Heres something a little different. This is the first sketched profile pic i’ve received. Turns out Kevin has a serious side but he choose to showcase his sense of humour a little.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Kevin Knight. I am a comic book geek, a Star Wars freak, and an Apple snob. I have two dogs and a cat that I spend most of my days with. I call them my best employees, but they really don’t do much and they eat a lot.
What made you get into photography?
When I was 10, my mom bought a Canon AE1 (top of the line in the 80s). Every now and then she would let me use it. When I got to high school she kinda lost the photo bug, and I started shooting with it. I would carry it around and shoot a lot of bad photos of my friends and their bands. I then got into the music business for about fifteen years (YES, fifteen years) doing A&R. Somewhere around year thirteen I started getting really burnt out on music. I needed a hobby. I always had some kind of camera with me taking photos. At that time the Canon 5D had just come out, so I plunked down the cash and started shooting anything and everything I could.
How did you get started?
I guess I kinda told half the story above, but to continue. My contract at the record label I was working at came up, and I
really lost all faith and love for music and the music business. I couldn’t find any bands that I really liked and wanted to sign. I threw caution to
the wind and started shooting fulltime. That was almost five years ago.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I like to say I am an environmental photographer with an interest in music and travel. I love shooting people in their natural
environment. I’ve been working on a project for the last year called Creative Spaces. I shoot artists, writers, and other creative types in their studio
spaces,the places where most of their creativity come from. I love the series. I started a blog for it while I am shopping it as a book. You can see the
site at: http://www.creativespaceblog.com. It hasn¹t been updated much lately because artists are really slow at responding to interviews (like I was
for this one).
What gear are you using?
I shoot with a Canon 5D and
here¹s my total gear list:
3 White Lightning
ABR Ringflash (I don¹t use much)
A few Softlighters
A few Softboxes
A bunch of Umbrellas
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My go-to lens is the 24-70L 2.8. It’s the best lens money can buy! I love it!
If I’m traveling and need a light lens, I use the 28mm lens. It¹s a fun lens that¹s sharp and no real distortion.
How are you marketing yourself?
Twitter, Facebook, emails, postcards, mailing lists. Marketing is the most important. Just because you can take a good photo,
doesn’t mean you’re going to get work. You need to tell the world you’re a good photographer, and hopefully they’ll listen to you!
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
It changes everyday. Today it’s these two photos of Darth Vader. I recently started working on a series called Heroes And Villains. I grew
up a comic book geek, bought my first comic book when I was 8 and have not stopped since (I’m close to 40 now). I’ve always been fascinated with cosplayers (adults that make costumes based on Japanese anime or comic books; more the superhero and Star Wars kind). I started reaching out to the costume community and found this guys who dresses in an exact replica of Darth Vader. The first photo reflects my sense of humor with Darth walking an AT-AT like a dog.
And the portrait shows the fierceness of Vader. I am most proud of those two
shots (sorry I couldn¹t do just one)
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Yes, go to law school!! It’s harder and harder to make money through photography. The cheaper pro-digital cameras get, the more photographers pop up. A lot of young photographers will shoot anything for a few bucks and a tearsheet, not thinking how it affects the photography business as a whole. They’re driving down the market value of photos. I know, we all have to start somewhere. If I can give one bit of advice: Don’t be the photographer who shoots everything. Be the photographer who shoots one or two thing REALLY WELL! It will make your work stand out that much more in the end.