Gabriel Filomena

photographer
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Q: How did you get into photography?

Answer:

I am not entirely sure. I have always liked preserving memories, and I feel the best way to do that is by photographing them.

Q: What is the first photo you ever took?

Answer:

The first photos I ever took were of my friends and I jumping ramps on our bikes. I barely remember doing that, but I have the photos. They were taken in March of 2015 using a camcorder I got from my grandfather.

Q: If you had to describe this portfolio/album in one word, what would it be?

Answer:

My portfolio described in one word would be "natural". All of the photos, with the exception of one, are based around, or taken in non-developed parts of our country/area.

Q: Are your photographs purely candid, or do you stage some of them?

Answer:

I try to keep my photos candid, although some of them, specifically the portrait of myself, are posed. I hate posed photos but if your subject is good, you can make posed photos look candid.

Q: How does your photography connect to other parts of your life?

Answer:

Photography is a big part of my other hobbies too. I do many extreme sports, and there are always people that need filming or want stills. I also do urban exploration and you can get some really cool photos doing that too.

Q: What kind of equipment do you use?

Answer:

I personally own 3 cameras in total. I have a Canon film camera, a Sony camcorder, and a GoPro Hero 9. For photography I use my phone unless I have access to a "big camera". The camera I use for most of my photos is a Nikon D5600 with the stock 18mm-55mm lense. I borrow this from my mom's best friend, Aunt Kris.

Q: What other artists inspire you?

Answer:

I'm not really someone who needs inspiration to take photos. I do really appreciate Peter McKinnon's work, as well as Ted Sielatycki’s (@soyslats on instagram) work. I look at both of their photos to consider different framing techniques, exposures, and mediums; Ted does film photography.

Q: How do you see photography being a part of your life in the future?

Answer:

I see camera stuff being a large part of my future. I really enjoy both photography and videography, and there will always be jobs in that field. I do want to get into the dying art of film photography too, I just need to learn how to develop it.
 

Q: What tips would you give someone starting out as a photographer?

Answer:

I would say just keep doing it. Your photos might look bad, but you're still learning and that's ok. Buy a big SD card from a trusted brand and take lots of photos, just click away. That way you'll always have one that will work. Another is to shoot in RAW. Shooting in RAW makes it a lot easier to edit because the color profile is very flat, meaning there's very little contrast, and very little saturation. Another is to learn your camera, and learn about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture.