Spotlight Interview … Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Nobuhiro Ishida (NSFW)

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Please welcome Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Nobuhiro Ishida to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Nobuhiro for sharing this time with us.

Nobuhiro Ishida: Thank you for having me.

JRP: Where do you call home Nobuhiro? Has this environment been crucial to your creative process and development as a photographer?

Nobuhiro Ishida: I live in Japan in a city called Osaka. I’m not sure what kind of influence this city has had on my photography but I think it’s a very unique and exciting city.

JRP: How did you get started in photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting other photographers in your background?

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Nobuhiro Ishida: I got started in photography when a friend suggested that I buy a camera. At first I’d take photos of shrines, temples, the city at night, abandoned buildings and cats.

One day I stumbled upon Joe McNally’s book called Sketching Light. His photographs fascinated me and that’s when I thought that I also want to take photos of people.

I had absolutely no knowledge of photography so on weekends I learned the basics from a professional advertising photographer.

Around a year ago I started producing my own work.

JRP: Please name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your style of work and why.

Nobuhiro Ishida: Joe McNally … His photographs are particularly unique, they have a certain sense of freedom, and are absolutely fascinating to me. I want to take photographs as wonderful as his someday.

H.R. Giger … The shock I felt when I saw his work as a child is still with me to this day. He may not be a photographer but he is definitely the artist whom I respect the most.

JRP: How do personal projects figure in the development of your vision and technique?

Nobuhiro Ishida: To take my ideal photo I need to find the ideal lighting.

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When I first started producing my own work I also starting looking for the my ideal lighting. Hard light. Soft light. I kept experimenting with ways to create lighting which is close to my ideal. I’m still experimenting with lighting by trial and error. I feel as though I’m slowly learning to create my ideal lighting.

JRP: Is there a personal project that you desire to begin or finish this year?.

Nobuhiro Ishida: I want to take photos with other subjects as well, not just people. For now, I’m still searching for a theme.

JRP: Do you prefer working on location or in the studio? Do you prefer artificial or available light? In either case what are your most often used light modifiers and why?

Nobuhiro Ishida: Most of my photo shoots are in the studio with artificial lighting. For lighting I use multiple strobe lights, large white diffusion cloth and large Styrofoam boards.

JRP: Do you have assistants that work with you on a regular basis and if so what roles do they play?

Nobuhiro Ishida: I don’t have any assistants. Sometimes a friend will come along to help out but usually it’s just me and the model. I’d actually love to find someone to assist at my photo shoots though.

If there’s anyone out there who’d like to assist during my photo shoots, I’d gladly welcome you. Even if you want to push the shutter button yourself, I’ll gladly hold the lights myself.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Nobuhiro Ishida: My camera is a Nikon D800 and the lenses are a Nikon 85mm F1.4 and a Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm F1.4. For lighting I have a strobe light and a large white cloth to diffuse light. If the shoot is on location, I’ll sometimes use a soft box as well.

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Also, since I do most of my shoots alone I have to hold the light to make sure it doesn’t fall in the wind. In these cases I always carry a remote shutter release as well.

JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use. What color space do you work with for printing purposes?

Nobuhiro Ishida: I use Lightroom to adjust the exposure, white balance, and to trim photos. Most of the time Lightroom is enough. If I want to edit a photo further then I use Photoshop.

JRP: For you what is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?

Nobuhiro Ishida: When shooting a photo, I don’t think about anything. My mind is mostly blank.

For me, the most important moments come before the shoot. Things such as explaining the theme to the model and setting up the lighting, Since I do most of my shoots alone, I tend to be quite busy preparing for each shoot.

JRP: Could you share one of your most memorable shoots and what made it special for you?

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Nobuhiro Ishida: A long-haired man and a woman with tattoos. The photo shoot took place in their room where they live their lives. I didn’t want to do anything special so I asked them to just be their normal, everyday, selves.

This was back when I first started producing my own work and this was my first nude photo shoot. Afterwards the couple moved out of the apartment and the room from that shoot is no more.

JRP: If not photography what would Nobuhiro Ishida be doing with his time?

Nobuhiro Ishida: Watching movies, listening to music, going on walks and shopping.

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

Nobuhiro Ishida: “Become more free. Have fun shooting. Only shoot things you like.”

My photography teacher said this. While he didn’t teach me much about professional photography techniques he did teach me that expression and technique in photography is free for the photographer to decide.

JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?

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Nobuhiro Ishida: Don’t be afraid of criticism. Also, it’s important not to regret the mistakes you make while experimenting. I don’t know what I should do to get recognition. The best I can do is pursue my own ideal as I understand it.

JRP: Thank you Nobuhiro for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure and I wish you continued success.

Nobuhiro Ishida: It was my pleasure, thank you!

JRP: To view more of Nobuhiro Ishida’s photography please follow these links:

http://inolab.jp

https://1x.com/member/inolab

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