Bio

Preston_Ehrler_(1_of_1)I am a freelance photojournalist at the Associated Press, based in Milford, Pennsylvania–which is located in the northeastern corner of the state, 80 miles from New York City.

After living in Manhattan and working in finance for almost 20 years, I became a journalist, writing an opinion column and articles for a local Pennsylvania paper. The job morphed into a passion, and I created MilfordNow, a thriving online hyper-local news site, that garnered state-wide attention, and was sold to Straus News on August 1, 2016.  (Read the story, and see MilfordNow HERE)

I have also worked as a freelance reporter at The New York Times.

Photography

I love the beauty and solitude that landscape photography offers. The work of minimalist photographers Fan Ho and Michael Kenna often motivates me to grab my camera and go.

I also enjoy photographing people, and find the associated challenges compelling. Quite simply, taking inspiring pictures of individuals and groups is incredibly difficult–and that makes it even more interesting. Through posed photo shoots, I strive to find something that’s hidden in each person. I believe a great photograph has the ability to elicit emotion; finding that emotion through the lens is the key.

In that vein, I am in awe of great street photography.  I am a fan of Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lang, Helen Levitt, and Vivian Maier. I find what these masters have achieved to be beyond words.  Their provocative images of people inspire me, and I continue to seek that elusive confluence of subject and opportunity.  

Finally, the work of Time photographer James Natchtwey, his spot coverage of 9/11, along with his work in Romania, Chechnya, and Sudan compels me to move forward as a photographer–to capture what should not be.  His transcendent quote, “I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated,” swims in my head.

My Gear

I’m far from a gear-head.  My preference is to focus on shooting, and learning to make better, richer photographs. I don’t care about full-frame vs. crop-frame, mega pixels, or pixel peeping. I only care about the result.  Therefore, instead of watching videos or reading reviews of the next greatest piece of equipment, I prefer to continue to educate myself on techniques and composition, learning through experiences and practice.  Although I believe that having the right lens for the job is critical, I prefer to carry only one lens at a time, and shoot one frame at a time.

Cameras

Fujifilm X-T2
Fujifilm X-T20
Sony RX-100 III


Software

Photo Mechanic
Lightroom
NIK Collection



Lenses

For the X-T2 I use:

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R (Portrait)
Fujifilm 35mm f/1.4 XF R (Street, Journalism)
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR (Journalism, Events)
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 LM OIS (Journalism)
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS (Landscape)


Bags/Straps

Lowepro CompuDay Photo 150
Lowepro DSLR Video FastPack 250
BlackRapid Curve


Current Galleries

The Upfront Gallery and Exhibition Space – Port Jervis, NY
The Artisan Exchange – Milford, Pennsylvania
Milford Craft Show – Milford, Pennsylvania
Peters Valley School of Craft – Layton, New Jersey