JRP: Wilfred Dy by profession is a fashion designer who has produced some first-rate images of his garments and personal work over the years. In our effort to enlighten our readers JRP Blog offers an inside view of fashion photography from a designer’s perspective. Thank you sharing your thoughts and images with us.
Wilfred Dy: Thank you for the great idea. This blog is where inspiration and learning begins. My pleasure.
JRP: Where do you call home Wilfred?
Wilfred Dy: I am currently located in Abu Dhabi UAE. Vancouver is and will always be my home.
JRP: How did you get your start in design and then photography? Is there any formal education?
Wilfred Dy: Fashion designing to me is part of my life. It has always been there since an early age. Photography emphasised itself when most of my creations were being photographed. The creations that came through the lens and the creativity that interests me. I make the clothes but I wanted a story to go with it. That’s where my personal photography came in. I never had a formal education in photography though I did have one in design.
“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” Ansel Adams
JRP: What was it that caused you to take a camera in your hands?
Wilfred Dy: Ever since I became aware that I am creative. I knew that I wanted to make something. Not just doing, but making things. I just don’t snap or take photographs. I make them just like my designs. I have complete control of what is happening around me.
JRP: When it comes to photo equipment what would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot? What lighting equipment do you favor?
Wilfred Dy: I am not at a professional level but for now I have a Nikon D300 and a few Nikkor fast lenses. My favorite is the 85mm 1.4 and the 50mm 1.4. I also use the 70-200mm 2.8, 12-24mm, and a 24-70mm. I take 90% of my pictures in an available light but I am now starting to learn to use strobes.
JRP: Could you please describe your digital work-flow and the software you use?
Wilfred Dy: I used to say if you photoshop your pictures it is not really a picture but time has evolved. We need to embrace the great changes and advantages digital has to offer. Some maybe miss understood the process maybe some has overdone the abundance that it provides. In the end its your expression your rhythm, your orchestra.
I shoot raw all the time. CS4 is my favorite by far but I am exploring CS5. I check how the picture is going to be processed. If I need less color, more color, darker, lighter, etc. Then I go to hue, saturation, then levels, and after that if I need any extra effect I use Lightroom and Color Efex then flatten the image.
JRP: Do you print your images? How do you end up using the finished images?
Wilfred Dy: Nowadays its all about digital files and you hardly print your pictures.
I own an Epson photo TX650. It can print 4a’s. I just sometimes get challenged and I want to see how the colors and pictures would look if it’s printed.
Bigger than 4a’s I send it to the lab (for my frames at home).
JRP: What is guiding you toward some new directions in your designs and photography?
Wilfred Dy: The industry is fast changing and you need to race against time. Passion is guiding me towards those new directions. I just hope I can do my photography at a professional level.
JRP: Would you share some of the best advice given to you by another designer or photographer?
Wilfred Dy: “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.” Richard Avedon
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers when photographing fashion?
Wilfred Dy: It’s just so simple, just see the BEAUTY in everything you photograph.
JRP: Thank you Wilfred for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a real pleasure.
Wilfred Dy: Thanks a lot too for being a part of your inspirational idea. Good luck and may this endeavor of yours be a success.
JRP: To view more of Wilfred Dy’s fashions and images please follow this link: www.pbase.com/wilfreddy