I love checking out what you photographers a doing. To me the seem almost fearless in what they try and of course share with the world, which can sometimes work in their favour.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hello, I’m Sam Taylor, I am a 17 year old student from South East England, Kent. I’m currently studying Media Studies and BTEC Dance in my first year of sixth form at Brockhill Park School. In the future I would like to go off to UNI in London and study dance. I’ve been shooting just over a year now and I’m entirely self taught in everything I know. I love music, I enjoy loads of different genres and I’m always happy to listen to new things, so add me on Facebook and send me a link to your favorite song. Documentaries are a great love, I love finding out interesting information about people, places, buildings, one short documentary that springs to mind is one made by Intel on The Sartorialist. I’d advise all you photography/ blog lovers to check this out.
What made you get into photography?
Having a general interest in electronics such as computers and cameras photography seemed like a great thing to get myself into. I browsed through my Dad’s photographs of the Formula One he took at Brands Hatch. He used to travel up there with his parents with his Canon EOS 100 with his Sigma 70-300mm. Since I viewed them I had an interest in sport photography and started out taking photographs at the local skatepark of my friends on their bikes and skateboards. This all soon changed and I found my love for portrait photography and this is what I want to carry on pursuing in the future.
How did you get started?
I started out with a Fujifilm SD6000 I think, not totally sure what it was called, I started by just taking photos at the skatepark with that camera and then I soon got into videoing myself and my friends on our bikes. This progressed through a friend I admired to be who shot with a Nikon D60, I then bugged my Dad for ages about getting a DSLR, So for my 16th birthday I grabbed myself my first DSLR a Canon 500D. What a beauty I love it till this day! Now all I want is a 5Dmkii, that would be a dream come true, but who doesn’t want one of those.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
The photography I mainly do now, is just portrait photography of friends and family, I love making people happy even if it is just via one photograph, and to document that day in their life is a great thing to, I really enjoy looking at commercial photography and it interest me a great deal, so it is something I’d love to get myself into very soon. There is still nothing better than portrait photography in my eyes, I will try and get greater in this genre as I get older but I also would love to get involved in fashion and the commercial side of things.
What gear are you using?
I am currently using a Canon 500D with my 50mm f/1.8 on my body at least 80% of the time. I love that lens it is a beauty I recommend it to anyone that doesn’t want to pay a fortune. I also have a 70-300mmUSM lens which is just brill! The glass is such a nice quality and for portrait photography it is great. I have a couple of flashes a Canon540EZ from my Dad’s old film camera and a Yougnuo YN-468 which is the best! Once again that was such a bargain at about ￡65, I want a few more of these two. I mainly run off camera flash when using flash and I am currently using the super cheap and super reliable Yongnuo RF-602’s.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens is most certainly my 50mm f/1.8, I love the DOF and the maximum aperture of 1.8, the bokeh is great! I love shooting natural light when I’m shooting portraits and the 50mm is just perfect for it, I also really like using it with flashes when I’m shooting in a studio location or of an object. The compact look of the 50mm is great as well, it doesn’t scream photographer at anybody I don’t think, it’s nice and small and light and does it’s job brilliantly. This is a lens I’m going to have in my bag for my life time, but come on.. who doesn’t want that beauty of that 50mm f/1.2 that Canon produce. That is such a jaw dropping piece of glass!
How are you marketing yourself?
I am marketing myself extremely badly right now, it’s literally just through word of mouth, which in my opinion is the best way at the moment, and it probably will be for a long time. I use Facebook, Twitter and Flickr which are also all great, but at the moment it is strongly word of mouth.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
The photo I attached is probably my favorite, as I love the tones and the fact it is my sister is another one. The other photo I attached is of my friend Charlie that is out of my recent project, Project 50. That is the favourite out of the project I took 🙂
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Well to be honest with you, I’m not sure whether I can give this advice as I don’t see myself anywhere near the standard yet, but to new photographers and beginners I just give the advice of to take as many photos as you possible can, really look to keep building a bigger and bigger portfolio. Never under sell yourself, otherwise people will try get free shoots from you and take you for granted. Always continue learning, about your camera, the business, lighting whether that is to be natural of flash lighting. Buy yourself a 50mm your love it! (I had to put that in there) Be yourself that is so important, don’t try to copy or make similar images to someone, other photographers will respect you massively for this. Find your style develop it, do what you like, not what others want you to do and one thing that I have found with my short time photographing, take your time, it will all come, things always get better the more you practice to!