Tiger's Eye Photography [photofrenzy]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
Well, I've been doing it since age 16 and I'm now 30 so a while now.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I went to photography school in Winnipeg, I've shadowed a number of photojournalists and I also have some digital training.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
Please see my website for experience & past exhibits.
Please list any awards for your work.
Please see my website.
What is your favourite type of photography?
Anything that allows me to be creative.
What do you try to express through your photography?
Feelings. Every emotion I have when I snap the shot. Some say my non-verbal communication is very strong.
How do you choose your subjects?
Actually, for the most part my subjects choose me. If they like what they see I'm hired.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
It all depends on the shoot. I do try to help my clients prepare as much as possible so the shoot goes smoothly. Often I e-mail some prep-work that can be done to ensure a great shoot.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
A little bit of both. 1st I follow the rules and nail the shot. If time permits I have more fun and try new things with my clients. Often they go with a shot I take towards the end.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Well, due to security I don't really want to get into specifics at this time. However, I will say that I use canon (digital and film), L-series lenses and a mac computer. I also have a mobile studio & throw up backdrops & lighting when needed.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
I mostly get it right when I take the shot. Perhaps a little photoshop & photo mechanic when needed.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I watermark my photos using photo mechanic. However, it's common knowledge that once it hits the net it's open to anyone.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Well, sometimes I don't think I give myself enough credit. I think that's due to my perfectionist personality. Also, sometimes I don't charge enough for all the work I do.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Right now I'd have to say Richard Gere (yes, the actor).
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Humm, not really. Getting it right the 1st time is still important if we're looking at time savings. Digital retouching is handy because there are dark room tools built into programs. Basically it helps photographers re-create what they saw.
Everyone has a unique set of eyes & all photographers are different.
Film also has qualities that I've yet to see mastered with digital.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
It depends on the budget and the shoot. I work with editors, stylists, make-up artists, clothing designers, set designers, lighting technicians etc. Working with a team of artists is always fun.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
Well, I've been shadowing Phil Hossack (Winnipeg Free Press). I've also tagged along with Ruth Bonneville (Winnipeg Free Press). I was once studio partners with Rebecca Sandaluck. I'm also on the photo crew for the Winnipeg Folk Festival which is a lot of fun.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
I can do the technical stuff but I like it when I'm carried away in a moment of sheer energy.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
Framing and composition has always come naturally to me. Often I realize that I was dead-on with the rules of composition. However, I don't really pay attention to those technical things when I'm snapping the shot.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
My emotions guide me. I just feel it. Maybe that's not the best advice but that's how I do it.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Film is for fun, digital is for work.
Digital is instant and film takes a while.
For me, film is for travel. I love Fuji Velvia for bright colors.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
I think there are two different definitions for photography. We have commercial photography and we have fine art photography. All one has to do is to look at a photo to see the difference. I think museums do a good job at recognizing the art of photography.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Shoot from the heart.
For me, shooting from the heart brings great joy.
I capture such wonderful moments.
Life is beautiful. Photography helps me to love my life & appreciate every moment.
Tiger's Eye Photography