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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.

Cormega

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

Respect the Shooter Interview with Flavius Morar @flavius.morar

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

I got into photography by being so passionate of taking photos. I was 14 when I started to take pics of everything. So, I bought a photo camera , and now, here I am.


What did you first use to take photos?

I first used the mobile phone.


Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I am at highschool, the graduation year, in my small city. I learned by myself and from tutorials/articles from internet things about photography. And over it, I just let my creativity do whatever it wants :) .


Do you have any nicknames? How did you get that name?

I have no nickname.

Credit:  @theonlynoonan  (link:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BpzawD_DTST/  )

Credit: @theonlynoonan (link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BpzawD_DTST/ )

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

I have never thought about that.. but, I think some famous ones like: Sara Sampaio (from Victoria Secrets), Dua Lipa and Emilia Clark.


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

That's a hard question.I think Avicii, Paul Walker and Steve Irwin.


If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

It would definitely be Milano and Los Angeles. And the 3rd one is Dubai.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

When I took photos of someone, my goal is to find a perfect pose, perfect background for resulting a mood from that photo . I especially want to catch emotions, I think it is the key of succes in portrait photography.

Credit:  @fabiomluz  (link:  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw5BmHyAmEa/  )

Credit: @fabiomluz (link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw5BmHyAmEa/ )

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?
I don't have preferences. I always listen pop, edm and deep house.


What's your favorite app on your phone?

My favorite app on my phone is Instagram.


What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream as a photographer is to have my own business in this domain. I also want to travel around the world and show to people through my photos that this world is amazing and we are not born to sit in one place on Earth. We have just 1 chance to see this world.

This photo is made by me. (link : https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLWPF9A51x/  )

This photo is made by me. (link :https://www.instagram.com/p/BsLWPF9A51x/ )

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

The advice sounds like that: "Be yourself. Take photos of everything makes you feel fulfilled. Transform your heart and brain into art."


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

Instagram @flavius.morar and I'll have a facebook page soon.

Respect the Shooter Interview with Adam Ali @adam.ali27

Amanda Giordano

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ACIA STUDIOS - Adam Ali

How did you get into photography/videography? 

It just developed from a love for taking videos and photos of my friends when we’d go out skateboarding when we were young. Ever since I’ve just kept doing it and doing it more and more until I reached where I am now, and I love what I do.

What did you first use to take photos?

I first started off taking photos on a Lumix DMC-GX80 that was a present one day, I thought it was a good way to start really taking photos on a proper camera as I only ever did it on my phone before that.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I actually never studied photography, I did art for my GCSEs but I wasn’t allowed to do much photography, and felt limited so I wanted to do it freely on my own. I taught myself how to use a camera, watched some videos but the majority of what I learnt came from trial and error, practicing lots and shooting all the time! I reached a period where I’d never leave the house without my camera, and I’m still like that now, but I carry round a point and shoot.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

I’ve never had a nickname really because I’ve always stuck with my real name as what I go by with my work and everything I do. I feel like to me, a nickname or other name would make my work feel less personal to me and less associated with me if you know what I mean.

Drop Dead - Adam Ali

Drop Dead - Adam Ali

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

I think firstly I would say ASAP Rocky because he’s been a huge creative inspiration to me in many ways, and I am always drawn to whatever he creates because I can always feel what’s behind it. I’d love to meet him and explore that through the Lens. Another person who I’ve always wanted to take photos of is actually someone I used to go to school with called Silvan. I feel like he would be a really good model to work with and I like keeping connected to people who work in the same industry as me that I’ve known for a long time. And finally I’d have to say Tyler the Creator because his style is so unique and he is a very inspiring creative that I would really enjoy working with and understanding his thought process for his art.

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

100% I’d have to say Tupac as his music is iconic and will always remain one of my favorite artists, but he also seems like a very interesting person which an interesting background that I’d love to explore through a photoshoot. 

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Firstly I’d say Venice, because I just love the atmosphere of Italy, how it’s the perfect blend between traditional Europe and the modern west, with so many unique features that you can’t find anywhere else in the world! Another place would be Tokyo because I would love to explore how life is there by documenting someone’s life through the lens, I feel it’s a city with so much life and energy that I’d like to experience. And lastly I’d have to say London. It’s my home, and where I grew up and I can’t stress just how important it is to me, there are so many creative minds in London and there’s such a wide range of backgrounds to explore through the people.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My goal would be to perfectly capture the person’s personality and identity in the photo. Everything counts, from setting to outfit to expression. To me it’s all about capturing the person in the photo either in their natural environment on instant film or creating an atmosphere that perfectly suits the model, bringing out their character through the photograph.

ELSPETH - Adam Ali

ELSPETH - Adam Ali

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen to mainly hip hop and R&B music when I work because I feel it inspires me the most. It really depends on what work I’m doing but normally it’s that kind of music.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

I can’t lie my favourite app is Spotify because it’s honestly a life saver, and has made my life so much more enjoyable whenever I need it!

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to create work with my idols and the people who inspired me at first such as people like ASAP Rocky and Rosie Matheson but also to continue working with the people who helped me get there, just working on a bigger budget and bigger scale projects!

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

The best advice I can give that helped me a lot is actually that networking is key! If you don’t get your name out there you’re not going i progress. Make yourself known and have a presence in the area you wanna work, whether that’s gigs, shows, events just make sure you’re there and you meet people as networking will be key to finding work and earning you a living to keep doing what you love.


Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)

Instagram @adam.ali27

My website https://grouse-soybean-cnhk.squarespace.com

Respect the Shooter Interview with Andrew Clifton Brown @andrewcliftonbrown.photography

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography?

As a kid I'd always loved cinema, and I loved the captured stills from films and magazines. I used to pore over any magazine I could get my hands on, or stare at album covers like the Beatles 'Sargent Pepper'. I was mesmerized by that album cover!

I viewed life very much cinematically as a kid. Everything needed grandeur or to be nuanced in my head otherwise it didn't really matter (now I realize you can see that in just about anything. I have the perspective to see the perspective oddly enough). I'd always felt that if I was able to watch people and frame them in my head the way I thought looked great that they'd make good images if I could just work out how to get them through a camera! And hence photography, and it took me quite a while to get my head around it because I don't take to things easily. Like most other people, I have to really work at it, and photography has so many aspects surrounding it that it is easy to get side tracked on other types of shoots, hardware and influences, etc.

What did you first use to take photos?

A Ricoh film Camera my parents bought me. It was a fantastic gift in hindsight, but I was so awful at 15 years of age with a camera that I gave up on it because I couldn't work out how to use it and there was no one I could learn from back then.

I then bought a Nikon D90 a decade ago and mooched along with that for a while. I loved that camera because it was suddenly a camera that obeyed (on the whole) what I was asking of it. My youngest son still uses it.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I went to the London Nautical School in Stamford Street in London. I hated it. It's not a reflection on the school, more on myself at that time. God knows what was in my head for going there.

I'm self taught as much as anyone can be. It's taken me a while to get to where I am now, but as clichéd as it sounds it's a life long journey. There's always someone who shows you a new way of doing something or just something new, or something else you fancy trying to shoot. And I am always happy to help fellow shooters. I get a lot of messages on instagram that I always reply to, and it's just nice to help people. I like the idea that if I help someone, they might be inclined to help someone else. While it might not foster an immediate community between yourselves, it might spark something in them. I know that is almost a stock reply, but that is how I am. The idea of community is a big thing for me.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

I was given the nickname 'Angry Brown'. I got it from when I was riding bmx ( https://fatbmx.com/bmx-interviews/item/25557-re-up-one-of-the-uk-bmx-scene-pioneers-andrew-clifton-brown ) . I really was an angry young man and I just had this incandescent well of rage in me that really had no right to be there but it was just there. A guy called Jason Ellis coined the name 'Angry Brown' at a competition when I was probably being a bit of a dick and it then just stuck.

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

The Rock, Audrey Nefegger and Mel Gibson. I think they would be interesting and fun to talk to

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

As long as I could talk to them as well, it would be Jacques de Molay, Joan of Ark and my Dad

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Petra, Babylon and colour me clichéd, Venice.

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Honestly, it's to capture a snap shot that they like and I like. Sometimes you're working with someone who is slightly resistant or nervous and it's immensely gratifying to give them an image they love, but sometimes it's also offset with a bit of being personally underwhelmed by not being able to see what they like about the shot. it is of course all about personal preferences. And as my dear mother used to tell me as a kid "If we were all the same, the world would be a boring place". I hated that saying as a kid, now I understand and embrace it.

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

Literally anything I have on my computer. There's no hard and fast rule. It could be Fish, then the Beatles, to early Killers, talk talk or Yonaka. Just whatever I flick across. Sometimes it's just a distraction from bulk processing, and half the time I forget it's on and only remember it was on when the album finishes!

What's your favorite app on your phone?

MrFitnessPal. I look at it and try and make the remaining calories go up with my mind. I fail every day but I live in hope....

What is your dream as a photographer?

To be happy with my work, and for people that I work with to be happy with the images I provide to them. It would be nice for some of the images to pass the test of time. For people to see their distant relative' pictures. Who took the picture is irrelevant at that point, what it means is ultimately what it is all about.


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

Immerse yourself technically and artistically so neither side drowns. Remember what Cartier-Bresson said about your first 10,000 photos being your worst and accept that you'll feel lousy about your work a lot of the time because it isn't as good as you want it to be. Stop and breathe at times. Look back at your work from the previous years and see how you've improved. Don't put too much stock in that person on Instagram who has 50k people following them when you can't see why people like them.  It might be they shoot a style you don't like, they are actually awful and have somehow ridden that zeitgeist, or they might have loads of bot followers.  Don't concern yourself with that. Run your own race. I can see that now, but a few years ago I couldn't. Connect with like minded people.  From Stylists to MUAs

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Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc.)
Andrewcliftonbrown.co.uk

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