Geoff Bosco reveals his next move, discusses photography, his first camera, new video projects, doing music videos, and more!

Beyond The Lens – Connecticut photographer Geoff Bosco just schooled me on a couple of things in our first interview that we recently wrapped up. I got the inside scoop on his plans, upcoming projects, background story, favorite themes, and more. He accepted my invitation to do an interview over messenger and kindly answered every question I had sent him. This is an interview that I have been hoping to do for quite some time now and I’m happy I was finally able piece it all together. Check out the interview below!

 

 

~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Geoff Bosco*~*~

 

Internet Hollywood: Hey Geoff! I apologize for taking a while to get to you with this interview. I definitely made sure that when the extra time came for me to do write my questions that I hop on it as soon as possible and send you the questions. It’s also pretty cool because this is your very first interview with us. Before we get started, could you give everyone the background on who you were, where you from, and what you do?

 

Geoff: I am currently living in Oxford CT. I grew up a middle child of three in a photography household. My parents met when my father was running a camera store in Monroe CT where she grew up and her father bought a movie camera from my dad. She was into horses and wanted to get into photographing them and would hang out there…and eventually, my older sister was born.  We grew up around photography but my interest as a teenager was music. Both my parents also played guitar and I just picked it up and decided I wanted to learn how to play.  Twenty years later I had already switched main instrument to drums and was producing simple music and music related videos on youtube with my handy Kodak Zi8. Nothing fancy but I was learning how to edit.

 

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Internet Hollywood: What inspired you to want to turn photography into a career after trying it out and how hard was it for you to learn how to use a camera? And what was your first selection for a camera?
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Geoff: When my mom (who is now a well known Equine photographer around New England) saw some of the stills I was taking with the Kodak she started taking me along with her on her gigs to get some extra shots. She ended up selling some of the shots I took. That was pretty much all it took for me to go out and buy my first DSLR a Nikon D3100. It was definitely easier for me to learn the camera since I grew up around all the terminology. That and a lot of youtube videos I could pretty much shoot manual in any situation.
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Internet Hollywood: What are your favorite themes to do when it comes to photo shoots and what do you look for in the models you choose to work with?
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Geoff: I look for models I have good chemistry with. Ones who aren’t afraid to try new things. But also someone I can trust that I’m going to get a straight answer when I ask, “Is this ok?” I’m always trying to do different things – especially with poses. And it’s good to find a model who will say, Bim comfortable with this, but not that,” and go know exactly where the boundaries are. Because every model is different with different experiences. You don’t want to step on any landmines but sometimes it feels like you’re walking through a minefield without a metal detector. I am a huge fan of Maxim style editorials…without so much of the overt eroticism. That and bodyscapes right now are what I’m focusing on trying to master.
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Internet Hollywood: It’s clear to many that we have entered a new era of photography with the digital age upon us. Since the growing popularity of the digital era, many apps have come out that many beginners use to claim they are a real photographer when the real photographers know why. How does someone spot a real photographer from a fake one and what makes a person a real photographer?
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Geoff: How to spot a real photographer… Hmmm…let first add the caveat that I’m not one of these guys that spends much time worrying about every person with a cell phone blowing up my spot. I know what I can do and I’m not incredibly concerned if people with inferior skills or talents are stealing jobs and attention from me. That being said it comes down to content. That’s it. If someone can consistently produce quality photos it doesn’t matter me if they know exactly how to use a DSLR camera. 

 

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Internet Hollywood: How far are you planning to take your photography skills and is there a possible chance you will be diving into things like movies since you are now filming videos?

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Geoff: I’m the kind of person who wants to be the best at whatever I do. I see work by world-class photographers and I know I’m not quite there yet. I never stop trying to be better than I am. I’m 41 now and I’m still as determined – if not more so that I was at 20- to improve my skills. I want to be able to see my work and know it stands up to the best of the best. I do want to get into filmmaking. I’ll probably start with MTV style music videos for my friends’ bands. Maybe some comedy skits. And definitely, video versions of model shoots with models moving around a scene set to music.

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Internet Hollywood: I also notice you have tutorials on your Youtube channel. Will be seeing more of them coming from you?
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Geoff: If so, what kind of tutorials will you be doing? I would love to more photography tutorials. It’s just very difficult to lug all my still and video gear to a shoot and try to think about both things while I’m shooting. I’m sure I could figure it out if pushed but I haven’t felt a strong incentive to do so at this time. I do have some new music-oriented videos in the making right now.
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Internet Hollywood: Are you currently working on any other projects that you would like everyone to look out for in the future?
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Geoff: One thing I have forgotten to mention because it’s kind of assumed in the video production is that I’m a recording engineer. I’m currently working on a tune for Mike Brandon Band’s next album. Mike Brandon is a long time music friend who is also my current roommate. Great guy and great songwriter. I mentioned before about new videos in the works. I have one where I document myself changing the heads on a few of my drums. I’m also editing some live footage of Mike Brandon Band playing live. Other than that I don’t have a lot of shoots planned atm. I can’t travel much, so I have to rely on models coming to me.
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Internet Hollywood: What are steps that you recommend every aspiring photographer take when they want to get started in their career and what are some do’s and don’ts that they should keep in mind when pursuing their career as a photographer?
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Geoff: I would say my biggest don’t is worrying about making mistakes. Just get out there and do it. Make mistakes and learn from them. That is really what separates the pros from the amateurs. But the other big one is to not get hung up on gear. You don’t need expensive gear to get results. Learn how to do with what you have, then if you’ve got was what it takes, then invest in gear. Also Do learn lighting. 45° angles are you friend. Learn what that means before you worry about camera settings. The easiest way to get the lighting right is to get out at early in the morning or in the evening and when the sun is about 45° above your subject and 45° off axis – either direction- between you and your subject.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you so much for the interview, Geoff!

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~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~*~*~

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Geoff Bosco: Instagram

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