Meet Patrick, what he himself refers to as a regular guy who works hard to make the best possible image he can make. He have been making images for 30 years and as he learned from others, he shared what he learned along the way with others. He thinks so many people already talk about equipment and apps, so he thought he would bring photography in the discussion again...
BEHIND THE LENS
1. Amateur or Pro?
- Former Pro, now Amateur.
2. Describe your feed in 3 words.
- A Learning Experience
3. What’s in your toolbox for taking and editing photos?
- For iPhone images I mainly use Snapseed, Camera+, PhotoForge2 and Image Blender. I try to keep it as simple as possible. For everything else but iPhone, Photoshop, Lightroom & Capture One with a few plugins and presets like NIK Software and VSCO Film.
4. What is Instagram for you?
- It is a fantastic source of constant inspiration and the rating system is extremely accurate as to which images are good or not, a fantastic community with a love of images and people
5. Who and/or what inspires you?
- I look for good compositions, my approach is to look outside the field of Street Photography which I can use for street photography both technically and creatively - I seldom if ever look at other street photographers for inspiration, we all tend to shoot in similar ways as such if I want to improve and reach the next level, I have to look outside street photography to find new ways of making images of the same subjects. I look at other street photographers to see what is being done as I don't want to do the same thing and to find shots I wish I had made. What inspires me are outstanding images which ever the field they were made in, be it architecture, fashion, editorial or landscape photography to name a few. I look for outstanding images then think how can I use that approach, thematic elements or compositional style to street photography.
6. What is your best advice to a fellow photographer?
- Shoot a lot and experiment, you will only grow if you do thing differently using a completely different approach than what you are used to. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result, if you want to improve, change things up.
7. Who is your favourite photographer on Instagram?
- There are many, but to name one who inspired me to get better, Vutheara Kham is way up there, @vutheara.
8. Best photography secret?
- It's not the camera
9. Things you want to be better at as a photographer?
10. How much time do you spend on photography?
- Not as much as I want, I work full time for a software company now, as such I am down to a few hours a week, maybe 4 - when I used to shoot 40 hours or more a week.
We want to thank Patrick for taking the time to talk to us and sharing his knowledge and thoughts about photography. Make sure you visit his Instagram profile! Simply click his Instagram username under his profile photo on the top. We would also like to thank our moderator Anthony, for making this interview happen!