hi nicholas, after reading the interview you just posted i've been wondering how you balance school and personal work? i'm in art school as well but find the workload so much that i don't have much time to develop my own work. do you have any advice?would you say you prioritize one over the other, or try to devote equal amounts of work to both?
It’s really hard for me too. I barley have time to do personal work. I would love to shoot everyday but school/life gets in the way. However, I try to schedule in times that I know that ill have free time to develop a concept, shoot it, and edit it. Editing takes the longest, I have so many photos just waiting in the depths of my computer to be edited but it takes so long to put my pictures together that it takes weeks before I can put out something.
some of your works are a mix of photography and painting, how do you do to blend them?
I use Photoshop to digitally blend the two together. I scan painted sections in the computer and then merge it with my photo. I haven’t done that process in a very long time but I want to get back into it!
Hi, I'm just curious about some the editing you do? Do you use photoshop, or a different program? And how did you learn to use it so well? I mean, I know my stuff but I can't imagine doing some of the work you do.
I use Photoshop. I am self taught. I learned mostly from trial and error.
I found this page through Kyle Thompson's recent posts. Your work is amazing. I watched your "Light" teaser & it was very intriguing. (Hope to possibly see a more extensive sequel someday.) I also watched "Photo Adventure" & I've never wanted to be somewhere with a group of strangers more in my life. You all looked so happy and like you had such a peaceful & fun time. Just thought I'd share that with you. Keep up the great work.
Thank you so much. Next semester I am taking an experimental film class and I intended to make a 2nd installment to “Light”. I want it a lot longer and more complex then that video.
It's called "tilt-shift" not "free lensing"...If not, what's the difference?
You need to buy a tilt-shift lens for true “tilt-shift”. However, If you don’t want to spend the money and get something smiler you can use a “Free-Lensing” technique. It’s when you detach your lens from your camera and tilt it yourself. It can damage your camera if you are not to careful. Free lensing is also less controlled then a tilt shift lens but can give you a really good result.
Could you please give some insight on the conceptualisation behind your photographs? Technical tips are great but I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering what goes on in your head when conceptualising and finalising the designs for your pieces!
I research a lot. I also take inspiration from my daily life. I sketch all the time and write. Try keeping a small sketchbook with you at all times.
Hey there, love your work! What are you doing specifically to get your 5D2 shots to look filmic? Like on "Max and Sam” - I notice theres some diffusion going on. It looks soft yet sharp. I don't know whats going on exactly, but if you could explain your process that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I use an in-camera filter to achieve that look! I believe my filter is an old Hollywood star filter. I use found textures over my photographs to get a “film” look as well.
Hey Thanks for everything,for showing me a new side to photography that ill always keep with me thanks for giving me ideas and the ability to open my mind and photograph things in a new perspective, thank you so much, I've hit a point in my life where Im getting told that photography won't give you a future, and it's time to grow up, I don't know what to do, this isn't a therapy session but you're the photographer I look up too, and I want to know what advice you can give me? Thank you Alvin
Hi! I think the best advice I could give you is not to listen when people say photography won’t get you anywhere. Make it your priority to do what you want and make a living doing it. Don’t accept failure. You are the only person that can hold yourself back.
Yes, We have the biggest dark room on the east coast. We also have lighting studios and editing labs that have the latest editing software including CS6. I recommend VCU for art. Check out VCUarts HERE
You're work is absolutely amazing. I am blown away. I cannot believe you are only 19 and already have this amazing body of work. Where do you go to art college/college or are you self taught? I am an aspiring photographer and would love to learn how to make it in the photography world.
Hi! I go to Virginia Commonwealth University. I am self taught, however, my university has shown me new techniques regarding photo and film. I think my best piece of advice I could give you is practice everyday. Also sketch and write as much as possible regarding your art and life.
Hi :) I was wondering if you have a specific camera you'd recommend for filmmaking?
I use my Mark II when I shoot short films. It works great for what I want to do with it. However, If you want to spend the money I would buy a red scarlet camera. The image quality is so beautiful and professional looking.
A lot of people want to know how to free-lens. and I’m going to show you how! It’s an easy way to create a dynamic atmospheric photograph.
It’s a technique to try if you have a camera with a removable lens! It’s a method of shooting with your lens detached from the camera- but still held very closely. Holding your lens up to the camera (instead of attaching it) allows you to create a tilt-shift effect in your photos.
Here are examples of one of my photos incorporating the free-lensing technique:
Here are the steps you need to get that perfect tilt shift look.
1.Select your lens. Free-lensing isn’t as effective with a wide-angle lens, because it’s MUCH harder to get anything in focus! If you have several lenses to choose from, I would start with a 50mm or higher. If you have a zoom lens that came with your camera, you might want to make sure the lens is zoomed in to at least a 50mm range, if possible.
2. Before you detach your lens from your camera, set your exposure. Auto-exposure won’t work correctly if your lens isn’t connected to your camera.
3. Take off your lens, hold it very closely to your camera, and move it around a little! You get some really beautiful effects the more angles you try to hold it at. For instance, if the left side of your lens is touching your camera still, angle it so that the right side of your lens is pulled away from the camera. Try taking a few photos, and see how you like them! It’s pretty exciting, right? (NOTE: Nikon users will need to set their camera to manual mode before removing the lens)
4. Practice! Practice, practice, I can’t overemphasize this: Practice! This might not be something you will pick up right away, but if you love the effect, then it’s definitely worth the time to shoot 100 photos before you like one. :)
5. Set the focus ring to “infinity” before you take your lens off.
what college do you go to? how did you find out about it? how did you know that it was the right fit for you? i am starting to think about art schools for college and i have no idea where to start.
I go to Virginia Commonwealth University. We are ranked the number 1 public art school In the United States. I remember reading about VCU and how the art program was very challenging and competitive. I recommend coming here because it’s a lot cheaper than most art schools and we are much better then most art schools. The caliber of art at VCU is hard to beat.
This is going to sound really dumb but here goes, so I'm an ~aspiring~ photographer and I just got my t3i and I was wondering how do you give your photos that grainy effect? Is it the camera or photoshop?
It is in camera if I am shooting film. However, If I am shooting digital I use photoshop to apply texture to my images.