Courtney Turpyn [cturpyn]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I have been taking pictures for what seems like forever, I've always been carrying around some type of camera. I'm been majorly pursuing it with schooling since 2004. I began in high school learning on film. Then attended Rochester Institute of Techonology for a little while before moving to florida. I finally graduated this April from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Tampa with my digital photography degree.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I attended RIT for about a year and a half learning mostly on film and a little on digital. I achieved my associates in digital photography from IADT in Tampa April 2010. There was where I fell in love with fashion and beauty photography. I have also had to do a lot of learning out of school thankfully I'm in a wonderful meetup group the photocollective in tampa. I've learned so much from all those wonderful people! I also have been assisting a wedding photographer that I have learned so much from real life experience.
What is your favourite type of photography?
Fashion/Beauty and also weddings
What do you try to express through your photography?
Emotion is the biggest thing. I love having a connection with any of my subjects.
How do you choose your subjects?
Model Mayhem has been an amazing help for me, and from that I have connected with a ton of people on facebook.
I choose people based on if I think I can connect with them or they have features that I love.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
It really depends on the shoot. For a conceptual/creative beauty or fashion shoot I do alot of brainstorming and sketching sometimes. Research I believe is also important I grew up with a art background so when creating I want the details to be right.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Both. I have a generally idea of what I want, but I also believe that it is really important for the subject to look comfortable. You can't accomplish that by sticking a model in the same pose for over an hour.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I shoot Canon now. But I grew up shooting Kodak and I had a Pentax k1000 35mm film camera.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 50D, 70-200mm 2.8, 18-200mm, 50mm 1.8, 18-55, Canon Rebel XT that gathers dust, 2 580 flashes, gels, light meter, etc...
Computer: Gateway FX
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I LOVE lightroom 3, and then I have Adobe Photoshop CS4
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Julia Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Annie leibovitz, Joe McNally
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
I always have a makeup artist
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
http://www.meetup.com/photocollective/ --- those guys are amazing
Some of the members include RC Concepcion, Erik Valind, Bryan Leighty, Scott Krebs, and David Rogers
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
I think I'm much more artistic. It comes from growing up with a mom as an art teacher and studying art all of my life. I have a background in art history too.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
I think from studying classic works of art and from all the art classes that I have had I have a strong sense of framing and composition. It is really important to refer back to the painters for lessons in composition and framing.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
PRACTICE!! There is no other way. That is the only way to learn how to anticipate movement or reactions from people.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Honeslty I don't ever feel the need to use film anymore. I mean I miss the darkroom with the smells and the joy of doing the images by hand. But digital is so much more convienent and I probably would never be shooting fashion if digital wasn't around, let alone weddings.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
Um thats hard to answer for me because tampa doesn't have huge museums that I'm used to. Most likely not, but photography especially digital is still a baby compared to paintings and sculpture.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?