Kesler, big fan, I've written a few times as a fellow Nex-7 user. Like the shot of you taking a shot, which brought up a question - what kind of camera bag are you using for the Nex? Other than the leather case, there doesn't seem to be one out there specifically made for it. Maybe I'm odd for wanting the best place to keep my baby, but that's just how it is... :)
I use a Lowepro Rezo 140AW. Its big enough to keep my flash and accessories.
why did you by a 5dm3 if you use sony? are you thinking of selling it then?
I bought my 5D3 about 3 weeks before the Sony. Originally the Sony was intended for a compact portable system, but the results and features of it quickly replaced my primary camera. No intention of selling the 5D anytime soon.
You seem to have absolutely no fear of shadows. Areas like the eyes, where other photographers tend to aim lots of light to be sure to accentuate the "catchlights", you many times leave in darkness.... Do you ever use reflectors or fill flash at all? Or do you say "damn it all, there are shadows in life!"?
I learn to love things people hate. So the latter works for me :)
Ironically as it may sound, shadows in the eyes are often times more compelling than a catch light.
Being that you shoot in natural light a lot and because you like the models to continue to move throughout the shoot instead of posing, do you try and shoot within a certain aperture and shutter speed most times? And if so, what ranges do you normally stay in?
I prefer to use shallow DOF so I’m usually pretty wide open. 2.8 or bigger.
Charles and Rodney said in their latest podcast about model posing that you have to select the right kind of model for your shoot, that you can't hire a commercial model and expect them to deliver the emotive editorial motion poses that you see in their work and in yours. Is that true in your experience? Are all of the models here editorial models? And have you ever shot a commercial model that was able to give you your editorial look?
I actually shoot quite a few commercial models for their agency. They come to me because I can get something edgy out of their commercial look.
I have a very photo journalistic approach to shooting, and avoid anything “posey” so whether a model knows how to pose is irrelevant. Chances are if she “knows how to pose” she’s going to deliver the same type of poses time after time, same type of expression, etc, etc. Ever noticed a model giving the same type of poses and expression from 30 different photographers who shot them? Thats why I’m not fond of “models who know how to pose.”
I rather work on a range of motion that is natural, uninhibited and raw; and I’m not talking about dancing around with hair whipping all over the place :)
It looks like you're shooting in a lot of high contrast lighting situations without using reflectors or additional lights. Are you able to pull more shadow detail from the RAW files of your NEX-7 or from the 5D Mk III? You get more or less noise in the shadows from the NEX-7? And do you get funny looks from model's you've never worked with before when you shoot them with the NEX-7? Do they doubt your professional skill and ask why you're shooting with a point and shoot? ;-)
The nex has more dynamic range than the 5DIII, never have to pull details from shadows on either. The NEX7 has more noise than the 5D, but not much; it makes up for it in dynamic range though.
Haven’t had anyone question the camera I use. Most of the models I shoot are experienced enough to know its not about the camera that makes a great photo. But I’m sure for many it is their first time a photographer uses a small compact camera to do a photoshoot, they just don’t say anything.
What do you look for when scouting for locations? How the light falls at certain times of day? A certain textured wall? A messy apartment? And, do you look for locations for specific models or look for models for specific locations? How does that all work?
In order of importance.
Lighting, Amenities, how remote it is, and whether or not its private property haha.
I basically look for places that I haven’t shot before and tailor my shoot based on the location.
Hey Kesler, wanted to get your opinion on a good lens mount for the NEX-7 (nikon lens)? Whats a good brand that's also not too expensive. Also, any suggestions on better suited memory cards for the NEX-7?
Sorry, not familiar with mounts. I recommend the Sandisk extreme pro series. I have two of those on me at all times.
Hey bud, do you post process every single picture yourself, or do you have a team/ assistant to help? I ask because on one hand, you produce work at a fast rate. But on the other hand, all the retouching on your photos is very specific with a very pronounced artistic vision, so it'd be scary to outsource. Basically, like to know your thoughts on what to outsource or not to outsource on post, as I'm bound to hit a similar dilemma a few years down the line. Big fan of your work man. Thanks -K
Yes I process all my photos myself. I have a process down so it definitely speeds things along :)