Croydon Fernandes is a photographer whose journey began in 2008 with his mom’s Nikon D40 gift. His journey into forays of photography, photo-editing and imaging are all self-taught.
I hope you’ll enjoy the interview;
How did you fall in love with photography?
Started shooting on my old Sony Ericsson phone and loved the results it produced and the reactions it got back on Facebook in 2007.
How important is having a unique style as a photographer? How would you describe your style?
Today’s social media world is dominated by countless artists who each strive to produce a unique piece – either photography or videography. Having a concept that distinguishes your work and lets it stand out from others is extremely important to convey whatever you’ve worked hard on to create to the masses! My style is trying to focus on making ordinary landscapes with a human element in it much more epic. I’ve taken inspiration from many others on social media and added my own style in terms of filters and colour grading.essful. I want someone to see my work and immediately know I created it. I would describe my style as moody rock and roll. I love to portray a “too cool for you” vibe in all my images.
Where did you grow up? How have your roots influenced your sense of style?
I grew up in the sands of Dubai, UAE – back when nobody knew what or where it was.I typically like shooting the natural outback of any region I am in, so you could say that the initial barren landscapes of the UAE have played a major factor in the types of shots I like to take.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers out there?
Be bold, be creative, find a new way, but don’t be silly! Stick within the rules and never, ever put your life (or your models) at risk to capture an ‘epic’ shot just for the likes. It’s not worth it.
Have you ever run out of ideas?
Up to this point, no. I always try and find a different way to shoot the same spot; either by adding a new element into it or finding a new perspective.
How do you find places and models for your shootings?
Research! This helps me a lot for future location shoots, content creation and planning. Take inspiration from others (don’t forget to credit them!), discover smaller accounts on social media and collaborate with them. You will find out more together including places that mainstream artists have not found out about and you will also find people who are willing to come out and be your model! I use my fiancé as my main go to model!
What’s the one piece of photo gear you couldn’t live without?
My 35mm 1.8G Nikkor lens. This is by far my favourite lens to shoot with – perfect for portraits, landscape and those sassy low-light shots!
Do you edit your photos? If yes, which programs do you use?
Yes I do, I use Adobe Lightroom mainly to bring out the colours in flat photos as well as add my own style and twist to the photograph to set it apart from the million other awesome ones out there!
We would like to express our gratitude to Croydon Fernandes for this great interview.
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