Spotlight Interview … Art Nude Portrait Photographer Colin Dixon (NSFW)

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Please welcome our guest, Art Nude Portrait Photographer Colin Dixon, to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Colin for sharing time with us.

Colin Dixon: It is a pleasure. I must admit I am very humbled at the request from you, James, for me to do this interview.

JRP: Where do you call home Colin?

Colin Dixon: I live in St Neots, in the UK.

JRP: How did you get started in photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?

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Colin Dixon: I have not had any formal training. I have had an SLR or DSLR camera since I was 24 but being a father and working as a service engineer I got lost for a long period of my life as far as photography is concerned. About 6 years ago I took a shot while on a family holiday of a horse running on a beach. This won a local newspaper competition and from that I joined a local camera club. Slowly over the past 5 years I have become obsessed with photography. I took a small class in studio lighting which really changed my life as I suddenly found that being able to control light meant that you could be so creative in your photography.

JRP: Name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your style of work and why.

Colin Dixon: Annie Leibovitz, I just love her work over the years. She has such a great way of capturing the people she worked with so you can see the real person in front of the lens.

Damien Lovegrove. I just love the way he uses light. He been an inspiration to me and helped so much in the way I look at light in the studio and on location.

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JRP: Do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?

Colin Dixon: Yes, they do. I think these are important to give your photography a direction and give you a goal to try to create better images.

JRP: Is there a personal project that you desire to begin or to finish this year?

Colin Dixon: Yes. I am working on a project about how people can spend their life behind a mask, not showing the real person. Maybe they are hiding their real sexuality from the world around them. Coming out is a hugely brave thing to do and thankfully more people are having the bravery to do this. This has come from a very personal place and I think I am now getting close to achieving what I wanted to achieve but there are still a couple of more images to finish this project.

JRP: Do you prefer working on location or in studio? Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers and why?

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Colin Dixon: I love both studio and location work. I have no preference on artificial or available light. To be honest all light is available light. What you have to do is use the light you have to create the image you want. Without good lighting there is no image. I use studio lights, flash and even torches in the studio. As for modifiers, yes, I use them a lot. My favorite is strip lights to give side lighting and dramatic light and shade. I love contrast in a photograph.

JRP: Do you have assistants that work with you on a regular basis and if so what roles do they play?

Colin Dixon: No. As an amateur photographer I mostly work alone. I have used makeup artists from time to time and would love to do more of this in the future. It is nice to have another pair of eyes and another creative person to give some input.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Colin Dixon: I currently use a Nikon D610. The lenses I use in the studio are almost always my Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF D lens and my Nikon AF DC-NIKKOR 105mm f/2 D. I have 2 Nikon SB500 flashes and various modifiers.

JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use.

Colin Dixon: I use Lightroom to input and file my images. I then use Lightroom to make small changes then go into Photoshop to do the rest of the editing. I also use the plugins NIK Software, Colour Efex and Silver Efex.

JRP: What would you say is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?

Colin Dixon: Getting your exposure and focus as perfect as possible I suppose. But if pushed to answer this I would say when you get a really great idea for a shoot.

JRP: Could you share one of your most memorable shoots and what made it special for you?

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Colin Dixon: I love all my shoots so my last is always the favorite. But I did one 3 years ago that really changed me and I think this was the start of me being a creative photographer. It was based on the Scottish Widows adverts in the UK (sorry, a lot of people will not know this advert). I would love to do it again to take a better picture but we all think we could do things better and would like to try again I guess.

JRP: If not photography, what would Colin Dixon be doing with his time?

Colin Dixon: My wife would say there is no other time. But I love watching football, and reading and music have always been a big part of my life. I love to travel but I do not have a lot of input here as I have to travel continuously in my working life.

JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer that you have used?

Colin Dixon: Not to think that every image you capture will be amazing. Keep trying and if you get 2 or 3 great shots per year you are doing well. Trust your own eye and don’t be but off or influenced by others who maybe negative about your work.

JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?

Colin Dixon: Find or create good light – light is the big winner. If you don’t get the light correct you won’t get a great image.

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Also to look at the work of others on the internet. We live in a great time where with a click we can see lots of great images every day and remember it is never too late to learn.

JRP: Thank you Colin for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure and I wish you continued success.

Colin Dixon: Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

JRP: To view more of Colin Dixon’s photography please follow these links:

https://cdphotography.1x.com/gallery

http://colindixon-photography.co.uk

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