Finally another Perth photographer on here. This interview has been along time coming due to some very bad luck on Brodie’s behalf. However he’s managed to get through it all (if you check out his blog you can find out all about it). Anyway here in Perth he’s pretty well known around the place so have a read, it’s quite interesting.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a Perth born workaholic. On a more specific note I’m a photographer, filmmaker, blogger, photoshopper and its still scary to say but I’m now also a teacher! All that adds up together to produce one hell of an insomniac. Don’t get me wrong though, I live my passion, I love what I do, and I try to share it with the world.
On a separate note… I love to stay active playing basketball and I’m not half bad at golf either. I’m allergic to cats and dogs, I can’t draw to save my life and I love to eat out a lot. I used to run an online automotive magazine and I actually have a Software Engineering degree!
Now that you’re all asleep, I’ll quickly run over the other questions…
What made you get into photography?
Nothing, It happened by accident. I never wanted to be a photographer. I even thought the photography class in High School was stupid. Now look who’s stupid. *points to self*
An online automotive website I used to run motivated me to buy a camera so I could post photos on the website from events etc. Then after I bought a camera, like everything I do I seem to want to achieve and get better and better. I seemed to have a pretty good eye for it and I started developing a true passion for it.
How did you get started?
When I was camera shopping, my Dad was actually the one that encouraged me too buy an SLR instead of some big clunky point and shoot. So I think that may have been the moment where Brodie “The Photographer” was born. By the way that first camera was a Canon 300D twin lens kit. Loved it.
What sort of photography to you mainly do?
I am most well known for my automotive and glamour photography which is mostly what I do and I even combine the genres a lot. I’m still a regular contributor to Perth Street Car Magazine along with a few other National car magazines. I have had glamour images published before but I don’t really bother with that much, so I guess its more a fun thing for me.
These days I am trying to bring Photoshop into the picture more and get a little more creative. My passion for filmmaking has led me to re-creating movie scenes with my photos which is becoming popular for actors.
I have been lucky enough to experience a lot of other areas of photography. I spent a lot of time in the past covering major events and even nightclubs. I have even done some Real Estate work and most recently I am branching into some aerial work which is a heap of fun.
What I don’t do though, is weddings, kids, animals and family portraits. I’ve been very lucky that I get to shoot what I enjoy shooting. I am looking into weddings though, that could be fun but for now… No thanks.
What gear are you using?
Oh dear… I am an absolute gear nutt. Where do I start… I’ll keep this brief and cover the main bits.
For photography and my HDSLR video work I mainly use my 5DMKII. It’s an amazing camera. I own a 30D as well but I never use it. I believe in using the right camera for the job, I’m just lucky that my 5DMKII covers that 90% of the time. The one thing I wouldn’t survive without is the battery grip. First thing I buy for every camera.
I have all Canon L series glass. My two main lenses are my 24-70mm 2.8 and 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens.
Ok so im a flash photographer right so I must have lighting equipment. In the past I have known to go a bit crazy with speedlights (and still do sometimes) so I carry a variety of 430EX and 580EX II’s. These days I spend a lot more time firing an Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS kit with a couple action heads. Elinchrom have some amazing modifiers, my favourite at the moment which is the 53″ Octabox. I will often combine the Canon speedlights with the Elinchrom Ranger using either Pocket Wizards or Yongnuo Wireless triggers to link them all together.
For video my most exciting piece of gear is a full Steadicam rig complete with arm and vest. I have coupled the Steadicam arm and vest with a Glidecam HD-4000. It’s likely to be the only one of its kind in Perth and it’s perfect for HDDSLR filmmaking.
I have a couple of Manfrotto tripods and ball heads. I’ve got a Sekonic L-358 Light meter floating around somewhere too.
In the field i’ve got my trusty Macbook pro complete with Lightroom 3 and external backup drives. Back at the fort I’ve got a 27″ iMAC complete with Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.
I use a Wacoom Intuos4 Medium sized tablet for all my retouching work.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Definitely the 70-200mm IS 2.8. It’s just an amazing lens that suits a lot of work that I do. I will never get rid of it. (I don’t think) I love the shallow depth of field it can produce and the image stabilisation is amazing. I think it’s just unanimous from all canon users that this lens is one you have to have in your kit. I’d kick a girl out of bed for this lens.
How are you marketing yourself?
Still to this day I have never actually advertised anywhere and I have been extremely lucky with that. My business comes from word of mouth or people seeing my work out there. I work hard on my branding and I have built a lot of my awareness through social networking, and I don’t just mean facebook, twitter etc. I spent years getting out there and meeting people at events, meeting the socialites of this fine city, and I even worked in a few pubs/nightclubs as a photographer for a couple years which introduced me to a lot of people that resulted in a lot of opportunities. You just have to get out there and meet people.
These days I’m blogging like crazy too. I’m trying to network more within the online communities and establish myself in other locations around the world.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I thought this would be a hard question to answer, but actually I am in love with a photo I took of Ally Hayward in Sydney late last year. It’s a creative shot, so I could attack it in photoshop a bit more.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
The one thing you need to do in a tough brutal industry like this is work hard, and be persistant. You have to take a lot of pictures. Less Email, more pictures! Or maybe I should say less facebook more pictures.