It is our pleasure to have Fashion Photographer Raja Siregar share his thoughts and images with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Raja for sharing a few moments with us.
Raja Siregar: Hello. Thank you for having me here.
JRP: Where do you call home Raja?
Raja Siregar: Indonesia is my home.
JRP: What led you to photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?
Raja Siregar: I don’t have any formal training in photography, I am a self-taught photographer. I bought my first camera in 2007 and that is when I started loving photography.
JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have inspired your approach to your craft and why?
Raja Siregar: I like Tim Walker and Steven Meisel’s works because they create something that people really want to see, the dream.
JRP: Are personal projects important in the development of a photographer’s growth?
Raja Siregar: Yes, in order to keep our eyes trained well, we need to do as many personal project as possible so that we can keep learning to get better results.
JRP: What would we find in your equipment bag for a typical shoot?
Raja Siregar: You can find a Canon SLR 5D II body along with Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L and 50mm f1.2 L lenses in my everyday backpack.
JRP: What is your approach to lighting? Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most used light modifiers and why?
Raja Siregar: I prefer available light the most because it will give a better mood in your photo. For studio settings I often use a beauty dish, zoom reflector, and a soft box.
JRP: What are the two most useful traits you look for in a photo assistant?
Raja Siregar: Passion and a will to learn.
JRP: Could you describe your digital work flow and the software you use? Do you process your own files or employ a retoucher?
Raja Siregar: I still process everything by myself. I use Adobe Lightroom for organizing my raw files and for post processing I use Adobe Photoshop.
JRP: What about custom white balances and color checks when you shoot?
Raja Siregar: They are important for me so that I can predict what I can do in the post processing stage later.
JRP: Image printing, is that something you handle in-house?
Raja Siregar: No, I send it out to the lab.
JRP: When you look through the viewfinder what would you say is the most critical moment in the capture of an image?
Raja Siregar: I would say it depends on what am I’m gonna capture first. I always look for good timing, framing, and I try to predict what’s gonna happen next.
JRP: With today’s economy what changes are driving the market place and how have you adjusted?
Raja Siregar: Price follows quality. In order to please my market I need to always improve my work quality.
JRP: What is the biggest obstacle to over-come in building a client base today?
Raja Siregar: With so many people having their own DSLR and offering photography services, getting people to recognize and love my work is quite hard and is an obstacle.
JRP: If not with photography how would you occupy your time?
Raja Siregar: Maybe drawing some illustrations.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Raja Siregar: Always look for ideas from magazines or on the internet. It will give you some inspiration and push you to do better.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with photographers who are starting out?
Raja Siregar: Always believe in yourself.
JRP: Thank you Raja for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure. We wish you continued success.
Raja Siregar: The pleasure has been mine, thank you James.
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