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Respect the Shooter Interview with Sam Graham @cinematicchief

Amanda Giordano

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Eye see you... 📷: @praiseone35 #photographer

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How did you get into photography/videography?
Videography is my first love hehe. I discovered it watching the Halloween film that was released in 1978. I was eight this was in 2003. Its more of a cinematography. Photography came at a weird time I don't do it as much but don't sleep on my skill homes.

What did you first use to take photos?

Easy I used a kodak camera when I was little is that fair? lmao. Na my first professional one was a Canon 70D I love the that camera still til this fuckin day YES!

Where did you go to school?

What is school again? I tried school it didn't work out film school if that. I was taught filmmaking at Reel Works Teen Stories on 540 President St Brooklyn NY 11215. Great program for young kids between the ages of 14-20. I have been in the program for almost 4 years now going on 5 I started when I was 19. I got my foot in the door into a lot of shit you can too!

Do you have any nicknames?

They call me JINXXX, I got it because I have great intuition I usually know when shit happens before it does and my friends calls me a JINXXX when it does happens.

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Retro... #filmmaking

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If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

Amara La Negra that is my crush so of course

Nia Long in her prime even now too.


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living?

Prodigy of Mobb Deep

Selena Quintanilla

Anna Nicole Smith

If you could take photos in any 3 cities?

Holguin Cuba, Toronto, Canada, Ghana West Africa

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My main goal is to be in tuned with the shot, If you got no feel you have no reel. Rule of thirds is important I always aim for that and that sets my shot up nicely. My main goal is also to have great composition and emotion so he/she can walk away feeling great.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen to Mobb Deep, Slayer, Mongo Santamaria, it all varies.

What is your favorite app?

I don’t have a favorite app

What is your dream as a photographer?

I don't like telling my dreams you just have to wait and see.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer

Don't be a fuckin fame hoe or a cornball be yaself. Be you take action and take no shit,

Where can people find you?

Instagram @cinematicchief

Facebook: Samuel Graham