It’s been great reading all of these interviews back, it makes me want to learn how to take better photos and reminds me how important they are. This week we will be (again) talking photography and I hope you guys are loving this series as much as I am. Sadly, next week will be the last one! Rebecca is a photographer from London, I have followed her on social media for a while now and just love all of her work. Check out the links at the bottom for more of her work!
Tell our readers a bit about yourself?
I must admit I clam up when I’m faced with such a vast question… Where are you supposed to start? Somewhere… I’m a 27 year old from London, trying to find purpose in creating and connecting. For some reason people pay me to take their photograph and for some reason people from different countries all over the world have decided to listen to the music I make.
How did you first get into photography?
My Dad is a lighting designer, so from a young age he’d always express the absolute importance of light. “It’s all about the light” he’d say. Every other summer we’d jump in his car and head to nowhere in particular, I’d watch him pull over every few hours when he’d see something beautiful to capture on his camera, so naturally I wanted to join in.
That and spending far too much time browsing through Deviant Art as an early teen. (It’s basically a forum/ public gallery for artists. The original Instagram… Why am I making myself sound old?)
What do you like about photography?
Honestly… getting to hang out with people who I’d never have gotten to meet in any other circumstance. I used to be incredibly shy and if you had told me at an earlier stage of life that I’d be meeting multiple strangers one on one on a weekly basis, I wouldn’t have believed you.
I love faces. I love flattering a face. I love drawing out expression from eyes. I love playing and make things look cooler than they do in real life.
For anyone that wants to start or get better at photography, what advice would you give them?
“It’s all about the light” 😉
Just experiment, that’s all you can do. Try new things, get out of your comfort zone, study others works, see what’s out there, find out what it is that visually pleases you. It’s 2018. Anything goes.
What camera do you use?
It took me a long while to put down my 500D, as it had become a second limb. A slightly shit second limb but I didn’t want to part with it. Like a pair of old jeans you can’t throw out I suppose?
I’m mainly using the 7D now, which reacts so much better to low light. I must admit, I will occasionally crack out my 500D, as I love the soft, milky tones.
Nowadays a picture doesn’t go online without a filter on top, what apps would you recommend for easy editing?
Nothing beats VSCO. RAW digital files are so ugly and lifeless. VSCO gives it that film kick, which is so much more interesting and vibrant.
How do make sure the final photo is like the original vision you had in your head?
I don’t get too hung up about what my brain told me it was supposed to look like. Sometimes the final result comes out so much better than I had anticipated, and obviously sometimes I just can’t make the pieces fit. Like any creative medium, not every single thing you create is going to be good.
For a short while at Uni, when every idea and every mistake was so valuable to write down, I went through a stage of drawing lighting diagrams, and story boards for exactly what ideas I wanted to run through, which I think altered the way I plan an idea in my head.
Every shoot and process varies so much though. Sometimes there’s a thrill to showing up and improving.
What advice would you give your younger self about photography?
Spend more time watching Photoshop tutorials. Simple processes can completely alter and improve an image.
It took me longer than it should have done to properly learn how to skin retouch, which I think can let down a lot of peoples work. (Including my own.)
DSLR or Polaroid?
Hah. DSLR. 100%. Different Polaroid films react differently to light, so you’ll never really know what you’re going to get… Polaroids are incredibly fun to play with, but they’re unpredictable, and can often feel quite one dimensional to me. (Can you tell I’ve had disappointing results with my Polaroid this year, haha!)
Colour or black and white?
Ooh. Ahh. Tough. Colour.
Why do you think it’s important to take photographs?
The Kinks once said –
“People take pictures of each other Just to prove that they really existed
People take pictures of each other
And a moment could last them forever
Of the time when they mattered to someone”