Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Alex Lewis, a 17 year old photography enthusiast from Ormskirk in the United Kingdom. He is currently studying photography in college and considering a career in commercial photography. His work always attracts a great deal of attention on the photography network.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I’m just really starting off my photographic journey, so at the moment I have no definite style. I love taking pictures with my 50 mm lens and using a very shallow depth of field, especially with close up pet photography. I take a lot of pictures of my cat who is always doing great poses. I try to get the image as dramatic as possible.
How did you first get into photography?
I first got in photography when i was 15 when I went to an exhibition with my grandparents near where I live. A lot of images inspired me and i just knew it would be my new hobby. I took a few photographs with a point and shoot camera and got some good reviews.
What is typically in your camera bag?
I currently have A Canon EOS Rebel XS (1000D) DSLR, I think its a perfect camera for its value. I have had it for 2 years and I don’t want to change it. I dont have any filters or a tripod at the moment but in terms of lenses I have: 50mm manual, 28mm manual, 18-55mm Autofocus, Zoom lens- 70-250mm
What are you looking forward to purchasing next?
Did you have any formal training in photography?
At first it was just trial and error, looking online for tips, fiddling about with Manual mode. I found PictureSocial helped me a lot with tips and advice.
Describe your approach to post-processing and photo editing?
Didn’t at first, but i found this free software called Photoscape which I find very easy to use and very effective. I don’t do a lot, just brighten/darken, deepen, and often darken my skies for landscapes.
What has been your favorite photo location?
Last year I went to the Jurassic Coast in the UK, (Poole, Sandbanks, etc). I got most of my best photograph’s there. I would just love to go to Africa in years to come.
What lies ahead for you?
I currently study photography at college, so eventually I would like to go to University, get some work experience and then work freelance and maybe work in the commercial side of photography.
What tips or advice do you have for other aspiring photographers?
Keep shooting!, Online websites- ask for advice, join groups. No one starts perfect, its just trial and error. Fiddle with your camera- try different modes and take pictures from different points of view. Another thing I did, is search for every photographer in the local community and ask for work experience, I gave out disks with my best images, and from this I managed to get some valuable work experience with a fashion photographer and a wedding photographer. I learned how to set up studio lighting and working on portraits with the fashion photographer, and got some great experience working at a wedding, setting up people. It really boosted my confidence with people. Also i posted (e-mailed) a few pictures i took around where i live, to the local newspaper. From this i manged to get some photo’s shown publicly.
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