Tyrone emailed me letting me know he was extremely new to the whole photography realm and is just starting to get his name out there. He had been reading RAW for sometime and wanted to see if his work was good enough to get an interview. Of course like all requests I get on their site and start checking out their work to see if they may have something to offer, not everyone who requests and interview gets one. Anyway Tyrone’s work as great, I think being still new to pro photography he might has some great little tips for everyone. Anyway with out further ado here is his interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am just a product of art; I have always dared to be different. Ever since I could remember, I have relished sharing my work for others to enjoy. I experimented a lot with drawing from the time I could hold a pencil, until I turned about 14. I believe if I still were pursuing drawing, it would assist me with being more creative in my photography. I often write poetry, and I am currently working on my first book “The Root”, set to be released this year. If there is anything to know about me, it is that I am ALWAYS creating some form of art; it is what soothes me most. I am currently in college, and most people assume I am studying to be a photographer, but conversely, I am receiving a degree in social work. I truly believe that when you parish, the only thing that will matter is what you leave behind. And when I say, “what you leave behind,” I am not speaking of worldly possessions. It has more to do with how many lives you have impacted, be it negatively or positively.
What made you get into photography?
Photography has always been a passion of mine, but strangely enough, I never took many pictures. I just would constantly reassure myself that ONE DAY, I would stop talking about it, and start shooting. After constant debating and contemplating with myself, I decided I would finally take a leap into the unknown. I am so glad that I did, and truthfully, I often get mad at myself for not pursuing this lovely art form earlier!
How did you get started?
I inherited a nice Nikon D60 from my mother around December 2009. It was way too complex for the general purpose shots she wanted to take. She believed that if I had an adequate camera, then maybe I would pursue photography in the way that I always talked about. I did not decide to start really taking pictures until about February 2010 for friends and family, and my hunger for the art grew immensely. As I do this interview, it’s growing right now. I started taking it seriously and here I am now with my own photography business, which is growing by the day.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I mainly do portrait photography, but I enjoy all genres. I am currently branching more into wedding, fashion, and commercial photography assignments. However, no matter what genre I experiment in, portrait photography will always be my favorite.
What gear are you using?
After being a Nikonian for a while, I have recently joined the Canon family. My gear mainly consists of my Canon 7D, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM. I also have a pair of Alien Bees strobes from Paul C. Buff that I use when needed.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I am in love with my fast EF 50mm f/ 1.4 USM. I mainly love it because the auto-focus locks on so quick, and the pictures are some of the sharpest I have seen. The shallow depth of field also makes beautiful headshots and lots more. Let me also mention the fact that I can shoot in bad lighting conditions without bumping up the ISO to 64 million lol. I swear, I sometimes think there is a flash bulb hidden in that lens…it’s a beautiful thing.
How are you marketing yourself?
I market myself primarily through social network sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Model Mayhem. I also have my own website www.typleasfotographie.com, that I recommend to anyone who wants too see more of my work, and at a higher resolution than what the social networks display.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
This is a photo of my good friend’s son, Ace. He has real personality at such a young age…
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My best advice is HIT THE SHUTTER! The best medicine for you is practice! I don’t care how many books you read, or how many tutorials you watch, if you don’t hit the shutter, none of those skills will manifest. Now I DO recommend that you read photography based material, and watch tutorials, BUT that is not the most important. Sometimes, they may complicate the experience; that is if you are not ready to comprehend the terms and techniques they are trying to teach. Get familiar with your camera, and JUST GO SHOOT!