Art of the Blur member Charles Carpino has posted some wonderful images to the group and has kindly agreed to share some of his thoughts on photography with us.
Charles grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. He met his wife Korinne, in high school and they have one son, Jason, who is a sought-after tattoo artist in New York. They also have a cat, Sophia, who, of course, runs the house.
After working as an electrician and for a fire alarm and security company, he decided to bite the bullet and enrolled in the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusettes. Hallmark gave him the knowledge and the tools to become a photographer and pursue his chosen career.
Read on to see what makes Charles tick. Be sure to follow his work by clicking through to his website and social media spaces. Thanks for your input Charles.
AotB. Tell us a little bit about you – where are you from – where you grew up – what you do – likes – dislikes?
I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY with my parents, two brothers and one sister. I met my wife in high school, and we have been together for 38 years. We have one son who is a tattoo artist in New York. We have one cat, Sophia, who, of course, runs the house.
I was employed as an electrician for over 30 yrs. Upon resigning from a fire alarm and security company of 13 years, I decided it was time for a life change and pursue my passion.
I attended the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusettes. Hallmark gave me the knowledge and the tools to become the photographer I am today and the beginning of a new career. I learned all the rules, so I can break them.
Now, we live in Mount Dora, located in Central Florida where I am doing business as Charles Dean Photography. We have been here for almost three years, so although the business is fairly new, it is finally beginning to come into its own.
AotB. How did you first develop an interest in photography and can you describe that “moment” when you knew that photography was something you just had to do?
I guess I’ve always had an interest in photography, riding around on my bike as a child, taking pictures with a little plastic camera. My wife Korinne gave me my first film camera around 1998. When I photographed a friend for a portrait, I knew I was hooked. Although back then, I was working with two work lights attached to a ladder. Portraits became my passion, especially dramatic portraiture.
AotB. What kind of photography is your favourite and why?
Although I work in all the genres of photography, dramatically lit, emotional portraits created in the studio, is my passion by far and satisfies my creative side. I love the dramatic, moody lighting that I can create with a patient willing model.
AotB. What type of cameras do you shoot with and why?
Canon equipment is my brand of choice. Since I had lenses from the early years, there was no sense in changing brands and reinvesting in additional lenses. Canon was also the equipment that we trained on at Hallmark.
AotB. What is it that interests you most about photography?
Capturing a moment in time, the fleeting facial expression that lasts just a moment, the emotion that a good photograph can evoke in myself and in other people.
AotB. Is there something you always ask yourself or think just before you push the button?
Yeah. Don’t screw up. J
AotB. How would you describe your style?
We were told in school that we would develop our own styles. I don’t know if I have a particular style. I am always trying to do something different. I always look for the emotional side of my photography. Keeping an eye out for lights and shadows.
AotB. Has photography influenced you as a person, and how?
Photography hasn’t influenced me as a person. It’s the other way around. The person I am, the person that people rarely notice, the emotional and sensitive side of me is what drives my creativity.
AotB. Do you ever collaborate with other photographers?
Collaboration with other photographers is a great way to seek advise, techniques, and support.
AotB. What software do you use to edit your photographs and how important is editing to your final images?
I use a few editing software from Adobe Creative Suite including camera raw, photoshop, and Lightroom. Editing is second to a well-lit, composed photo. Proper editing is crucial for a well-defined photo.
AotB. Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so, what do you have your eyes on?
Equipment is often times overrated. There is always some new gadget, lens or camera on the market. I have my basic equipment to serve the needs of my clients. If I need anything really high end or something I wouldn’t normally use, I rent the equipment.
AotB. What gives you ideas and inspires you to create your imagery?
Looking at other peoples’ work, both artwork and photography.
AotB. What online spaces do you use to promote your work?
Besides my website, www.CharlesDeanPhotography.com, I am on Facebook and Instagram for both my personal and professional work.
AotB. What would you say to someone just starting out with photography?
Start out simple. Equipment does not make a photographer. A photographer makes or creates a photograph. Photography can become expensive with a decent camera, lighting, computers and editing software. Take whatever on-line courses that are available. Utube is an invaluable resource for learning editing techniques. If you can afford it, I highly recommend attending a photography
school. Professional, hands-on instruction is the best way to advance your technique and knowledge. I would also recommend mentoring with an established photographer.
AotB. Some photographers say that they see the world differently and that they have a different perspective on life. What is your perspective on the world and on life?
Most definitely. All artistic people see the world differently. For me, I tend to notice the little things that most people miss. I notice light and shadows, and I like to people watch. I like to watch their expressions, the emotions that fly across their faces when they think no one is watching. I have a tendency to create a photograph in my mind when I come across something that I find interesting.
AotB. What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
My dream is to have a small studio of my own where I can create the dramatic portraits that drive me. I came across a quote years ago from a photographer whose name I can’t remember.
“With every photograph I take, a little piece of me dies”
Thanks for sharing with us Charles. If anyone else would like to share something with the members, feel free to contact us here. If you’d like to ask Charles something or just leave a comment, you can do so below.
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