Hugo has been read RAW for sometime now and sent me an email with a link to his work, he had some great shots so I thought it would be best if we could learn a little from him.
Stay tuned I’m launching a new eBook aimed at beginners coming out this Thursday. If you got yourself a new camera for Christmas and your not sure how to use it then this will be the perfect guide for you.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi there! My name is Hugo de Jong and I am a freelance photographer from Eindhoven, in the south of The Netherlands. I am thirty years old, a gadget junkie and I am also an entrepreneur. It is the combination of business and creativity in photography that I love.
What made you get into photography?
I have always been fascinated with photography, but I never advanced beyond the automatic position of a point and shoot camera. A couple of years ago, however, my father in law invited me to join a photography course. That is where addiction struck me.
How did you get started?
After the first course, I decided to start an official programme, but unfortunately I had to quit after six months. Due to the enormous amounts of professional assignments, I had not been able to combine my schooling with all the work.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I am currently involved in business portraits, fashion shoots and portfolio work for models. On top of that I also have a two year old son who the camera seems to love. He is very photogenic. I try to take pictures every day.
What gear are you using?
For cameras I like to use my Canon 5D mkII and my Sony NEX-7. In the studio, however, I prefer my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS USM. For professional assignments I like to use zoom lenses because of their flexibility. For independent work I prefer to use primes, because of their speed. As far as lighting is concerned, I use Elinchrom Ranger Quadras, because it can be used on location as well as in the studio.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
For a few days now, I have been using the Carl Zeiss ZM Planar T 50/2 for my NEX-7. This is an amazing lens, and manual focus on the NEX works simply sublime!
How are you marketing yourself?
Social media like facebook and twitter, but also my own website and Google provide me with a lot of work. Try to show yourself as much as you can on websites like Flickr and 500px, forums, blogs, etc. Show the world what you have done and who your business references are.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
My favorite picture is one of my first studio shoots when my son crawled into the studio and sat himself on a stool. I quickly took a picture and it was spot on!
What post processing tools do you use?
All my photos get post production in Lightroom first and afterwards mostly in Photoshop CS5. Lightroom, however, is my favorite. I usually get the right result with this software.
How did you shoot and edit this photo?
For this picture I put a flash outside as backlight on full power and one for the model as fill light. I used the Canon 85mm on f/2 and 1/125 sec.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
For starting photographers I think it is important to invest in yourself first, instead of expensive equipment. An expensive camera is no guarantee for a pretty picture. I personally learned a lot from online Scott Kelby courses.