Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview with ANDREW SMITH... owner of Cuba Gallery.

Andrew Smith is a photographer from New Zealand. He is the owner of a small online gallery which specializes in Lightroom material such as presets and tutorials. The gallery also gives designers access to purchasing imagery for commercial use. Check it out here

1Q) Can you please tell us the story behind this portrait?
This shot was taken purely because I loved the location, I felt it would be perfectly suited to an interesting portrait. It had some great light coming through the window - I wanted to take advantage of it.
2Q) What photography gear did you use here and why? What is usually in your photo bag? 
I think from memory I was using my Nikon D3 with a 70-200 f2.8 lens. This was less than ideal as the bathroom was pretty small, I found myself crammed into the back corner with just enough room to focus.

3Q) What do you love most about shooting portraits?
I think my favorite portrait work would be a more informal ‘street style’ approach. I enjoy the raw lighting and urban feel that street photography gives you.

4Q) Do you consider yourself mostly as a “portrait” photographer?
Not at all, I often describe myself as a designer with a camera. I tend to photograph anything that inspires and interests me, this can range from street photography to landscapes. I love the variety.

5Q) Do you work with available light or do you use additional lighting often?
I hardly ever use additional lighting, I don’t own any studio flash equipment. I will often add extra lighting in Adobe Lightroom, I find this gives me some great results.

6Q) What/Who are your photography muses and influences?
I think there is so much amazing photography work available now on the internet - websites like flickr, behance and deviant art have an incredible range of interesting and impressive photography. Recently I have been enjoying the fashion work of The Sartorialist.

7Q) Any tip for taking better portraits?
I think the connection you make with your model is extremely important. Your personality as a photographer will effect the end result, you are more likely to get good results if you feel confident around people and can connect with them at a personal level. If you feel uncomfortable engaging and directing people this can often hinder the quality of your portrait work.  

Thank You, Andrew!


  1. Excellent shots!!! Salut!!

    Francesc, Barcelona

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