Hi Kesler! Are you happy with the kit lens? Would you recommend getting a different lens - like the 50 f/1.8, 30 f/3.0 macro or 16 f/2.8 wide angle? And of course, love your artistry! Thanks in advance :)
Yes I love the kit lens, all of my NEX work is shot with it. I also have the Zeiss 24mm, which I’m starting to use more now.
Kesler, you have a really great feel for achieving rich, warm, saturated and vintage tones. I am also shooting with an Nex-7, so I'm super curious if you are getting these colors and tones from inside the camera, or do you tend to shoot clean and have some quick defaults you use post-camera. I don't want to copy what you're doing, but simply want to get a better understanding of what the camera is capable of, so specifics would be useful. I appreciate your feedback, and your talent. Thanks...
I’m using LR4 to achieve a lot of the color toning in my work.
Dude!! you should totally start shooting video... I saw an old promo video someone made for 1 of your shoots but i haven't seen a new one for a while. are you interested in collaborating with more video work or doing some of your own?
Not really focusing on video at this time. Maybe its something I will venture into in the near future, but right now I’m focusing on stills :)
First, let me just say your work is excellent and ranks of there along with my favorites like Leder, Bellemere and Purienne. Your tone, shade and detail is superb. On to my question - I know you are currently using the Sony Nex-7. I'm wondering if you ever use it for video. I like using stills from video because you can get some really spontaneous shots that way. Do you recommend this style of photography, or do you feel it detracts from the image quality? Thanks for your work and input...
Actually I never use the video function so I can’t answer your question.
So Charles has this nice long blog post about his thoughts on Fashion Nudes and Censorship /2012/04/fashion-nudity-and-censorship. I was wondering what were your thoughts on Fashion Nudes, how and why you shoot them, how they inspire your other work, and why you think these amazingly beautiful models want to shoot with you.
Yes, I read that post a while back, one of my friends showed it to me; its quite an entertaining read. While I’m not in any position to critique or criticize someone else view on the subject, I personally think the term “Fashion nudes” is Oxymoron. I like to refer to them as edgy photos with nudity LOL. Adding the term “fashion” to nude photos is subjective, and often times considered creepy, because many would find it misleading, or worst a method to get models naked.
Many of the models that I work with find nudity a freedom of expression, a way to create art in a raw form capturing emotion.
Very unique and interesting black&white work, I quite enjoy the darker tones. What is that sort of B&w work called? I use high key B&ws often, but am unfamiliar with what that sort of tone balance is called.
Thank you. I’m not sure if there is any specific term. I think its all very subjective, and varies from person to person.
i'm a new photographer and i LOVE your location work, but i also love some of the studio/inside location work i've seen you do... i had a question re: skin tones. even with my white balance set to flash in studio i always get very orange skin... what do i do to correct that? again i LOVE your work! stunning images
Thank you. For white balance I always leave it at Custom 5500K. I have presets that I apply to everything which mutes a lot of the orange.
HEY :)! I'm from Germany and today I found a page on the internet about you. I became very interested. Does it make you feel proud or something like that, when you read articles about yourself? :) By the way: I really like your work !
Hello, I have a rebel canon t3i and I LOVE it but I'm looking for something more compact so I don't have to lug around my camera everywhere.... Do you like your NEX7 sony? What are it's pros and cons? And something that's a little pet peave of mine.... does the camera focus on its own, something I noticed, in some cameras even if it's on manual focus it'll focus it a little more or less in the actual photo.
Yes, absolutely love the NEX 7.
Pros - Light, small, versatile, fast AF, excellent IQ, Flip LCD, EVF is awesome, its black.
Cons - Memory buffer could be bigger, then again can’t expect this from a compact camera. Not a whole lot of E-mount lens to choose from at the moment.
Yes, the camera does have auto AF, means it starts focusing on its own, but this hasn’t posed a problem, if anything its helpful. Half Press the shutter will still AF.
From my understanding, you're a Canon dslr user... I've noticed that a lot of the images you've been posting are shot with the little Sony Nex7; why is that? I'm intrigued at what it gives you over your main dslr usage wise. How much more editing are you doing with the nex, if any? Do you find yourself shooting the nex with flash off or on? I don't own a micro camera like the nex but am intrigued.
Yes, I do own a 5D3. For the past 2 months, 99% of all the photos taken are with the NEX 7.
This little camera delivers high IQ and is so versatile. Being extremely compact it allows me to shoot in different angles using the flip LCD that would be impossible using a DSLR. Also being a little larger an than a P&S camera, rangers/ law enforcement leaves you alone :)
As far as editing goes, its actually a little less. I achieve the look I like with a few less curve adjustments than before. DX0 website says the dynamic range on the NEX 7 is greater than the 5D3, so this might have something to do with it.
As of right now the NEX 7 is my primary camera, the 5D3 sits in the bag, and has been for a while.