Another “nifty fifty”, 50mm lover today. It seems to be that this is definitely a go to lens for many photographers out there. See how Clifford is transitioning between automotive and fashion photography.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hey, my name is Clifford Sutrisno, I am 21 years old and I am a professional photographer based out in Los Angeles. I have been shooting since 2006 and started shooting professionally in 2009. I am very passionate about my photography and I love working with people that are just as passionate at what they are doing. I am a big fan of trying new and weird things to improve my style and technique as a photographer eventhough most of those things don’t pan out as I imagined…
What made you get into photography?
My dad had an entry-level nikon D70 DSLR which I picked up to take pictures of my car so I could post them on the forums. After a month or so, I started thinking about ways that would separate my pictures from everybody else’s, and I started to take these pictures from the roof, a ladder and even simply putting the camera on the floor. Since that time, everything snowballed as my interest in the art exponentially increased.
How did you get started?
I was always surrounded with friends that were car enthusiasts and thats where my photography journey basically started.. I spent a whole summer shooting all of my friends cars and was pretty much addicted to my camera since then.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I still do a bit of automotive photography, but I am starting to transition into doing more fashion and catalogue work, although when I travel I love to do street photography as a hobby.
What gear are you using?
Nikon D700, 70-200 f2.8, 16-35 F4 as my zooms, and 14mm F2.8, 50mm F1.4, and 135mm F2 as my primes. I love my primes. I use a set of Alienbees flash units, vagabond for portable power, and a bunch of diffusers.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
50mm F1.4. By a long shot. Nikon has been making these lenses since the fifties, and there is a reason some amazing photographers are known for only shooting with 50mm primes. This 50mm has always pulled through for me, with its super fast focus and also its sharpness. Low light shooting is also a breeze with this lens which is a huge plus.
How are you marketing yourself?
At this point mostly online, my website, and a few other sites and blogs.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Hmm…. super tough.. but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the picture I took of my car in the mountains.. it just has this dreamy surreal vibe to it.
These are also a couple of my favorites:
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Shoot a ton. Trial and error. Read and gain knowledge about photography. Also the biggest advice I could give is probably to develop your own unique style of shooting, especially one that you could build upon as you grow as an artist. Lastly, enjoy what you are doing… when you are passionate about photography you will always have that motivation to be better.