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Nick Pironio (1982) is a fine art documentary photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to arriving in North Carolina, he worked as a photographer at the Hanover Evening Sun, The Monroe Evening News and the Fayetteville Observer. After his time at the Observer, Nick had a short stint as the photographer for the John Edwards Presidential Campaign. Since then Nick has worked on projects such as documenting a developing denim company, Raleigh Denim and a series of Urban Chicken portraits.

www.pironio.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

When I was a senior in high school one of my best friends got me a job at a camera shop and I was allowed to take home and use any camera in the shop and process my own film. I was able to make a lot of mistakes and just learn on a daily basis.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

For my projects I shoot with my Rolleiflex or Hasselblad 500c. When I’m just out and about I use my Leica m6 or Konica Hexar AF. Polaroids I use a Land 180 and for clients needing same or next day I use a Canon 5d MKII. I like to think of cameras as different flavors of the same tool, so it depends on what I’m in the mood for or what the job calls for.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Art, right now the work of Austrian painter Egon Schiele. I’ve spent quite some time studying his portraits. I’m interested in raw emotion.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I make sure to schedule my projects as much as I can and if I have an assignment or a shoot for a client I usually just reschedule the project. That way the project is always on the calendar and always on my mind. As long as there is money in my pockets then I’m out documenting something.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Right now its documentary portraiture, but I also like to do street photography. You could say documentary portraiture is my passion and street is my hobby.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I have been told by an editor that I have an ability to get up close and personal quickly with my subjects. It’s something I’ve always been able to do.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

It would have to be Tarek al-Tayyib Mohamed Bouazizi . The street vendor who set himself on fire in protest and became the catalyst for the Tunisian revolution. His one selfless act has sparked so much to happen in such a short amount of time.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I plan on getting lost in South America for a while. What would make it a dream is if I was paid to do so.

what’s your post production process?

If its B&W I develop it myself (color I take to a lab) and then scan the negatives with an Epson v750 . If I find a great image I rescan the negative on a liquid mount for the interwebs. Then I take the negative to my darkroom and print. For digital I shoot>ingest>caption>edit/tone>deliver media>archive.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

One day I’ll shoot 4×5 (I haven’t researched it much so I don’t know which 4×5 I would get), but for now I just need an endless supply of film and chemicals.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

Some of these people I know and the rest I would like to get to know:
Cary Conover His street style is amazing and inspires.
Jody Rogac her portrait work is full of beauty.
Doug Dubois I just started looking at his work, but its very appealing to me.
Peter Hoffman his portraits and projects motivate me to go out and create.
Trent Parke and Minutes to Midnight is my inspiration to get lost in South America for a while.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I don’t think its happened yet. Maybe it has (time will tell), but right now I feel like the peak of that mountain is still covered by clouds.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

One thing I’ve learned that should be helpful to other photographers, is once you find your style you have to focus that style into projects/essays and into the type of work you want to do (commercial, editorial, art whatever) otherwise you just have a bunch of singles scattered around that don’t make sense. Yeah you take beautiful pictures but why? This advice really only helps the photographer that is out there everyday shooting, but for no defined reason.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Depends on the day. When I need energy I play something like Justice. If I’m trying to slow down I play Grateful Dead. Right now (at this very moment) I’m listening to Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

My neighbor’s house, there is always food and people just hanging out. They remind me to slow down and rest.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Ha! I’m a sucker for a Jersey Mike’s sub especially when there isn’t time to cook. After a shoot, during an edit or generally all the time is hummus and pita.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

I currently like Patrick Bradley in my Urban Chickens project but my favorite changes daily.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

Right now its this one (number 9 in Doug Dubois’ Family Photos 1999-2006). Its just a great captured moment, something I’m always looking for.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

My passion for photography has grown. To be able to photograph everyday is an amazing thing. I’m glad I am able to do so.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I don’t have anything lucky, but for some reason all my cameras have that thin Domke strap on them so I guess I like those.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I have no clue.

what’s your sign?

Aries

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Cary Conover



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Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

www.nadyia.net

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Both!

what’s your sign?

Sagittarius

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan


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©NadyiaMarshal

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My name is Melissa Aquino and I live for everything that is abandoned or bizarre. Originally from New Jersey, I recently transplanted to Hollywood, CA to escape the “Snookie” stereotypes. Though I occasionally miss the pizza and pappardelle, I’m enjoying a whole new color palette on the west coast.
http://theaquino.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

When I was a kid I had one of those old-school point & shoot brick cameras with the square negatives (wish I could remember what they were called). I always had my camera with me so that I could take photos of important animals I met. I didn’t get serious about photography until high school.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Honestly, my set-up is pretty ghetto – I’m happy with what I’m able to do with limited resources. I shoot with a Canon Rebel XTi (kit lens, shhh. Someone please buy me a new, better one).

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Anything retro/cheesecake, DIY kids Halloween costumes, and music. I’ve based entire shoots around songs by Gary Numan and the Magnetic Fields.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I work in social media during the day to pay the bills. So yes, it is a struggle! I try to shoot as much as I can on nights and weekends, but I long to be able to just wake up one weekday and wander around, shooting aimlessly.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?
It’s a toss-up. I love planned portraits, but I also love documenting random things that I stumble upon in travels.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

Stay tuned.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I’m obsessed with “the way things used to be”. I love finding abandoned buildings or “secret” spots and setting up there.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be?

my ancestors.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Oh, my. Get me a time machine, and I’ll take it from there.

what’s your post production process?

Some minimal Photoshop color corrections, and hours of painstaking indecisiveness.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

A top-of-the-line Leica digital camera. But I’d settle for a Canon 7D.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

I mostly only keep up with my friends’ photos, or really any photographer under the age of 40. There are a lot of lesser-known visionaries these days.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I’m really happy whenever anyone likes something I’ve made.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Don’t take photos of flowers, unless they’re really, really perverse.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

60’s girl groups.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

Any vegan spot in Los Angeles, or cooking in my kitchen.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

A huge breakfast with lots of protein and avocado is great for both of these occasions.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


Such a strange, lonely moment while driving through New Mexico on my way to California from New Jersey.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

this one (by Chrissie White) It’s kitschy and dreamy, but so, so sad. I love it.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

I’m smarter now when it comes to things like lighting, but I think my feelings have remained the same.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I always forget to wear proper shoes when out in nature. For me this question should be “what item of clothing have you thrown out because of an important assignment or project”. Once I decided to wear leather snakeskin-print flats out into the middle of the woods for a shoot. They were wearable for a few more days but really very sad. Another time in New York City I got caught in a 3am downpour and ruined my all-time favorite t-strap metallic flats. Once you get rained on/step in puddles in New York City, you have to burn every article of clothing on your person…it’s a rule.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Gangsta because I’m low-budget, but nerd because I care.

what’s your sign?

Leo. The best sign.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Yumna, because her photos make you feel like you’re in a totally different universe. And she’s a super nice person.



©Melissa Aquino

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Our pal and fellow camera gangster/photography nerd, Jamesie, was talking about Canon’s fancy new, RAW-capable P&S at brunch last Sunday.

He covets it.

Some of us here at photopol.us do too.

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Canon EOS-7D

Canon EOS-7D

Rumors have been flying lately about the imminent release of the Canon EOS-7D and/or a Canon 60D.

The 7D is rumored to be a lower end companion to the popular EOS-5D Mark II. Specs floating around online seems to conclude 18mp, 8 fps, 19 AF Points, 1080p HD video.

When Canon announced the G11, S90 and other new powershot cameras last week, apparently Best Buy also had the EOS-7D listed as an item in their retail system, complete with a UPC number and a price of $2,699.99. Was it a mistake? A leak?

It does seem like Canon’s release cycle has about come due and a Canon 7D would be welcome by most photographers.

Apparently Canon is holding a press conference on Sept 1st. Let’s see what happens!

ref Dive Photo Guide’s full article here

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Thanks to Gizmodo and PMA 2009, we can share with you this video on how optical stabilization lenses work and why they cost so much mo money!

The new 5D Mark II is out, and our friends at Digital Photography Review explained the ins and outs of this sleek, full frame, 21 megapixel picture taking machine. Some of us at Photopol.us are Canon folks and we’re drooling right about now.

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