Since Episode 1 resonated really good with you, I couldn‘t wait to publish the next Episode of „Started From The Bottom“. In the first EP we focused on editing your sneaker pictures and also touched ground on photography and gear.
This round will be fully dedicated and really go in-depth on Photography. We’ve invited @215shooter ,a pro when it comes to photography. The tips and tricks he utilizes to take his shots are worth gold. Let‘s dive right into it:
Hello and thank you very much to share your passion with us. Please, for everybody who doesn‘t already know who you are, introduce yourself!
Hello all, alot of you know me as 215shooter, but I was formally jam_master_jays. I’m just your average guy with a passion to create!
You are a professional photographer right? How much money do you make and have you turned photography to your full-time job yet?
In terms of industry yes, but I would consider myself a mid-level photographer at best. I work a 9-5 so photography takes a back seat to my day job. However, long term goals is to do photography full-time!
As far as money i cant get to much into prices as its a cat and mouse game with a lot of photographers and there rates. Lets just say the money is good as long as you apply yourself and don’t short change yourself!
I‘ve been following for almost a year now and I was really happy to see that your account took off lately. Do you persue a special tactic when it comes to social media? Which channel do you focus on the most and if you could start over would you do the same things?
Firstly, appreciate the follow, no real tactic to be honest. Instragram has turned into a spoiled brat.. it likes what it likes and its nothing we can do about it. Tons of people have a post schedule, I do not.
I post whenever I feel like it, and that saves me a lot of stress. Because while to some, social media is everything “likes” isn’t what’s paying my bills. But Instagram is my man go to followed by my website. If i could start over the only thing I would change is me taking photography seriously sooner!
Which camera and accesories do you use to take your shots? I guess a tripod should be in everybodies repertoire who wants to take photography seriously, but is there more?
I currently use a Sony a7ii, Sony MX100iv, DJI Mavic Pro and a Minolta XG1 film camera. As far as accessories go, I use a tripod, a off camera flash, a battery grip and a timelapse remote. A tripod should be everyones best friend.
There’s no right or wrong answer, but I believe every serious photographer should at some point purchase a prime lens. What prime lens depends on the person. But I’ve always made sure to at least have a 50mm prime lens. Most importantly knowledge of your setup is the most important thing if yu want to take photography seriously!
Please go in-depth here, which lenses do you use for wide angle shots, portraits, landscapes, cities etc.?
Wide angle shots I adapt a Canon 16-35mm 2.8L, 24mm 1.4L and 35mm 1.4L lens. For portraits I use a Canon 24mm 1.4 L, 35mm 1.4L, 70-200 2.8L and a Sony 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8. Landscapes/city scapes I either use my DJI Mavic Pro or any of my lenses under 50mm. Please keep in mind that you can use all these lenses for multiple things depending on your style of the photography!
How much did you spend on your profession and has it paid off yet?
Thats a good question. Money wise all of my equipment has paid for itself. But more importantly photography has gained me plenty of friends and amazing business relationships with some big brands/companies.
What makes a good Photographer in your opinion? Range of skills or specialization in one or a few certain areas?
Belief in ones own skills. There’s too many people who think because they have an expensive camera it’s the reason thy have dope pictures. That’s far from the case. I know people who could shoot with the bare minimum and produce some amazing content because that’s just how good they are.
Like anything else that’s in the “creative” realm, photography is opinion based. What you may think is dope, another may think it’s horrible. How many times have you seen a person hire a photographer for something and then you see the final results you’re like “wow, I would not pay for that!” while thats how you feel, that work you don’t approve of was approved of by someone else! Just like sneakers!
If you think something is a heater, that is your personal opinion. Guarantee there’s people that would think your opinion’s horrible while there’s people who agree with you!
Can you tell us a bit about drones? Essential now for every Photographer or those to be?
Drones, in my opinion, are not to be flown until you fully understand how the one you own works. Drones range from toys to beginner to entry level to mid-range to professional. I can’t say its essential, because if you only do studio work or portraits then you wont NEED a drone.. but you could want one. I feel as tho roof-toppers should look into drones to help cut down on that risk, however its just some things a drone cant do in comparison to tour handy DSLR/mirrorless ect.
I‘ve never flown a drone but a friend of mine has one, is it fun? What are the prices?
Drones are very fun, my first drone was a mid-level that my father gave to me because he didn’t have time to fly it. As stated before, there’s all types of levels to drones. That will determine the price. As well as what the drone is capable of and so on. Some drones that come without a camera will cost you less then a drone that comes with a camera.
Then you have to consider what magnitude of camera? Does it record video? Is the video 4k? Does it have good low light? Do you have to purchase a camera to attach to it? These things will all determine the price of a drone!
Again, thank you very much Jerome aka @215shooter!
If you‘re from Philly or near the area make sure to hit him up via Instagram or at email@example.com if you need professional photos taken of yourself or your friends!
Hope you enjoyed another episode of SFTB and as extra we‘ve added five commonly used terms in Photography that you want to know:
– Bokeh: The effect lights create when they’re out of focus.
– Aperture: Describes the opening of the lens of the camera, deciding how much light comes in. It serves the same function as the dilation and contraction of the pupil.
– Depth of field: If you focus on your phone or monitor you’ll notice that all the stuff around it get’s blurry. As I’m hitting the keys on my keyboard and look at the screen I can still see the keyboard and the things behind my laptop yet they are out of focus. If I focus on the wall behind it my screen gets blurry and the same principal goes for cameras when they focus on one point.
– ISO: Indicates how sensitive your camera is to light. Even though our pupils widen fast when it gets darker, we don’t see a thing if we were in a room filled with brightness. Our nerve cells still need to adapt from the bright environment. The higher you turn your ISO the higher you turn your cameras sensitivity creating a brighter image.
– HDR: “High Dynamic Range” pictures are three or more pictures with different levels of brightness merged into one. Imagine you have a bright sunset, a dark focus point but need information from both of them. One can create HDR photos manually through taking shots with different settings of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed and then use software to merge them together or let the camera do the magic!
In Episode 3 we will focus on how to own social media and growing through videos.
This time we will host @iamsebastianbetancur and he will tell us about things like how he grew his channel from 2.200 Followers to 50K Followers in less than a year, the phone call with Logic and GaryVee and many more! Stay tuned and check out the Episode 1 of “Started From The Bottom”.