What did you want to become in the childhood?
A stuntman. To me, that was the most badass job you can have.
Your personal story with photography. My old man was a photographer and later on in his career started directing commercials. He had his own production company and in that company he had two photographers, René Kramers and Oof Verschuren, working for him. Whenever I had a day off from school or had a holiday I was assisting these guys. Well assisting, I started by painting backdrops, mopping the studio floor, cleaning the cameracases. But that didn’t matter. I was in a studio. I thought photography was the best job in the world. I was hooked.
What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? My greatest accomplishment is to actually make it as a photographer, make a living with it. And doing it whithout going to a proper school, just by assisting and shooting, a lot of shooting.
The favorite photograph you took, the craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? I don’t think I have a favorite photograph. Every job I’ve got a new one.
The craziest thing, without a doubt, would be hanging outside of a helicopter flying above Rialto beach, WA. USA. Shooting ‘B’ roll for a Tommy Hilfiger ad campaign.
What do you want to achieve? To be published in a major fashion magazine. To me, now, that is something I’m trying to achieve.
The greatest power of photography? That you can tell stories. Made up or real. You can show people what they normally will never see. The magic of looking at something for as long as you want what actually took place a 125th of a second.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? I carry my Canon 5D mkIII, the 24-70 II, the 85 II and my trusted little Ricoh GR. Businesscards. Lumu. Random cables. A hard drive. A diary . Supertool. Spare batteries. Chargers… It also depends on what and where I’m shooting…
Are you working on any special projects right now? All my projects are special. HAHA! For the client anyway…
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Shoot. Shoot often. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Personal intro. I am an Ohio native currently living in Tokyo Japan. I remember growing up we always had some form of camera in the house from 110, to polaroid instant, and eventually my mom bought a Pentax K1000 to further her hobby, which is the film camera I shoot with now. For the past 15+ years I have been shooting both film and digital photography. My passion is nature and street photography, but I also shoot Weddings, families and corporate events.
Your personal story with photography. In college, I started traveling overseas which is when I started taking my photography more seriously, I wanted more control of what and how I captured images. One of my photo friends pushed me to shoot E6, that first roll was the toughest, but it helped me to slow down my process and get back to the basics. Knowing your gear is fundamental and allows you to concentrate more on the composition and feel of the image.
Your favorite photograph, the craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? One of my favorite photographs was on a golf course on a foggy morning. A blue heron just landed next to a weeping willow on the edge of a pond. It was a day where everything just fell into place. I had been waiting for a foggy day to shoot this weeping willow and as I was setting up my shot down flies a blue heron, Ohio is know for them. I quickly re-frame and for a wider shot and capture what is still to this day my favorite image.
On the other side of the spectrum the craziest thing I’ve done as a photographer was to photography the Race Across America 2012 race from San Diego, CA to Auburn MD on bikes. It took 6 days from start to finish and most of the time I was hanging out of the window shooting with one hand and driving with the other. There were a lot of treacherous roads and little sleep but I would shoot that again in a minute. Although the next time I would have a media vehicle to myself and a small team so we could documents without the rush of keeping up with the team that is racing 100% of the time.
What do you want to achieve with your photography? I would like to show people the world through my photography, to inspire people to explore to find beauty in their surrounding. Growing up in Ohio I was always jealous of people who lived in more picturesque states like Colorado, California, or Washington. It wasn’t until I took part in a 365 project that i actually opened my eyes to see how beautiful my hometown was. Now that we live in Tokyo I do miss the abundance of nature that was easily accessible. On the other hand, I love living and shooting in Tokyo as it’s tough to run out of subjects to photograph between the festivals, Sakura, skylines, and shrines.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? For the most part I pack lite. Digital is a 5D 24-70L 2.8, 70 -200L 2.8, 580I Flash. Film: Pentax K1000, 28 F2.8, 2x extender Lumu Light, batteries, Film and CF cards.
How it affects your process? I have found that shooting lite makes you really think about what and how you shoot, digital or analog. I know Nikon had the commercials for their newest retro camera with the ‘getting back to the passion’ campaign and the camera is awesome, but for me (feel free to disagree) getting back to roots, film, is what inspires me to shoot better. From analyzing a scene, subject, changing angles, perspectives, to laying down in water to get the perfect reflection. Then waiting for the rolls to be returned, viewing the slides on a light table, and picking the images to be scanned, all while getting to know the people at your local shop, even in Tokyo.
Something about the photographs you are sharing with us. The images attached are from a local shrine in Asakusa and in Anamori Inari Tokyo. Also the Golden Pagoda in Kyoto, and one of my favs from Ohio the Heron in the fog. All the film images exposure started with the Lumu, love being able to take a quick reading to get a exposure starting point and then let my creativity go from there. The next project I want to work on is called Lights Out Tokyo, which will comprise of night scenes in and around Tokyo. Haven’t decided if I will shoot digital or film but it should be a fun experience. I am most excited to shoot the train lines (empty and in use) at night and maybe taking a Gumdam around Tokyo to photograph it eating Ramen, riding the trains, shopping, and just exploring everyday Tokyo, I think it would be a fun project. All I need now is the time to execute it all.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? My advice to fellow photographers would be to go out and photograph the subject that first inspired you to take photos. It is easy to get caught up in shooting gigs for a paycheck, but cut out some time to shoot what you love and showcase it. The more you show what you love to shoot the more gigs you will get doing just that.Comments
Your story. I started my interest in photography shooting bands and live concerts. I fell into wedding photography when asked to second shoot a wedding with a friend and was hooked and basically that is all I have been photographing for the last 4 years.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? How it affects your process? I carry a Kelly Moore Boy bag, inside is my Contax 645 w/ 80mm Zeiss lens, extra 120 back and several 120 pro packs of Portra 400 or 800, Nikon F100 35mm Camera, Nikon D700, Nikon 35mm 1.4g, Sigma 85mm 1.4g and my LUMU light meter!
It usually effects my back more than anything.
What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? Having my images printed in a magazine I would say. Its kind of a surreal feeling to see your work other places than the usual blogs and facebook.
The favorite photograph you took? Craziest thing you did? Right now my favorite photograph is of my twin brother loading film in his Leica. We took our families to a snow covered beach in Door County Wisconsin early spring and was a random picture I took and just love it.
Craziest thing I ever did as a photographer was toured for a month across the United States with Bowling For Soup and Just Surrender.
What do you want to achieve?As a photographer I would like to sustain a life doing what I love. I would love to photograph enough weddings/couples in a year to live my life reasonably doing what I love.
Photography, especially wedding photography is power itself. It re-tells the story of one of the most important days in your life and is a very humbling feeling to be able to capture that for my couples in my own vision.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. Just focus on you and your work and making your clients happy. And personal work is essential to keep creative creative juice flowing.Comments
What did you want to become in the childhood? Growing up, I was interested in taking photographs, but not necessarily wanting to become a photographer. I was actually a music performance student. After a car accident made that impossible for me, I started looking for another creative outlet, and photography took hold. I’ve been shooting since.
The greatest power of photography? I love being able to make people feel things. Human beings love to have feelings. I want my family and portrait clients to look at their images and say “That’s ME! You captured who I am!” I want my fine art male nude clients to feel beautiful and liberated and freed from the shrouds of self doubt and have a newfound confidence in their personal beauty.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Never stop shooting. Never stop building your vision. Never think “that’s a silly idea, why would I do that?” Just shoot it. Learn from it. Love it.
What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? I run two seperate photography brands. One is family/portrait oriented, the other is fine art male nudes. They both speak my artistic language, but are obviously very different genres.
I think my greatest accomplishment in realizing my artistic voice was achieved when I switched from digital photography to film. I spent so many hours trying to make software achieve the look I wanted when all I really had to do was go back to what I grew up with. It was great!
What’s in your camera bag? I have my Lumu with me at all times. Literally, it’s in my every-day bag, not just my camera bag. Sometimes I see interesting light and meter it, just to see if the image I have in my head would work the way I think it would.
In terms of film, I usually have a roll of Kodak TMax 400 and/or Kodak Portra 400 in my camera or with me. In terms of cameras, my go-to is a Leica M4-2 with a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1. I also have a Hasselblad XPan, and a Hasselblad 503CX. I love shooting all three for different reasons and make different statements with each.
Links to your work, or any other link you would like to share with other people!
My family/portrait work: http://williamdensonphotography.com
My fine art male boudoir: http://meninmonochrome.com
The amazing film developing and scanning gurus: http://richardphotolab.com
Check out more photos of William on Lumu flickr channel!
Personal intro. I always think myself as an artist wannabe… because I always enjoy art or making “art”, but never good in doing it. I’m doing 9-5 office works, but luckily, it’s still a family business, so I can take my spare time to do what I like as a side job.
What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? Greatest accomplishment….. it’s the moment I fall in love with photography all over again. I always love watching people… what they do, how they do it. Love watching National Geographic channel and dreaming about being or doing what they do. I always think kinda fun to see people, and making up stories about what they do, or what they’re doing…
Your beginnings? With my photography, it started as a project in my college days… that’s when I started to observe people, surrounding, lights… And the idea of capturing a part of the world in a small picture, that kinda excites me.
My first camera was EOS 300 (the one using film). I got zero knowledge about film, and taking photos was quite expensive in my college days. So when the digital world started.. I got pretty excited (well… who didn’t?) I changed my eos 300 with eos 300D. ..lol… and later, 5D, and a lot later, 5D mk2. They served me well, but as time goes by, taking photos become quite bland… it just click click click. And then fix it in the computer later.
One of my friends in OZ got into film photography again, and that kinda make me quite curious..so I jumped in also.
This is greatest satisfaction of my photography life. Film photography got me fall in love again with photography. I missed the feeling when you consider lots of stuff before pressing the shutter button. How you make an instant picture in your mind, and debating with your inner self how you want to expose your film… and at last…getting excited getting your film develop… it’s all magical… lol..
What do you think is the greatest power of photography? Story telling… I’m not a talker..never good with words… I like when someone looks at your picture, and takes time to look closely at the every detail… not just flipping through pages. I like seeing them make a small hint of smile while seeing my picture… that is what I always want to achieve with my photography.
What inspires you? People. Watching people always inspires me… Oh… and kids…. Usually in a wedding, when I got bored taking pictures…or out of inspiration, I usually observed little kids… they always light up the mood.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? How it affects your process? Lumu. :) I don’t always carry my camera around..so I’m not taking picture all the time.. but bringing Lumu with me, usually I take the meter anyway, and make a mental picture on my mind..this is good for practicing…I think..hahaha
if I do take camera, usually I bring my leica M3+Nokton 50/1.5 and if I got extra space, I’ll bring either my Bronica SQ or Mamiya 645. (depends if I want to make square or 6x5 format).
I prefer my Bronica over my Mamiya 645. Why? First, I love square format… I find it funny… Second, my Bronica has a waist level finder. I think it’s more low profile and I got less people noticing when taking pictures… which is making me more convenient.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Not just see things..but observe… It’s ok to miss your moment and not taking photo… but please do always take mental picture in your mind. Sometimes I miss some moment….but in other time, I got other things that pretty interesting as well… world is full of interesting things going on.. u missed some, and you will always got some..
Links to your work, or any other link you would like to share with other people. Not doing any official professional works right now, since my office works demands more of my time … but I do still do weddings or family photos occasionally.
You can contact me by my instagram acc @rizalwy or my facebook acc facebook.com/moxsphotography
I don’t even got time to update my FB acc….lol… anyway I’m always open for discussion or anything :) Keep it relax and fun! You and Lumu rocks !!
Head over to Lumu flickr page and check more of Rizal’s work!
Tell us something about yourself. I am Ben, 34yo from a little resort town called Siofok in central Hungary. I have been living a bit of a crazy life this past 14 years that had me in Los Angeles for 5 years during University followed by a brief 3 years back home in Hungary where I started my professional career. I have then relocated with the company to Dubai where I spent 3 years and then moved on further east to Tokyo, Japan where I currently live along with my Japanese wife, son and our cranky little Dachshund. I have started out my career in IT and then later moved into Operations. I am currently in charge of the Asia Pacific implementation of a project that allows me to travel this beautiful region and take pictures wherever I go (if i manage to squeeze a little time free from work).
Your personal story with photography. My father is an avid photographer and I have always enjoyed looking at our childhood photos which looked very different from the usual family photos you see. I had Digital cameras all along from the time I was about 20, which meant the resolution was probably VGA and produced pictures as large as 20kb per file. This makes me realize just how quick the years went by… Since then I had a few other cameras of course but nothing worth mentioning.
Fast forward to 2013 December (just months ago really…), I was doing my Christmas shopping and I remembered how much my father enjoyed his old Film cameras and that he has no access to the abundance of gear I have available here in Japan. I found a classic TLR camera at an auction that was bundled with another one since the owner wanted to get rid of both. They required a little servicing but nothing major. Since I had the extra camera, I decided on keeping it. I immediately fell in love with the mechanical nature of these cameras, went and bought film and shot my first roll of film in my life on the 16th of December, 2013. Since that time, I have sold all my digital gear and bought only film cameras. Right now I don’t own a single piece of digital photography equipment, except the brilliant little Lumu meter. :)
I still didn’t figure out what makes my photography but ever since I turned to analog, I have been able to create images that I really like and this drives me forward. I also started a little project which you can see below and read about at the links section.
What do you carry around in your camera bag? I had replaced my business briefcase to a camera bag as I didn’t want to have an excuse not to take photos on work days. I still don’t take many of course as I am busy, but when I need it, the camera is always near. I usually would have one rangefinder camera with me, most often the Leica M3 with a 50mm lens, 2 rolls of extra Kodak TMAX B&W film (that’s all I shoot for now) and the little Lumu in its sleek leather pouch. Other than photography equipment, I’d also carry either my iPad or my Sony reader which helps me through my 2 hours of daily commute (blessing of Tokyo). I’d also have my wallet, iPhone external battery, cables etc. Other than photography, I am very much digital, it’s only with photos that I like the whole antique setting.
On weekends I’d carry 2 cameras, a Rangefinder and a Medium format and plenty of film. For this very reason I actually have two camera bags, a smaller one for the weekdays and the large one for the weekends.
Do you have any current project? These photos are all coming out of my new project, Newdaynewface.com, where I challenge myself to upload at least one portrait a week that is captured on black and white film and self developed at home.
The project is a lot more difficult to achieve than what I had originally imagined but this just adds to the fun of it. Most of these are Medium Format, either taken with my Minoltacord TLR or my newest toy the Mamiya M645 1000S. Since starting the project, I totally resorted myself to only Portrait photos and I’d like to get better at it throughout this year I devoted to the subject.
What do you want to achieve with your photography? I enjoy shooting people the most and I have started focusing mainly (about 90%) on portraits. I don’t quite know what I want to achieve, I started photography because I liked the old cameras and it sort of evolved from there. It’s still early to say what might come out of this all, I am very busy with my day-job in general and only shoot on weekends or when I travel. However, the more I look at it the more I feel that one day I might actually want to start a project for a book or something.
What makes the good picture stand out from the average? A good picture for me is something that’s not obvious. A good picture is something that 99% of the people would pass on shooting at but when they see it on paper, they’d agree it was something unique. As I shoot portraits I often have to wait for people to stop posing and start looking more natural. I sometimes start talking to them while looking through the viewfinder to take their minds off the actual moment and just snap when I feel it’ll look best. For this reason I really like the waist level finders as I am not directly looking at the people I am about to photograph and this makes talking to them less awkward.
What inspires you? First and foremost it’s my father to whom I still send every single shot over so he could comment. Other than that, people in general as well as different cultures inspire me to a great length. When I am dropped into a different environment, I immediately look for pictures, whether the camera is with me or not.
Of course I also enjoy books, for instance the Magnum Contact Sheets is one of my favorite things to look at. It actually inspired me to start using contacts sheets and I now have this done for every roll I shoot and go through it before processing my pictures.
Any words you would like to give to other photographers? Nothing really other than to read my “About the Project” page on my blog. I share a lot of information there that could help people like me who just want to start film photography. I am also showing my gear along with my processes and even prices so people could have a good idea what they are looking at when getting into analog photography.
One other thing I really find useful is to actually print a contact sheet off of the negatives. I do that very simply by placing the cut negatives on the scanner and doing a quick and low resolution scan of it. Once done, I blow it up on my screen and look at it for a few minutes, sometimes even for an hour trying to decide which frame to keep and which to leave behind. Once I’ve selected them, I’d scan the ones I liked in hi-res.
Tell us something about yourself. I am Jasper van den Ham, 36 years old, from the Netherlands. I live in a small city called Woerden. For the past ten years I have been working as a web designer in The Hague. At the moment this is still my main occupation, but I’m planning to focus more on photography.
How did you start? I always had a special interest in photography but it never exceeded taking pictures on vacation. Until February 2013. That’s when I picked up a Polaroid SX-70 and from then on I devoted all my spare time to learn everything I need to know about photography.
Amongst all kinds of books I read the Ansel Adams trilogy, introducing me to the analog world and the Zone System. I started developing film recently and saving up for a darkroom at home. I’m a self-taught photographer, working intuitively and committed to make a living out of it. I always pre-visualize how the image is going to end up after post processing, as this is an important part in my work.
What inspires you? The interaction between urban environments and nature plays an important role in my photography. I am constantly looking for situations where nature influences urban environments, and man-made structures disturb nature. Mostly in the periphery, where the city blends with nature, it becomes visible they can both complement each other and cause friction.
What do you shoot with? It depends on the situation what I carry in my bag. Apart from the usual accessories I always carry my Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm and 28mm lens. And of course my Lumu for perfect light metering. When I like to take it slow I grab my Hasselblad 500 C/M or my Polaroid SX-70.
Does equipment affects your process? While shooting analog I take a lot more time making the shot, carefully positioning and extensively writing down every detail. This isn’t the case with digital photography, although I try to capture the moment with two or three shots.
Where are you now? I am currently working on a project called ‘Beneath the Surface’. It’s a project on Woerden, a city in the Netherlands known for being ‘most common’. When I moved here almost a year ago I didn’t consider this to be an interesting photographic environment, but that also inspired me. After a while I started discovering all the wonderful places that lie beneath the surface. My goal is to publish all the photos in a book when the project is done.
Where can we see you other work? http://www.jaspervandenham.com
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Thorsten von Overgaard, a Danish writer and photographer in his blogpost Using an external light meter for accurate, failproof metering:
"Despite the fact that light metering is not exactly space technology, lightmeters tend to be too bulky and too complicated. The LUMU lightmeter changes this into a simple to use, accurate and compact - perhaps even trendy - opackage that works with your iPhone. For a price of only $149 is is even less than most other lightmeters.
One of the things that traditional lightmeters do to complicate things, is that they give aperture for example f/2.03. or f/8.04. Not only is it confusing, it is also not applicable on any lens to set the aperture to f/2.03.
And forget about aperture priority or shutter priority when you buy a lightmeter. In the LUMU app on the iPhone you simply lock the ISO and the aperture so as to only allow the lightmeter to figure out an exposure time.
Or you lock the exposure time and the aperture, letting the LUMU only give you the ISO. That’s pretty bright, simple and as it should always have been.
Moreover, it is compact to bring with you, provided you have an iPhone with you as well. Traditional lighmeters has the same size as a camera (at least if you are using a Leica M). The LUMU is the size of the cap of a water bottle.”Comments