Spotlight Interview … Photographer Joseph Ong

Joseph Ong is a talented young photographer I came across on Flickr. His gallery displays his keen interest in fashion and wedding work. He resides in Cebu City, Philippines.

Thank you Joseph for taking time out to talk with me.

Joseph Ong: It’s my pleasure and thank you for appreciating my work.

JRP: How did your journey into photography begin and why have you focused on fashion?

Joseph Ong: I met these two talented guys Jessie Glova, the make-up artist, and Dexter Alazas a designer who owns AD Models Phil’s. We collaborate works from edgy to classical fashion shoots. This started my serious journey to photography.

JRP: Do you have any formal training?

Joseph Ong: I don’t have any formal education in photography. I do a lot of internet research, looking at images and figuring out how they were done. I also spend a lot of time listening to the advise of some close mentors and photo buddies to improve my craft.

JRP: Do you prefer working in studio or on location, and what sort of lighting do you prefer?

Joseph Ong: I look at my studio as being everywhere. I love to work both, outdoor and indoor. When I use artificial lighting I like to use a three light set-up for my shots when possible.

JRP: Looking in your camera bag what would I find?

Joseph Ong: My cameras are Canon systems 30D, 400D, 70-200 2.8, 50mm 1.4, and 17-55 2.8 IS. Three flash units paired with radio trigger remotes.

JRP: What type of editing software do you use in your workflow?

Joseph Ong: For my post processing I use Photoshop. I don’t have any plug-ins for the software.

JRP: What goes through your mind as you set up for a photo session? Is there any pre-scripting of your sessions? Do you work with assistants or make up artists? Do you work alone?

Joseph Ong: The pre-production meeting is very important so that the work-flow during actual shoots is faster and I achieve client requirements.

Yes, I work with assistants, they take care of logistics and assemble the lighting.

JRP: What has been your most memorable assignment to date?

Joseph Ong: Every project is memorable. I treat every photo session as if they were the last shots of my life!

JRP: With the current economic crisis what effect has this had on your photography?

Joseph Ong: Fortunately so far commissioned projects are not much affected by the current economic crisis.

JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Joseph Ong: “There are no bad subjects but there are bad photographers”. This is a line I have found to be very challenging and motivating.

JRP: What advice would you offer to a young photographer starting out?

Joseph Ong: Keep on shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting! Follow your intuition. Be ready to be embrace negative criticism.

JRP: Joseph thanks again for sharing your thoughts and photography with us. It has been a pleasure to talk with you.

Joseph Ong: It’s been my pleasure and honor to be part of the photographers featured on the JRP Blog.

JRP: To view more of Joseph Ong’s photography please go to this link:http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseworks

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