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Interview with brethdesign
Hi ~brethdesign, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I call myself a freelance self-taught people photographer and digital artist based in Denmark (in Scandinavia).
I discovered my passion for photography and digital art back in 2008, but in some way Ive always had an eye for capturing and framing all sorts of beauty I guess. Since then Ive begun to evolve as a self taught artist - doing what I love.
In late 2009 I lanced my own freelance part-time business, called 'breth design - photographics' - mixing the art of photography and digital art. And this year I've put a little more time and effort in my business, and I'm happy to say that it is crowing in a high paste. But I'm also studying a master is aesthetics and culture, having 6 months to go. This however will be postponed a bit, seeing that I'm also becoming a mother this may.
My ultimate dream is to do this for a living - to create art-pieces and photographs that wow people.
What camera and lenses do you use?
I have a Canon EOS 450D. And I mostly use my Canon EFS 17-55 2,8 IS lens, which is a great 'all-round' lens, WAY better quality than the standard 18-55 lens. When I'm not using this one, I use the 'value for money' 50mm 1,8 lens.
Do you have any other equipment that you couldnt do without?
Well I'm that time of photographer that uses what she's got, and gets creative. I don't believe that expensive equipment does the trick ALONE! But of course, when you first discover the benefits of some equipment - you rarely go back.
But besides my camera and lenses, I have use a silver/gold reflector, which is a great substitute for a strobe.
On the retouching part I couldn't do without my WACOM Intous4 tablet and of course Photoshop CS5!
What lighting techniques do you favour?
Daylight - no doubt.
But I'll love to master the strobes in the studio some day. At the moment I just do not have the space or budget for that. - But not having a studio does not mean you can't create amazing photos - I hope I'm somewhat proof of that
What are your favourite things about Pinup & Glamour?
Oh, I don't know... I've always been drawn by beauty and glamour. But aren't we all in some way? It's said that a part of the human brain feels happy when looking at a beautiful person for instance. Perhaps that's why?
I like the extraordinary feel to glamour and love to portray that as well!
Whats the most impressive place that youve photographed?
Place? Hmm... Seeing that I'm a people photographer, the setting is not my "main" goal, but the expression of the model. So I would have to say, that I think it's quite impressive to have taken some great shots in my small apartment, just using daylight and a white wall. Sometimes simplicity is the best thing.
Who would be your ultimate subject to photograph?
Oh wow - well I don't know if I could pinpoint ONE, but to photograph a supermodel, with experience and just a please to work with - that would be awesome. You must never underestimate the model influence in a photo. As the photographer you can only so much, but if the model (in fashion, glamour, beauty) just isn't cut out for it, the photo might be okay, but never amazing.
Who are your favourite photographers?
Well Richard Avedon you have to admire. But also the young and talented Lara Jade (`larafairie), who truly masters the art of photography.
What (or who?) is your biggest inspiration?
My main inspiration comes from people in general but also fellow skilled artists in the industry and here on dA - like Lara Jade.
What do you think is the most important thing to keep in mind when photographing Pinup & Glamour?
That the final result must stand out and that the model does not necessary have to be 'beautiful' in the model kind of way. Beauty portrays on so many levels.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start in Pinup & Glamour Photography, or to get the best from the Genre?
Just go for it... The best way to learn (for me, and most people) is to get out and try it yourself. A key thing is knowing who to master the lighting and creating contrast in your photos - creates great dramatic feeling to it! Try it out!
Thanks to ~brethdesign!!
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