James generally uses a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. He recently upgraded from a Canon 550D with the same 50mm, along with a wide angle (Sigma 10-22mm) lens. For live photos he doesn’t use flash, but for most promotional shoots he uses his trusty 430EX II Speedlite with a generic umbrella set-up.
James’ prefers to photograph bands. “Promotional work is typically my favourite but I definitely enjoy shooting live shows too – capturing the energy mid-show is something I strive to do for my live photos.” He also enjoys shooting friends candidly, which he believes almost every photographer likes to do, it’s probably just a happy trigger finger but he likes trying to take photos of people within a moment. “I do also have an interest in landscape photography, but haven’t experimented with it yet apart from the odd snap from a car window.”
“My all-time favourite photographer would have to be Matt Vogel. The work and edits he produces are so unique, definitely a photographer that I try aspire to. Daniel Anderson (Melbourne) is another photographer who’s work I think is a cut above the rest, as well as Brisbaner Thomas Savage whose edits I’m constantly envious of. There are countless more but I’d be here all week naming them all.”
James tries to keep as socially active and up-to-date as possible, he uses 500px, Flickr, Tumblr and Facebook to post his photos, all of which can be found on his website.
I asked James what differentiates himself from other photographers: “I’d like to say that I try to be a perfectionist with my promotional photos and live edits. I’m constantly changing and adapting my editing style and more recently experimenting outside my saved presets and styles.”