People & Wedding Photographer PRAMUDIYA joins us for this segment of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you PRAMUDIYA for sharing time with us.
PRAMUDIYA: Looking at your Blog and the other very inspiring and incredible talented artists I thank you for this opportunity which I am very humbled and happy to get.
JRP: Where do you call home PRAMUDIYA?
PRAMUDIYA: Germany is my home, as I like to travel and move around a lot.
JRP: How did you get started in photography? Is there any formal training or assisting in your background?
PRAMUDIYA: When I was a teenager I saved some money at a side job and when I had around 1000€ I decided to spend it on either a video camera or a dslr. I really don’t know exactly right now why in the end I chose a dslr but I stuck with it. I never had any formal training or did any assisting but since the day I bought it I never put the camera into automatic mode. Every time I wanted to take a certain kind of image if I didn’t know how I researched it in advance.
JRP: Name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your work.
PRAMUDIYA: Hopefully it’s okay that I also go with a filmmaker who is also a great photographer by the way. Director Stanley Kubrick who makes films obviously with the help of brilliant cinematographers in which nearly every single frame would make a great photo. A photographer who comes to mind even though it’s more astonishing in what he accomplishes with his photographs is James Nachtwey.
JRP: Photographing people and weddings must put a demand on your interpersonal skills. How do you maintain control of your shoots while keeping things friendly and light – hearted with your subjects?
PRAMUDIYA: I was a quite and shy boy when i started out. I remember my first shoot with an aspiring model where I didn’t really talk, and when that same model and I did another project years later I remember her saying that this has changed a lot. Now I shoot a lot of people who are not very comfortable in front of the camera. Brides, grooms, and models who don’t do this professionally. I try to do my best to make them feel comfortable and enjoy the experience so we can get the best and most natural results within a short period of time.
JRP: Do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?
PRAMUDIYA: Personal projects really are the best way to improve your technique and also your vision. Often you have photos in your mind which you have not tried out and if you try to create them you have to learn or figure out techniques. This helps you to improve or develop your personal style.
JRP: Do you have people who assist you with your projects and if so what roles do they play?
PRAMUDIYA: For weddings and some bigger projects have one assistant, but when I do personal stuff it’s just the person in front of the camera and me.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
PRAMUDIYA: I like to travel light as possible but at the same time I take as much with me as I can without giving up flexibility. Right now as I am a prime-lens kind of guy and I just take my Nikon d800, my 35mm and 85mm 1,4 prime lenses. A 35mm film camera (Nikon FE with 50mm 1,4 prime) and depending on when and where I shoot I take some small light stands, pocket wizards, strobes, and some light modifiers.
JRP: Artificial or available light … what type of lighting do you prefer and why?
PRAMUDIYA: For the look and feel I do prefer available light but because you can’t control available light I do like to take some artificial light with me most of the time. Because I want more control over the results I might get more into artificial lighting in the studio though.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
PRAMUDIYA: I just import the photos into Aperture, make a selection, and after-wards edit. If the photos need retouching or more sophisticated post-processing I export them into Photoshop CS6.
JRP: For you what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
PRAMUDIYA: When you have the right composition, focus, and light. The most critical moment is when the subject does exactly what you expect and want them to do which most of a time is a natural pose or movement.
JRP: Name a shoot or project that revealed the distance you’ve come as an artist.
PRAMUDIYA: I think as I started working as PRAMUDIYA exactly one year ago there are two moments when I realized I had achieved something. The first one was when someone from Berlin, which is quite far away booked me for a wedding because he found me on twitter. The other was when the official WordPress Blog featured my blog when introducing photography themes.
JRP: If not photography what would PRAMUDIYA be doing with his time?
PRAMUDIYA: Probably I would go out and film more stuff or just study more and read more books.
JRP: So far what has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
PRAMUDIYA: The best advice given to me (sadly indirectly) is that the first 10,000 photos are your worst. Maybe now with digital photography 100,000 would be more fitting though.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?
PRAMUDIYA: The best way to improve your photos is to just shoot a lot of different subjects. Try out a variety of things and ask yourself if and how you could improve your photos, why you prefer certain photos over others. Also people who enjoy photography and want to improve should realize that there has never or rarely ever been a good photograph without a considerable amount of luck and or effort.
JRP: Thank you PRAMUDIYA for sharing this time with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.
PRAMUDIYA: It was a pleasure and thanks for interviewing me and the other artists. I will most certainly stop by to get some inspiration.
JRP: To view more of PRAMUDIYA’s photography please follow this link: http://pramudiya.com/gallery