SHAINA BOSTIN - INTERVIEW
Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
I am a Perth based photographer! Documenting and story telling has always been a passion of mine. Traveling around Australia at the age of 13, I gained my first point and shoot camera and the flexibility and challenges of using photography developed from there. Only in the past 6 years, I have invested my time into photography seriously.
Originally from Albany, Western Australia, I relocated to Melbourne for 6 years and Sheffield, UK for 1. Photography has helped me push my confidence, my independence and my ability to meet and grow amazing friendships across the globe, whilst capturing what the earth has to offer.
Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
My camera body is a Canon 6D Mark ii and I use two main lenses 17-40mm f4 and 50mm f1.8. For my self portraits a Manfrotto tripod is handy, and I use the Wandrd Prvke Pack for getting the gear and myself to the locations.
What does your post-production process look like?
Large mug of coffee, some inspiring tunes and a full stomach! Haha!
In all seriousness - I like to keep my work quite consistent, clean and fresh. After selecting the best images, I will import them into LR. You will find I enjoy using the Tribe preset packs. At the moment my personal favorite are the Livefolk Presets with minimal tweaks. I find they compliment the lighting in Australia quite well - harsh sun to cloudy days, desaturated warm and cool tones.
For portraits, I like to keep my models very organic and rarely will I open them up in Photoshop for a little bit of retouching!
How has your photography style evolved over time?
I am fascinated by challenging myself in all avenues of photography. Taking the time to understand how to succeed a variety of genres continues to provide so many opportunities to evolve as a photographer and to appreciate other photographers as individuals.
I am not only an explorer on land but an explorer in the gear I use to photograph. The more I move the more I want to grow, so I am always focusing on how to better expand myself personally and professionally.
What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
I am definitely always playing around with my camera, testing out new features, and seeing how far I can push a RAW image in LR. A Wacom tablet is high up on my to-purchase list!
What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
- Accept that your style will not come straight away!
- Definitely understand what area of photography you find intriguing and start with that.
- Research! I am self taught and there are no limits to how far you can push yourself.
- Get out on the road, meet other creatives, and feel the soil under your feet and the wind in your hair.
- Visualising an idea and giving directions are strengths of mine, should you not feel confident and need some guidance, create a mood board to help get your creative juices flowing.
In the end, having other photographers inspire you is a great tool; however, push yourself a little further to achieve something greater. Inspirations can become a hate/love relationship—never compare yourself to others. Look forward and give yourself many chances - you will find yourself!
What type of photography do you most enjoy?
Nature definitely is high up there! I love love love driving in search for new locations out in the middle of nowhere. Being connected to the surrounding environment, away from the hustle and bustle of today's society. To reflect on my well-being and help visualise possible shoots I want to capture. The natural sounds and fresh air is too beautiful to stay away from. Having another element such as a person is always rewarding too, creating emotion, proportion and building their confidence is always fun!
What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
Observing the same locations photographed over and over and over again is a little pet peeve of mine I must admit. In all honestly, I get bored and lose interest seeing that individuals work! I definitely find it refreshing when someone puts a new spin on a location or goes that little further to capture it from another angle. That's thinking out of the box!
What has always encouraged me to continue my passion for photography is how my confidence and independence has developed quickly. Pushing myself to meet like-minded creatives, learning about who they are and what they do besides photography is always rewarding. I am a very open, happy and easy individual to get along with so I use that to my advantage and appreciate spending quality time with people.
When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
I have the tendency to create high expectations of myself when I am relocating or facing a new chapter in life. This eventually leads in becoming quite overwhelmed and unmotivated for some time. Leaving my camera collecting dust. Nowadays, I have taught myself to better allocate my time and create a realistic approach to my life situations. Understanding my triggers and using my camera to distract me has been a huge savior, even if I don't use the photographs past uploading them into LR.
What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
Success for me would be gaining the public’s attention to recognize my work anywhere else other than social media platforms. It is becoming more difficult these days; however, I am very certain that one day I will attract the right person’s attention and have an opportunity to grow further, create, document and share.
In the meantime I am quite happy with where I am— being inspired and hopefully inspiring others. To push myself and grow is always a reoccurring event for me, so I know I will better myself only as long as I stay true to myself!