Peter Casolino [pcasolino]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
25 years. I began my career as a photographer after taking courses in college to help with my art degree.
What has been your education as a photographer?
BS in art, and 20+years as a news photographer
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
I have had 4 solo shows in CT, USA. One was a show of black and white photography on Havana, Cuba. The other three were fine art exhibits mainly consisting of digitally manipulated photography.
Please list any awards for your work.
Awards include NPPA region 1 photographer of the year.
Unique Photo grand prize winner ($10,000).
CT Society of Professional Journalist 8 first glacé awards, 7 second place awards, 9 third place awards.
Zuma Double-truck winner 3 times.
What is your favourite type of photography?
I love pure street photography and surreal digital manipulation equally.
What do you try to express through your photography?
My job as a news photographer requires me to tell stories visually, however the challenge and joy of my work is to use my personal vision in storytelling. I enjoy telling other people's views through my own eyes as I see it. I try and express the uniqueness of my subjects in every photograph.
How do you choose your subjects?
Many of my subjects are found through public encounters and just talking with people socially.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
I try and NOT prepare too much at all besides having my equipment in order. I let the subject and situation dictate the flow of the session.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I let the person or scene dictate the visuals.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I mainly use Nikon because my employer provides my equipment, however technology has come to the point that any of the major brands are equally as good these days. I use most equipment in manual modes, so it really doesn't matter what the label on the camera is.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
I mainly use two bodies. One with a wide zoom, the other with a telephoto zoom. A SIMPLE bag. I use a MacBook pro to process my images. I use an iPhone to shoot video for news sites also.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I mainly use three programs exclusively. Photo Mechanic for editing and captioning. Photoshop for toning and cropping. Final cut for video editing.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I usually place a light watermark on my images. I stay away from sites that claim rights to my work. Some sites, even very popular ones will claim that you transfer usage rights by posting. It's a very sleazy practice.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Honestly, no. I mainly use agency representation so I can concentrate on photography and not on dealing with buyers.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Sabastio Salgado, Alex Webb, Mary Ellen Mark, Walker Evans Are among my favorites.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Technology has allowed many people to express themselves through photography. I find inspiration through many amateur photographers works. Some hobbyists are producing work that is truly inspired.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
I work with a staff of very talented photographers and have many friends in the business. I am surrounded by passionate people every day, but when I'm shooting it's usually just me!
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
My education was as a formally trained painter. I feel luck that this has given me a lot of insight into the power of composition. I think it has carried over well into my photography.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
It is a lifelong learning process. To me now it's not WHEN to shoot, but being intuitive and predicting WHERE to be when I do press the shutter button.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
I used to love film. Digital has now surpassed the quality I could ever get with film anymore, so those days are over.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
I think that it does. I see photography commanding high prices from collectors.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
I look at just about anything. Too many to list.
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
I honestly feel that subject and feeling are more important than specific technique in photography. I think people get too wrapped up in gear, technology and technique and forget to explore the simple essence of what good photography is.
New Haven, CT