My friend and I are sophomores at Burr and Burton Academy, in Vermont, and we are interested in learning more about photography. We believe your answers could help us become more successful photographers. We have a few questions and would love to see your responses.They can be general, short answers or you can go into depth if you'd like. Thanks!
1) What kind of camera you use?
Currently I am using a Canon 70D as my main camera. I have 3 Canon T3I cameras as backups though along with a Canon Rebel film camera and a Fuji Instax 210 camera to use for fun.
2) What got you into photography?
I've always been an "artist" whether it be photography, drawing, or attempting to make music (I used to make weird electronic music back in like 2003/2004 none of it was very good, a few beats I made I really liked though...) Photography was just the most convenient medium for me to work in while on the road since all I needed was a digital camera with a memory card and a computer. I dabbled with film cameras a few times in the past. Eventually I bought myself a Canon T1I which was the camera that really got me going with photography. I spent a few years with that one slowly building a body of work and getting better, a few years later I bought myself a Canon T3I and started to learn lighting. The next summer while working on Warped Tour I really buckled down and concentrated on improving my shots. By the end of the tour I had over ten thousand followers on Instagram and to be honest it was pretty overwhelming! To this day I'm still confused as to why so many people like my work.
3) What advice/guidance would you give someone for photography, if they would like to make it in to a career?
I really don't have any advice for this other than to just keep shooting and improving your work since it's not even my "career". I'm not a "professional photographer" I lost money on my art last year. Could I make money? Probably, if I wanted to set up a studio, stay in one place, and shoot kids, pets, and weddings. That wouldn't really fulfill my needs as a visual artist though. I find it easier to just focus on my art while working my "real job" as a truck driver.
4) Would you ever be able to meet up and do a lesson on photography? Such as could you show us some of the basics and what it is like to be a photographer?
When I start thinking of ways to go on tour and make money without having to work as a driver one of those thoughts is to hold photography workshops AT shows. These workshops would probably be priced at around 250 dollars with a cap of two people per date and include getting together with me for a question answer session, a portrait session with someone from the tour, and photographing a portion of the show with me helping you with your shots. (That's something I would like to make happen in the future, who knows though...)
We would love to be able to see what it is you do in a full day of work. If you are able to and it's convenient.
That would pretty much never be convenient at this point unfortunately.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this.
-Madison Scholander and Brooke Champine