Finally we can have our very first interview with a photographer, and let’s meet Jordan Voth from Auburn Washington, who currently living in Cheney,WA
We have asked Jordan a view question through email, so let’s hear it :
Jordan, Can you tell us more about you?
Hey! I’m 20 (21 in a few weeks) and I attend school in Cheney, WA. I’m double majoring in Accounting and Finance along with a minor in Economics. And, as you can probably tell, I love taking pictures.
So, What inspires you to do photography?
Creating something out of nothing is really interesting to me. The whole process from start to finish is a really fun time and I enjoy it a lot which keeps me wanting to do it more. As well as having a good response from people about my work. That really helps too.
When did you decide to become a photographer or fall in love with
the world of photography?
Back in my senior year of high school (2007), I started taking pictures of my car with one of my friends. All I ever used at that point was a cheap little point & shoot, which was great for what I was doing. Once I graduated, I upgraded to an SLR and started taking more pictures and began to teach myself more about it. That next summer I began shooting portraits and haven’t stopped since then.
Tell us your first camera and the one that you use now
Well my first SLR was a Nikon D40. Great beginner camera but I soon wanted to upgrade. So I sold that and picked up a Nikon D300 which I kept for about a year and a half. I then made the decision to switch to Canon and picked up a 5d Mark II, which is what I shoot with now and it’s the best camera I’ve ever been able to use.
Have you taken any formal training in photography? Do you think it is important to have one?
I started out with some help from a local photographer who taught me some of the basics as well as spending time reading on different photography forums. A year after I started getting more serious into it, I took a beginner photography class at my college just to fill up credits. It was mostly stuff I had already learned or taught myself but it did teach me a few handy tricks that I still use today. I don’t think formal training is a necessity; I know plenty of self-taught photographers who should be considered pro. It can’t hurt but I think if you’re serious enough about it you can teach yourself.
I see there are lots of amazing portraits in your photo’s stream. What are your favorite subjects?
Thank you! Really the best subjects are the ones who are just as stoked as I am to be there. It makes for a much better time and I generally end up with a lot more keepers from the session. I’ve photographed a few people who weren’t so into it and that can sometimes show in the pictures.
Who or what would you love to shoot that you haven’t already?
That’s a tough one haha. I guess I would love to shoot some of my favorite bands (The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Buried In Verona, etc.), I could go on forever with bands. I recently was able to shoot another favorite of mine, Monsters, which was a cool opportunity.
How do you feel about digital manipulation and to what extent do
you utilize it?
I think digital manipulation is cool and really intriguing. Dave Hill, for example, is one of the masters of that and makes his stuff insanely fun to look at. I don’t spend much time processing my images anymore, generally 1-2 minutes tops. I’ve tried to focus more on getting stuff looking good in the camera to begin with which has worked pretty well so far. I’m a Photoshop guy; started out with CS3 and just recently moved up to CS5. I’ve played around with Lightroom 3 a bit but I’m far more comfortable with CS5.
Which is your favorite photograph so far and why?
I don’t know if I could choose haha. My favorite is always changing cause of new shoots and such.Though I’m a huge sun flare fan, so I would say this shot (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jojo2fast/4790974167/) is my current favorite. This was done with just natural lighting right before the sun set so it was the best light you could get, in my opinion.
Wow! Yes that’s surely a favorite!
Any tips tricks or final words to budding photographers?
To people just starting out: Your equipment does not determine how good you will be. Too many people assume that if you have a $3,000 camera, you can shoot insanely good pictures; which is not the case. To other photographers: Focus more on getting stuff correct in camera, rather than relying on Photoshop. And most of all, have fun!
Jordan thank you for your time
Thanks for having me!
Visit Jordan Voth’s gallery: Flickr || Tumblr || Model Mayhem
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