Top Pic of the Week: Ian Curcio
Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Ian Curcio. Read on to learn more about the production of these photos!
How long have you been a photographer & how did you begin your journey?
I started my photographic career in 2003 as a photojournalist with a daily newspaper. After that, I spent a few years as a staff photographer for a publishing company that produced travel magazines across small-town America. For the last nine years I've been shooting editorial and commercial work as a freelance photographer.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I try to revisit a handful of words a few times a year that I use to describe my work or style. Currently, I'm set on Simple, Bold and Humor.[caption id="attachment_40537" align="aligncenter" width="2250"] This image is part of a series of staff portraits I did for an ad agency in Greenville, South Carolina. Shot on a FujiFilm X-T2, 35mm at 5.6, Shutter Speed 1/250th, ISO 200. Shot against an Oliphant backdrop. Converted to B&W in Photoshop. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_40540" align="aligncenter" width="4594"] These images are part of ongoing personal work. Shot on a Hasselblad 503cw, with a 60mm lens at 8.0, Shutter Speed 1/500th, Ilford Delta 400 film. In addition to the personal work I shoot, I also carry this set up with me on every job.[/caption]
How do you get your subjects to be comfortable in front of the camera?
It's a process we go through together. Our time in front of each other is an intimate time. I ask a lot of questions, I listen and I watch. When someone starts to feel comfortable, I notice the shift in their posture, in their demeanor and that's when we start making work together. It usually only takes a few minutes, but everyone is different.
What tips do you have for shooting editorials/commercial /portrait work?
Keep it simple - there is no need to over complicate things. Be prepared, do your homework and know what you're looking for going into a shoot. And then, be prepared to throw it all out the window when nothing goes right.[caption id="attachment_40538" align="aligncenter" width="2250"] This image was shot as an ad campaign for a wealth management firm also located in Greenville, South Carolina. Shot on a FujiFilm X-T2, 14mm at 5.6, Shutter Speed 1/60th ISO 200.[/caption]
How do you gain inspiration for the photos you take?
I'm most inspired when I'm walking. It doesn't matter if it's in some far away city or in my own neighborhood.
What advice or tips would you give to other photographers regarding finding their style?
This is the most important part of photography, after learning how to use the gear you own. Without your own unique style, you're just more noise in an overcrowded, very loud and extremely visual world. Your style is already there. You just have to look at it. It's you. It's who you are. Look at your clothes, your furniture, the movies you enjoy, the music you listen to, the foods you eat, the colors you gravitate towards, your favorite season, sport, holiday, travel etc.. Going against who you are is counterproductive. You need to tap into this as early as you can and understand that as you change, your style will change with you.[caption id="attachment_40539" align="aligncenter" width="363"] This image was shot as personal work in a park near my home. Shot on a FujiFilm X-T2, 56mm at 3.6 (I don't know why it's 3.6, I think I was shooting at f/4 and nudged the aperture without noticing), Shutter Speed 1/125th ISO 200[/caption]