I’ll be a releasing a new weekly feature on RAW, in the next few days. Still putting the final touches on it all so you’ll just have a to wait a bit. Todays Interview is with a very talented photographer who comes from Perth! He has some interesting advice but I think his tip for turning pro is the definitely worth reading and remembering.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My names Lewis Potts I am 23 years old and live in Perth WA. I studied film making for a number of years and now shoot photos and films by myself and in my production company that I share with three great friends.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
Through cinematography and realizing you can tell a story with one shot and no one else to tell you what to do or how to do it.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
I guess it depends on the shoot; I started out shooting film but have slowly become more attached to digital just because of the headache that comes along with film. As far as lenses go, I’m not a camera geek and I think there’s a bit too much fuss over it, I’m happy to shoot with whatever’s in the bag.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
Word of mouth and knowing people does pretty well for me.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
Like most photographers I have so many favourites and it would be too hard to say, they’re all reminders of wonderful places and times. But I do love it when people tell me what their favourite is because a lot of the time its quite different which is great.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
I’ve picked this one because I normally don’t do too much editing and there’s not much to tell, but in this case I thought the subjects and what is happening was great but its a pretty crappy shot. So here’s a little before and after.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post?
I believe you definitely need to know what to look for and how to capture it when shooting then the editing should complement the photograph.
What’s your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
Mirrors are really great for bouncing sunlight around in dark places.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
Time for some plugging: On my website lewispottsphoto.com Flickr, Facebook, and a little bit on my film company website seventhcontinent.com.au
Do you ever get photographers block?
No, not at all there’s too much good stuff going on that keeps me interested and I don’t label taking photos as work. As soon as someone calls something they enjoy “work” it slowly changes the mindset into “being at work” then wanting to be elsewhere. I always think that having a camera is like having a free pass because it gains you access to people and places you might not otherwise see.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
In a lot of ways I am just starting so I’ll leave this question for another 10 or so years.
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. – Bill Cunningham