For those of you that follow me on Instagram (you can find me @pawseyphotography), you will have seen that I have been posting images from featured artist Karl Wilson (@kdubzpics on Instagram). I thought it was time that Karl got an introduction on this site, and what better place than right here on the blog!
Kevin: Firstly, thank you Karl for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. Your images seem to be very popular on Instagram, and I have had some great feedback, so I am glad that you are a part of the site.
For the readers of this blog, can you give us an idea of how long you have been doing photography, and what first got you started?
Karl: Thank you for allowing me to showcase my work amongst your website. Its really nice to hear that people appreciate your work.
I'm a self taught ex professional photographer with over 9 years experience behind the lens.
I first started taking photographs with a point and shoot camera and very quickly developed a keen eye for what made a good photo. I was very keen to learn new skills and so bought my first DSLR
Kevin: and in those nine years, what is the biggest thing that you have learnt that you think would be "good advice" for the readers?
Karl: Spend time learning the capabilities of your camera and study what other photographers you like are producing, and then go out and create your own style to make you different from the rest
Kevin: Some good advice there Karl, probably something that sounds obvious, but not many people do read the manual when they first get a new camera. I always find myself skimming through the new features, but not learning where the common stuff is. I understand that you shoot with a Nikon D610 at the moment, has this always been the case, or have you ever been tempted to ‘jump camp’?
Karl: I first started out taking photographs with a Canon 450D, but this was stolen and I switched over to a Nikon D90 which I used for over 2 years before making the jump to a full frame Nikon D700. As time went by I fount that 12 megapixels were not enough for what I wanted to start producing, so i upgraded to a Nikon D610.
Kevin: what sticks out in your mind as your best moment in photography?
Karl: My favourite part was spending time photographing music celebrities at concerts, being back stage and being able to interact with them. Ill never forget when one of Dizzee Rascal's crew took my camera from me and started taking photographs.
(please note: this image is not for sale)
Kevin: Sounds like you were having a lot of fun doing that!, We've seen a recent series of very impressive black and white abstract images from you, what did you have in mind when you were walking around Leeds doing this shoot? Did you have a particular shot in mind that you were after?
Karl: I have recently become a big fan of Black & White images and feel that black and white is the new colour. I think the right lighting and a good sky always helps when taking architectural photographs. I always have in the back of my mind when taking a phtograph will this image look good on a wall.
Kevin: although the black and white series has been very impressive, you seem to have a wide range of genres that you shoot, what is it that you really prefer shooting given the chance?
Karl: I dont have one particulart style of photography that I stick to, I have photographed weddings, landscapes, city scapes and people. My favourite has to be architectural photography.
Kevin: where do you stand on ‘rules’ in photography, such as the rule of thirds, and other “do’s and don’ts” that we so often hear. Do you think that if it looks good, shoot it, or do you try and compose to the rules as much as possible?
Karl: I take photographs that I find pleasing for myself, I always ask myself what I want to acheive from taking the photograph before pressing the shutter. The rules are great for certain situations but in others the rules broken can sometimes have a great impact too.
Kevin: that's great Karl, thanks for your time, and we look forward to more of your great work!
You can check out Karl's work here on Pawsey Photography, where his work is available to purchase, or if you just want to have a look at what else Karl has produced.
As always, comments are welcome, if you have any questions for Karl, please drop a comment and I will get an answer for you.
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