An Interview with Jason Stitt
Hear It! Jason Stitt aka keeweeboy shares his interest in photographing people and emotions. His portfolio is all about striving for the best - capturing life, beauty and joy... and what designers need.
1. Production Equipment:
Photographer: Jason Stitt
Country of Origin: United States
2. What do you think of photography these days?
- Camera: Canon 20D
- Lenses: 100mm F/2.8, 50mm F/1.8, 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Lighting: 3 Alien Bee strobes, umbrellas, softbox
- Software: Photoshop CS
I think it's really exciting to be a part of the photography industry in today's world.
3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a professional soccer player.
4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
As a graphic designer I was always searching for good stock photos. About 3 and a half years ago, I came across a microstock site and they were advertising for photographers to sell their photos. I had just come back from my honeymoon and had some good sunset photos etc., and decided to give it a shot. A couple of sales later I became hooked. I had no photography experience, but I realized the potential and so I bought a DSLR and started teaching myself how to shoot.
5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
It takes someone who is willing to invest time, money, and then some more time. This isn't a get rich quick scheme. Even if you know photography, stock is a different ball game. You have to study the industry, learn what designers want and need. And be willing to adapt as the industry continues to change.
6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Finding the time to shoot. I had a full time job and a wife who wanted to spend time with me. So I ended up shooting her. She got to spend time with me and I got to take photos. She's still my number one selling model!
7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
I get to set my own hours; take a day off whenever I feel like it; be as creative as I want. I don't have a boss looking over my shoulder, and I don't have to clock in and out everyday. But the best thing is, I get to do something I love.
8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
Most importantly, I make sure my batteries are fully charged! Quite honestly though, I don't spend much time preparing. This might be one of my biggest weaknesses as a photographer.
9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I try to capture life, beauty, and joy in my work. I hope I have been successful.
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.
I don't have a regular check list that I go through, but I don't just "follow my heart" either. I am a graphic designer, so I shoot the type of photos I know I would use if I were designing a piece.
11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
People, people, people. I love shooting people. I love capturing different emotions on camera, and I love seeing their excitement when they see their photo in a magazine or on a billboard.
12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
People, people, people. People tend to have a mind of their own, as apposed to say an apple, or a house.
13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
The same as everything else in life. I strive to do the best I can, for the glory of God.
14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
My mortgage payment. I absolutely love taking photos, but to be completely honest my biggest inspiration is the need to pay my bills and feed my family. But maybe that's more of a motivation rather than inspiration. I guess beauty inspires me. When I see the beauty of God's creation, whether it be a person or some part of nature, I just want to capture it.
15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
Sometimes I'll flip through magazines, but mostly I just go do something else for a while - something that doesn't require me to be creative.
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 don't recall having such an experience. Maybe that says something bad about my creativity, but oh well.
17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I have realized that I really am able to do things I never thought I could. I'm sure that's true of all of us. I never knew I had this in me, but through hard work and perseverance I discovered that I really can take great photos, I really can be creative, I really can make a living doing something I love.
18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
I can honestly say I don't really have a particular person who I admire the most. There are many great photographers in this industry, all worthy of admiration. I try to learn from each of them.
19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
This isn't as easy as it looks. But don't let that discourage you. Having a photo rejected never feels good, but it's one of the best ways to learn. Shoot, shoot, shoot, and then shoot some more.