Hello all, today we introduce you with Remy, Remy Roman, a photographer and retoucher based out of Detroit Michigan, who love to do product photography and editorial photography is what inspires him. So lets start and see what he share with us in this interview
We would like to know brief about you, and from which place you are etc etc
Remy Roman is a photographer and retoucher operating out of Detroit, Michigan. He was born in Sibiu, Romania and moved to the United Stated at the age of 10. His intercultural experiences have deeply shaped his view of art and the world, which can be seen in much of his art, from abstract to commercial
Ok, you have a fantastic and inspiring portfolio can you tell us how you got started into commercial photography?
My Start in commercial photography was actually driven by my oridinal career choice in advertising. I started out interning in advertising agencies, first on the account side, then in creative, as an Art Director. But all of my work seemed to come back to my photography, regardless what position i worked in. With the support of my colleagues and the time I spend crafting my particular style, I was able to exit advertising and take up commercial photography as my full time job.
We love to know which genere of photography you are mostly into.
Well, I’m photo nerd, so I usually reach for whatever genre allows me to tell my client’s story in the best manner possible. But i have been getting pretty obessed with fashion editorial in my personal work.
What took you to be at this level? As a successful photographer.
Its not hard to get to my level of expertise. Reaching the level of a “professional” photographer requires you to obessive, observant and relentless. You cant craft something you dont understand, this is why I have spent the past 10 years staring at photos, paintings and landscapes. Understanding the relationshop between light and shadow, motion and stillness, human emotion and color theory is what makes the artist.
Tell us about your editorial photography, we love your portraits, how much editing you do for each portrait?
My editorial photography style sprung up about three years ago on a commercial shoot. I had been crafting stories around fictional characters for ad campaigns for some time, but always wondered how average people would look in the “hero shot”. So i took my camera, some studio gear and started doing photo hangs with friends. From the get go, everyone loved the style, so i just kept developing it to where it is now. My style is less about maintaining the same color work, and more about exploring my subjects character.
I draw on peoples characters because capturing a genuine snapshot of someone in my opinion is the holy grail of photography. Keeping in line with my view of capturing a genuine snapshot. I like to keep manipulations of my subjects minimal. Apart from cleaning up and smoothing skin color, I do not find rational to alter my subjects body in any way.
On average I will spend about 15 minutes tweaking my primary color edits, followed by secondary color edit that ranges from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the intensity of color work being applied to the piece.
What motivates you to take pictures and make them great?
The greatest motivation my career is storytelling. As simple as that sounds, I firmly believe in photography as a storytelling tool. Regardless if you’re a person or a brand, photography is the simplest way to communicate across language, culture, and time.
Typical question, which image is your very best till now? We know all of your images are best but we want to know that one best image
My favorite image so far has to be my shot of Ashley fro my GRIM series. We shot in a dark forest location with very subtle ambient light, and filled the subjects with a large studio strobe, giving a rather magical effect. I always catch myself staring endlessly at this series.
What gear you usually use, for Portraits and other genre of photography.
My go to rig for me editorial work is a full frame sensor camera and a crispy 85mm lens. If I feel so compelled to utilize additional lighting, I will take long a 350w and 600w studio strobe kit with a few modifiers.
Do you like to do indoor/studio or outdoor Photography?
I am a total sucker for location shoots, I find studio work to lack the honesty and depth of locations when it comes to crafting a story.
Which programs you use for editing purpose?
I use Lightroom to manage and do basic color work, and Photoshop for final tweaks.
What is the best advice you can give for the young upcoming photographers?
Don’t worry about camera brands, just get yourself a decent performing sensor and a decent prime. The less you worry about gear, the more you’ll actually improve your craft.
Finally, what is your goal for life? as a photographer.
My goal in life as a photographer is to craft meaningful stories that drive people to connect.
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