Fan Feature

Sophie Daum (Fan Feature)

  

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello there, my name is Sophie Daum, I am a fashion photographer based in Hamburg, Germany. My main focus is menswear and men beauty, the most essential keystones of my work are realness and honesty.
I am lucky to run my own studio ever since 2017.

2. What are you working on right now?
My style changed a lot over the last months, so besides my work for fashion labels and magazines, I am doing a lot of free projects to update my portfolio. Right now I am using the cold months to be in the studio, building my beauty portfolio with male and female models.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it? 
I wouldn’t say I have a special routine. I listen a lot during my retouching, since I feel it can be a little boring every now and then. So I like to feed my brain during this kind of work.
And since I am driving almost every month to the south of the country to shoot there for clients, I use the time in the car to catch up on the podcast episodes I haven’t had the chance to listen to.

 

4. What are you most excited about right now?

I’m excited about a lot of things actually! 2019 started great, I already got contacts with a bunch of new clients and the projects we are planning together I believe are going to be very interesting!

Also I am thinking about a bigger trip in the end of the year, so I am pretty excited about traveling and shooting with different people on the way.
Being more on location again, shooting in the wilderness seems like being THE BIG thing for me in 2019!

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far? 
Ouff, that’s a tough one! I am deeply in love with adventurous-on-location shoots, so I will tell you about one of our road trips during the fall of 2018.
So we went on a trip to the beach of Sankt Peter Ording. It’s the most beautiful beach you can probably get in Germany. It’s super large, you can actually drive with the car across the beach. There are many productions taking place there, it’s a super popular location. It was a windy day, it felt like there was sand and water spit at us over the whole day. But we managed to finish our work apart from this and the pictures turned out beautifully! I even got to take off my shoes and stand in the water, shooting our gorgeous model.
Barefoot shoot days are always the best ones for me.
I think going away, out of town, even if it’s just for one shooting day, is always bringing something magical to the team and I personally find it super inspiring and these are actually my best shoots.

6. Tell us about a lesson you’ve learned
I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far was to focus on myself, stop looking at what the others are doing, stop comparing my struggling moments to their highlight reel. 

It’s important to stay true to yourself and do what inspires you rather than trying to be like x/y/z. 

Also I am thinking about a bigger trip in the end of the year, so I am pretty excited about traveling and shooting with different people on the way.
Being more on location again, shooting in the wilderness seems like being THE BIG thing for me in 2019!

7. Usually the subject of the fashion photography is the woman, but you are really into shooting male subjects, do you want to share with us why?Sure. So my main focus is menswear and men’s beauty. There are different reasons why. When I did my first shoot working with boys I realized how relaxed the whole atmosphere was. I am not the most girlish girl myself, more like a pal type of girl so I get along with male models quite easily. After a while I also realized how interesting the menswear field is. Since womenswear has always been a big thing, menswear is still a pretty fresh and new market. First there were just suits, then suits and workwear, followed by streetwear and right now, the market is suddenly full with different styles for the fashionable guys. I think there is still so much potential for creating new things, it makes me curious.

8. Do you have a different approach when you are shooting male or female models?
I was thinking about this question a lot… and I came up with two things. One is huge… the team. I got some stylists that are doing amazing work with styling women, but menswear is just not their thing.
Also Make Up Artists – I like to work with artists that are good with males hair and great with skin and of course people who understand the importance of their job even if its ‘just a male model’ 😀
Besides that, I had to get used to being on set earlier when we have a female model, because Hair & Make Up takes longer and so I have to start setting up even earlier. With male models everything goes a lot faster and we usually wrap up earlier.

9. What do you find most difficult about this industry?
You have to invest a lot of time, money and love to make it. I am fine with that, it’s part of the game… But I sometimes find it challenging to explain to people from other industries – why on earth we are getting up at five, going on a two hour trip to a location, hike for 20 minutes, to shoot for 8 hours and make the whole way back without getting paid for it. If you look at it from the outside, it seems insane but if you’re in the inside circle, it is so normal to invest, time, money and a lot of passion to do what we love and eventually at some point getting paid for that exact thing.

 

10. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us?

Not really, if I am looking for a certain information, I basically google it. But I am not consuming one particular page or channel on a regular basis. I am more a podcast person, since I can listen to it while doing other stuff like driving, retouching or even laundry. I highly recommend the Nion Radio Podcast by Nick Onken as well as the School of Greatness by Lewis Howes.

11. If there was an app to help you with your photography what would it be about?
There are great apps out there, I really appreciate, like Sun Surveyor for example, it’s very helpful on location.
What just came into my mind, I should actually check if there’s something like that out there already, is an app or community to exchange secret location advice. I am always looking for amazing landscapes or lost places, it can eat up a lot of time driving around and checking out locations. So this might be very helpful to have a platform to actually exchange information about places and see pictures of different spots.

12. Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Great question! The goal is to work internationally. I love to travel and I would like to be more on location, shooting at beaches, in the jungle or at other wonderful places this world has to offer.
Right now I am not sure if I will keep my base in Hamburg or if I am going to move at some point.
The market is very commercial here and sometimes it feels like I might not be fitting in that well.
Italy seems like a great idea, since there’s a lot going on in the menswear scene.
But that’s just a thought for now.
I am pretty much open and curious about what the future’s going to bring…

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Post-Production Workflow – In The Field (Part 2)

POST PRODUCTION WORKFLOW

PART II: CULLING + EDITING 
By Patrick Patton

IMPORTING IMAGES
When I import files into Capture One Pro, I leave the default settings on and I import
my files into the “CAPTURE” folder, whether I am utilizing the tethered capture feature
of Capture One Pro, or just importing from a card. This keeps my method consistent,
and when it comes to file management, consistency is your best friend. When you
develop a consistent method for file management, you will have a much easier time
locating older files years down the road.

CULLING IMAGES
Culling simply means to make selections from a large quantity.
I use the rating system
to cull my images. My first pass is very liberal, and I mark anything that is usable with
one star. My second pass is decidedly more selective, and I mark only the really
fantastic images with two stars. If I still haven’t narrowed it down enough, I will go
ahead and make a third pass by marking the best of the best with three stars. I can
continue this process all the way on up to five stars if necessary, and at some point, I
should be feeling good about my selections.

ADJUSTING EXPOSURE
I usually start with exposure. Sometimes it is helpful to temporarily change your
image to black and white for this step. Adjust your exposure, brightness, contrast,
highlight recovery, shadow fill, etc. and then in most cases, you will want to copy your
adjustments to the other images to keep everything consistent, and then make any
needed adjustments from there.


PLAYING WITH COLOR

It’s a lot of fun to play with color, but you can go overboard really quickly and make
your model look like an alien from across the galaxy… in most cases, this is not ideal. I
don’t usually make my color adjustments until I’m finished retouching the image in
Photoshop (we will talk about that in Part III), but I wanted to show you that Capture
One Pro gives you some really powerful tools to play around with, and I do utilize these
from time to time.

EXPORTING IMAGES
I usually export my files to the “OUTPUT” folder. I know that this is where my select
images are going once they are ready to be opened in Photoshop for retouching. Again,
you will probably find your own method that works, and that is fine as long as you
have a consistent method that you understand.

Patrick Patton

I am a California-based photographer of people.  I work out of California’s Central Coast, home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world.  I have always enjoyed the pursuit and the challenge of creating and capturing beauty, whether it be through music, drawings, storytelling, or my favorite medium of all: photography. 

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Kim Fisher (Fan Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Kim!

I started my photography journey almost 2 years to the date! 24th of September 2016 was the first time I picked up a DSLR camera and attended my first workshop which included ‘how to turn your camera on’! Prior to that I had just been using my iphone to take pictures of my family or various events I attended, but nothing with intention behind it. My journey with photography wasn’t a life long passion but more ‘love at first sight’.

Before I discovered photography I had worked as a jewellery buyer, fashion merchandise planner, as well as a business consultant.
At the moment I only work 3 days a week, the rest of the time I’m a stay at home mother to two young boys (4 years old and 2 years old). I’m 35 years old if you were wondering, I probably should have started with that!
I’m originally from South Africa but now live in Adelaide, South Australia, not exactly a thriving fashion capital, but the aim is to one day be flying out to locations for fashion shoots.

2. What are you working on right now?
My regular client work which involves content creation for bloggers/influencers, a couple of model test shoots and a potential collaboration with a up and coming local singer. As well as trying to organize a few additional shoots to boost my portfolio and hopefully result in me booking fashion campaigns and editorial work.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it?
My podcast routine is usually to listen while I edit, at the moment that is mostly every evening Monday – Friday. I currently have 3 podcasts on rotation, The Fashion Photography Podcast (obviously 😉), BOF (the Business of Fashion) podcast, and Gary Vee (a no nonsense, tell it as it is business and motivational podcast).

4. What are you most excited about right now?
I’ll be attending the Adelaide Fashion Festival, it is my first time attending any fashion festival so I’m excited to find out what it’s all about.

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far?

Probably one of the very first fashion shoots that I organized to build my portfolio.

 I came up with a spring romance concept and organized the model, HMUA, location, did the styling, everything. Just by chance I submitted some of the images to Fashion Shift Magazine and it was accepted for publication.

6. What’s your dream photo shoot? 
Isn’t it every fashion photographer’s dream to shoot the cover of Vogue!

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
I’d like to be doing more fashion campaigns and commissioned magazine editorials/covers, but not just as the photographer I’d also like to be involved in the concept creation/direction. And to have a sustainable income from doing this.

8. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us?
Blog – PetaPixel for photography news
YouTube – PiXimperfect, PHLEARN, Anita Sadowska, Tony and Chelsea Northrup

9. What’s your biggest struggle right now? 
Probably patience. Accepting that it takes time to reach those big dreams that I have, to make a name for myself and get known within the fashion industry.

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Tim Copsey (Fan Feature)

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Tim Copsey I am a British photographer who works in the genres of fashion, portraiture and performing arts. I am based just outside London where I frequently shoot. Given the choice I love to shoot monochrome but I am gradually warming to colour as well.

2. What are you working on right now?
I am preparing to shoot a fashion show in the Australian embassy and some editorial shoots around London for some designers that have flown in from the Pacific.

3. Do you have a podcast routine? What is it?
I am not organized enough for that! I listen to podcasts when I remember to. Nearly always when I am doing something else, so instead of listening to the radio I will put the fashion photography podcast on.

4. What are you most excited about right now?

The next time I am shooting. Every time I shoot I feel fully alive.

5. What was the most exciting photo shoot you’ve done so far? 
It is difficult to single out one shoot, but I think I would have to say at the moment, a mini shoot I had in Milan. It followed directly on from a fashion show I had shot. It involved some models that had just walked the runway and took place in the hotel where the show was. It was a short period of time but the models, clothes and setting was just right and I felt in my zone. Wonderful.

6. What’s your dream photo shoot? 
Front cover of British Vogue

7. Where do you see yourself in 3 years? 
Further along in my photography career, with more clients and prestigious publications. Hopefully I will have made even more friends and tried to help more fellow creatives along their journey too.

8. Do you have a favorite source of knowledge (website/YouTube channel/blog/app) you’d like to share with us? 
My favorite source of inspiration and pearls of wisdom from the real world of fashion photography is The Fashion Photography Podcast and I am not just saying that. Other than that I find the most useful thing other than shooting constantly that helps develop my eye is to read top publications such as Vogue. I also like to look at the work of master photographers and most frequently these are the all time greats as I am always excited to see photographs that have the “timeless” quality .

9. What’s your biggest struggle right now? 
In all honesty I need to develop my ability to connect with and attract more commercial clients. In this current age where “everybody is a photographer” it is important to improve commercial knowledge to attract sustainable work. There is a climate of clients wanting creatives to work for free and this is a challenge.

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