Interview with Photographer Thomas Hawk

Interview with Photographer Thomas Hawk

In this video Marc Silber from SilberStudios interviews photographer Thomas Hawk about how he goes about his photography.

Take home lesson: carry your camera everywhere – Thomas does and as a result he’s on his way to publishing his goal of 1,000,000 photographs in a lifetime!

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Chris August 7, 2009 09:19 am

    Actually, there is a difference between taking 1000 shots and 100 shots.

    1. Equipment wear. Cameras have a shutter cycle rating for a reason. If you shoot more shots than necessary, you needlessly accelerate your camera's inevitable failure. That's OK, though, if you're making enough money to replace or service your camera body(s) on a regular basis.

    2. The real killer is the extra time required to sort the photos. If you have nothing else to do, that's OK. But in the time it takes you to sift through 1000 photos, you could have done some more useful things. Like go out and shoot a fresh subject. Or recharge some batteries. Or clean your lenses. Or talk to your kids.

    I really despise the message that digital photography frees shooters from the tryanny of darkroom costs. I did a job last week for a client who just needed a headshot for a promo poster. Simple stuff. Less than 36 frames later, we had the headshot and three variations. Before I left the location, I had four image selections (more than the client needed) ready to go, enhanced and burned to disc. The client was amazed. He told me how the last time a photographer did this job he shot about 200 frames. I explained I used to shoot film and it remains a habit to take more time setting the shot up and less time clicking the shutter.

    I'm not saying everyone should work this way. I'm not trying to paint myself as a model of efficiency. It just irks me no end that the message that shooting quantity to deliver quality is worth pursuing. I believe it is helping turn noob photographers into monkeys.

  • Christopher June 26, 2009 02:46 am

    I noticed in the beginning he had a lens mounted in reverse for macro work.

  • Peter June 21, 2009 11:25 pm

    pretty basic information...but still inspirational....thank you DPS...

  • czed June 21, 2009 08:19 pm

    how lame is this...

  • Ricster June 21, 2009 03:43 pm

    Great video! Now i understand how Thomas publishes a new photo almost every day! He's an awesome photographer and he is really filling up his work on Flickr. Cool!

  • Pongo June 21, 2009 12:18 pm

    Hawk seems to be confusing quantity with quality. Other than taking lots of shots, there's nothing really there but a lot of expensive equipment. The true turning point in his career, as far as I can tell, was when he began to get attention for being thrown out of museums and other places for taking pictures.