Spotlight Interview … Fashion Photographer and Portrait Artist Klara G

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Please welcome Fashion Photographer and Portrait Artist Klara G to this segment of James Robinson Photography Blog. Klara thank you for sharing some time with us.

Klara G: Thank you for inviting me!

JRP: Where is home for you Klara?

Klara G: Right now my home is Stockholm. Less than a year ago it was Los Angeles.

JRP: How did you get started in photography? Is there formal training or assisting in your background?

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Klara G: I never really assisted anyone but I have three years of photography school in my backpack.

JRP: Name two photographers that have influenced your photography. What was special about their work to you?

Klara G: The one and only Irving Penn and my dad.

JRP: I first became aware of your work via the Profoto Blog. Do personal projects such as that figure in the development of your vision and technique?

Klara G: My personal projects are always my main focus, they are the ones that makes me take a step back and look at my self in new angles. Without them I tend to get a bit lost every now and then.

JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects and what roles do they play?

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Klara G: Yes, I usually have one assistant working with me daily and when I need to I call in more people, it depends on the form of the project. When I do film I of course need more assistants than in a still-life.

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

Klara G: My H3D-II and a couple of different lenses, but I tend to use the 50-110 mm most of the time. I shoot tethered with my Macbook Pro and don’t like sync cables so a wireless trigger is also necessary in my camera bag. I also have a specially designed bullhead for my tripod which I always carry around.

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JRP: Klara you prefer working with umbrellas and artificial light as referenced in the Profoto article. For those not familiar with it I highly recommend our readers take the time to educate themselves on that style of lighting. How did your technique begin and develop?

Klara G: I am autodidact when it comes to lighting, maybe that’s why I have developed a style that is very fast to work with. My model or object is always the most important so I don’t have time for lighting that includes too many light sources.

JRP: Would you describe your digital work flow and the software used?

Klara G: I shoot directly in-to my computer with Phocus (Hasselblad’s own software) and develop my images with the same application. After that I work with my images in CS6. I start with the simple retouch such as skin and dust. After that it’s time for curves and color adjustments. I usually round it up with a second touch on the skin and details.

JRP: When you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

Klara G: I don’t think there is one more critical moment, every choice is important in my work.

JRP: What shoot or project revealed the distance you’ve come as a photographer and artist?

Klara G: Oh, I don’t know. That must be for someone else to see and decide.

JRP: If not photography what would you be doing with your time?

Klara G: Gardening.

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

Klara G: When I was 17 years old I showed my images (I was very proud and happy with myself.) to an older photographer asking him what he thought. He responded: “Well, I like when at least something is sharp in the picture, and I don’t like dust”. After that I realized that I had to strive to do better all the time and never sit down, rest, and be satisfied.

JRP: What advice would you share with me and other photographers?

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Klara G: Paying attention to details are the difference between a good and and a mediocre photographer.

JRP: Thank you Klara for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.

Klara G: El gusto es mío 🙂

JRP: To view more of Klara G’s wonderful work please follow these links:

http://klarag.com

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