Through His Lense-Interview with a Local Connecticut Photographer

Through His Lense-Interview with a Local Connecticut Photographer

This week I’m picking the brain of local Connecticut photographer, Justin Antunes. He is the photographer behind Justin Antunes Photography. This is a great interview for anyone who has a passion for photography, but doesn’t know how to turn it into a career.

Q: When did you start photography? From a young age?

I don’t remember exactly when I started taking photos, but I know I’ve always had a knack and appreciation for it.  My first camera was a Sony Cybershot 8MP digital camera in 2008 or so, and I remember my dad asking me why I wanted a camera, and I just said, “Because I want to take photos!”

I can say that I started taking photography seriously within the past year. I wanted to turn a hobby into something that could support myself and could be a means to provide for myself and if nothing else…just some extra side money.

I think the biggest reason as to why I’m interested in photography and cameras is because of my visual disability. I have a condition called Nystagmus and basically, the muscles that control the eyes keep spasming and because of this I don’t see things very sharply and my depth perception isn’t great, more so at night. My eyes themselves are perfectly healthy. I would have 20/20 if I didn’t have this problem, but with a camera that has “perfect eyes” and can create a sharp clear image for others to see and enjoy that I created, brings me a great measure of happiness and satisfaction.

Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

I really enjoy taking candid shots of people in the moment; capturing a person smiling and laughing naturally because they are genuinely having a good time. I don’t like “staged” photos because it kinda takes away from the naturalness and the moment and takes time to set the shot right, although all be it necessary.

Q: What equipment do you use?

I currently shoot with a Nikon D3400, with 2 kit lenses: 18-55mm f:3.5, 70-300mm f:4.5, as well as a 50mm f1.8 prime lens (my preferred shooting lens) the Boca that it produces to blur out the background is amazing! Really stepped up my portfolio.

Q: What advice would you give other photographers that want to turn a hobby into a business?

I’d tell them to just start… watch a bunch of Youtube videos on how to do it correctly and what services to use. Put yourself out there because professional photography is 30% photos 70% marketing. I don’t have any pro training but as long as you have an eye for it you can make this into something.

Be sure to check his work out on both his website and Instagram account.

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