Here is an interview with an automotive photographer, Justin Black Wright, who proves to us that just because you’ve been shooting for a short period of time, it doesn’t mean that your shots can’t be stunning.
Justin Black Wright has been shooting for about a year but when you look at his shots you would think he’s been doing it for years.
This interview is different from the rest because all other interviews have been with professional photographers who shoot cars for a living, Black just does it on the side and does a pretty damn good job.
I have known Black for a few years now because we both share the same passion for cars and have been going to the same car meets (although I have been missing A LOT of meets lately).
Long story short, Richard came to me with Blacks profile and said that he really likes the guys work and would love to interview him, and of course, I said yes. Richard knows good photography when he sees it and I have seen Blacks work before so I was already impressed.
Alright, let’s get into the interview with the man himself. Without further ado, here is Justin Black Wright.
① Tell us about yourself.
“My name is Justin, but go by the nickname of “Black” since High School. I grew up in California and moved to Georgia in 2006. I work at United Parcel Service (UPS) and my hobbies are photography, modifying cars, and video games on occasion.”
② How did you begin your career in automotive photography?
“I bought my first camera November of last year as an early Christmas present to myself. I always wanted to give photography a shot and fell in love with it after a couple weeks of learning.”
③ What is your favorite part of shooting cars?
“I love shooting cars because it lets me recognize and show off other people’s hard work. While doing photoshoots, I can see all the details you wouldn’t normally see from a distance. I admire everyone’s builds and how they put their own individual detail on their projects.”
④ What is your favorite lens to use and why?
“Favorite single lens is hard to choose, but if I must choose one I will say it’s my Tokina 11-20mm 2.8. I love it for rolling shots because I can position myself right next to the car and still capture a lot of background.”
⑤ What brand of camera(s) and camera equipment do you like to shoot with the most?
“I flip between my Nikon D3200 and D300 depending on the shoot. I like the quality of the D3200, but the D300 has better/more focus points and is much better for roller shots and wide angle lenses.”
⑥ What simple mistake(s) do you see most photographers make today?
“I see a lot of composition errors with new photographers today. Most people without thinking of it (I still do it myself) will position the car too close to the edge of the frame.”
⑦ Tell me about your favorite automotive photo shoot.
“My favorite shoot so far was with my buddy Adi’s M3. He just got a new set of wheels and I was the first one to see them. I was there to debut the new set up to the world and it felt great.”
⑧ What is the best piece of advice that you have received and why is it so important?
“Veteran photographers have told me to focus more on lenses than cameras. Your lens can create a sharper picture than your camera so it’s better to invest in that to start.”
⑨ What advice would you give to upcoming automotive photographers?
“Just keep shooting. The only way you get better is with experience. I learned so much on my own from trial and error. Do some research and learn everything you can about the settings on your camera. I also highly recommend shooting RAW because it gives you more freedom when editing.”
⑩ What would you like the LTSC community to take away from this interview?
“If you take anything from this interview just remember the most important thing is to just have fun! I love shooting and editing and tend to spend my free time doing both.”
⑪ Where can we find your portfolio and a way to contact you?
That’s all folks
Well, there you have it. That concludes the LTSC interview with Justin Black Wright.
I hope you were able to take some information from Black and apply it to your photography career so that you can keep improving.
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