I bought my first DSLR 10 years ago but didn’t get serious about photography till 3 years ago.
When did you get into photography and why?
When my daughter was born, I want to take some pictures for her J
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
Yes I’m slowly changing from using telephoto lenses like 70-200 to wider lenses like 35 and 24 prime. I use to use zoom a lot but throughout the years I replaced all of them with prime lenses. Contrary to many portrait photographers, I like using wider lenses for portrait. I think it’s a better for telling the story.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre plan, or is it a click and run?
Everything starts from a concept and then finding the right people for the project. I like using inspiration photos because it gives everyone a clear idea of what we are about to create. Planning is a very important part of a photo shoot. Timing, weather and location all need to fit the concept. I sometimes do click and run but that’s pretty much for sharpening my photography skills or for testing purpose.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
Good photography needs both, aesthetic and story. I guess there is never going be an end in pursuing them.
Do you have an influences you can share?
I really like this photographer’s work.
What inspires you?
Other than other artists’ work. Movies and videos games are my biggest sources of inspiration
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
I believe so, and I think a bad photograph is taking photos without using creativity. There is a difference between photography and taking a picture.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I do portraits, commercial, I also teaching photography but I don’t think any of them will be my end goal. The most fascinating thing for me about photography is it’s always challenging. This is what motivates me keep doing photography. I’m one of those people who easily got bored of doing the same thing, but I never get bored of photography. I think just for fun is the best mind set for photographers. To be good at something we need to keep doing it. If we have to keep doing something, it has to be fun.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
I use Instagram, facebook and Youtube, but I have to say I never consider myself to be good at social media. I think Instagram is the best platform for photographer to showcase their work. Youtube is great for showing my ideas about photography, a good media for my photography workshop. Facebook is good for connecting with people. I use it a lot to arrange photo shoots.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media?
Instead of following photographers I follow certain styles. There are many photographers’ work that are amazing. Follow a certain hashtag is a better choice for me.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I don’t think mobile photography is a good choice for portrait. Landscape might be a different story.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
Nikon D810 and Sigma Art lenses.
I use 24 and 35 more often for indoor shoot and 50 more often on outdoor.
What is your dream location to shoot at?
Too many to list here. I wish I can do photo shoot all over the world. There are just too many amazing places to shoot.
In three words how would you describe your photography?
Artistic, clean, moody
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
It’s fascinating to see new cameras showing up in the market almost every month. There are a lot of choices and new technology makes photographers life a lot easier. These are all good things for us photographers. Meantime, I see photographers throwing a lot of money on gear which is something I against. I believe the more you shoot the less gear you’ll need. For example the lenses, there are many photographers collecting a lot of lenses. For me there is really no need to do so. They cost a lot of money and there is no way you will need to use all of them all the time. my 35 and 50 covers 90% of my photography need. If need something else for that 10% of the time. Renting makes a lot more sense than buying. The bottom line is we need invest more on ourselves instead our gear. Being a better photographers is way more important than owning more gears.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
Better cameras will help you to create better images for sure. But the difference they can make is much smaller when compared with better photography skills.