Another 50mm 1.8 lover, must be the flavour of the month at the moment. As you’ll see Sean uses only prime lenses. Anyway check out his interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mid 20’s Photographer/Artist living in the greater Baltimore area. I attend school for Advertising at a local community college, and am self-taught in Photography. I love all of the Arts, and really enjoy seeing all the great work that classmates make on campus and just everyone in general. It’s a good time for Art right now. I love to cook up a good meal, hang out with friends, and enjoy Baltimore.
What made you get into photography?
I’ve been an Artist my whole life, ranging from drawing and painting to airbrush. In my later years of high school I started buying photo books to use as references for portraits I would draw. I really became interested in the photography I was looking at and wanted to pursue it myself. A few years later I picked up a Nikon N6006 and went from there.
How did you get started?
After high school, I worked odd jobs because I didn’t really have scholarships or ask for guidance to help me with financial aid for school. I figured, if I worked I’d save money and use it for education. I cooked in restaurants, detailed/sold cars, and worked as a mortgage consultant. I realized with each career I put myself into, I was getting further and further away from school and too interested in that get rich scheme. I would browse around different Photographers websites and think to myself, “I’d like to try that out and see what I can do with it.” Having a Father who was interested in it, and a Sister (who took my crazy laughing portrait with this) who went to school for Photography really brought me close to it too. I know I made my sister mad a few times borrowing her old Pentax and nagging her about it long ago. I’m sorry Megan!! I would shoot constantly all day developing 6-7 rolls at a time just doing what I could to understand the camera and everything about it. Each day you learn just a little bit something new to solve a problem.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I have been lucky enough to have a great group of talented friends in the music industry I get to do a lot of work for, and ones that are in acting/modeling too. We get to collaborate and work together and create some amazing work. The concert footage I was eager to do because I love music, my favorite being hip hop. The crowd just goes wild, and to see it all from the perspective you’re shooting in, is nothing but amazing. I shoot various genres, and I do my best to vision it how I see it. If they are to be categorized, I’d say Portrait, Fashion, and Editorial.
What gear are you using?
Right now I’m using a Nikon d300s, a Nikon N6006, and a Nikon FG. I like to have a mix of film and digital work. As far as lenses I’m using primes right now – 50 1.8, 28 2.8, and 55 2.8 micro.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
The 50 1.8 all the way. Shooting in it’s sweet spot of apertures, the quality is incomparable in that price range, and even for lenses three times its price.
How are you marketing yourself?
What I’ve been doing lately is emailing/calling all the local publications, whether it’s regional or national if they are based in my area. For small businesses, I like to visit and see if the owner is in and talk with them if they are available and introduce myself. Building a good rapport is a great way to start a business relationship. My website (www.seandackermann.com) has been able to help me a lot instead of just relying on a hard copy portfolio. It’s nice to be able to direct people from all over the country to view my work and land jobs out of it.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I can’t really drop it down to one photo but I’ll do my best. They all have their significance for sure by making them favorite. The first one is Wale during the 2010 Artscape in Baltimore. It was towards the end of the show, and you can see that in his expression. The crowd was giving him so much energy nonstop and it really made for an awesome event to shoot. He tweeted after that show that it was the best show he’s ever done and sampled the crowd cheering for a song on one of his most recent mixtapes. The second one is of one of my best friends son Rylan. He is a ball of energy and getting that photo wasn’t easy. I was shooting with my FG with some Fuji slide film, so I couldn’t really on quick autofocus to get that picture. For a split second he happened to stop running around and peak his head through the rail. If I was a hair off shooting that photo, I would have never captured it on that film. The last two are photos I’ve done more recently. When you mix in a beautiful model and a great lighting, There’s nothing not to love about it! Even with these though, I have so many more that I’d like to put on here.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
In this industry, a lot of people feed off each other and try to shoot the same thing over and over again trying to improve on it. You’re not going to get noticed that way. Shoot what you want to shoot, and enjoy what you’re shooting. The second you pick up your camera and you have regret in what you’re shooting, you shouldn’t be doing it. Be proud of your work, and make sure you put it on display. Whether it’s Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Myspace or Model Mayhem, let your friends, family, and other artists become a part of something you love. Get a hold of the people you want to work for and always find ways everyday to try something new and put that into your work. Most importantly, believe in yourself. Because you’re your constant source of motivation, and you have to always believe that you can get what you want out of life if you put in that effort and stay positive.