I'm finally writing this question and answer post! I know its been quite some time since I posted asking for you to give me any questions to answer but here it is!! Better late than never.
What inspires you?
There is no one answer for this question, I cant draw inspiration from most things depending on my mood and thought process. My two main sources of inspiration though would have to be past experiences and feelings which I've always found expressing my thoughts whether they are just simple ideas or more elaborate story telling series through image making to be my greatest escape.
I've always loved nature, the fact that everything is constantly changing but at the same time visiting the same location it's always familiar. I love to let my mind get lost in the beauty and texture of the forest and trees.
Who inspired you to start and who inspires you today?
There isn't really a person who inspired me to start photography. I've always loved art, painting and being creative. Photography was just another medium I tried throughout high school and ever since then I've been taking photos.
I've made plenty of friends within the photography community and they are the ones who definitely inspire me today with their amazing work.
Do you shoot in RAW and what is your post-processing routine to keep consistency among your images?
Yes, I do shoot RAW.
I have a few things I follow when I'm shooting my fine art pieces to keep everything fairly consistent. This doesn't always happen because it depends on the concept I'm shooting but 90% of the time I shoot out in nature, which I've found even in different locations gives a certain feel and mood to my images.
I always expand the frame when shooting my personal work, it allows me not to worry later on about resolution if I need to use an image for an exhibition and need to blow it up. I've also been fond of the way square images look.
How did you learn your skills? (both in photography and photoshop)
I learnt the basics of photography in high school while developing film and later on once I started shooting more and more in digital I started teaching myself what I needed to know so I was able to shoot a certain concept which allowed me to continually learn new techniques. I'm still constantly learning new ways to shoot thats one of the things I love about photography, you can never know too much!
Photoshop has majority been self taught. I've spent countless hours pulling all nighters figuring out what does what in photoshop. Trial and error was and still is my best way to learn what I need to do. I have started following certain websites which focus on teaching photoshop techniques and I have learnt a lot from the amazing people who spend their time teaching others.
I see you recently had an exhibition, how was that? Pro's and con's? How did it happen?
I did! This was earlier in the year but it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the night.
I was able to meet a lot of other creatives and help get my name out there a bit more.
It was through a company called RAW who hold a one night exhibition every few months in many different cities around the world to give emerging artists the chance to show their work and experience what it's like exhibiting their work.
Could you tell a bit about your colour correction / colour grading techniques?
I always edit my colours using curves whether I'm in Lightroom or Photoshop.
I do sometimes use other ways to colour my images but I've found I'm always heading back into a curves layer to make adjustments. I love the matte film look in photos so one of the very first things I do is to change the shadows and highlights so there are no true blacks and whites in the image. I usually have a colour palette in mind when shooting so I have a rough idea of what I want to do when I come into Photoshop. I tend to play around a lot until I'm happy with what I'm getting. I've found selecting certain areas of the image to colour individually instead of overall helps make things look a lot more interesting. I wish I could answer this question a bit better but a lot of my editing is fiddling around from a basic idea and routine.
Thank you everyone who asked me questions! I'm sorry I was so delayed in writing this. I need to catch up on my blog posts in the coming weeks :)