Today we feature 32 year old Sam Mohan from India. Sam is a profession photographer whole you’ll see covers a wide range of genres. Enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
32 year old photographer, thinker & innovator from Bangalore, India.
What inspired you to get into photography?
The fact that I could travel with my job and make wonderful bodies of work that are not only beautiful/surreal but also inspiring and uplifting my audiences consciousness’s without using a verbal language was what inspired/motivated me to take this up as a career.
Are you self taught or did you study photography?
I have a M.A in photography & digital imaging from the university of Sunderland, United Kingdom
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens could you not live without?
Flash or Natural Light?
the usage of my gear and lenses/lights are totally depended upon the kind of work I undertake. I don’t believe in too much gear.Therefore, I can live with any gear as long as it facilitates me to construct an image. Mixing flash with natural lights is what I love most.
Can you describe how you use a flash, reflector, natural light when your shooting your portraits?
I usually gauge what lights I need to use depending on the light that I receive on any given situation, but usually I like to keep a profoto battery pack handy which helps me to move around without worrying about a bulky genset to power my flashes.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
I reckon, I am yet to create my favourite photograph. Everyday I compete with myself to achieve a better image than my last constructed image.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was shot and how you edited it?
taken from my project lumberjacks of C.I.A.( the entire shoot was done with a 50mm prime Nikon lens. I have waited for the right time to get the magical light, positioned my subject on the edge of the cliff signifying the high altitude region that these people come from and then getting them comfortable enough to be shot with a camera and also using my on camera flash to bring out details on my subjects face. The post production workflow is simple. Only RAW adjustments made with clarity button at the maximum radius and bleach bypassing it on Photoshop. Also, increasing the vibrancy of the bleach bypassed image to give it a surreal finish.
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work?
Camera does 75% of my work. The rest 25% definitely requires Photoshop correction. I visualize my final image even before I click my camera trigger.
What’s your favourite photography accessory other than you camera?
A good tripod
Do you crop in camera or during post?
I crop in camera for maximum resolution.
How do you go about learning new techniques?
Practice and experimentation makes a man perfect
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and where?
Do you ever get photographers block, and if so what do you do to get inspired?
Let go, take a sabbatical and concentrate on something else other than photography.
How much personal work do you shoot?
More than my commercial work.
Do you plan on purchasing any new gear? If so what are you eyeing off?
Time lapse motion control equipment.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
Not really…my journey as a photographer has been quite organic.
Which photographers inspire you and why?
Eugenio Rucuenco, Ruadh de Lone, Aally Mann, Sebastian Salgado, Martin Parr, Sacha Goldberger, David Lachapelle, Dave Hill. Each one of the above mentioned photographer has a distinct style and have perfected styles that have inspired my journey as a photographer.
If you weren’t a photographer what would you be?
Base jumper I reckon
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Don’t let any obstacle stop you from creating what you believe in. The red lights on the road does stop you for a while. Don’t let it deter you. instead patiently wait for the string of green lights you have ahead. so yeah…savour your present to have a bright future.
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