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CHAZZ COLLINS – PHOTOGRAPHER & WEB DESIGNER

Posted August 10th by Design Splat in Models, Photographers, Web Designers

Today being featured on the Design Blog as the sixteenth feature is Chazz Collins. Chazz has just completed her first year of University studying Multimedia and is also embraking on a new project of Photography, she is also a model and you will find her portfolio links below. Seeing as we have two very different topics to cover the interview has been done twice. One for Photography and one for web design! Enjoy

– Interview

Hello and welcome to the Design Blog Chazz!

 

Chazz Collins

Chazz Collins

 

Photography Interview:

How did you get into Photography?

 

I was given a camera as a Christmas present about 7 years ago, and when I had the first couple of films developed, I noticed some really beautiful images on there! Sadly that camera died a while back. However, when I started university, I started to study photography as part of my Multimedia course, and my love was rekindled.

What aspect of Photography?

I love just shooting something that you wouldn’t normally shoot, just to see the lovely images you can create. For example, I took a close-up image of a blade of grass, and you could see so many different colours, blues, greens, ambers, etc…

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully still working with Full Moon photography, maybe with a family!

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company?

I work for Full Moon Photography, which is my own company, run with my husband. I’m the second-in-command, hehe.

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

That special smile from my husband, and seeing the finished result of an image and knowing that I produced it and it gives the person happiness.

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

To be honest, no. But however, I took one recently for a photoshoot with myself, just holding the camera up, and my husband’s sensor light on the camera came on and tinted my skin green, which made me look like a porcelain doll!!

Does fame attract you?

No. I just want to be able to produce great work and be able to feel proud that my name is on it.

How do you feel about photo manipulation?

I believe that a really good photo doesn’t need manipulating. However, I do sometimes do slight retouches to even out skin tones and hide blemishes, etc. But I would never do anything like enhancing breast size or changing body shape, because I believe it to be cheating – I mean if an image was really manipulated and you used it in a portfolio, the model would then have problems because the photographer might like the picture, but not them.

How do you rate yourself as a photographer?

I’d say I’m a good photographer – I’m not great, but I’m not bad, but I’m learning every day.

What makes a good photographer?

Someone who is willing to take the time and be careful – you don’t want a photographer who just snaps all the time, ending up with 200 photos, only 5 of which are good. Even if it takes 10 minutes to set up a shot, the end result should be something to be proud of.

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?

It is getting harder, but at the same time, it is getting easier, especially because the credit crunch means people aren’t able to afford to go to big-name brand studios, especially students! We offer student discounts, and our prices are about half the price, so we tend to get more business. It also helps to know people in the business.

Three words to describe yourself?

Strong, independant, encouraging.

Hobbies and other interests?

I enjoy listening to metal, relaxing in front of the TV with a big tub of ice cream, reading a good book and spending time with good friends. Mind you, I love food – I’m not a great cook though!!

Favourite photographer?

I don’t really have one, as many different photographers intruige me for different reasons and aspects of their work.

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

Just keep focused on the end product, and take your time – a good photo takes time, effort and patience.

Tools of the trade?

Tripod and digital camera, and lighting kit for studio work.

Best and worst photo you’ve taken?

I’m not going to tell you that!!

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Examples of Photography Work:

 

Leaves

Leaves


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Now moving on to Web Design:

How did you get into Web Design?

I’ve always loved computers, and my fabourite subject in comprehensive was IT. I then went on to complete a National Diploma in IT, which incorporated a little web design. I am now studying Multimedia which factors heavily around website design, and my interest has greatly expanded.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully still working with Full Moon Photography, which is my company. Not only am I a photographer there, but I created and control the website.

How many websites have you designed and which is your best?

So far I have designed about 4 websites, my best so far being my ‘Mighty Boosh’ university project. I am currently working to re-create some of my earlier designs into fresher, more efficient designs.

How do you rate yourself as a Web Designer?

I’d say I’m an OK web designer, as I have only really been learning the skills for a year, but as I am still learning, I’m hoping to get much better.

In your eyes what makes a good Web Designer?

Someone who is willing to listen to the client and has their best interests to create a website that they will love.

Anything big planned around the corner?

Not right now!

Do you think the Web Design industry is difficult to break into as the industry is forever growing?

Granted, there are a lot of people who can create a website, especially with the websites that create the code for you, but there are many people willing to hire those who can create from scratch. With technology moving faster than ever, websites are far from becoming obsolete, so I believe there will be many chances to get my work out there.

Do you get bored with your job as a web designer?

Sometimes doing the fiddly repetitive bits can get rather dull, but it is far surpassed by the thrill you get of everything coming together and working!

Tools of the trade?

A laptop, CS3 Master Collection, Notepad ++, a graphics pad, a camera/camcorder

Best and worst website created?

Best one is the Flash portfolio website project I created for uni, although that may be beaten by my new project – the Full Moon Photography website, as I have learnt so much more since creating that site. Worst… Probably the first draft of the Mighty Boosh site… I really wasn’t being practical…

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Get in Touch with Chazz:

Link of Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=113267845238&ref=ts

Facebook profile link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=575445111&ref=profile

MM Link: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1226298

Purestorm: http://www.purestorm.com/profile.aspx?id=Rosamunde_Bloodscape

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Examples of Work:

 

The Mighty Boosh

The Mighty Boosh

Guitar Hero HIM

Guitar Hero HIM

Guitar Hero HIM

Guitar Hero HIM

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