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Featured Photographer #54: Eli Just

My name is Eli Just. I’m 24 and work as a gaffer for film and TV in Los Angeles. Photography as a hobby grew for me out of a desire to become a better filmmaker, but quickly took on its own role. While my job as a gaffer mostly consists of setting lights in the right place to make the image look good, photography has me searching for the light that is already there.

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I enjoy the challenge of shooting on the street and the variety of reactions I encounter, along with the patience required to capture a singular perfect moment.  

Your personal story with photography in 12 words. 
I can do it in 2. Keep shooting. 

Featured Photographer #54: Eli Just

What do you want to achieve? 
I shoot as a way of relaxing, so I tend to pick up my camera and then look for a subject, rather than the other way around. A lot of my photographs come from when I am travelling, as most of the photos I take in LA are on set and are covered by some sort of NDA. The black and white series was done while I was living and studying in Prague in 2014. Since then I have mostly been focusing on shooting portraits. 

Featured Photographer #54: Eli Just


Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for a good photograph comes from?
 
A good photo comes from being in the right place, and having the foresight to see what is about to happen right before it does. If you’re lifting your camera to your eye right when you see it, you already missed it.

Featured Photographer #54: Eli Just


In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject?
 
I think that as a photographer you have a lot of power, so you have to be careful with it. At the same time, if you want to take a photograph that has any meaning you need to push through that barrier. Whether you work with your subject or not is up to the individual photographer and the desired image but I think the most interesting photos break that barrier whether it be gently or with force. I have certainly gotten myself into trouble shooting on the street, but it is a freeing experience to see how much power your camera can have.

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What’s in your camera bag?
 
I started off shooting Minolta manual systems, of which I still have a half dozen. However when travelling, developing film became difficult and scanning and editing even harder, so I switched bodies to a Sony A7, while keeping the manual Minolta glass. I instantly fell in love with the camera and it has almost entirely replaced my film bodies. For the most part I only ever shoot with a Minolta MC 58mm f/1.4 via an ND throttle adapter, alongside a Minolta MD 24mm f/2.8 which has it’s own adapter due to the stop. While I have a Sekonic 758 that I use on set, I don’t tend use it when shooting stills as it’s yet another expensive item to bring and I tend to want to be very lightweight when I shoot. I’m looking forward to the Lumu Power for a small meter that I can use both on the street and on set.

Featured Photographer #54: Eli Just


Favorite photographers?
 
My biggest inspirations are Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marc Riboud.

From Photokina with Lumulove

If you are planning your late summer holidays somewhere around Cologne, Germany, make sure you stop by to the Koelnmesse trade fair from the 20th - 25th of September.

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We are presenting our most anticipated Lumu Power prototype to the public for the very first time ever on Photokina trade fair. If you are planning to be around don’t hesitate to stop by and check it out in person. We’re situated in hall 4.1, stand C-015 and will for this affair only move our whole office & operations there for the time being, so no time goes to waste.


Lumulabs (Hall 4.1, C-015) Photokina 2016 location

This way we’ll demonstrate our most powerful light meter in action at the biggest trade fair in the world while at the same time working our asses off to keep our development processes intact.

Let me know if you have any more questions or if you wish to schedule a meeting — we’re looking forward to it!

Email us at pr@lu.mu

Power on Lumunauts!

Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

Hello! My name is Michael Lord and I’m an IT professional living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? The first camera I purchased was a Nikon D70S. What I find funny about this purchase today is that the entire time I owned the D70S, it was never used as anything more than a point-and-shoot camera. I (mis)used the D70S for 2 years, and when the iPhone was released in 2007, I completely dropped it. Fast-forward to late 2011 and that’s when I truly feel my love affair with photography began. I was doing a lot of work related travel around the state and started visiting parts of New Mexico that I’d never seen before. I began taking notice of even the smallest of details in the towns I visited, or the landscapes that played on car windows as I drove down the interstate. Basically, I saw the world in a different light and felt the need to document it. I invested in a Leica X1 and a hobby was born.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, so when I’m not stuck behind a desk, you can usually catch me fishing the local lakes and rivers or hiking in the nearby mountains. A piece of my heart also belongs to the game of basketball, so I try to get some playing time in as often as possible.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Married digital. Had an affair with film. Ended up in an open relationship with both.

What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)? My biggest weakness at this particular moment is gear acquisition syndrome. I purchased my first film body last summer, a Leica M3, and quickly became fascinated with everything film. This fascination has resulted in a somewhat unhappy bank account over the past year. On a personal level, I don’t always feel that what I’ve shot matches the expectations I’ve set for myself inside of my head. Therefore, I tend to be overly critical of my work. This becomes even more prevalent when shooting for other people. It’s fair to say that I haven’t located a silver bullet for either issue, but I am working on it.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

What attracts you to the work you shoot? At this moment in time, I’m not focused on any particular genre of photography. What I look for is that magical angle or a beautiful moment in time that I can freeze and live in for eternity. I look for everyday items that we as people tend to overlook in our busy lives and try to capture them in a different and slightly more interesting way.


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What’s in your camera bag? I have a harder time packing my camera bag than I do packing clothes for travel. Currently, I have two digital bodies that I rotate in conjunction with one of seven film bodies. The mainstays of my kit include the Lumu light meter, ExpoDisc 2.0, Joby GripTight GorillaPod, Apple lightning to SD card reader, an LED light pen, and a disposable camera. Along with the items listed above, my most recent setup included the Leica ME, Leica M3, Leica Summicron-M 50mm, and Leica Summaron 35mm.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe (no photo equipment on the other side) for a year, what would you choose? This is a tough one! I would probably take my Sony A7II, two disposable cameras, and my iPhone. As much as I love film, 144 frames would be a tough sell in an alternate reality where just about everything you’ve grown up knowing as truth could suddenly be flipped upside down.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

Pearls of wisdom for fellow photographers to be? We live in an Instagram world where some would say success is measured in “Likes” and “Follows”. I say shoot for yourself and be true to yourself. Don’t get caught up in the matrix of useless numbers that live under your bio.


Featured Photographer #53: Michael Lord

Links or anything else you would like to share!

  • Instagram @michaeldlord — LINK.
  • Instagram @lordmd — LINK.

Great results can thus be achieved with small forces.

These Kickstarter updates are getting ever so easier to write down the more our whole Lumu Power development processes move forward. It’s only logical, the more it gets done the more we have to show you.

We talked about installing that 24/7 camera in our previous update but instead I would like to kindly invite you to follow our Instagram account (LINK) for more frequent, short & sweet updates. Since they implemented their own version of snaps in it, why not use it for our benefit?

OK, onto the details!

Electronics & Hardware assembly

The electronics circuit board design is now done. They are now being printed and we expect them in our offices next week, together with other hardware pieces which will be assembled into our first pilot prototype series. The final design of this series won’t be the one that’s going to be used for final production but it will be very close to that. The basic premise of this series is to test it extensively, to see how all parts fit together and to see if there are any errors either in our design or in the production line. Elemental production hygiene, so to speak.

What parts are to be assembled, you ask? Let’s take a look!



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Electronic circuit board — the flat diffuser side with the collimator on top of the True Color sensor.

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Electronic circuit board — the dome diffuser side with Hamamatsu photodiode in the center.

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20x20 cm plate of 100 collimators. Only one is used per unit, on top of the True Color sensor.

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The final version of collimators are expected next week, they will be slightly thinner and laser drilled.



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The Lightning connectors will be ordered in bulk once we have the final version of our product plan ready. That is expected to be done once we finish with the prototype testing.



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The cable which will connect the Lightning connector with the circuit board is basically done but we will make some slight adjustments so it can be easier soldered together.



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The shield (of the Lightning connector) is done. If you look carefully you’ll notice it’s going to be laser welded on one side only (thug life certified).



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The sleeve is done, the prototypes are expected to be SLA (Stereolithography) printed and delivered next week.



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All three pieces assembled together, without the sleeve.



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The metal ring case is done. Displayed here without the engraving.



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The flat diffuser and the dome are done. Also awaiting the SLA prints next week.



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Exploded view of all parts mentioned. The assembly should be easy but the end product as solid as possible.



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So the sleeve covers the shield once everything is put together. Then it will undergo the “BREAK OR BEND” test. FYI: it needs to snap off when certain pressure is applied.



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Another angle.



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And another one.



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The same goes for the packaging — SLA prints come next week.



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Looks pretty cool, isn’t it? :)

iOS app

The beta app is out and your first impressions are duly noted. We will take a thoughtful look at your feedback once the pilot series is done with testing.

Remember — there is no bad feedback so please “bombard” us with your thoughts, compliments, critique, suggestions, pizza … we’ll take whatever you throw at us! :)

If there’s anybody else with a Lumu light meter out there that still hasn’t tried our brand new app I sincerely hope this comment below will steer you to change your mind.

“I downloaded the new version and after the first look & fast test the design in switching between single measure and multimeasure in one feature of the app is really good!”

(Claus Watzdorf)

Conclusion

Today is World Photo Day, marking the invention of photography. Here’s to the images that give us new perspective on the world, bringing us closer together.



Lumu with the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro

A postcard from Rio from Nicholas Dale, NBC’s professional gaffer. A reminder from us, the Lumu community, to celebrate the 177 years of Photography.


As always, let us know below in the comments what are your thoughts about whatever … we’ll gladly answer to all of your questions.

Power on Lumunauts!

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

Hello, my name is Renato Ribeiro, I’m a Portuguese photographer based in Porto but working worldwide.

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

I’m passionate about life and people. For me photography is art and I bet on a new approach: simple and with love. More than faces and expressions I want to shoot feelings and emotions!

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? Well, I’m fortunate with the childhood I had. I was a very happy child with a good family support and like all children I was a dreamer. Most of the projects I dream about … I have managed to achieve them, but there are still plenty to do. However, the most important was to become a happy, a good person. I think I achieved that! And is that not the most important thing?

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I’ve always been an art lover! Especially photography. I have always had the need to draw, paint … well, express myself artistically. Photography has always been a passion that accompanied me throughout life, I can not identify an exact moment for our meeting. She was always there!

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

Nevertheless, I just start to dedicate my life more seriously to photography for about five years now when many photographer friends started almost “forcing” me to show my work. Social networks played a central role in this.

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? Oh I start to get really nervous! Hahaha…

Usually I always carry one small camera with me. It’s really hard to live without it! Besides … it’s an addiction.

Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Photography — it’s love! It’s my life. Does that say it all right?

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

What do you want to achieve? Don’t really know yet. For now, if I can conquer people’s hearts in some way or another it’s more then perfect.

It’s hard to talk about me and about my work like that. There are other people who should make that judgment but I would say that one of my “superpowers” is the great love I have for photography and the honesty that I have with my work. I always worry to create a good and close relationship with everyone I shoot and I try to capture their essence. Above all I want to shoot feelings and emotions and not just faces and expressions.


Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

Weaknesses I have a lot! Hahah… Every day I try to improve my photography because I really think you never know nothing! You can always do better.

The craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? Have you ever got yourself in trouble? Crazy things? Many! Hahah … and yes, I’ve got myself in some trouble. 

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

During a phase I explored some quite old and abandoned buildings to shoot. There can and do happen a lot of “little” troubles. Also I have had some jealous boyfriends who did not like very much to see the result of photos of their girlfriends! But I always invite everyone I photograph to bring to the session whoever they want. I do not hide my work from anyone and so it does not bother me anything. I keep it very cool like that.

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject? That depends. Usually I think that you should not shoot or at least show anything that could seriously harm the person in the picture. There must be limits and I think personal life and especially human dignity must always be preserved. We are all humans!

What annoys you the most in this profession? Oh … bad people! But unfortunately they are in all professions. I also confess that annoys me a bit when some people ask us to work for free. When I go to buy some bread I do not ask to bring them for free!

Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

What’s in your camera bag? Well, it constantly changes as the work I have to do… but usually in my bag never miss: a

Full-frame camera (normally 5D ii or iii), a 50mm 1.4 lenses and a Fujifilm XT10 just in case!

When do you rely on your instruments and when on your feelings? Always in my feelings. Always.


Featured Photographer #52: Renato Ribeiro

Pearls of wisdom for fellow photographers to be? Just be yourself and work with love.

Ansel Adams or Annie Lebowitz or Martin Parr or Alec Soth? Very difficult choice! Uhh… maybe Ansel Adams. Hahah… can stay here all day! But I will say Henri Cartier Bresson because like that I can say all the masters!

Links or anything else you would like to share!

Anchor yourself to something special

With each new Kickstarter update we are confronted with the idea to just mount a camera in our offices through which you could monitor our work 24/7, so you could constantly see what we’re up to. Maybe this way we could avoid writing these updates altogether?

Nah, let’s just show you everything we’ve got so far, nobody wants to lose extra time setting up that camera anyways.

So, without further ado, here’s everything new from last month.

Electronics

The development processes in the electronics department have now closed and we are happy to say that the results are more than satisfying. We have already made the first batch of prototypes, which have been tested, marked as successful and now we can move onto the second series. Those are going into assembly with other hardware components so we can conduct other “real-life” tests, how the Lightning connector is behaving under pressure and if each electronic part is properly designed. In other words: to get a feel for it once it is all put together.

The firmware work is in its final stages, constantly tested throughout, mainly to cover and check all the edge cases it will inevitably be confronted with.

The final stage is sensor calibration. We have travelled to Jena, Germany to meet the MAZeT engineering team, to revision our calibration procedure and we can happily announce that our innovative approach has been confirmed as correct. Not only that but we have made set arrangements on how & when to stay in touch throughout our whole calibration procedure so there won’t be any room for error. Needless to say we have used this trip to place our order for all the main electronic components & sensors that usually take most of the time to be delivered.


Lumulabs engineering team visits MAZeT in Jena, Germany

They showed us a bit of behind the scenes of what their production line is capable of

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MAZeT electronic components on display

 

Hardware Assembly

So this is an area where we have moved forward *a lot* but with still a lot of things to be done, checked, tested and re-done once more.

We are now ordering a large quantity of a cable that will connect the electric board to the lightning connector, which we designed ourselves and which will in the end be soldered by hand, by our manufacturing partners, in their laboratory.

The housing, which will be made out of stainless steel, will have the shield (that little bulge through which the Lightning connector will look through) incorporated which means it will be laser welded out of one piece. This welding needs to be tested out and the shield itself too, since it has to apply to Apple’s production standards. And that is the main reason why we are moving to the second batch of our prototypes.

The collimator design has also changed — it’ll be round, since we are going to use CNC milling instead of injection molding. Why? Because this — together with the change of its design — will provide even greater accuracy in final metering. Why is this necessary? Because we are flirting with the idea to apply for the NIST Certificate of Calibration, so everything needs to be pitch perfect.

But all this will follow after the product is shipped, first we have to take care about the stuff that cannot be postponed.

Lastly — we have ordered 5000 Lightning connector units which we expect to arrive slightly before the start of production.

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Testing different collimator hole layouts for optimal laser drilling

iOS App

So we have asked you to join our beta test group a while ago and we still haven’t had the chance to send you an invitation to test the first iteration of our brand new Lumu app. Not very nice of us but had to tweak some minor things in the settings area with our electricians, since new features require new values.

Not a very illustrative explanation — we know — but what you should know is that the app will be pushed to AppStore for review by the end of this week and hopefully they will push it out to you for download within the next 24-48h. :)

Furthermore, Lumu Power firmware implementation is coming up next and thus preparing groundwork for other features that we plan to upgrade in the months following the launch.

Packaging & other paraphernalia

Ideas are shaped & produced into prototypes, packaging solutions are sought from all different industries, so we can play with different ideas on what the end packaging will look like. A trip to a nearby packaging factory is scheduled next week in order to get a feeling of what they are capable of and so that we can then think of new approaches of what is possible. This is still the most creative part of our campaign and one that takes the least amount of our time.


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Conclusion

The fact of the matter is, it’s summertime and most of the folks are taking their prolonged vacations in these months. Not us though — if when, we are taking our days off much, much later (if ever by the looks of it).

And even though work gets done, it inevitably gets done just that tiny bit later than usual.


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In December we promised you your Lumu Power in the beginning of summer (June). Then we were faced with some unforeseeable issues with our main electrician, which we covered pretty fast (and pretty successfully too) so we moved our deadline to August, with the minimum possible delay in our minds. But what we are facing right now is another minimum delay — to end of summer (September).

We are fully aware that we are not pushing the bar just ever so slightly ahead in the future so that we could do it again next month. It’s just that we are now much more acquainted with all the final steps (and its deadlines) that need to be done before the finish line. The closer we approach it, the clearer the picture we get.

Let us know what are your thoughts or if you have any kind of questions regarding what-so-ever. We are here to help you to get the same clear picture we have.

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I think it’s when I had my part time job at college, the workplace was a very beautiful little garden, people came to have a couple of cups of coffee and many photographers liked to do photo shoots there. I was attracted to the magical sound of the camera shutter so I got my first Nikon FM2.

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Since then I learn how to take photos, I mean techniques and theories. I didn’t really feel photography at that period of time until I started to travel, the world makes me wonder how to pour my feeling into a flat picture, and I am still learning now.


Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I won’t let that happen. :) I can not imagine I don’t have my camera in hand when I am travelling, they are like twins, camera and travelling.

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

What do you want to achieve? I love to record my friends, especially those who travel with me. People usually see themselves to much, I rather capture faces and emotions around me. Even though I am not in the frame, I can still feel my existence outside the frame through their eyes.


Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

What’s in your camera bag? I don’t shoot everyday, I am not a professional photographer, just a person who loves to soak in the light. I have a LOMO camera, a Polaroid SX-70, a Leica M8 and a Nikon FM2. They are all in use, I choose digital mostly, they are instant and cheap, but sometimes I need films to remind me how traditional photography is.


Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Featured Photographer #51: Chung Hsiao Chen

Ansel Adams or Annie Lebowitz or Martin Parr or Alec Soth? Alex Webb, David Alan Harvey, Maria Plotnikova and Kawashima Kotori.

Links or anything else you would like to share!

The new Lumu App

“I think the real value concerns the potential for technology to reveal something that was not visible before.”

— Design for Dasein, Thomas Wendt

The New Lumu app is made to be a tool that helps you do your best work. It does not want attention, it does not want to stand in the way. It is not an object of admiration. It doesn’t have a lot of features. It doesn’t need them.

It does, and it should help you do one thing really, really well.

Focus on what matters

When we set off to build a completely new Lumu, we wanted it to replace the chunky old way of doing things. By making the Lumu Power for the iPhone, we replaced a huge device with a tiny one.

But instead of adding a million features, we want you to do that one task you are supposed to do, without the unnecessary hassle.



Made to be used, and abused

The new Lumu app is made to work for all situations with both the Lumu Lite and Lumu Power device. It has different modes for different use cases and an almost limitless path for improving the user’s experience of using the device.

The app and it’s look reflect how we think about the world at large. It’s a robust look with a lot of constraints that enable us as designers to make the best use of the space we have on the screen.



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From left to right: our old Lumu Photo app, the dark iteration in the middle and the final, clean version on the right.



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It became clear that we wouldn’t want to clutter the screen too much with unnecessary baggage. We got rid of it, so you can focus on that one information you actually need, yet access everything else with minimum number of strokes.



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The Notes feature was the most complicated one to build but we had to do it from scratch. We listened a lot to your feedback and we believe we figured it out this time. Nonetheless, you shall be the final judge once we push it live.


The new app supports the Lumu Light Meter as well as Lumu Power with new features that we are expecting to ship every month.

If you’d like to try our beta app you are welcome to send us an email and apply to our early test group: pr@lu.mu

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? I wanted to become a stuntman when I was really little, then an archaeologist when I was around 10 or 12, followed by working in advertising when I was a teenager and finally a psychologist before I finished school. In a way, being a photographer incorporates aspects of all of these jobs.

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? Photography started as a creative outlet for me about 8 years ago. I didn’t plan to become a professional photographer but looking back today I wish I would have found and pursued this path earlier in my life. I feel that photography is what I am meant to do.

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I almost always have a camera in my hand. My wife Rebecca and I moved to the United States half a year ago and I started a 365 on the day we arrived at our new house. I am shooting daily since then and share my photographs on my blog. I also play guitar and I love reading books, but usually I’m somewhere on the road traveling, exploring and working on a photography project.

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Be a little less serious about life and a little more serious about art.

What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)? If I could pick a superpower it would probably be eating six scoops of ice cream without feeling sick to my stomach afterwards.

My biggest fear for a long time was flying on an airplane - which is a problem if you primarily shoot travel. I overcame that after flying 22 times in one year. Now I enjoy long distance flights.

What attracts you to the work you shoot? My work is about going to the deepest, most vulnerable place in my heart, expressing what I find and sharing it with the world.


Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

The longer I shoot the more I feel that a good photograph is really given to you much more than you are making it. There are so many things that need to align at once for a picture to be good that it’s something I feel is really out of my control.

In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject? That depends on the subject. Generally I don’t like overly sexual or crass photographs that exploit the subject to create some sort of shock value.

What annoys you the most in this profession? Photographers taking inspiration from other photographers without giving credit.

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

What’s in your camera bag? I shoot film exclusively and I work with a minimalist approach to gear: one camera, one lens and natural light. I don’t have very much equipment and know exactly how a shot will come out before I take it, how my film stock will render the tones and how my lens will interpret the scene. I love working with these constraints.

My camera bag currently contains the following:

  • Leica M2
    Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2

  • Leica M-A
    Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2

  • Hasselblad 501CM
    Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80

  • Hasselblad 503CW
    Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80

  • Kodak Portra 400
    Kodak Tri-X 400
  • Lumu light meter

If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe (no photo equipment on the other side) for a year, what would you choose? One of my Leicas, one of my Hasselblads, film and my iPhone.


Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience

When do you rely on your instruments and when on your feelings? I always try to rely on both.

Pearls of wisdom for fellow photographers to be? Shoot from the heart, not from the hip.

Ansel Adams or Annie Lebowitz or Martin Parr or Alec Soth? I try to avoid looking at too much photography, I don’t find it helpful to take inspiration from people working in the same field. I find a lot of inspiration in other art forms like music, literature, paintings. I think Quentin Tarantino is a genius, for example.


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Featured Photographer #50: Johnny Patience



Links or anything else you would like to share!

NYCWLK 2.0

NYCWLK is a New York City-based informal photo walk and social gathering that is open to all photographers, regardless of experience level, brand affiliation or medium (film, digital or hybrid). It is organized by photographers Johnny Patience and his wife Rebecca Patience.


NYCWLK 2.0


NYCWLK 2.0

The day represents a non-competitive, supportive and fun environment where all are welcome. At 11am there will be a two-hour workshop hosted by Johnny Patience, followed by Coffee & Cameras at 2:30pm and the photowalk from 4:30 to approximately 6:30pm.


NYCWLK 2.0

NYCWLK 2.0

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We will finish the day with socializing, drinks and food at 61 Local at 6:30pm (open end).


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We are privileged to have Richard Photo Lab, Kodak Alaris, Lumu, ONA and KEH sponsoring NYCWLK.

More — www.nycwlk.com

Photo credits:


— Bill McCarroll

— Cody Priebe

— Riley Joseph

— Thomas Skrlj

— Johnny Patience

Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? I wanted to be a taxi driver. And a bartender. And a mechanic. Pretty much your standard 80′s kid growing up with mom playing Springsteen all day long.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? 3 words: uncle, Nikon, film. I still have the camera should he ask.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand?
 I manage the darkroom at Cre8 Studio in East London with Camera Work London and teach photography in Vienna. When idle I tend to eat hommos, fail at personal relationships and read books. I recently picked up drawing but I suck at it.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri


Your personal story with photography in 12 words:
 I always wanted to drive nails in the maelstrom of time.

What do you want to achieve? Superpowers: I like people and know the medium. Super-weaknesses: I like people and know the medium.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

What attracts you to the work you shoot? The stillness, the unsaid words and the inbetween between said and unsaid.

Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for a good photograph comes from? It comes from doing your homework: study technique, study the work of other photographers, study yourself, learn to shut up and listen.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

The craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? Have you ever got yourself in trouble? Crazy is really subjective. And I am boring. In trouble? Yes. I spent a whole day at the police station because I had some exposed rolls of 35mm and ended in a drug razzia and didn’t want the police to open them.

In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject? Barrier has a very negative connotation. Photography is the documentation of my interaction with the subject. The barrier is flexible, and most of the times very very durchlässig.


Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

What annoys you the most in this profession? The usual: lack of budget, tight schedules, and hipsteria.

What’s in your camera bag? Light meter. Films. Cigarettes. Money for coffee. And other things which I cannot write because my parents will read this interview.

How it affects your process, how often do you / don’t you shoot? Working mostly with analog material / large format. I tend to be quite slow and methodical.

If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe (no photo equipment on the other side) for a year, what would you choose? My Mamiya RZ. A shitload of films. A light meter. A clamp.


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Featured Photographer #49: Mario Bertieri

 

When do you rely on your instruments and when on your feelings? Set up. Check everything. Be sure the tech stuff won’t bother you. Then do the feelings part.

Pearls of wisdom for fellow photographers to be? Stop wanking about technique. Go to an exhibition together.

Ansel Adams or Annie Lebowitz or Martin Parr or Alec Soth? Ansel bores me, Annie sold her soul, Martin is too british-humored and Alec I don’t like. What about mr. Bailey or mr. Avedon?


You can find Mario on Instagram or reach out to him on his website.

Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage



Hi! My name is Caroline Sauvage. I’m 28 years old and I live in France.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? When I was a child I wanted to become an illustrator, but also a guitarist in a rock band, a stylist, and of course a veterinary. I always liked creating things and try new mediums of creation. Unfortunately I don’t save animal’s lives today but I found the artirstic way that suits me as a photolover, and I’m loving it.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage


Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I grew up in a family that took a loooot of pictures. My parents always had a camera in their bag to capture our family memories & I enjoyed watching our family photo albums. When I was approximately 7 years old, at the beginning of summer, my parents bought me a disposable camera so I can capture my own memories. I liked it so much that they bought me one every summer and that’s how I fell in love with photography.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I currently spend my days glued to a computer, as a graphic designer in a freelance team with Marion, my lover. We are working at home in Lyon, a beautiful city near the Alps in France. When we have time to spare, we love hiking in the mountains, hiting the road on our british motorcycle and riding our longboard & rollerblades every Saturday afternoon.

Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Stop looking. Start seeing. Photograph what you love.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)? I think my main weekness is my lack of self-confidence. I often doubt about myself and the quality of my work. I’m feeling it in my everyday work but also in my personnal photographs, I always think it could be better & need to be reassured. Luckily I have the best lover who is always ready to help & encourage me, and if I’m not enough satisfed, I don’t hesitate to do it again.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

What attracts you to the work you shoot? My inspiration simply comes from my everyday life. I’m always fascinated by the colors, the light & the nature around me. I love photographing the simple things of life that make me happy: like a hike in the mountains, a good homemade meal, a new tattoo under my skin, the first spring flowers, a colorful sunset… When I see or do something I love, I’m capturing it and I’m trying to make it as beautiful as I see it.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

What’s in your camera bag? In my everyday life, I always have a SLR camera in my bag, like a Canon AE-1 Program, an Olympus OM10 or a Canonet QL17 GIII.

When I go hiking or travel, I like to take 3 types of film camera : a SLR camera, a Medium-format camera (like my Hasseblad 501CM or my Pentacon Six TL) and an Instant camera (like my Polaroïd Land 250 or my Instax Mini). This allows me to diversify my shots and to have more fun. On top on that I also have an additional lens, like a 28mm f/2.8, to complete the 50mm connected to my SLR camera. This is the ideal lens for landscapes, it allows me to capture larger views.


Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

To conclude, I never go out to take photographs without my Lumu light meter, it really helps me to make te perfect settings when the light conditions are complicated.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe for a year, what would you choose? If it rained Kodak films in this parallel universe, I’ll take without hesitation my Canon AE-1 Program, my 28mm f/2.8 lens, my Hasselblad 501CM & my Lumu light meter. These are my favorite cameras and the ones I use most of the time. I’m never disappointed with these two and I think I really love them because they were my first SLR & medium-format cameras.



Featured Photographer #48: Caroline Sauvage

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