A good photographer who doesn’t just specialize in weddings and events is hard to find in Napier. Technology has made photography very accessible to anybody, which is both good and bad. Good in that the barrier of entry has been greatly removed and bad in the sense that now anyone with a half-decent camera (or camera phone) can now call themselves a photographer. What can’t be replaced by technology is a discerning eye and an instinct for capturing those fleeting moments that can define something forever. A great photo is that perfect example of the illusion of permanence. To capture that consistently is something that can only be honed through years of experience.
I find when shooting people, the best shots tend to come towards the end of a session when they’ve relaxed and their guard has been dropped. Back before digital photography, I would take for granted that the first half of a roll of film would be a wash. Now one of the biggest tasks a photographer must do is edit their work as you can shoot so much more in a session.
When shooting landscapes (and often portraits), my approach is very simple: Use Nature as your lighting. It amazes me how many landscapes are shot in broad daylight with the sun directly overhead. Or locations are chosen because they may be picturesque and relevant but who bothers to scout a location at sunrise or sunset nowadays? This is a grave mistake and separates the pros from the amateurs. Any decent photographer worth their salt will make sure they know where the sun will be at the time they plan to shoot.
Beware of photographers who use too many post-production effects with their final images. Primarily with portraits, overuse of such tools deadens a subject, especially the face, skin and eyes. If they are correctly lit in the first place, there shouldn’t be any need or minimal need to do so.
I’m James Wvinner and I’m a photographer with over 25 years experience. I love to make compelling imagery and lighting is my forte. I’ve shot a wide variety of subjects from celebrities to spiritual leaders to models to everyday people and all manner of landscapes for a wide variety of clients and publications. I am based in Marlborough and can travel to any part of NZ. If you’re interested in discussing your project, contact me at james@MProductions.Co.NZ or call me at 022 344 6992. For examples of my work, click here.