Beyond The Lens – As the spring continues to warm up more stories involving new names have made front page stories since the beginning of this year and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. At least 170 people have been contacted for exclusive interviews and many are taking us on to share what’s going on in their careers. One of those talented people was independent photographer Jeff Smith.
I got in contact with Jeff Smith over messenger and invited him to do an eight-question interview with me for and he gladly accepted. I sent him about eight questions and just recently got all of his answers. I hope you enjoy the interview!
~*~*Beyond The Lens /w Jeff Smith*~*~
Internet Hollywood: Welcome to the Internet Hollywood universe Jeff! I’ve checked out your page a couple of times and been made plans to get in contact with you to do an interview. I’m glad that I was able to get to it before the spring. Has everything for your career been going well since the start of 2018?
Jeff: Hi Justin, First off, thank you for getting in touch with me and including me in your Internet Hollywood page. Pretty nice of you to go to the lengths to share other artists work when you are one yourself. 2018 has been great so far. I am finally shooting in my new studio that I built on my property in Wellfleet, MA. It is 24×28 and I have been using it for portrait, fitness, glamour and fine art photography so far this year. I have also been able to shoot on location numerous times which I love doing.
Internet Hollywood: You definitely have a great way of capturing amazing shots of people during your photo shoots. What are some of the main things you look for to capture the perfect shot when a model is posing for you? When did you know its time to take the picture?
Jeff: I don’t think it’s about the perfect moment, but more so, the vibe during the photoshoot. Good rapport with the client is key, and I try to get to know them prior to the photoshoot to gain insight into who they are and what makes them tick.
Internet Hollywood: Do you often spend a lot of time editing photos like you do taking them?
Jeff: I try really hard to get the photo right in the camera. I know there are a lot of retouching geniuses out there, but I am not one of them. I visualize the shoot beforehand and light placement prior to every shoot. Most of my photos are edited in Adobe Raw and just minor things are done in Photoshop.
Internet Hollywood: What camera do you consider your favorite when you’re trying to get the best shot out of a shoot?
Jeff: That’s a hard question to answer. I use what I have. In my case, I use a Canon 5d Mkii and a Canon 6D because I started collecting Canon glass years ago. I would love to use a medium format camera for studio work, but the demand is not there to justify the cost yet!! Someday hopefully.
Internet Hollywood: Are you working on going beyond photography and making your photos into magazines, books, filming or anything else of that nature?
Jeff: I’m constantly working on improving my work. I spend a lot of time reading and looking at other notable photographer’s work and studying where the light is coming from. I think anybody who has invested into photography like I have is working for a goal. A dream job in the industry or just to get published on a hard magazine or similar. I should probably streamline and focus on one genre, but my interests are pretty wide-ranging right now.
Internet Hollywood: Nowadays there seems to be a huge increase in people that want to be photographers but don’t know how to go about it. Many buy very cheap cameras and consider themselves photographers after taking a couple pictures with some local female friends they know. What do you feel a real photographer is and what must they possess or earn to be considered one?
Jeff: That’s another tough question. I am not the one to judge what makes a real photographer or not. All the film photographer’s from time gone past, think anyone using a digital camera is an enthusiast and not a real photog. With the advent of IPHONE camera’s and so many numerous app filter’s that put the wow on your photos, there is a lot that catches people eyes today without much talent and skill behind the camera. I personally try and stand out with my work and consistently try and get better. Being different from everyone else helps as well. A real photographer must be confident that he will be able to capture his client in the best possible way for what the shoot is intended for. In the end, the client should be happy, or more likely thrilled with the outcome.
Internet Hollywood: What are are your favorite themes to focus on when you’re doing shoots?
Jeff: I love fitness photography and fine art. Photographing the human body is art form. I never tire of it. Learning to use strobes and speed lights to enhance the light is an art form and really makes people the body pop.
Internet Hollywood: Last question; what is the main goal that has your focus this year and how soon do you want to complete it, and what happens if you don’t?
Jeff: I have always strayed away from weddings and candid photography. I have been asked numerous times to capture a wedding but have always bowed out as i felt it was not my strong suit. With that said, I have committed to my first wedding this summer and have inquires for more and am interested to where it will lead me for the rest of 2018!
Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Jeff!
~*~*Thank you for reading*~*~
~*~*Credits & Links*~*~
jeffsmithphotographer.com coming soon!