Jack Toohey [jacktoohey]
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
Well I've always taken photos, but I've only been taking it seriously for about 2 years now. I got given a shoddy little 4MP point and shoot about 5 years ago, and slowly I started getting more into it, untill I upgraded to a dslr.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I'm pretty much completely self taught, but have done one photography course over the period of 10 weeks.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
-2010 Photo5 Wall
-2011 'Live in the Suburbs' Exhibition
What is your favourite type of photography?
What do you try to express through your photography?
How do you choose your subjects?
Mostly they are my friends, so there isn't a really a process it's kind of like "Hey, lets hang out" "Hey, I'll bring my camera"
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Charge my camera batteries, and in the case of shooting girls, I usually organise a location and particular styles of clothing etc.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
Definitely go with the flow, I have broad ideas, and try to shoot within that.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Canon, It's just what I know and trust, and in my opinion has the best lenses, the best interfaces and the best feel.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon 500D, 50mm f/1.8, 55-250mm, MacBook Pro 15", Adobe CS5.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Adobe Photoshop CS5
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
Unfortunately, there aren't many measures I have been able to take. I often stumble upon my work on the internet, uncredited. But there's not a lot I can do when such a thing happens. Some people advise me to watermark my images, but I find it detracts from the images. So I just leave it, and If I find my work uncredited somewhere, and I am able to contact the author of the page, I do.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Hmm, not really. I'm terrible at putting a price on my images or my time. I often feel bad about making money for something I love doing, but I suppose now that I've finished school and need to make a living, I'll have to change my tune.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
In a way, yes. It definitely widens the playing field in terms of who can create awesome images. But I think there is a tendency for a lot of amateurs and even people who like to think they are professionals, to over use technology and go too far. So I suppose there is still a gap between professionals and amateurs, as the professionals know when enough is enough.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
Hmm, I would probably sit myself smack bang in the middle. Without my technical knowledge, I wouldn't be able to realise my artistic...'vision' and vice versa. But I don't think it's as black and white as 'technical or artistic' for any photographer. For me, part of my artistic process is finding technical ways to create the look of film, in order to create nostalgic feelings. So for me, they are very much intertwined.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
Rule of thirds, is actually legit. But you have to think of it laterally and vertically, not just one or the other. So I suppose it should be "Rule of ninths"
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
I honestly don't know, and I'm not even sure it's something one can develop. I mean sure, if you have the instinct to begin with you can strengthen it, but if it's not there to begin with, I don't think it can be developed. I can't put my finger on it (so to speak, hey that's funny!) and I don't know why some people are better at it than others, it's just a fact of life.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
I don't think there really is set times for either. I love using film, but unfortunately I don't really have the time or the money. But I'd probably advise not using film at a wedding or something. Unless you plan on bringing like 50 rolls of film.