Luke has nothing to do with the more famous Middleton’s but never the less he’s a talented photographer that doesn’t take himself to seriously. I got his email on my phone and all I could do was laugh. Anyway onto his interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
What’s up everyone!!?! My name is Luke Middleton and I am a 21 year old photographer based out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia (even though at the moment it’s more like “holy crap! was that someones ENTIRE out door setting flying past my window from this crazy storm?”…. Coast). I’m currently at the local University here studying a Bachelor of Computer based Art and Design. In my third year now, and loving the hell out of it! I love most things in life but particularly, music, being outside (aww yeah natty light), music, photography, music, and most important of all my original 1980’s Casio calculator watch. It’s so darn helpful!!
What made you get into photography?
It’s actually a pretty boring and uneventful story… but important none the less!! At the start of last year I decided (for some stupid reason) that I wanted to get out of studying design at University and become a mechanic…. I know what you’re thinking, “huh?”. Long story short, I made a horrible, no, disgraceful mechanic. I was the guy tripping over car jacks sending them smashing to the ground, and opening doors into cement pillars. When you’re working at a BMW dealership you really can’t afford to be doing any of these things. So anyway, whilst I wasn’t at work making a fool of myself I was at home feeling sorry for myself and decided I needed a hobby to change that. Luckily for me one of the guys at work was selling his Canon 350D + 18-55 + 75-300 (complete with smashed UV filter still bent and wedged onto it). Needless to say two weeks later I thought I was a regular Annie Leibovitz. Seriously though, that was my first experience with a DSLR and I decided very soon after that it was something I could get very used to. Oh… I’m back at Uni finishing that degree too…. for any of you playing at home.
How did you get started?
So yeah, around march last year when I got the camera I was still very much into cars. I was a big Mike Burroughs fan (stanceworks) so naturally I drifted towards automotive photography…get it?… I soon found that although pretty fun, it was kind of repetitive and I was having way more fun taking photos of my friends standing next to the car anyways. At the same time one of my best friends Andy Yates was competing on the world kiteboarding championship so standing in waist deep water taking photos of him became a bit of a recurring situation ( was first published in an Australian kiting magazine!!). It wasn’t until I had to do a basic photography course at uni (can anyone tell me what an f-stop is?) that I was forced into shooting portraiture. Around the same time I bought a 5D classic and 50mm f/1.4 combo and decided that portraiture was where it was at!!!
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Pretty much purely portraiture at the moment. I’ve met a few local wedding photographers and second shot some of their weddings with them (thanks for the opportunity guys!) and am currently building up a wedding photography business and have a few booked for the end of the year. Any one getting married? I’m really awesome, and caring, and take really good photos!?
What gear are you using?
At the moment I’m rocking a 5D classic with a 50 f/1.4 pretty much permanently stuck on the front of it. I also have a 70-200 f/4 (Don’t say it!! I already know…. I’m working on an upgrade) but rarely use it. As far as lighting goes, I generally only shoot natural light so it’s not much. 430 ex ii and a crappy soft box in that department.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
It would definitely have to be the 50 1.4. It pretty much stays on my camera the whole time. I rarely, rarely use the 70-200, and pretty much only bought it for when I need it on jobs for the local paper. I’m a poor Uni student so couldn’t afford the 2.8…. Don’t judge alright! It’s bad enough owning one let alone having you guys snickering behind my back about it.. Sheeez.
How are you marketing yourself?
Facebook. Facebook. Facebook, and word of mouth. I’ve just made myself a pretty sweet website too, it hasn’t received much traffic seeing as it’s only brand new but I’m getting my SEO skillz on and hopefully should be working well for me soon. Also business cards…. when I can afford it. Did I mention I’m a poor Uni student?
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
Uhhh, such a hard question. I would like to think it’s my next one, but seeing as I haven’t taken it yet I guess I’ll have to decide. Can I narrow it down to a few?… Good.
Elizabeth and fraser. Diptychs count right? They do now.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Seeing as I’m only relatively fresh on the scene I’m not going to say to much about actually “making it” and becoming a successful well known photographer, because lets face it, that’s not me. I will say though. Just like anything else, if it’s something you are truly, truly passionate about don’t let anything stop you from making it happen. Go out and take photos, then take some more photos. Come home and eat, sleep, shower (important) and go and take more photos again! Read books, watch tutorials, ask questions, stare blankly at your camera willing it to take awesome photos. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on school. Everything that you could ever possibly want to know about photography is on the internet. You just have to find it. It’s all up to you. It may sound like a bit of a kill joy, but this whole world is expecting you to fail and give up. Don’t give those fuckers an inch.
…I feel like I should have some sort of inspirational music building up slowly behind me. Can we make that happen?