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Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

Hi, my name is Jorge, I am from Madrid and I am a soon to be 40 year old big kid. I’ve been working in audiovisuals for a while, sometimes it feels It’s been for way toooo long. I am a 3d animator who loves to play with lights at the studio and works as a camera operator. Weird profile, I know, but somebody has to do the job! I always say that I will end my days living in an island, shooting pictures and just sitting in the sand watching the world go by. A cold beer in this scenario would be nice too.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today?

Man, if I had become everything I wanted to be when I was a child, probably I would be suffering of some kind of multiple personality disorder these days. A vet, an ice cream seller, a rockstar... now I can understand my mother's worried face.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you?

Well, I guess I should blame this on my father. He used to be a photographer and he taught me well.

As a kid, I've been always surrounded by all kinds of film rolls and emulsions. I remember playing with a Kodak Brownie Fiesta at my grandparents place... those were the days. Just imagine my dad's eyes, raised into old school photography when his boy brought home his first digital camera. Priceless, believe me.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for a good photograph comes from?

What is a good photograph after all? Whose eyes judges it? Which are the rules? What feelings are involved in the shot? Is a picture made with a pinhole camera less valuable than the one shot with a Leica glass or a high end 1DX? In my opinion, we care too much about manuals and how to's. Maybe that forgotten shot made with a disposable camera becomes your favourite years later. You never know. Find that connection. Keep shooting. Fail. Retry. Learn.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

This is my bag. There are many like it but this one is mine.

I've been shooting with Canon DSLRs for many, many years until that pain on my back told me to stop. I remember flying to Japan a few years ago and packing five lenses, two bodies and a little Fuji X-E1 that turned out to be a game changer in the way I used to see photography. Since then, I started to pay attention to the mirrorless market until today. I changed my huge Lowepro full of heavy glass, Canon bodies, flashes and expensive gadgets from the outer space for a little Domke bag filled with a Fuji X100T, an Xpro2, a couple of prime lenses and the little kickass Lumu (goodbye $600 Sekonic!) ..damn guys!, where have you been all my life!? Can you see me smiling? 

Depending on the mood, I like switching from the Fuji equipment to a 35mm film Pentax ME Super and a little Yashica rangefinder, but light gear as well.

I like shooting both digital and film. I really enjoy using film for my personal projects but I don't think one is better over the other. For me, both are fun to use at the right time. Long story short, when it comes to takes pictures, embracing simplicity does the job for me.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

How often do you / don’t you shoot?

I always have a camera with me. Every single day that I leave my home, there is at least one camera in my bag. Do I shoot everyday? I try to. I like challenging myself setting up different tasks related to photography, matter of fact, a few weeks ago, this book ended in my hands,The Photographer's Playbook. It's fun to read because it crosses the line about how to's, tips and tricks and comes up with really practical ideas and other times with really deep considerations that goes beyond the shutter sound and the prints in your hand.

Featured Photographer #57: Jorge Nieto

If you could give one final advice / task / riddle to your fellow photographers, what would it be?

Fall in love with what you do and enjoy the ride.

Find more on Jorge's work at:

www.donutholeuniverse.com

or follow him on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/donut_hole_universe/


Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

Hi, I am a terrible swimmer that just graduated from high school in Germany - and by ‘just’ I mean a little over a year ago. In my final two years of school I developed a great interest in visual arts.

Now, after one year of traveling, working in-between trips and trying to write this blog post - yeah, this thing really took me almost a year to finish - I am starting to get my feet wet as an assistant for a well established commercial photographer. Meanwhile I am preparing a portfolio for my college application, building a website and trying to establish an income with my photography. In exactly this order.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today?

As a small child I wanted to become a police officer. On a horse. Sergeant Nick Angel Style. That dream evolved into being a fighter pilot, a photographer, a CGI artist and I am pretty sure at some point I wanted to become a rockstar.
Now I am sticking to photography and have a long way to go if I want to become the photographer of my childhood dreams.

What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand?

Listen to music for inspiration, doing bike tours and trying to get a hold of things to stay motivated. All these activities are connected with photography and most of the time I end up with a camera in my hand.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

What do you want to achieve?

World Peace. But I would settle for selling prints and living off that.

Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you?

Probably some old family photos. I can’t remember.

What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)?

My mind keeps running away with me. That is my superpower and at the same time my biggest weakness. So overcoming this would be quite detrimental to my work but boost my business.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for a good photograph comes from?

Dedication and Inspiration. To stay dedicated you have to find some sort of motivation.
The more personal the better.
Anything you feel is inspiration. Widen your appreciation for art and focus on becoming a nicer person.

The craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? Have you ever got yourself in trouble?

The most exhilarating, knee-shaking experience without a doubt was photographing David Guetta on stage. Fire coming out from over there, lights all over the place, almost 10000 people staring in your vicinity, with the nerve wrecking music tying all of this together. I don’t know how long I was up there, it could have been just half a minute or ten minutes. Pretty crazy.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

How often do you / don’t you shoot?

Well, that depends solely on my motivation. Which happens to be rather unstable. There used to be a time when I would come home from a day of shooting with at least half a 35mm roll and two 120 rolls of film fully exposed. Now it feels like one or two pictures is the most I can do.
A couple of weeks ago I went on a bike tour with a good friend where I did not shoot a single frame in 5 days. Which was quite unsettling.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

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?

Depending on the universe I end up in a weapon of some sorts would be great. Especially if its population has never seen a camera before. A Mamiya RB67 should do the trick. With it a sack full of film. Add to that a stealthy digital point-and-shoot I can easily disguise so I don’t have to wield my Mamiya. Maybe an invisibility cloak for when shit hits the fan like in Rick & Morty.

Pretty expensive but imagine how much I could make with photos from a parallel universe. I am not that bad of a businessman that I would come out of it with a loss.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

When do you rely on your instruments and when on your feelings?

Well, you have to rely on your instruments to deliver what you envision. One reason I shoot on film is it's simplicity. No convoluted menus, no focus by wire and so on. It just works. If the camera decides to get wonky, you just get another one or, in the case of a valuable one like a Hasselblad, have it checked. But let me tell you, those things are built like tanks. My Hasselblad had to endure many shakes and bumps on my bike tours and that fucker still kinda works.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

Your top 4 current photographers?

Martin Schöller, Robert Richardson, Anton Corbijn and Roger Deakins.

Featured Photographer #56: Lucas Weber

Your final advice / riddle to your fellow photographers.

If you are not swimming you are drowning.

 

Check Lucas on Instagram for his latest photos: https://www.instagram.com/lucluclucas

 

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Shortcut to Camera app, click, add filter, upload, get 5000 likes, I’m a photographer.

A Medium Format Shooter’s Photographic Process by photographer Andrew Jamieson (http://andycreative.co.uk/).

Lumu Light Meter Review and Field Test

Anastasia Petukhova reviews Lumu light meter: 

From the moment you see the box to the unpackaging process, you get more and more impressed. Matte finish, all the engraved lettering, and quality materials definitely give you the impression that this thing is build to last. I think this must have been one of the key considerations because of the design and size of Lumu. The leather case feels and fits nicely, the neck strap is also great and is my preferred way of carrying the Lumu. You take the light meter out and plug into your phone. Done.
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Read the whole review HERE.

Featured #24: Richard Douglas Gledhill

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What did you want to become in the childhood?
When I was a child I wanted to be an artist. I remember taking home stories that I had written and drawings that I had passionately done in class. I remember the feeling of peace that came over me when I would create and I don’t think that has changed to this day.

Your story with photography. I bought my first dslr camera in college and fell in love with photography ever since. Now I shoot primarily film and that started because I was always trying to get film looks with my photos and I got really close but I still was off. One day it came to me that I should just shoot film to get my pictures to look like film stocks were used. No brainer, right?!

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What do you want to achieve?
I don’t really know what I want to achieve to be honest. I mean, I want to be famous and known worldwide for my work but I don’t know if that is at the top of my list. I guess I want to achive the ability to empower others with my gift. I think that directly correlates with what I think the the greatest power of photography is. Photographs have this power to raise emotions out of us, perhaps emotions we have not felt in a long time. If I can consistently do that as an artist I feel that would be my greatest achievement.

Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for good photograph comes from? I feel that a photograph is a play between luck (being in the right place at the right time) and talent (knowing your camera, framing, lighting etc.) The best photographs  are a dance between these attributes.

Your camera bag. At all times when I shoot I have a medium format camera and a 35mm camera. I am also carrying film, lens cleaning supplies and my trusty Lumu Light meter!

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Highlight one great experience of your life.
I would say one of the greatest experiences in my life was sitting down at a coffee shop and showing my work to one of my favorite photographers (Kym Ventola) and hearing the encouraging things she had to say about my work. That definitely sparked a fire in my heart to pursue photography with full force. If that didn’t happen I don’t think I would be shooting today if it wasn’t for that conversation. 

Do you have any kind of obsession? My obsession with film is probably my most notable obsession in terms of photography. It’s romantic. I am smitten for film. The way it looks and the tone it has compared to digital photographs. There is just something about it that I can’t explain.

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If you could give one final advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? 
Never stop shooting. You get better with practice and constantly being put out of your comfort zone. Reach out to all of your favorite photographers and try to snag a mentor. Having a mentor who has way more experience than you is probably one of the best things you can do for your career. 

Links! My website is www.richarddouglas.co and my instagram handle is @iamricharddouglas

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Featured #9: Eric Schwanke

1 What did you want to become in the childhood? I wanted to play drums in a rock band.

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.

2What 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. 

3What 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.

Links to your work!
my website http://carboncopystudios.com or
facebook page
facebook.com/carboncopystudios

Featured #1: Josh Bordelon

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Tell us something about yourself. My name is Josh Bordelon, I grew up in Houston, TX and I’m currently employed by Apple. My free time is spent exploring Austin TX or other parts of Texas with my girlfriend, camera in tow of course, developing film, and skateboarding.

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Your personal story with photography. I think my photo story started with skateboarding. like skateboarding it was an outlet to free my stress and creativity, a way to unwind. My friends and I were always filming our tricks and we would shoot some photos here and there but that died out. It wasn’t until college that i picked the camera up again and when I bought my first love-the Nikon FM2n. While I was still shooting skateboarding stuff with my friends, i also began to venture out into other styles of photography. 

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What do you carry around in your camera bag? The bag I’m currently rockin is the Ona Bowery bag. It’s the perfect sized bag. In it I can fit my Leica M4-P + Voigtlander 28/2, & M2/M6 with the Canon 50/1.4 LTM, 90% of the time loaded with Kodak Tri-X, the other times I’m shooting Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Portra 160/400, or Fuji 400H. Sharpie, Pen, notebook and my LUMU light meter. I don’t always carry two cameras, but sometimes i have two  each loaded with different speed Tri-X or one color and one black and white. I primarily shoot BW for many reasons, I enjoy the look it has, the romantic feel it gives, but I also enjoy the process of learning the film’s characteristics along with developing and scanning from home. It’s all one big process and a way for me to escape and get lost in. I’m not by any means against digital, in fact I shoot a Canon 5D MKii with a 35L and a 50L and love it. both mediums give off totally different feels. Film just requires more thought in different areas and i think thats one of the things that draws me in.

What do you shoot or want to achieve with your photography? As for subject matter I shoot a variety of things, be it weddings, portraits, lifestyle and street photography, all of it. I’d say though that I’m drawn to portraits more than the others. Something about peoples expressions, I guess its something we can all relate to. For me, what makes a good photo stand out from the rest would be the emotion or connection the viewer pulls from it. What seems like a simple image being shot can actually catch so much emotion. It captures a moment in time that tells a story that can be universally felt.

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What inspires you? My inspiration comes from many things, cliché as that is, but my friends play a big part in that as well as other photographers and creatives in general. One of my favorite things is nerding out with fellow photogs. Its interesting for a group of people with the same interest to come together and see the same subject so differently.

Any words of wisdom you would give to other photographers? Hmm I’d say one of the best things you can do is shoot for yourself. Shoot how and what makes you enjoy it more. 

Keep growing, keep pursuing and #staybrokeshootfilm :)

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Thanks for sharing your work and thoughts Josh, it’s been a pleasure!

*Check out more* about Josh:
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Lumu low light test shooting, using final pre-production Lumu light meter.
camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
lens: Fujinon 18mm
aperture: f/2,2
time: 30 seconds
ISO: 1600
General light level: 0.04 lux

Photograph was captured in the first attempt.

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