He may be young but Ryan not only loves to shoot some film, but also has some great advice from his point of view. Have a read then check out his flickr feed.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Well the names Ryan I’m 18 and currently I resides in Yorkshire, Untied Kingdom and for the past two years I have been studying Media Production at college. I am now however in the last few weeks of my classes before I break up for the summer and will then start University, hopefully studying a degree in Criminology.
I’m a huge Apple fan and have quite a lot of different Apple equipment been a Mac user since 1998. I also love collecting old camera equipment and have several old film SLR’s, several Super 8 Cine Cameras and some older lenses.
What made you get into photography?
I have been into photography on and off, I got my first camera in 2002/03 which was an instant film polaroid, of course back then I had no knowledge of how to use it correctly and just snapped pictures of anything. I also got more serious about photography in early 2007, but it wasn’t until the purchase of my DSLR in January 2010 (a treat I bought with some left over xmas money) that my photographic skills where able to full take off.
How did you get started?
I feel that my Media production course which I started in September 2009 also influenced me to start getting serious about photography and getting better equipment. I also enjoy the aspect on analogue aka film photography and I love developing in black and white. I will post the shots to my flickr when they are printed into positives from negatives.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
My favorite type of photography is abandon building exploration, but I see it best to try and do a mixture so I shoot Macro, Portrait, Landscape etc in order for me to experiment, because then it keeps you alert constantly practicing all the different types.
What gear are you using?
At the moment my equipment is as follows an Olympus E-420 with a Jupiter 2000 Flashgun, a Sigma 28mm lens, Fujinon, 55m lens, Carl Zeiss Jenna DDR3 135mm lens, and the kit lens for the DSLR Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens. I use the extra lenses on my DSLR with a Pentax M42 screw mount adaptor, which works awesome.
I am hoping at some point this year to purchase either a Nikon D7000 or a Canon EOS 600D. Although for the meantime my Olympus is perfectly adequate.
I also use my two film SLR bodies and currently love shooting with Kodak Gold with an ISO/ASA of 200 as well as Fujicolour c200 film.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens would have to be my Carl Zeiss Jena portrait lens, its absolutely epic in terms of image quality and the way it handles composition and depth of field. I’ve had it for several months now since my 18th Birthday in March when my uncle gave me it and I use it often, although the Aperture Iris is a little bit temperamental (i.e it sometimes jams) easy enough to solve though.
How are you marketing yourself?
I really just tend to use flickr to showcase my work as I feel an online portfolio for myself would be too time consuming to update on a daily/weekly basis.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I love a lot of my images so I have a few which are…
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My advice would be get knowledge and do research before hand on the subject, try and borrow someones DSLR to make sure this is something you are really interested in, then if its what you want to do try and get work experience at a local newspaper or similar to help build your C.V/Resume for future work opportunities.