Yet another great find through some casual browsing on flickr. Funnily enough this is another photographer claiming the 50mm is their favourite lens. Check out this 27 year olds interview then make sure you have a look at some of his amazing work.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a 27 year old photographer from Dayton, OH. When it’s warm I spend most of my free time riding and working on motorcycles, when it’s cold I waste most of my free time playing Call of Duty.
What made you get into photography?
I took some black and white pictures with a point and shoot camera down in Emerald Isle, NC and someone said they were good so I kept doing it.
How did you get started?
The real turning point for me was learning how to strobe. You can get away with a lot these days by having a loose grasp on Photoshop and the automatic functions of your camera, but when you get into strobbing you really have to learn the mechanics of exposure and light. I, like many others I’m sure, learned how to light by following The Strobist Blog and doing a LOT of experimentation.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Band promos, motorcycles and weddings.
What gear are you using?
Canon 5D MK II, Canon L lenses, Alien Bees strobes and modifiers.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The “nifty fifty” Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. It can’t be beat in terms of value and versatility. I did just get a Canon 85mm 1.8 though and it is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. The lens I use most often is the Canon 17-40mm wide angle, which is a pretty awesome lens as well.
How are you marketing yourself?
For weddings and motorcycles I exhibit at tradeshows/industry expos. For bands it’s just word of mouth and networking. I recently took some time to overhaul the SEO on my website, and that has yielded some interesting results as well.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
It’s tough to narrow it down to one, but I really like how this one came out. As much as I love to use my alien bees, this was lit ambiently by fluorescent lights directly overhead (Photoshopped out).
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I’m not sure what “pro” even is anymore. The photography market is so accessible and so oversaturated that the line between professional and non-professional is extremely blurred. My best advice for someone looking to go pro is to act pro, however that is. Treating your customers with respect and delivering a high quality product are good examples of professionalism. Start with that and the rest should fall into place.