Dan uses 40 year old 4" x 5" and 5" x 7" view cameras. He prints each of his fine art photographs on archival Cibachrome paper in his own darkroom. This rare art-form of printmaking offers unparallel stability and richness of color. Each nature print is one of a kind. Dan’s fine art photography doesn't employ the use of digital cameras, special effects, or photoshop filters.

His professional and artistic work have been featured in numerous settings, such as The World Forestry Center Discovery Museum in Portland, View Camera Magazine, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s 1980 Year Calendar, a variety of Portland galleries, and Art in the Burbs - a fundraising event for Tigard Tualatin school district. A selection of Dan’s artistic work can be seen at his studio, or by going to the fine art photography portion of this website (click here).