You know I love showcasing fresh talent on RAW, and today I want to introduce you to Cathline an 18 year old portrait photographer who loves the 50mm.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Well I’m an eighteen year old high school graduate currently living in upstate new york. I’ve lived in three different countries and I’ve been to nine different schools so I grew up all over the place. I plan on majoring in wildlife conservation, my goal in life is to work as an explorer/photographer for National Geographic or preserve wildlife for the World Wildlife Foundation. I’m the adoptive owner of an owl named Myles who is in the care of the WWF Conservation in North America.
What made you get into photography?
To be honest I never really looked into photography until one of my friends told me she wasn’t taking the same art course as me in highschool. I wanted a class with her so I took the chance and transferred into my school’s photography course, I guess I truly have her to thank for getting me into it.
How did you get started?
Once I took up the black and white film photography course in my junior year of highschool it turned out I was good at it, so I started focusing on it more seriously. I took a full year of film photography because I was moving to the U.S for my senior year. In regards to digital photography, once I moved to the U.S I didn’t have any access to a darkroom so I decided to start going digital. I cannot count – or even want to know – how many hours I literally spent infront of my computer screen trying to understand photoshop, it was hard.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I typically do self-portraits. However, I’ve been highly debating beginning to use models to create more intense and dynamic photographs.
What gear are you using?
Currently for my digital photography I have a Canon Rebel XS and I’m switching between the kit lens with a UV filter and my newest lens, the 50mm f/1.8. For film photography I have the Canon A1 and I’m using a 50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/2.8, and 80-200mm f/4.5. I refuse to use strobes or anything else, I’m a die-hard believer in natural lighting and working with what you’ve got.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I’m currently beginning my obsession with the Canon 50mm 1:4. I was visiting a friend this past month who is into photography (www.flickr.com/jordanlackey) and he has one for his Pentax which took absolutely remarkable photographs, so I’m starting to save up for one of those.
How are you marketing yourself?
Personally over the past half-year I’ve been using Flickr as my main resource for marketing, building a foundation of friends from all over the world and branching out with that. A lot of my photographs have been getting exposure on social networking sites (such as Tumblr and Facebook) by fans, and I’ve had many of my photographs featured on Flickr’s Explore which has given me a huge amount of feedback.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
My favorite photograph is actually my latest one I took with my 50mm. It was also the first time I worked in fog, absolutely magical.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I think the first thing aspiring photographers need to understand is it doesn’t matter what sort of equipment you have, you cannot buy skill and creativity. You could own the most expensive camera and lens and still not possess it. I truly believe any camera can take beautiful photographs, and you don’t need something fancy to seem professional. Photography is a soul-exposing passion which will leave you feeling like a million dollars to nothing in the matter of seconds. Two photographers are never the same, nor two photographs ever alike, so just remember your talent is immeasurable.