JRP Blog is pleased to “Spotlight” Fashion Photographer Felix Wong. Thank you Felix for sharing a few moments with our readers at JRP Blog.
Felix Wong: Thank you for having me.
JRP: Where do you call home Felix?
Felix Wong: Toronto, Canada is where I’ve been living for the past couple of years. Before that, Vancouver, BC.
JRP: What led you to fashion photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?
Felix Wong: It came as an accident. I was out in Whistler, BC skiing with my family and one night I went down to the store to look at some magazines. Out of the corner of my eye an issue of Elle Canada caught my attention.
Heather Marks was on the cover but back then of course I had no idea who she was. I flipped through the magazine and saw the editorial. I thought everything about it was very beautiful. From the lighting, clothing, and of course the model. I wrote down the photographer’s name, went back to the hotel and searched for his website. As soon as I saw his work I just fell in love with it and told myself, “This is what I want to do. One day, I want to be like him.”
The photographer’s name was Chris Nicholls with whom I’ve had the honor of interning for while I was in photography school as well as working for the last couple years.
JRP: Name several photographers whose work has inspired your approach to fashion photography?
Felix Wong: Besides Chris Nicholls, Greg Kadel, Paolo Roversi, and Kai Z Feng.
JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot in studio or on location?
Felix Wong: Canon 5D MK2 and 24-70L
JRP: What is your approach to lighting? Is there a set up you tend to start with? What are your most used light modifiers and could you give us a visual example?
Felix Wong: I tend to prefer a more dramatic light, a lot of times I use a single light source such as the Elinchrom Octabank or window light.
JRP: Do you spend a lot of time processing images? Could you please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Felix Wong: I mostly spend more time fine tuning the color calibration, and then retouching out flaws. The workflow I use varies. When I do model testing, I shoot to card and then organize in Adobe Bridge. For everything else, C1 for capture.
JRP: Do you rely on a lot of custom white balances when you shoot?
Felix Wong: No, I do the color calibration in post.
JRP: Image printing, how do you handle that?
Felix Wong: Done out of house.
JRP: For you what is the most critical moment in the capture of an image?
Felix Wong: A sense of effortless.
JRP: If not fashion photography what would Felix Wong be doing with his time?
Felix Wong: A chef.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Felix Wong: Keep shooting. 🙂
JRP: What advice would you like to share with photographers starting out?
Felix Wong: Take off the lens cap, it tends to help.
JRP: Thank you Felix for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you. We wish you continued success.
Felix Wong: Thank you!
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