LEE JIN SU, a travel photographer and marketing manager of CHATBETEMEDIA in Seoul, Korea. He mainly shoots with a Canon 6D, 17-40mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm lenses and edits his photos in Lightroom. He specializes in travel photography and product review. In addition, he is a very active blogger and his articles are always full of vitality.
His notable blog articles:
“Bible of enjoyable camping”
“Learn how to take a photo easily”
“Skills of shooting for online shop”
How did you get your start in photography?In 2000, there was a boom in digital camera. At that time, I went into photography by chance. I was commissioned to shoot for clothing goods which became my first commercial photos. Due to my interest in photography, I have reviewed many kinds of cameras such as CANON, SAMSUNG, SONY and so on. Eventually, I became a professional reviewer too.
What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?Actually, my wife is a travel writer. So, we had been travelling to more than 30 countries and 120 cities for writing and shooting assignments. I had opportunity to shoot exotically beautiful scenery, people, food and culture of many countries.
What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?Inspiration is the most important thing for photographer and we should spend much time to get it. I’m aware and agree with that. However, I don’t have much time to get inspiration when I shoot after being a professional photographer as I need to meet deadlines. It sometimes makes me quite stressful.
Who and/or what inspires you most?I have two cats and I sometimes take pictures of them. I constantly amazed to see the various looks on their faces and unique postures through the camera. So when I look carefully at other animals, I don’t see any differences with people.
What is your approach? Is there anything in particular you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?I think I don’t have special skill but I love to shoot my photos against the light. If you adjust color temperature a little bit based on your feeling, you can make the image cooler or warmer. Sometimes slow shutter speed can make an image better.
Why is accurate color important within your workflow?You can easily get accurate color through a properly color calibrated monitor and minor adjustment process in photoshop or lightroom. On the other hand, you could ruin your elaborate photos with the wrong color calibration. If your monitor isn’t calibrated it causes color distortion. For example, those photos posted on the shopping mall website have to be precise, if not the customers will look at the distorted color and build a false impression. It is also equally important to set and adjust the white balance before taking such photos.
Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?The job as a photographer sounds cool, but it is pretty hard if you don’t have passion and it becomes extremely challenging. You might not be able to choose what to do from the start. But if you take it step by step, eventually you will get recognition and rewarded for your work. So, please challenge yourself with joy.
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