I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Photographer Tim Andes to understand the processes involved through professional photography both creatively and logistically.
“Every shoot is an opportunity to express and grow creative freedom.”
Tim Andes took me through the stages of the creative processes he used to shoot the bands, Wits End and Greenhouse Lounge, in Jacksonville, FL.
“The creative process starts with preparation. Knowing your subject, and being able to predict their movements to capture their essence is essential. Once at the show I open my minds eye and explore the room from 360 degrees. I become a mirror to my environment and become immersed in the now. ”
“There are so many elements to capture; the interaction between the musicians, the reaction of the crowd, this is all captured in the shot.”
“During the photo shoot the worst mistake you can make is missing an opportunity, so you have to pay attention to every detail and create a story. I take anywhere between 200-400 photos an hour when shooting. Each shot is between 6-9 MB, I can easily go through multiple 8 GB memory cards in a session.”
Andes then explained to me the intensive post-processing stage.
“The [photography] industry standard for file types are .RAW files. These higher quality photos allow the photographer to better use such techniques as HDR or High Dynamic Range. This takes 3 separate photos at different levels of exposure, which helps you to achieve the widest range of light. In order to get the ‘out of a magazine’ look, post processing including Graphic illustration is a must.”
“What you have to remember about the creative process are the lessons learned, the take-away.”
Photography allows you to capture a moment in time in all of its beauty and infinite uniqueness. Each Snapshot is a moment in time, and like every art form, cannot be reproduced exactly.
This being the case, I asked Tim what the worst part about losing his digital art would be.
“It’s essential as an artist to be able to track your progression, see what needs improving, because I am very critical of my work and to lose my files would mean I would lose my journey as I grow as a photographer.”
“There are also so many gems that I couldn’t lose, they’re part of who I am.”
I appreciate Tim Andes taking the time to help me understand the mental journey and technical processes involved in digital photography. You can see his work on flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/timstravels/ and follow him on twitter @TATravels
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