So RAW has been running for awhile now. It’s grown and surpassed what I ever imagined. We are also on the brink or releasing a ton of new content that will see RAW expand to other fields, more on this a little later on but I can tell you it will be amazing.
Anyway throughout RAW’s life I’ve been getting asked questions via email, and the various social networks I participate in, at first I would answer them all each questions would be a little different however over time I’ve seen some of the same questions popping up. Hence this little interview/faq post. I’m going to answer the most popular questions I’ve been asked, which will hopefully keep your curious minds at bay. At some point in the near future I will do the RAW interview, just thought I would start of with these questions instead.
Does the price of a camera matter to the overall picture?
I’m going to say no, based on experience. Some of my best work was taken with a canon 1000D. I have also seen some shockers taken with a 1D and a Nikon D3x, I’ve seen some amazing photos taken with entry level or even phone cameras. Its all about passion, creativity and detail. If you have those three then your almost there.
What do you enjoy most about photography?
The creativity involved, the flexibility with my work and the results i can capture with the click of a button. I get to use a part of my brain that comes alive when I shoot, it’s great. I also get to play with a lot of gear which is quite fun for me.
Is there a blog or website you visit regularly or that inspires you?
I actually read RAW on a daily basis as well. Which then leads me on to many blogs that I have bookmarked.
Then of course there is facebook, twitter and more recently google+ where I have a great network of photographers that I try to keep up with.
Australia looks pretty cool, but if you could shoot somewhere else where would it be and what would you shoot?
You’d think that, unfortunately I always have problems finding locations. If it had to be one place, it would definitely be Switzerland, not only cause it is my home Country but around every corner there is a photo opportunity, and then there is the Snow. Would love to do a glamour shoot in the snow. And we will one day.
I read that you work with your wife. Whats that like?
Awesome and I’m not just saying that cause she will read this. She is what inspires me everyday, we kick ideas around with each other and that helps with the final result of all our shoots. They do say two heads are better than one. She is also my creative director, she is great with the models and organising. She makes work fun.
Do you have a favourite photograph that has any meaning to it?
Yes, Its a photo I took a few years back when my wife and I went to Switzerland and I happened to snap a shot of peoples feet as we were crossing the road just for fun. When i downloaded it and looked at it, something happened, and I was hooked on photography.
Is there any exciting projects coming up with Tristan Jud Photography or RAW?
Well Tristan Jud Photography is the Photography arm of the operation so all shoots run through that. However I am looking at selling a few prints for something a little different. I haven’t worked out how I’ll set that up just yet. As for RAW well lots of things. There will still be the usual daily interviews, and a couple of video chats each month, but i’m also in the process of doing more tutorial type videos, which I have some other photographers from around the world working on a few videos as well. It’s something that has been in the works for awhile now and we are ahead of schedule. Initially I thought we would be launching all this new content early next year but by the looks of it you’ll start to see some in the next month or two.
Whats your favourite piece of gear other than your camera?
Tough question, but i would have to say everything that gets into the “Gear I Personally Use” page on RAW would be rated up there. It’s a little out of date, there are some new things that I absolutely love which i’ll get on there in the next few weeks.
Where do you find the time to run RAW plus do photography?
It’s all to do with time management, and no i’m actually no good at it. However I do know a few tricks to keep things running smoothly. Plus I find that with technology everything just gets a little easier. I can do a lot of maintenance using my Galaxy 10.1v (yes I don’t have a iPad) and facebook, twitter and g+ is usually handled when I have a few minutes free on my Galaxy S2. Whenever I have a slow day or I have some time up my sleeve I try to schedule posts which get posted down the track. So little things like that allow me to stay on top of it.
Whats it like working with stunning models?
Great, most of them are really nice people that we keep in contact with, my wife calls them her Barbie collection, She loves working with them all. There is also a downside when these stunning models can’t sell a look and end up looking lifeless in the photos. That’s when you realise you wont be working with them again.
Are you known for any particular lighting setup or constant user of a lens type?
This is a bit of a composite questions. Not sure if we got the wording right but you’ll figure it out. I like shooting with a 50mm. So on a cropped body it’s 80mm, when I shoot on a full frame I use a 85mm. So that’s my fav focal length, that I use to shoot almost everything. Oh and yes you can use a 50mm to shoot landscapes (just remember someone asking me that question the other day). As far as lighting setups I love the strobist movement. I don’t like cords they make me feel constricted, so using these strobes I have the freedom to move where ever I want. As far as what I use, I’m a contributing pro for LumoPro. I use their lighting gear, stands, strobes and other gadgets. I’ve been using them for awhile now and I wouldn’t recommend anything else, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend their gear if it wasn’t up to scratch.
Do you have a lot of gear?
I would like to have more lol. Sometimes when I’m packing it all up for a shoot it feels like I’m off to war, these tripods can do a lot of damage, my camera looks more like a weapon than a camera sometimes. To answer your question, I have enough for today lol. I do have some stuff in the mail so don’t tell my wife.
What are your thoughts on editing. How much do you edit and what do you use?
Editing is a must. I’m all for getting it right in the camera but to give it that final punch you need to edit it and do it right. I know there is a great debate about digital editing but I look at it as no different to the dark room process, it’s just the tools have changed. Has it made it easier and faster? well that again is up for debate. One could say yes, simple fixes are easy and don’t take much time, which is true. However more complex things still take a long time, and every now and then you end up with a photo where you just can’t seem to fix that skin blemish even though you’ve done it a thousand times before. I use a series of plugins depending on what i’m working on and Aperture 3.
Why do you ask the same questions on the RAW interview?
I always laugh when I get asked this. I started RAW because I was interested in how other photographers were getting into the industry or how the pros got to where they were. I started with a list of questions that were broad enough to allow the photographers to answer but if they wanted to they could go into lots of details. Kind of like a conversation. I’m always fascinated but how different the answers are.
What camera and lens do you use?
The correct answer is the one right for the job. However the one that I own and use most of the time is a 60d with a Sigma 50mm 1.4.
How do you market yourself?
Marketing is difficult. Some people just have a knack for it, i’m the complete opposite. However if you shoot and post eye catching images people will start to take notice. Use facebook to your advantage. The reason I say facebook is everyone is on it. I’ve found that I mainly speak with photographers on twitter and google plus yet a lot the projects we get for advertising, portfolios etc… come through facebook. I have managed to secure some cool locations using twitter though 🙂
Studio or Location?
Location! We are just coming out of winter here and we barely had any location shoots. I can’t wait to get out and deal with all the challenges locations have to offer.