Just a heads up the link in Roberto’s favourite image question might be considered not safe for work (NSFW). Roberto has a stunning portfolio that I recommend you all look at. Interestingly his favourite photos (listed in this interview) are shot with a wide angle. Something that is not often done well, so these are two prime examples of great wide angle portraits.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Industrial designer by heart, pilot by passion, and overall photographer by soul, Colombian photographer based in London UK, in love with human body, clothing and art aesthetics.
What made you get into photography?
After getting my BA degree in Industrial Design I was looking for some more extra advantages to my career, so I thought in photography as I was intrigued with it. While I was doing a photography professional course I discover fashion and art photography. I just fell in love with it, playing around with light and shapes. At the end I just said: this is it!
How did you get started?
After falling in love with photography I started to make contacts with top model agencies, make up artist’s, and fashion styling. I was lucky to have friends involved in fashion as it helps me to get a known.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Currently focused in Fashion and Art Photography
What gear are you using?
I’m a high tech guy. I’ve always tried to have the latest and the better equipment and photography hasn’t been an exception for me. But I’m also a believer that it’s not only the camera what makes a photo good (of course, the better the camera the easier to make a good photo). If it’s a low light situation I will go for Nikon D3s or if you need a billboard studio photo a Hasselblad will do a fantastic job. It’s key to always think on lens over body not body over lens.
What’s in my bag… Body Nikon pro level, nikkor 14 – 24 F2.8, nikkor 24 – 70 F2.8, nikkor 70 – 200 F2.8, ( next 50 mm f1.4) speed lights, light meter, elichrome heads and other gadgets.
What’s your favorite lens and why?
The most practical: nikkor 24mm – 70mm f2.8 gives you a wide range, it’s sharp, and a great aperture. My favorite lens is a 14mm – 24mm f2.8 just because it was the one that made my wide Proportions be real. Not all people will make fashion photography in a wide lens.
How are you marketing yourself?
Internet is a great advantage nowadays, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, all linked to your main website. To have your own website will always give you credibility. Lots of e-mails, phone calls, word to mouth.
What’s your favorite photo you have taken?
If you know my photography I tend to do a lot of one American shot (above the knee), one general shoot, and one wide proportions (as I named… ). So my favorite photo is the first wide proportions I took which is a photo of my wife. Here it’s the link as it’s not the one shown http://www.robertomccormick.com/first_wide.html.
I tend to love my latest shot, so here it’s Blind folded in Wide Proportions.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Show your work, get a website. If you don’t show your work you will never get clients. Knock doors, sometimes you will find that nobody will answer, sometimes you’ll be rejected, but above all you’ll see that the ones that welcome you at their door will bring you 7 more doors to open. Shot after shot and so on try to create quality over quantity, learn form your mistakes, and correct them in the next shot. You’ll master your style and photography with experience and discipline.