Interview with photographer #15: Adrien Olichon (France, Architecture photography)84LENS
When did you first become interested in photography? What sparked it and when did you decide that it was what you were going to do? Tell us your story 😉
I became interested in photography for more than 1 year and a half, probably for 6 or 7 years. But I never decided to buy a real camera, I took pictures with my phones. When I had the chance to go to New-Zealand I finally bought a camera, a X100F, because it is small and has a 35mm lens. Which can shoot portrait and landscapes. But I have always been fascinated by photography.
Were you formally educated in photography, or are you self taught?
I’m self taught, I just observe and got inspiration from all the others photographers. I just try to recreate some styles of photography and next I try to do my own version.
What is your ways of income from photography? Do you sell your photos on microstock sites? What else?
I don’t make any money of my photography. I am an amateur photograph, my job is UX designer.
What else do you do besides photography? 😉
As I said I’m a UX designer so I create interfaces but also websites, and I love graphic design. So I also create different things.
What mistakes did you make when you started taking pictures?
I didn’t made real mistakes, like I never had regrets of forgetting something, having burned pictures or something else. I’m very organized so I prepare everything before I shoot.
Which photo are you currently most proud of? Tell us a story about this photo please.
This pictures in Amsterdam really synthesize the heart of Amsterdam, there is the water, the trees, the color are very bright and I can feel the sun, I can feel the mood of Amsterdam.
Who have you learned the most from?
I don’t have a particular name, I just learn from every photograph and architectes.
When did you start sharing your photos on Pexels and Unsplash? Many photographers prefer not to share their photos for free, but sell them on photo banks. What is your reason to do that? Does it helps you to attract new customers or you have some any other reasons?
I started sharing the a year and a half ago, when I got my X100F. I give my photos for free because I use a lot Unsplash for my job and for my projects in webdesign. So I decided to give back, and to see if my photos could be useful to others.
How did you find your photography style, and what can you recommend to other photographers trying to find their niche?
Just look around and be interested in every kind of photos and photographers. Try again and again until you are satisfied with your work.
Your favourite accessory?
No accessory except a leather case, I travel light and I shoot pretty quickly to catch the moment.
Favourite photography website?
Unsplash, I have had so much inspiration from others people on this website.
Top tip for any aspiring in your niche photographers out there?
If you are interested in shooting textures, which are my most downloaded photography, just try to shoot everything, the more abstract it is the better it is.
To what degree do you retouch your photos, Photoshop? Lightroom? Aperture? Anything that you like to do in your photos in particular, such as add certain curves?
I edit in Lightroom, I try to recreate the ambiance I was when I took the picture. Nothing more.
Do you use some photographer’s facebook groups/forums/subreddits/medium to share your experience or discuss something?
Absoluty not, I just do my photos, post it and that’s it.
Recommend some blogs or instagram profiles about photography you love to read.
Anything on Medium.
What promotion methods do you use? How do you find customers for your photo shoots? I mean facebook&instagram ads, etc.
I don’t make any money so I don’t look for customers.
What apps do you use to organize your work? Maybe there are some interesting services that our readers would be interested to know about?
I only use my Finder in Mac and Lightroom, nothing else needed.
Final words of wisdom you would like to share?
Don’t compare yourself to others, take pictures for you, both others.
Thanks a lot Adrien! I wish you the most juicy shots!