1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Nikon D700, Nikkor 105mm, Nikkor 24-70mm, Nikkor 14-24mm, Nikon SB-900, and Bowens lights.
2. What do you think of photography these days?
Digital photos and editing have changed everything. It is much more accessible to the public than it used to be; no longer a hobby of the elite! It is now a hobby that everyone can enjoy. As a business, it is definitely more challenging to stand out in the sea of thousands.
3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I wanted to be an archeologist.
10 years ago, when the digital revolution was in its early stage. I never liked shooting with digital or analog cameras.
5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Shoot, upload, shoot, upload... and never give up as it's always difficult in the beginning. There is always new ways to learn how to get better at your craft and outshine your competition.
6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Slow internet connection and relying on a point-shoot camera.
7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
To be able to see what others can't.
8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
It really depends on the type of photos I want to produce. If the theme is travel photography, I will then learn about the location, time of sunrise and sunset in advance. When a scaffolding or landmark is difficult to locate, I will conduct my own online research to find out more.
9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Lots of nature, landmarks and still-life shots. I focus on simple motives and bright colors.
10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
Perhaps, I follow my emotions. It is more about the passion than adhering to a rigid list.
11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
I would have to say landscapes with nice lighting give me the greatest satisfaction since it combines memories with an artistic point of view.
12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
That would be people; I don't take pictures of people so often as these photo shoots require a lot of communication. You have to be very experienced to produce great shots of people. I prefer natural settings as opposed to the commercialized model poses that are usually not so profitable in the stock photography industry.
13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Never shoot when you are not in the right mood. If you do, the pictures would look awful. The best picture will always be the one you least expected.gencies.
14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Talking to my other photographer friends has always left me with new experiences. I would discover new methods to improve my skills through their points of view.
15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I will get my inspiration at exhibitions, from the Internet or just wait for a better day to come.
16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I will try to project that energy onto my photos to establish a better connection with my audience. I want them to feel the same way I did that very moment.
17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I can see what people around me don't.
18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Peter Beard. His work represents passion, emotions, and real people or animals trapped in dire situations.
19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Be strong. This field is no longer for amateurs. It's like being in the jungle; either you eat or be eaten. Therefore, be original, prolific and do not give up.