Hi FashionPhotograhyBlog.com readers,
Vince Gonzales from Vinpix has joined us again on the site, following the interview he did with Trina Turk and Jonathan Skow; the faces behind the popular Californian fashion label, “Trina Turk”, Vince takes Jonathon Skow, LA photographer and fashion celebrity, aside to find out how the photographer processes his workflow when shooting for the “Trina Turk” range. Take it away Vince…
Vince Gonzales: Jonathon, tell me a little about your workflow when you are approaching these shoots when you are going to a location. Our readers are kinda nerdy and techie so you can’t get too nerdy here… obviously, you are shooting digital, but do you shoot any film?
Jonathon Skow: No, no film. All digital
Vince Gonzales: And is it 35 format or medium format?
Jonathon Skow: 35 format.
Vince Gonzales: Do you use natural light for exteriors with strobes?
Jonathon Skow: [I use] Pretty much all natural light. I like back lighting, yeah it’s pretty much all natural light. Sometimes we’d use the shiny board or we’d put a black cloth on one side; something that would give in a little bit of shape.
It’s pretty much [natural light], I don’t want it to look like too polished, the idea is like this natural California lifestyle so I don’t want it to feel too refined. It’s nice to me when there’s a little bit of shadow to it, or if there’s some flare or sunspots; things like that I like l welcome.
Vince Gonzales: And what’s your post process? Are you doing that or is that being handled somewhere else?
Jonathon Skow: No, I just have a digital tech who comes on the shoots and we use light room. Usually we have a recipe like “oh this [image] let’s try to make this a little warm or less contrast”. Honestly, and I hate to admit this, but I am influenced a lot by Instagram, in the idea of their filters.
I came into photography from the creative side, being someone old enough to start in film and then moved into digital. I still was kinda [wary] of [digital] you know. I always thought that the film was this natural sort of process that would happen and [when] you would get it back it would be surprise but younger people would be like “oh but why bother, why not do that yourself on digital?” And I was like “no you can’t do that” but then Instagram made me think “oh why not put a weird filter on it and have a look”.
Not that we go super extreme but I’ll talk with the digital tech before and we’ll look at some different things and have a plan for the sort of mood of what the [shoot] is going to be. Not that we stray too far but there’s little tweaks.
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Feature image & images 1-4: Stills of Trina Turk’s designs, courtesy of Jonathan Skow & Vinpix