Fashion Photographer Ryan E. Wibawa talks with us in this segment of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Ryan for sharing some time with the readers of JRP Blog. Where do you call home?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Thank you for inviting me. I am based in Winnipeg and Toronto, Canada. I travel quite frequently between the two cities.
JRP: Why fashion photography? Is there any formal training or assisting in your background?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I love fashion and I love photography, both combined is just pure bliss to me. I guess I’ve always been fascinated with eccentric clothes: from street style to couture fashion. I never had any formal training. I studied graphic and web design in college which contributed to my retouching skill in the beginning. I picked up a camera in my third year of school for fun. It started from there. For the most part I was self-taught with lots of explorations and drives to always create.
JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have inspired you and influenced your approach to fashion photography?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I have always been drawn to the works of Steven Klein and Baldovino Barani. I really like their style, direction and execution of their visions.
JRP: Are personal projects vital to developing your photographic vision?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Yes absolutely! Personal projects are the fuel that keeps the creativity burning.
JRP: What type of support group do you have to assist you with projects? What are the two most important traits you look for in an assistant?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I have my team of MUAs, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, designer friends and assistants. They for sure have to be eager and friendly.
JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot in studio or on location?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Canon 40D, 5D Mark III, 70-200mm 2.8, 24-105mm, 50mm 1.8, and 16-35mm 2.8.
JRP: Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most used light modifiers?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I prefer available light to create ethereal story for its softness. I have two Hensel strobes with 60″ octagon soft boxes that I favorite while shooting in the studio. At the end of the day, it depends on what I’m going for in the final images.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I shoot into the Canon EOS digital capture or just on card on locations, then into Lightroom for adjustments, and then post production/retouching in Photoshop. Backup is crucial, once the shot is downloaded to the computer it gets cataloged and backed up right away.
JRP: Do you make use of custom white balances and color checks when you shoot?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I do, though sometimes I just wing it for a couple of reasons.
JRP: Image printing when needed how is that handled?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I usually send my works to photo labs for print development.
JRP: As you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of an image?
Ryan E. Wibawa: That one split second my heart tells me to press the shutter button.
JRP: With today’s economy driving the fashion market place how have you adjusted?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Like anything else there’s always been ups and downs. For the most part I think I’m surviving pretty well though.
JRP: If not fashion photography what would Ryan E. Wibawa be doing with his time?
Ryan E. Wibawa: I would be hanging out with my friends in a patio somewhere, or traveling.
JRP: So far what has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Follow your dreams, as for you dream you shall become.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers starting out?
Ryan E. Wibawa: Surround yourself with positive creative people. Stay inspired and have fun, always.
JRP: Thank you Ryan for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you and I wish you continued success.
Ryan E. Wibawa: It’s my pleasure.
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