Everybody meet a dope photographer from Virginia, Korey Johnson aka Korey Kaptures. He has personally been teaching me alot of different techniques for the past year or so and somebody I personally look to for assistance. He is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to this photography game. Check out his profile to see what he is about.
What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Korey Kaptures and I’m a photographer based out of Hampton Roads Virginia.
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I’m from Chesapeake, Virginia. The Hampton Roads area is home to some very talented and creative people. Being from there affects my creativity because you have to bring your “A” game at all times. I was also in the U.S. Air Force for eight years. So having the opportunity to travel globally helps me expand my creativity.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
I’ve always had a passion for photography. One day a good friend (who is now my photography partner) asked me to take some family pictures for him. After receiving his critique, I knew it was time for me to get my own equipment and pursue it further.
Explain what does an average day look like for you?
Besides photography, I work a full time job and I’m a family man so my days are pretty full. However, as it relates to photography, I spend a good amount of time roaming the area for good locations to shoot. Other than that, I try to stay busy practicing my editing or lighting techniques.
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
I pick up inspiration from random things. It could be a building, a song or something I hear. I also read books to help me stay fresh and enhance my skills.
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I currently shoot with the Canon 6D and T6i. My favorite lens that I’m using right now is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART. I also love my 70-200L f4 and my 50mm 1.4.
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I love shooting portraits but I think that I’m still trying to find where my creative passion really rest. I say that because right now I love it all. From weddings, to music artist to landscape. When I grow up I think I’ll have it narrowed down.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
I have a wandering mind so it’s hard for me to pick 3 albums. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ve ever listened to any entire album by any artist. I tend to try to find songs that mesh with my subjects personality for the shoot. That way they can relax and catch a good vibe so we can create something amazing. But if I had to pick three artist, I would say Jay Z, Scarface and Bounty Killer are artists that have records that will get my creativity on high.
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
If I had to name a few, I would say Jeff Rojas would be one. His overall work is great but his black and white work is amazing. Dallas J Logan, his lighting game is on point and his images are clean and crisp. Keith Davis, he’s very creative and produces great images. The thing that I admire about all three is that they are willing to share their knowledge with you.
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Shoot…..shoot….and shoot some more. Also, the best advice that I ever heard, and that is do not make getting better your end goal. Because as you shoot more, you will become better and then what? Make getting better part of your journey and not your end.
What is next for you?
Whatever is in front of my camera!!!! I’m a part of a reality television show that is currently in the works. Until then, I’m just working and expanding my brand and taking advantage of the shoots that come my way.