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ADAM ROBERTSON – PHOTOGRAPHER

Posted February 8th by Design Splat in Fashion, Photographers

I came across Adam’s work on Facebook one day and absolutely fell in love and thought it was a must to try and get him and his work featured to show you all! So here it is! Enjoy!

- Interview

Welcome to the Design Blog Adam!!

Tell us a bit about what you do:

Hi I’m Adam Robertson, I’m a 25 years old full time professional
photographer. I now shoot mainly Fashion, Beauty and Art Nude images.

How did you get into Photography?

Whilst I was living in Sheffield and studying for me degree I worked in the music industry, it was during this time I bought my first DSLR and started taking photos at events, gigs and festivals around the uk and abroad. It just became so natural that within a year or so I was in house photographer
for at least 10 clubs in Sheffield including Gatecrasher, The-Plug, The Leadmill, ThePIn-UpClub and many more. After working for big corporate brands like Bacardi and shooting promo shots for international DJs I had a thirst to try new things which lead me to shooting alternative models.

What aspect of Photography?

I guess I answered this above? If not… I began working in the music industry covering events, gigs and festivals be if for the promoters/brands or for individual acts/djs or websites. It was after this that I moved into shooting promo shots, and models! Which has lead to me now having a keen interest in fashion/beauty photography!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I’d love to have my own personal studio and be putting on exhibitions. I currently have a few couture fashion clients, so I’d love to take this further and have larger clients booking me to shoot big editorials/advertisements for them. I’d also love to get my own tshirt company up and running and well known in the coming 5 years.

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?

I’m a freelance photographer trading under my own business name Adam Robertson Photography, I sort my own clients and contracts and shoot whatever offers interest me. I like the freedom and creativity I get when working for myself, the only downside is the keeping records/admin side of things.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

I guess it’s the feeling of waking up and knowing you get to do the thing you love, if I didn’t love what I was doing I don’t think I’d have the drive I do to stick at it. I just never want to have to go back to working in an un-motivational office being a slave to a wage.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

Hmmm tough question I think in your mind when you’re starting out you take a lot of photos and look at them over and over again to see where you can change things to better then, and how you can use this knowledge on your next shoot, I think the first image that I made that sort of made me realise that I actually understood photography and had an eye for a good shot would be one of my art nude images of SCAR, as soon as I took the shot I could picture the final image colours and tones and it all just felt right straight away, I think you know when something is going to go down well and how people will respond.

Does fame attract you?

I think it depends upon the way in which you get it, and the ability to handle it. I’d rather be a great photographer and not well known, than famous and lacking the talent to back it up. So whilst it does have its attractions I’d want to know I got there for the right reasons.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I’m not one of those people who believes what you see is what you get and think that a certain amount of manipulation is inevitable, although I’d prefer to use the term retouching for fashion and beauty work, the word manipulation makes me think more about digital artists and digital manipulators who take an image and make it look completely different. I’d like to think that I stick to removing blotches blemishes and stray hairs.

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

I think it’s really hard to rate yourself as you obviously want to say you’re great but I think most photographers know that they all have weaknesses to work on. If you can look at your work and see your flaws and where your skills are, then you can constantly improve by working on the weaker areas, I’d rate myself as competent and recently I’ve been hitting a
consistent level which I’m really pleased about and I think it shows in the end result.

What makes a good photographer?

Many things make a good photographer it’s having the eye for a good photo, being creative, being able to add finishing touches to the end result and more importantly being good with people. Of course this is just my opinion on what makes a good photographer and everyone has different views on this. I’d rate a good photographer on their technical skills, people skills, personality, creativity and of course their overall presence.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you
worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

Yeah I think it’s very difficult, with low end cameras becoming cheaper and cheaper everyone wants to be/or claims to be a photographer these days. It’s also a very hard industry to break into and make a living from, I think there is a lot of talent wasted as they just cannot afford to give it the time it needs to make the financial benefits. I wouldn’t say I worry about the competition at the end of the day in a creative industry there will always be competition, you just need to keep working away and know that you’re doing the best you can, hoping to one day get that lucky break!

Three words to describe yourself?

Fun, Cheeky, Interesting

Hobbies and other interests?

I’ve always had an interest in travelling which is great be it with or without the camera, there is so much beauty in this world and so many wonderful places to explore. I follow football and try and watch Manchester United and Peterborough UTD as much as possible, although I always end up shooting on weekends so I usually end up missing the matches. I’ve also a keen interest in music, movies and cooking.

Favourite photographer?

David LaChapelle without a doubt, his light control, creativity, innovation and sets all amaze me.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?

Geek out! Learn all you can about composition, lighting, shoots etc…. you can never learn enough, read books, tutorials, magazines!! Use what you have available to your advantage! Set yourself projects and goals and see how long it takes you to achieve them and what you could have done to do them quicker etc. Maybe find someone who can give you advice and tips on the industry so that you can find some guidance, assisting or doing internships
is a great way to learn.

Tools of the trade?

Currently using 3 canon bodies with varying lenses current fave is the Canon EOS 24-70L

Best and worst photo you’ve taken??

Worst well probably anything from when I first starting out and had no idea about the industry or how to do things! (all good learning though)

Best, I like too many to pick just one I’m afraid!

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Contact Details:

Email: adam@adamrobertson.co.uk

Website: www.adamrobertson.co.uk

Facebook Fan Page Link:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adam-Robertson-Photography/48692900763

Contact Number: 07745720678

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Some of Adam’s Photography Work:

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