ThanksEkafor taking time to share your photography with the readers of JRP Blog.
Eka Rachmat: Thank you for your interest in my photography. I wish my photos that I share with this community may inspire it’s members to improve their work.
JRP: Where do you call home?
Eka Rachmat: Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
JRP: How did you get your start in photography? Do you have any formal training?
Eka Rachmat: I don’t have any formal photography training. I just learn by doing. I browse through as many references as I can from magazines and websites. From these I try to create my work based on my own style. This is a way to maintain the originality of my work.
JRP: What kind of equipment do you make use of?
Eka Rachmat: Currently I use a Nikon D300 with a Nikkor 17-55 f2.8 AFS DX lens. I also have 2 CF cards, 16gb each, and an extra battery.
JRP: What software do you use in your digital workflow?
Eka Rachmat: I use Photoshop CS 3 and Neat Imagewhen needed.
JRP: What led you to your style and the manipulation of color in your photography?
Eka Rachmat: Basically, it came from my own unsatisfactory feeling that many pre wedding photographs come with the same style. The tendency is that they only follow trends instead of making a new one. So, that is why I try to make my own style which is different from the other styles. The style is meant to exhibit a sense of mood and color. At first, it is hard to make the client like my style, but now almost all of them love my style.
JRP: Do you work with available light only or do you use any additional lighting?
Eka Rachmat: I work with available light only, in special cases I use internal flash to fill in.
JRP: During a typical shoot how many images do you take, and how many do you end up showing for your portraits? What about the wedding shoots?
Eka Rachmat: There is no predetermined number. I shoot as many as possible for each pose. Fortunately, I always create good results. I usually take the best picture from each pose. I try to be really selective so that the pictures selected are the very best.
JRP: What has been some of your most memorable photos to date? Give us an idea of how and why the image came into being and any problems you may have had during the shoot.
Eka Rachmat: Well, related to my interest in humanism, I have taken a photo of sellers in a traditional market recently. That gave me a real challenge. From the photography side, I had to ‘fight’ with the crowds, the lighting condition in which I had to confront the sun, and the moment was very rare, even once in a lifetime.
From the subject, if they were aware I was there, they would pose and I would lose their natural expression. From my side, I had to get up really early that morning, at 4 o’clock so that I didn’t lose precious moments.
Related to pre-wedding photography, the difficulties that I face are to select the right costume for the right location. A comfortable pose for the couples, creating the best angles and compositions, and maintaining the couples’ mood.
The problems have not ended there since I have to decide on the best editing style for the couples so that I can bring the mood and the color to the pictures. It is not just a one or two hour process. Sometimes, it takes days.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Eka Rachmat: I have received much advice. I think the best one is to mind the light, and mind the lines around the point of interest (POI). Use them for your composition.
JRP: What advice do you have for a photographer starting out?
Eka Rachmat: Before you can learn about photography you have to know about your gear. Know the character of your camera and lenses well. Then you can start learning about creating pictures out of lighting.
Create a good composition based on the mood you want to create. This is my humble opinion but so far it works for me.
Related to digital photography the camera that is used has a unique character. White Balance determines the outcome.
JRP: Thank you again Ekafor sharing your thoughts and photography with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you.
Eka Rachmat: Thank you James for giving me a space here, and God Bless You.
JRP: To view more of Eka Rachmat’s impressive work please go to this link: http://photo.net/photodb/member-photos?user_id=4130931