Edward Hor caught the photography bug as a teenager. The darkroom, developing film and prints – then the digital world and progressing to glamour photography. Edward shoots portraits that many photographers dream about: Pretty models in a variety of locales. How does he do it? What’s his philosophy? Read more in this week’s Phottix Photog Friday.
Name: Edward Hor
Country of residence: Australia
Brief Bio: 32 years of age, married. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia by parents who were originally from HK.
How did you first get interested in photography?
My first camera given to me was a 110 film camera when I was about 11 and when 16 was handed down a Ricoh XR-1 film camera. That was when my passion for photography really started, spent all my lunch times in the darkroom at school developing and processing B&W film. My first digital camera was the Minolta Dimage 7i which I shot with for a long time since DSLR’s were still very much out of my price range. In 2006 I got my first DSLR, a Canon 400D which I shortly upgraded to a 40D and then a 5D and now a 1Ds2. The past 6 months I’ve taken on glamour photography very seriously.
What do you like to shoot?
Used to be just a regular happy snapper but right now I’m really enjoying glamour photography, especially styled around mens magazines.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?
I try to get it right in-camera as I really dislike doing post processing for hours when I could have fixed it in 5 mins during the shoot. I like to shoot glamour with flashes and moving the model around to best accentuate their features. Typically it’s a 2 light setup indoors and single outdoors if it’s sunny. Makeup artist is a must for every shoot.
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
Hard as I have a few favourites but the shot which really kicked off my glamour portfolio would have to be sunrise with Nicole.
It was a TFP (free) portfolio update for Nicole. The sunrise that morning couldn’t be any better. Well worth the 4am alarm and 40min drive to the beach.
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy?
Elinchrom Ranger RX setup. Shooting with a Canon 1Ds MKII and my go to lenses are the 24-70L and 70-200L. I think my next upgrade would be a dedicated studio head & pack. Such as the Elinchrom Digital 3000 AS.
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)?
I think fashion would be the next area of photography, it’s either fashion or seascapes. We have some wonderful coastal areas in Australia.
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
Hopefully a bit more commercialized with a more diversified portfolio.
What’s the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
Shoot a lot and take note of your settings so next time you can change settings to experiment.