Carlos Echenique [etrigan63]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
Started when I was 12. Mostly self-taught. My parents gave me a Yashica TL-Electro and a copy of the 1947 edition of the Leica Manual. Started shooting professionally 5 years ago.
What has been your education as a photographer?
Self-taught mostly. A couple of courses in college. I have multiple degrees in computer science and M.I.S.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
Hispanic Heritage Month Art Show
Part of an exhibition of South Florida Photographers in the Town of Cutler Bay
Extensively on display at Final Step Dance Academy
What is your favourite type of photography?
I like to shoot complex portrait sessions. These sessions are usually themed and become challenging to keep on a low budget.
What do you try to express through your photography?
I try to combine my passion for photography with skill in computer science to create fantastic scenes.
How do you choose your subjects?
If, by subjects, you mean the people I photograph, I don't. They come to me. If, by subjects, you mean the theme of my portraits, I look at what I have to work with and what the client is interested in.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Complex portrait shoot require a bit of planning. Lighting the various elements and components of the shot, as well as extreme attention to details is what makes a shot of this nature work.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Nikon and Canon are the "old guard" now. If they don't make some advances in their product lines very quickly, they will be overtaken by the likes of Sony and Olympus.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8
Metz 58AN-1 Speedlight
12-50mm Kit lens
Zuiko OM 50mm f/1.4, f/3.5 macro, 135mm f/2.8 (manual lenses via Fotodiox adapter)
Soligor 80-200mm f/4.5 zoom lens
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I use most software.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I upload to sites that prevent my work from being freely downloaded. All my work is digitally signed. I also use Tin-Eye to search for any works that have been stolen.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
The business side of anything has always been my weakness. I also tend to undervalue my skills.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
While the technology makes it easier to achieve professional results, it still takes a pro to use them effectively.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
My wife and my daughter are my usual cohorts in crime.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
I was more technical at the start and developed the art along the way.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
It is what turns a snapshot into a photograph.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
Practice, practice, practice.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Whenever you feel it is appropriate. I myself gave up film years ago, but there is a certain look to analog photography that some find very appealing.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
My own: http://www.echenique.com
Luminous Landscape: http://www.luminouslandscape.com
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Always take shots from different angles and points of view. You never know which direction the "money shot" is coming from.
Miami, FL USA