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All Snapped Up .26 ~ Enigma-Fotos

Tue Sep 30, 2014, 9:51 AM
~ An interview of a talented artist in our General Photography Community.

Tell us a bit about yourself, Enigma-Fotos. How did you get into photography and why?

I always loved National Geographic as a child. The pictures always blew me away, and allowed my imagination to run wild. So at the late age of 36, I bought my first canon with the 100 2.8 macro. I found this little guy in my yard the first week and was hooked :)

Grasshoppa by Enigma-Fotos

What made you buy your first canon at 36? Do you think it matters how old you are?

I was at a point in my life where I wanted to find something I could do and love and most importantly make money at. I think a person is truly happy in life doing something "job" wise they love. My only issue with age is I am having a issue currently with my neck. I am doing physical therapy for it now but it is some that can affect a person at any age really.

Why are you on DeviantART?

I love anything art. And what better community to appreciate it?! The vast amount is overwhelming and amazing. Some of the work of others just blows me away!

What do you most like and dislike about shooting people and portrait photography?

Emotion. I have beautiful little boys and I love capturing what they are feeling at any point. Be it the amazing joy of a child, or when you say no to something. At least if my memory fails, I will have the pictures to look at. The only thing I dislike at times is setting up and tearing down a set. People are always fun because getting the emotion is the challenge and the fun.

Why do you dislike setting up and tearing down sets at times?

Really it depends on the location. When we did the hooters calendar, it was very hot. In a situation like that when you have 8 women to shoot, every set up has to be unique. That is very challenging especially when you're sweating to death :lmao:

You say that getting the emotion is the challenge. Bearing that in mind, are you disappointed with your results sometimes? If so, why and how do you resolve it?

Yes some of the time you are fighting what ever the model is going through at that current time. If I realize this during the shoot, I will reschedule. Same if I don't notice until after the shoot is finished. Fortunately, that has only happened a couple times.

true love by Enigma-Fotos Julia by Enigma-Fotos for the ladies. by Enigma-Fotos

Why do you take people and portrait photography as opposed to other kinds of photography? Is there something specific about it that attracts you?

The number one thing I love about photography is the challenge of every shoot. Always a different set of things to deal with. Be it indoors or outdoors. Portraiture is very hard because it all has to come together and most of the time it is not that easy. Especially with one of my jobs, with Twin Peaks, many of the women I shoot are first timers and very nervous. Sense of humor really helps in situations like this, alleviates any tension. Makes them feel comfortable.

What is the best and worst thing about working with models?

I love the interaction or I call it the dance, when a photographer and model are totally in sync with each other. The worst thing is models get tired haha, I love to photograph for a long time :)

How do you prepare for a photoshoot? How long does the photoshoot take? Where do you find your models?

I clean my equipment, make sure all my lights are in order and pack up. In my head I usually have an idea on what I want to do and will explain it to a model as best so she can see it too.  Typically with set up and all, I would say 4 hours. In the beginning like every photographers, finding models was hard. Luckily I shot a Hooter's girl and the marketing director saw them. She brought me on and without her I wouldn't be where I am today. She opened up so many doors and so many models i met through doing work with her.

Do you use a specific technique when shooting? What setting on your camera do you most like to use?

I am a shallow depth of field guy so I love shooting at 2.0 - most of the time I am able to get away with it because most of my portraits are natural light. I also boost the iso to 400 and it gives me the dreamy look I love.

What key things do you always keep in mind when shooting?

I am a natural light photographer at heart, but even being so, I have to introduce strobes at a lot of shoots. I pay attention mostly to light trails, degree of light and color temperature mostly.

Angela by Enigma-Fotos Isabel by Enigma-Fotos Angel by Enigma-Fotos

What is your equipment list? What made you choose your equipment there?

D800 - I like pixels to do deep editing with;
      85 1.5g and 88 1.4g - perfect for portraits
      70-200 2.8 II - get that great flattened glamour look at 200
      14-24 - used mainly for interiors for some architect gigs
      5 strobes, otctobox, 2 stripboxes, battery pack, california sunbounce, stands, c stands, grids, and gels

Are you doing any projects at the moment, photography wise or not?

Right now I am in the midst of shooting promo content for Twin Peaks.

What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?

You get better by shooting. As much as you can. I still roll around town with some sort of camera besides me. Same with editing. The more you do it the better you get. Study images you love. And don't get discouraged. I will tell you a true story. I got really frustrated and just wanted to give up. I came inside and was about to close the computer for the day. I noticed for some reason a picture I posted kept getting commented on and favorited. I had received my first Daily Deviation. The timing was perfect so I kept pushing ;)

What is your favourite piece and why?

My son would make, to me, the funniest expression and I tried to capture it but always failed. I finally caught it on his birthday :)

my beautiful 1 year old by Enigma-Fotos

With your family obligations, do you often find you have the right amount of time to shoot photographs?

This is my biggest frustration. With my mom being ill and me being the primary caregiver, I never feel like I have enough time. Many sleepless nights and lots of coffee. She took care of me and deserves the same. A lot of friday and saturday nights when people are out having a good time, I am editing.

As photography is your job, what is the best and worst part about it?

Yes it is my primary job. I love the constant challenge and the infinite possibilities :) Worst part is I cannot photograph more due to time constraints ;)

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add?

I have noticed in life, the happiest people I know do something they love. For me photography is a love. Do we have arguments? of course, but that is only when I have a deadline haha. It's not going to come all at once but what sticks out the most for me is hard work truly pays off. Thank you for allowing me to do this :)

Niece- by Enigma-Fotos Generations by Enigma-Fotos angela by Enigma-Fotos

Thank you Enigma-Fotos!

3wyl, posting on behalf of CRPhotography

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Welcome to CRPhotography!

CRPhotography is home to the Photography Community Volunteers and any other members who are involved or interested in photography.

You do not have to be a professional, or even a photographer, to take part in the masses of fun we have here in this group!

We aim to support members of the photography community in a variety of ways, through announcements, editorials, critique, contests, fun and games, promotion and much more!

So, if you are interested in receiving a lot from us, making a difference in the photography community or anything else, click the :+devwatch: button on the side and join right up! :dalove:

How to Submit Your Photographs

1. Become a Member at CRPhotography to submit photographs to the group! Membership is automatically approved.

:bulletblue: Click the "Join our Group" button, on the left of our Home Page.
:bulletblue: A pop-up will open asking you to confirm your request, just click the "Submit Request" button.

Joining #CRPhotography 1 by WhenPigsFry Joining #CRPhotography 2 by WhenPigsFry
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Gallery vs Favourites
Our Gallery is reserved for photographs chosen by CRPhotography's Admins, but our Favourites are open to Members of CRPhotography to submit their photographs.
The best pieces from our Favourites will be featured in our Gallery, while other pieces will be featured on our front page, increasing exposure all round!
Option #1: From the CRPhotography Home Page
Use the pull down menu next to the CRPhotography heading and pick "Suggest a Favourite".

Submitting to #CRPhotography via Home Page by WhenPigsFry
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Option #2: From our Favourites Page
Folders you are able to submit to will have a "+" button on the right side of the heading for that folder. Select this and you can submit artwork to our Favourites!

Submitting to #CRPhotography via Favorites Gallery by WhenPigsFry
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Option #3: From our Favourites Folder
Select the folder you want to submit to, and click on the "+ Suggest a Favourite" button at the top right of the screen.

Submitting to #CRPhotography via Favorites Folder by WhenPigsFry
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Then What?
If you submit using one of the above 3 options, a pop-up like the one below will appear.

The Submit Screen by WhenPigsFry
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To Submit:
  1. Choose the "Your Gallery" tab.
  2. Select the photograph you would like to submit.
  3. Make sure you have the right folder from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click the "Submit" button.
Make sure you push "Submit" first, clicking the "Done" button will not submit your artwork! You'll know you've done it correctly when you see a green box saying "Your submission is being reviewed

Confirmation Message by WhenPigsFry
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Option #4: From the Deviation Page
Submit your photograph from the deviation page by clicking on the photograph you would like to submit.

In the right column of the page, there will be a "Submit to a Group" link. Clicking it opens a pop-up that should look like this...

Submitting to #CRPhotography via Deviation by WhenPigsFryThe Submit Screen by WhenPigsFry
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To Submit
  1. Choose the "Suggest to Group Favourites" tab.
  2. Select "Type a Group name"
  3. Type in "CRPhotography"
  4. Make sure you have the right folder in the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the "Submit" button.
Again, make sure you push the "Submit" button first, clicking the "Done" button will not submit your artwork! You'll know you've done it correctly when you see a green box saying " Your deviation has been successfully added to the group's favourites."

You did it! by WhenPigsFry
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We hope this will help you submit your photograph to CRPhotography!

If you need further help or have any suggestions for us, please feel free to send us a note! Happy shooting!

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