Spotlight Interview … Portrait Photographer Claudio Basso

JRP: One is immediately impressed with the artful air of sophistication when you view Claudio Basso’s website. Claudio was kind enough to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts and ideas with JRP Blog. Thank you Claudio!

Claudio Basso: Thank you James I am humbled by your request.

JRP: Where is home for you Claudio?

Claudio Basso: I live in Southbury, Connecticut.

JRP: How did you get your start in photography? Is there any formal training in your background?

Claudio Basso: I assisted a famous photographer in Milan, Italy for three years and then took off on my own.

JRP: How do you generally define the style of your work?

Claudio Basso: A constant research for elegance and sensuality to move the viewer towards positive emotions.

JRP: How big is your support staff and what areas do they handle?

Claudio Basso: I have a pool of five assistants who rotate in their duties depending on the job I am shooting.

JRP: What equipment would I find in your camera bag or studio for a typical shoot? What lighting equipment do you favor and why?

Claudio Basso: I shoot with Canon 1 DS Mark III which I absolutely love. As for lighting I use Elinchrom. It is reliable and the support you get from the Manfrotto Distribution Group (former Bogen) is superb.

JRP: Could you please describe your digital workflow and the software you use?

Claudio Basso: Most of the times I shoot tethered into Lightroom, then after a few corrections I export to Photoshop for post production.

JRP: Do you print your images?

Claudio Basso:Yes on a Canon IPF 5100.

JRP: Please break down one of your images for us and please explain the lighting or any special concerns you had during the shoot?

Claudio Basso: I really don’t face concerns when I shoot because I preview everything in my mind before I work, so it all gets planned carefully.

JRP: Given the current economy what are some new directions being taken by you in your photography?

Claudio Basso: I have abandoned the rat race of commercial work after working all over the world. I now concentrate on portraiture and on my fine art projects.

JRP: Would you share some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Claudio Basso: One time I was told, “No matter what you become never forget who you really are.”

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

Claudio Basso: In these tough economic times we are invaded by Spray and Pray shooters. Do not let that put you down. Search your soul for what you really love to do and stick to it giving it always your very best.

JRP: Thank you Claudio for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a real pleasure.

Claudio Basso: The pleasure is mine, good luck with the blog.

JRP: To view more of Claudio Basso’s photography please follow this link:

www.claudiobasso.com

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