Happy Monday everyone. Hope you’ve all had a fantastic weekend, did anyone shooting anything interesting? A quick update on the rumor mill it seems that the Canon 7dmkII will be an entry level full frame camera and the new 70D will be restoring the xxD line to it’s former glory. I’ll keep you posted as details get leaked. Now for today’s interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a 26 year old portrait and wedding photographer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. I also dabble in some video as well. Almost all of my time goes to it, and I wouldn’t change anything.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
My brother definitely inspired me. He has been doing it longer, and even graduated college with a degree in it. I like to feel I developed my own style to separate myself from his. I enjoy working with him to create the ultimate photo sessions.
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
I use 3 Canon bodies on a regular basis. Most of the time, I use a 5d Mark ii. The full frame is perfect for wide angles with a depth of field. I love to use my t2 film body for personal work. There is a certain look you can achieve with film that I enjoy. I also have a 7D that I bring when I am doing video, because I like the different frame rates it uses. For lenses, I use a Canon 50mm 1.4 most of the time. I cannot live without it. I have two other lenses, the 85mm 1.2L and the 17-40 f/4L which I like to use for specific things. The 85 does’t get as much love from me as it should. I need to fix that.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
I market myself using social media only. I blog about every other session on my website, and then post a couple or a few of my favorites on websites like Facebook and Flickr. After I complete a blog post, I usually post something about for people to see on Facebook or Tumblr.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
There were a lot to choose from, but this one is my favorite. I can’t pinpoint what it is that I like so much, there’s just something about it that intrigues me. It has no meaning or significance, just one from a couples session I had a few months ago.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
This was taken using a Canon 5d Mark ii and the 50mm 1.4 @ 1.4
I put my subject in the a spot where the light was as even as possible, then exposed for the face. For processing, I used a master layer of curves to get the contrast and exposure the way I wanted it. After that, I used two more layers of curves, this time I went through each color of the RGB and create a color template I liked. To ensure the skin tones were accurate, I used the color balance tool and made some small changes.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post?
For processing, I use Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. I believe getting as much correct in camera as possible, then doing small tweaks in post to make it perfect.
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
I have a Canon messenger style camera bag that I really like. I’ve used several bags over the last few years but this one in particular fits everything, yet is still comfortable and safe.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
I like to use Flickr the most. I use Tumblr, Pinterest, and 500px as well, but I have used Flickr for the longest and it’s where I feel the most comfortable. I enjoy looking at other photographers work on there also. Recently, I have been using Behance.net because I like the blog style posting and there a lot of interesting photographers and designers there that push my work to the limits.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Every once in a while. If I get a lot of photo sessions where they are all for clients, or if I do only personal work for a long period of time, then yes. It’s important to always find time for both to keep your mind sharp and inspired. I also find it awesome to explore new places with your camera.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
I wish I would have started sooner. I see a lot of young, talented photographers that makes me wish I started in high school.
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Practice. Try new things as much as possible. Then practice some more. There’s always some room for improvement. It’s important not to get to complacent with where you are. Networking is the key to finding work. Also, network yourself to what you specialize in. You don’t want to get in over your head with something you aren’t comfortable with.