Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Danny Stewart! Using a mixture of gear and shot in various spaces throughout Chicago, and in his mentor’s home, he captured Ascension, Aniz, Pivotal Moments, and Flora & Fauna.
I’ve been shooting for about 5 years now. A lot of people don’t know this, but I actually got my start in photography because of my love for cars. When I was younger, I wanted to be a car designer. I used to draw my own concepts and dreamt of working for Ford SVT or Ferrari. Due to some life things, I stopped drawing, but when Instagram became prevalent, I followed all the best car pages. After following them and seeing the quality of photos, I decided that I wanted to learn how they did it. Oddly enough I branched away from that and focused mostly on portraiture/editorial work, but I plan on expanding into automotive photography this year!
I like to use color and shadow as much as I can. My lighting setup is pretty simple, honestly. If I’m shooting my more colorful photos, I just use two pixapro LED100Dmk2 lights with gels. For my natural light studio work, I just open the windows and let the sun handle the rest, while occasionally making my own shadows.
I flip through magazines, check the explore page often and bounce ideas off of my friends. I’m lucky to have really creative and helpful homies so we just make dope stuff happen.
Build a good rapport with your subject! Make sure they smile and laugh as much as possible so that way they’re comfortable enough to show you who they really are. In my opinion, what separates a quality portrait from a mediocre one is how much of the subject’s being you see in it.
- Mamiya RB67: 90mm 3.8 C, 127mm 3.5KL, 140mm 4.5 Macro, 65mm f4.5 C
- Mamiya 645AF: 80mm 2.8, 45mm 2.8
- Sony A7Rii: Zeiss 24-70 f4, Mitakon 35mm f2, Sony FE 50mm 1.8
I love Lightroom. I don’t do much with photoshop but I just learned about frequency separation so, I’m trying that more. I’ll just sit down, turn on my favorite music and get to work.Just shoot what feels good, man. Don’t worry too much about waves and trends, but definitely keep them in mind. Take breaks from Instagram, it’s hard but its so helpful.
Thank you, Danny, for allowing us to share these photos! Check out more of his photography on his website www.dannyxphoto.com and on his social media channels: Instagram and Twitter , @_dannyphoto_.
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