Welcome to the second edition of SLS
a bi-weekly article from Still-Life-Stills
which includes an interviewed photographer and feature with a smattering of group and community news! Now; onto our second interview!Hello, thanks for joining us! Let's start off by telling us a bit about yourself & your photography?
I am currently in my final year of university, hoping to continue on to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist and published author. I did have dreams of becoming a Forensic Scientist or Police officer once (probably still do ha-ha!)
I got started into photography about 5 years ago. I can’t exactly remember what the trigger was, but I just remember waking up one day, wanting to write a novel, wanting to be a professional photographer, wanting to do all these amazing things, and now, I am gradually ticking all of those boxes. I use a Canon EOS60D, 18-55mm kit lens, 100mm f2.8 Macro lens, and 50mm 1.8 prime lens.
What is your favorite thing about still life photography?
What I absolutely love about Still Life Photography is that you can take simple things around you, place them out of context, and take lots of fun and fantastic shots with these objects. Another thing I love about Still Life is that it is very convenient. For genres such as Landscape, you need to travel to places, for portraiture, you need to make effort to find good models. But for Still Life, you could dig up anything wacky and cool from your own house and go crazy with taking photos. It’s that easy and that convenient! As long as you have creativity fueling your imagination, you could make even the most boring object outstanding.Are there any photographers/other artists on dA or off that inspire you?
Oh yes! I have so many photographers I like. I don’t want to list some and not be able to list others because there are just so many talented photographers here on DA. However, if you look through my +favorites, you will see just the amount of gigantic talent there is. What are some of the challenges you've face with still life photography and photography in general?
Relating this to photography in general, the greatest challenge I have faced would be poor weather conditions and poor lighting. I like to shoot Macro, but the lens I use does not have an Image Stabilizer. Even on days where there is only a little bit of wind, it is still a great challenge trying to get a good sharp and crisp shot of you macro object.
Another challenge I faced (and many others probably faced too) was getting to know your camera, the manual settings (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture) exposure, temperature, RAW data etc… These things are a bit technical and a bit hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, it can be quite fun altering the settings. What advice would you give someone just starting out with photography?
The best advice I could give a beginner starting out in photography would be to keep shooting. Try taking photos of different genres (ie. Macro, Still Life, Wildlife etc…) and see which area holds you interest the most. Once you know, begin to focus in that area and build yourself a reputation for that genre of photography. I would also recommend starting you own portfolio. I mainly use deviantArt, but there are numerous other sites. The reason for this is it helps the photographer expose their artwork to a wider community who can provide them with feedback and support. Overall, keep shooting, and create your own style, and your own personal brand. What groups on dA would you recommend to other photographers?
I would definitely recommend Still-Life-Stills for those who are into taking photos of food, objects, jewellery, anything to do with Still Life basically. However, there are many other good groups to join too such as young-photo-club
who offer extensive critique for your photos. Softness-art
are heavy on their features, so if you really want to get your photography out there, that would be a good group to join. Also, Naturally-Amazing
is a relatively small group, but are always looking for good photos to add to their gallery. Is there anything on dA that you've found helpful or inspiring?
There are so many things I have found useful on DA, where should I begin? I think I want to begin with the dA forums. Not many people know about them but you can find the Forum via the drop down menu to your left. On the forum, you can get people to give feedback, rate your gallery etc… In a way, it really helps to let you know where you need to improve and what you are good at. dA Groups are also a great place to get your photos featured as well as to enter competitions and win prizes. Searching for tutorials will bring up heaps and heaps of good information where you can learn how to use photoshop and go crazy with the post-editing. What is your favorite still life related object to photograph?
Another hard question. I like to shoot a lot of different Still-Life objects. I can’t really pin it down to one. I love food photography, and taking photos of cups, jewellery and accessory pieces like chains, rings, necklaces (those Eiffel tower necklaces are really hit right now!). I love Danbo but I haven’t been able to buy one. But he’s a fun and cute still-life object to photograph. Are there any last words you'd like to leave us with?
Follow your dreams, seek to improve, and become the photographer you want to be!
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to sit and talk with us!
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