You guys have probably heard of Andrew before, he goes by the name of Drewshoots. He does amazing portraiture work which i’ve been following on flickr for sometime now. Have a read about what he has to say.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Andrew Litsch and I’m a photographer from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I’m sometimes known on the internet tubes as drewshoots, but when people call me that in person I look at them funny. As a photographer, I’m entirely self-taught. One might say my creative background is in illustration and graphic design. I started shooting about 3 years ago. My facial hair grows pretty fast.
What made you get into photography?
I had a Sony point and shoot which had limited manual controls. I was shooting like 1.5 second exposures of parked supercars on a tiny tripod at night, it was cute. I’d do the same thing with landscapes. I’d take it up in the club and drag the shutter on my hot babe friends. I wanted something that gave me more control, which led me to my first SLR, a Nikon D40.
How did you get started?
I shot in manual to force myself to catch up to the world after never having used a full manual camera or SLR. I read a lot on the internet. I bought a flash. I’d do little portrait sessions with friends. I kept reading. I bought a sync cable and my left arm was my lightstand for a while. Hmm, still is sometimes. I still read too.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I enjoy environmental portrait work, and I’ve been focusing on that. I shoot on the beach a lot, it’s like my studio haha. I love making dreamy portraits. I would love to start traveling and shooting in different amazing locations.
What gear are you using?
Currently I’m using a Nikon D40 and a bunch of speedlights. I’ve got 3x SB-25s, an SB-26, and an SB-600. I trigger them with PocketWizard Plus IIs. Some of you may know the D40(and a couple of other older Nikon DSLRs) can sync at very high speeds with radio triggers. I routinely shoot at up to 1/1250 sec. shutter speeds with off camera, radio triggered speedlights. I think it’s pretty awesome, especially for someone who shoots on the beach a lot where it’s reallly bright and balancing light can become difficult without ND filters or powerful lights. I’m currently shooting most of my work with Nikon’s 35mm 1.8G lens. This equates to 52mm on a full frame camera, and who doesn’t like 50mm on a FF? I only have one other lens,
Nikon’s 18-70 AF-S lens, and it never really leaves 18mm.
I have a slew of tall and small lightstands, as well as a boom, all by LumoPro. I have a bunch of umbrellas that I use for wind experiments on the beach. I use a Westcott 28″ Apollo a lot with two speedlights inside. Love it.
I’m currently using a Mac Mini with Photoshop CS5.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Hmm, Nikon’s 24mm 1.4G or Nikon’s 105mm f2 DC? Certainly don’t own either of them! Have never shot with them either!
Haha, but I love my 35mm. It’s cheap, very sharp, and a great focal length.
How are you marketing yourself?
Word of mouth has gotten me most of my work. I try to stay active on my Facebook fan page and uploading to my Flickr.. My website is being worked on as we speak, my apologies!
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Gosh, that’s a tough question! Hmm… I’ll pick three!:
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Be a good photographer! That can’t be overlooked, can it!? : )
Once that’s out of the way I would say figure out your market, your qualities as a photographer, what you want to be shooting and how you’ll make that happen while turning a profit. If you’re friendly with other photographers who are earning an income from shooting, buy them a coffee and chat them up about it. Different people have different ideas about what it is to be a professional photographer, also, what they charge or what they offer certainly varies greatly too. I’m working on all of this right now, and I don’t claim to have all the answers! : )
No matter the case, don’t forget to have fun doing it. Keep shooting and evolving!