Interview with photographer #2: Malcolm Garret (US, Fashion/Portrait 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’ve always had the interest. I got into photography just shooting sneakers and from there I fell in love with the shutter sound the composition and editing so I grabbed a friend and started trying out portrait photography and that’s when I really fell in love from there the rest was history.
Were you formally educated in photography, or are you self taught?
Self taught just shooting everyday and a few youtube videos and I have friends that are into photography as well.
What is your ways of income from photography? Do you sell your photos on microstock sites? What else?
I charge for photoshoots trying to work my way into working for brands.
What else do you do besides photography? 😉
I do custom sneakers and design apparel here and there.
What mistakes did you make when you started taking pictures?
Mistakes I’ve made where not knowing the correct lighting and not focusing on the subject well enough.
Which photo are you currently most proud of? Tell us a story about this photo please.
Honestly there are so many its hard to narrow down but I have one attached to this email its the one of the female with shades on.
Describe a typical shoot.
2 hours max much direction and I like to engage with my subjects and style them.
Who have you learned the most from?
I’ve learned from myself just shooting and practicing daily.
What advices can you give our readers on working with models? What is the most important things, and how you achieve this?
TAKE CONTROL BE ASSERTIVE BUT OPEN TO IDEAS THEY MAY HAVE and PATIENCE!
Do you take part in any photo contests? Tell us about your experience, if you have.
Yes. I take part in contests on Pexels, it’s a fun challenging experience makes you step your game up.
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 like too share as much as possible the world needs to see the creativity and you never know who is watching so I like to share so I can be discovered.
How did you find your photography style, and what can you recommend to other photographers trying to find their niche?
Shoot what your element in life is whether you like sports or nature or architecture etc. My niche is fashion/lifestyle portrait.
Your favourite accessory? Tripod for selfie photos lol.
Prime or zoom lens? Prime all day.
Favourite photography book? Don’t have one.
Favourite photography website? Pexels & Pinterest.
Top tip for any aspiring in your niche photographers out there?
Find what works for you and stick to it master it then move on to other challenges.
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?
Photoshop raw with photoshop 2018 I like to sharpen, add colors to make it pop and smoothing out skin is huge part in what I do, but smooth enough to where it still looks natural and not fake.
Do you use some photographer’s facebook groups/forums/subreddits/medium to share your experience or discuss something?
No not really I just sit back watch and learn.
Recommend some blogs or instagram profiles about photography you love to read.
I hate reading just the process of it is boring to me so I rather just look at photos on other peoples pages.
What promotion methods do you use? How do you find customers for your photo shoots?
Just shoot and present the picture i.e – hey I’m booking shoots for the month of September.
What apps do you use to organize your work? Maybe there are some interesting services that our readers would be interested to know about?
Share your favorite presets if you don’t mind. I think it will be a great help for newbies. And give some prompts about using them.
Curve lift shadows with minor tweaks and black and white is always good.
Final words of wisdom you would like to share?
Stay consistent hungry and willing to make mistakes but learn from them .. thank you!
Thanks a lot Malcolm! I wish you the most juicy shots!