Who is Karl Inge Punsvik? From Norway – the professional photographer shoots both wedding and real estate. What are his secrets? How did he get started? Meet Karl on Photix Photog Friday.
Country of residence: Norway
Karl Inge Punsvik is from Trondheim, Norway, but now lives and works as a real estate and wedding photographer in the city of Narvik.
How did you first get interested in photography?
I really don’t remember, but I made a great decision when I bought my first analogue camera at age 14, a Pentax ME-super. I really liked the idea of capturing time, friends and my city in a picture and I still am.
What do you like to shoot?
I love shooting weddings, people and houses (real estate). I have a photo studio here in Narvik where I occasionally shoot portraits. I always drag my camera with me where ever I go, just in case I see something interesting to shoot.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?
When photographing, I try to capture time as beautiful as I can. I look for good angles, correspondence between the foreground, the background and the subject. Good communication with the subjects I photography is both fun, important and demanding at the same time. If I build up a good relationship with the subjects I take photos of, the pictures will often turn out great. When doing real estate, I always use a tripod, 3-4 speedlites and Phottix Strato equipment. Real estate photography is always less stressing than people photography, because I don’t have to make a relationship to the walls in the house I’m photographing…
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
The best picture I’ve taken is the picture “Dear God” of the son (Nikolai) of a friend of mine taken inside a church (Vår frue kirke) in Trondheim some years ago. Me and my friend were strolling around in the city with his kid in a baby carriage and went into the church to have a look. I took a series of pictures of the kid lying in the carriage when Nikolai yawned. But in front of the altar and the architectural surroundings of the church, it gives the impression of something completely else than a yawn. It maybe makes you think that Nikolai has a religious experience. The picture is taken handheld (supported with the carriage handle) with Canon 400D at f3.5, 1/13s and 400 ISO.
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy?
I use two Canon 5D Mark II and a wide range of lenses, but mostly I use the Canon 16-35mm F2.8 II, the 24-105mm F4, and the 70-200mm f2.8. I also use both Phottix Strato and Odin transmitters/receivers for real estate photography and portrait sessions where I use speedlites (4xCanon 580EXII). My next buy would probably be a Canon 100mm macro lens.
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)
I would like to improve in portrait photography because it will always be challenging area because of all the different people.
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
In the future, I hope I still have photography as both my job and passion and that I have advanced as a photographer and that I never get tired of trying new areas within photography.
What’s the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
Know your camera!
Where can we find your images?