I knew this email was coming. Kyle told me on twitter or g+ that he was going to be on RAW lol. Anyway he did a good interview with a sense of humour so enjoy and make sure you check out his website and share this interview around a little. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m a 21 year old Oregon (USA) native, who’s been dabbling in photography (HOPEFULLY I CAN BECOME A PRO LIKE YOU SUMDEH), and has invested far too much in my equipment for it not to be working for me. I make wine for a living, and travel the world to do so. I’ve only been to New Zealand and Australia so far, but that’s more than a good portion of people can say for their entire lives. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and plan to keep going. Wait. This is ranting. NEXT QUESTION PLZ.
What made you get into photography?
Uhm, that’s a toughie, y’see. I mean, I was an apprentice / assistant / bitch for my neighbor who was a portrait photographer for a number of years. And I always enjoyed being creative. I used to paint and sketch, but as technology has progressed, I’ve come to the realization that a digital medium is more my style. Also, I’m lazy. Photography was an *INSTANT* favorite because point > click > black and white filter (because that *automatically* makes me a protographer, right?). Obviously there’s a bit more work than that which goes into it, but like I said earlier – I try to not take it too seriously. If I did, I’d probably hate it.
How did you get started?
I worked my ass off on a farm (age 16), putting in 16-18 hour days for an entire summer, and saved up enough for a Rebel XTi (400D, as the rest of the world calls it). I learned the ins and outs of that camera just by pressing buttons and noticing what each feature did. And note that I had been around cameras for a while, being that apprentice type thing before that.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I’m mainly an all over the board kind of guy. I’ve got pictures of cars, pictures of forests, and pictures of buildings. I think that sticking to one type will limit my creativity… If I broaden my horizons I’ll be a “well rounded” individual, right? While that’s probably not true, I like to keep it simple. I shoot what looks good. And try to do so, in a fashion which hasn’t been done, or seen before. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age of technology, it’s difficult to be super original, with everyone out there being a protographer, you know?
What gear are you using?
Canon EOS 7D
Canon 10-22mm EF-S ƒ/3.5-4.5
Canon 18-55mm IS EF-S ƒ/3.5-5.6
Canon 50mm EF ƒ/1.8
Canon 75-300mm EF F/4-5.6
Filters. Tripod. Remote.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
Canon 85mm ƒ/1.2
BUT WAIT – I didn’t put that in the list, did I? Not my fault you didn’t mention “…that you have in your lens collection.” 😉
And only one word is needed to describe it. Bokeh. (<< That's why). The shallow DOF is something I always liked, especially when shooting cars. How are you marketing yourself?
My God, how many questions are you going to ask me? I feel as though I’m being interrogated! I might as well have written a novel by now on how to become a semi-protographer. *shrug*
Back to the question though, “marketing” – what is this? If people like my work, and they buy it, neat. If not, I’m making images I enjoy. I don’t really market myself at all (perhaps that’s why it’ll probably never escalate to anything beyond a hobby for me?). I have a personal website, which I try to tell everyone to visit, but my own laziness (shame on me) has really enabled me to throw out excuses why I shouldn’t update it, or why I shouldn’t do it at this moment. Like now, for example. I’m being interviewed. I CAN’T MULTI-TASK, MMKAY!? Also, feeling a little under the weather. (As you can see, I can make up excuses all day. 😉 )
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I can’t really say I have a favorite photo… I mean, if I don’t like a photo, I’ll not look at it. Or I’ll not process it, or I’ll not even shoot it. Simple really. Beauty of being a landscape photographer. We have all the time in the world. 😉
But I’ll play your game. (Not sure how you do this – I’ll just post links to the couple photos)
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Unfortunately, I can’t really speak on “going pro” since I’m not a pro. Not even close, in fact. Perhaps that’s my foul mindset in regards to it, or my fear of hating the one thing I love if I have to make it my job.
But I’ll throw a few words of wisdom anyhow. If it’s something you love, do it. if you can make a buck off of it, do it. But for any reason, if you begin to hate it because you *HAVE* to do it, stop. Many times, I’ve grown tired of photography, but I’ve picked up the camera time and again, knowing that it was just a slump I was in. You’ll grow out of said slump soon enough.