Welcome Portrait and Fashion photographer Olivier Lannes to this segment of James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Olivier for taking this time with us.
Olivier Lannes: Thank you James, it was a big surprise and I’m honored to be featured in your blog.
JRP: Where do you call home Olivier?
Olivier Lannes: I live in Nantes in the west of France.
JRP: How did you get involved with photography? Do you have any formal training in your background?
Olivier Lannes: I started photography 20 years ago with my first SLR a Canon T60, that’s the manual camera that I learned the basics of photography with.
After a long break, I came back to photography 2 years ago when I discovered work in the studio, with models and how to take advantage of artificial light.
I don’t have any formal training. I started with books and now I use the internet where there are so many great tutorials and courses on photography.
JRP: What would you say is your genre of photography and why? Would you name a couple of photographers that have inspired and influenced your work.
Olivier Lannes: Today I photograph people mostly portraits and fashion. I love the work of the masters of course like Jean-Lou Sieff, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, and Ellen Von Unwerth. I’m also very inspired by the work of Joey Lawrence and Nath Sakura.
JRP: Do personal projects figure primarily in the development of your vision and technique?
Olivier Lannes: As a complete amateur I mostly do personal work or projects for the people I work with.
JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects? If so what roles do they play?
Olivier Lannes: Yes I’m lucky to be able to work with hairdressers, clothes designers and especially one very talented make up artist Nadège Cuoc, and of course my supportive wife who also becomes my assistant on many photo shoots.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Olivier Lannes: I use a Nikon D600 DSLR, my favorites lenses are the 24-70 2.8, a 85 mm 1.8 and a 14 mm prime. I also use a Fuji Xpro 1 with a 28 mm, 35 mm and 60 mm lenses, Fuji’s camera reminds me of my first SLR, simple and lightweight. Elinchrom RX Strobes, a Sekonic light meter, a gray card.
JRP: Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Olivier Lannes: Any light is good but strobes give you the possibility to achieve the lighting you need, not depending too much on mother nature. My most favorite light modifier is the Elinchrom Deep Octa ,,, the light it gives is just amazing.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Olivier Lannes: In studio I shoot tethered and I use Capture One. This software is brilliant and the raw processing is so good that a big part of the job is already done at the end of the photo shoot. Then I use Photoshop for the retouching and Lightroom for applying presets.
JRP: When you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
Olivier Lannes: First the expression of the model, second the moment when my hands stop shaking! 🙂
JRP: Name a shoot or project that opened your eyes to the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Olivier Lannes: Well I don’t consider myself an artist. Photography is just a thing that I like a lot, it’s a kind of drug. 🙂
JRP: Do you have any exhibits of your work currently planned?
Olivier Lannes: Not yet, later maybe. I’m still a young photographer.
JRP: If not photography what would Olivier Lannes be doing with his time?
Olivier Lannes: My day job, computing.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?
Olivier Lannes: Gear is not important. The best camera and lens are the ones you already have, the one you feel comfortable with. Only the light is important.
JRP: Thank you Olivier for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you. We wish you continued success.
Olivier Lannes: Thank you James, the pleasure was mine and a good exercise for my English. 🙂
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