Common FAQ from Photographers:
WHICH CAMERA DO YOU USE?
I’ve used Canon, Fuji, Leica, Minolta, Olympus, GoPro, Mamiya, Red, Black Magic, and other cameras depending on the project. I don’t stick with one but my main two cameras are Canon 5d MK4 and Fuji XT-20.
DIGITAL OR FILM?
WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR IMAGES?
I use photoshop. Typically I only use curves, colors, and Hue/Saturation. Occasionally I use the heal tool but typically the images are left raw as fuck.
DO YOU USE FILTERS OR ADD GRAIN?
No. Neither. I use photoshop and work on each image individually with the tools listed above. The grain you see in the images is typically “noise” made from the individual cameras.
CAN WE MEET UP AND TALK GEAR?
I don’t usually meet up with photographers unless we are working within the same area or I find your work really curious. I’m somewhat of a recluse when it comes to photography and don’t want my social circle to be smothered with gear-heads.
I HAVE MORE TECHNICAL QUESTIONS…?
With all due respect, I prefer to not answer a lot of questions unless I’m being interviewed for something where others can read/watch/listen to the questions and answers. I’m really not a gear-head. And, although I put myself out there for social media, I’m still somewhat of a recluse and prefer to use my time engaging in conversations about things other than photography. I kindly request you respect this aspect of my life.
IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN HEAR MORE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY?
Listen to the podcast. I don’t talk much about photography but the subject usually comes up when I talk with photographers. The show is on iTunes, Spotify, and here on my site. Here is a list of shows with other photographers. You can also google me to find other interviews.
CAN I COME ON YOUR PODCAST?
I rarely bring photographers on and, when I do, they have to be doing something I find truly fascinating or game changing that takes the art to the next level. If you think you would still be a fit, email me @ StudioDonovan@gmail.com
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
It’s good. People/photographers need to quit bitching. Use it for business and then live your best life away from it.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Making a dent in photography. Creating images people feel. Making shit people will actually put on their walls.
HOW DO I FIND MY VOICE?
Just shoot. It takes time to have a voice. Think about a topic that keeps coming to you and use them for a base for your concept.It comes with time if you look for it.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHERE DO YOU LIVE/WORK?
1977-2002: Spokane, WA (had a camera, but was growing up and doing other shit)
2002-2005: Portland, OR (Working in Sales, doing standup comedy. taking pictures for fun)
2005-2008: Chicago (Doing comedy and transitioning to photography full time)
2008-2018: NYC (Doing photography full time)
2018-Present: Los Angeles (Doing photography)
YOUR WORK IS OUT THERE. HOW DO YOU FIND CLIENTS WITH THAT?
Time, reputation, and connection with others. I don’t post my commercial work on my social media and don’t post much on my site because it’s not as exciting as my personal work. Overall half my income comes from art sales, the other is commercial.
HOW DO YOU GET THE MODELS TO (FILL IN THE BLANK)?
It comes down to communication and connection. I talk more about it on the podcast.
WHY DO YOU SHOOT MODELS NUDE?
This is one of the weirdest questions I get. Why do you do the shit you do? It is what it is!
CAN I ASSIST?
• If you have previous assisting experience: Please send your resume to StudioDonovan@gmail.com
• If you do not have extensive previous assisting experience: I’ll have to pass.
YOU SHOULD SHOOT MY FRIEND!
Please have them hit me up on Insta or email.
I’M NEW AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH TO CHARGE CLIENTS. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I think you should look up videos from Videographers. They actually do a great job explaining pricing (much better than photographers).
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PRINTS MADE?
I have several printers in NY and LA. I suggest you google “fine art photography prints” in your hometown and find the printers that you vibe with the best.
WILL YOU CRITIQUE MY WORK OR GIVE ME A PORTFOLIO REVIEW?
Sorry. I don’t do this anymore. I get too involved and I tend to be a harsh critic. I always walk away from these feeling like shit so I just don’t want to do it anymore. (My typical advice I give: try harder. Do better personal work. Put yourself in to the art more. Take more chances. Fuck shit up. Find your voice.)