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Photographer Spot Light - John Chandler

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Q. Where are you located, and what are any hurdles you struggle with in your every day business. 
     -- MY STUDIO IS LOCATED IN RICHLANDS, NC - NEAR THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA.  
     -- OUR HURDLES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN GETTING OUR MESSAGE OUT TO CUSTOMERS WHO CAN AFFORD OUR PRODUCTS.  AS YOU KNOW MARKETS EVERYWHERE ARE JAMMED
        WITH THOUSANDS OF "ASPRIRING or EMERGING" PHOTOGRAPHERS.  THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE "NOISE" IN THE MARKET PLACE AND OFTEN CONFUSE AND DISSAPOINT THE BUYER WHEN THEY CANNOT PRODUCE THE QUALITY IN THEIR WORK THAT WE CAN.  HOWEVER, LIKE MOST, WE CONTINUALLY HAVE TO SWIM ABOVE THEM AND SHOW OUR CLIENTS WE ARE WHO THEY SHOULD CHOOSE.    

Q. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
    --  MUSEUMS, MUSEUMS, MUSEUMS.  ART HISTORY GUIDES OUR WORK MORE THAN ANYTHING.  IT IS ALL THERE, THE POSING, THE LIGHTING, THE COMPOSITION, IT IS ALL THERE AND ITS MOSTLY FREE!! 

Q. You are an educator, how do you balance teaching with your own business?
    -- VERY CAREFULLY.  I USED TO TEACH A LOT OF BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES UNTIL I REALIZED IT WAS STUNTING MY GROWTH AS AN ARTIST.  I QUIT TECAHING BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO AND NOW ONLY FOCUS ON ARTISTIC AND CREATIVE IMAGERY.  I AM NO LONGER THE PERSON TO COME TO IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR CAMERA.   ALL THAT SAID I DO MENTOR A SMALL GROUP OF LOCAL "ASPIRING" PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH WHOM I SHARE BASIC ELEMENTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY, LIGHTING, ETC. 

Q. What types of educational tools do you recommend for new photographers?
    --  #1:   I AM AMAZED, STUNNED, JEALOUS OF YOUTUBE.  WOW, I WISH THAT HAD BEEN THERE WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN LEARNING MY CRAFT.  
     -- #2:   THE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS LIKE TEXAS SCHOOL, EAST COAST SCHOOL, MID-AMERICA CAN BE "SAFE" PLACES FOR AN ASPIRING PROFESSSIONAL TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS NECESSARY TO FEED THEIR CREATIVITY.    
     --#3:   LASTLY, AND MOST IMPORTANT I ENCOURAGE EVERY ASPIRIING PHOTOGRAPHER TO DEVELOP A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP WITH A PRO THEY WANT TO LEARN FROM.  A MENTOR IS THE SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ASPIRING PHOTOGRAPHER TO GET SOLID, HONEST, FEEDBACK ON THEIR WORK.  PLUS A MENTOR PROVIDES CONTINUITY FOR THE STUDENT TO LEARN FROM.  THE STUDENT CAN BOUNCE AROUND ON YOUTUBE FROM ONE "ROCKSTAR" TO THE NEXT AND NEVER DEVELOP A CREATIVE STYLE.  A MENTOR CAN NURTURE THAT WITH A STUDENT.   

Q. Is photography something that has always been a part of your life, or when & how did you get inspired to become such an amazing photographer?
    -- YES, ALWAYS. 
    --  FOR ME IT ALL STARTED UNDERWATER.  I LOVE UW PHOTOGRAPHY, I LEARNED PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERWATER, I LEARNED LIGHTING UNDERWATER, I LEARNED EXPOSURE CONTROL AND EXPOSURE VALUES UNDERWATER USING TRANSPARENCY FILM.  I PUBLISHED "COFFEE TABLE" BOOKS OF MY WORK AND WAS PUBLISHED IN NUMEROUS MAGAZINES, VIDEOS, ETC.  THE MAGIC OF THE UNDERWATER WORLD AMAZED ME AND I WANTED TO BRING THIS BACK TO THE SURFACE AND SHARE IT.  
      -- MY WIFE OF 40 YEARS NOW  HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SUPERBLY TALENTED PORTRAIT ARTIST.  SHE TEACHES ME EVERYDAY ABOUT THE ELEMENTS OF SKILLED  PORTRAIT LIGHTING, POSING, COLOR HARMONY, ETC.  SO SHE, MY WIFE, HAS BEEN MY INSPIRATION FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS AND SHE REMAINS MY MUSE EVEN TODAY.   

Q. Do you photograph high school seniors? If so do you think that market is shrinking?
     -- YES, WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS.  WE HAVE SEEN A DECLINE SINCE 2008.  WAS IT THE ECONOMY?, WAS IT THE CAMERA PHONE?, WAS IT THAT EVERY MOM NOW HAS A DSLR THAT MAY SATISFY THEIR NEEDS?  
     -- WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT THE HS SENIORS THAT DO COME FOR THIER SESSIONS ARE VERY DEMANDING AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT.  IT IS CLOSER TO A "FASHION" SHOOT THAN IT EVER WAS.  THE DAYS OF THE BLACK DRAPE AND PEARLS HAS PASSED.  NOW IT IS A WHITE SKY BACKGROUND AND LENS FLARE FROM A CORNER OF THE IMAGE!  SO THAT GENRE HAS MORPHED AND WE HAVE HAD TO MORPH WITH IT.  WE HAVE A STUDIO SO WE SPLIT THE SHOOT BETWEEN THE FASHION IN THE STUDIO AND ON LOCATION IN OUR TOWN. 

Q. Favorite post editing tools for getting the looks you achieve?
      --  ADOBE CC 2017, ALIEN SKIN EXPOSURE X2, COREL PAINTER 18,  TOPAZ,  SILVER EFEX PRO2

Q. What are your favourite Chasing Light Actions?

     -- CL SOFT AND SUEDE IS MY GO TO ACTION, THEN I WILL COMBINE ELEMENTS FROM OTHERS TO DEVELOP THE LOOK I WANT.  BECAUSE I GO FOR THE OLD "MASTERS" LOOK THE SOFT AND SUEDE ACTION SETS ME UP AND LETS ME GO FROM THERE.  LOVE IT.  
       -- ALL OF THE B&W ACTIONS ARE USED ALSO.  AGAIN FREEDOM TO ADD, SUBTRACT MAKE THESE SO VERSATILE IN MY WORK FLOW. 
       -- I AM JUST MOVING INTO USING SOME OF THE FAIREY ACTIONS ON A PROJECT I HAVE JUST BEGUN AND I LIKE THOSE QUITE A BIT TOO. 

Q. What would you say is the best tool for your workflow, that you have purchased from Chasing Light?
     -- THIS IS THE EASIEST TO ANSWER.  THE DODGE AND BURN TOOL.  HANDS DOWN THE BEST TOOL, THE CENTRAL TOOL, IN MY WORKFLOW.  THIS TOOL HAS ALLOWED ME TO MOVE MY CREATIVITY TO NEXT LEVEL. 

Q. What Off Camera Flash do you use (if any)?
     --  PHOTOGENIC 1250DRs IN THE STUDIO, AND DYNALITE BAHA 600s OUTDOORS.  LOVE THE DYNALITE BAHAs BECAUSE THEY WILL DO HIGH SPEED SYNC AND I CAN WORK WITH MY APERTURE WIDE OPEN OUTDOORS AND STILL PLAY IN SOME FILL LIGHT AS I MAY NEED. 

Q. Your wife is an incredible artist as well, tell me about working along side another creative, who you happen to be married to.
     --  WELL SHE IS INCREDIBLE.  IT IS JUST THE BEST TO BE AT HER SIDE.  I GET TO LIVE WITH MY MUSE, MY MENTOR, MY LOVER AND MY FRIEND.  CAN IT GET BETTER THAN THAT?  WE COMPLIMENT ONE ANOTHER, WE DO NOT COMPETE WITH ONE ANOTHER.  SHE HAS HER CREATIVE STYLE AND I HAVE MINE.  BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY SHE VALIDATES MY CREATIVITY WITH A VERY POSITIVE ATTITUDE.  WE VISIT LOTS OF MUSEUMS TOGETHER AND IT IS JUST PURE JOY FOR US TO SET DOWN IN FRONT OF A MONET, OR DEGA, AND DISCUSS THE ARTIST'S STYLE, BRUSH STROKES, COMPOSITION, LIGHTING ETC.  WE WILL DO THAT FOR HOURS.  AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR YEARS.  WE HAVE TRAVELLED A LOT SO WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD AND THIS HAS BROUGHT PURE JOY INTO OUR CREATIVITY. 

Q. Photographers OR Artist's you watch for inspiration?
    --  TOP OF THE LIST FOR ARTISTS WOULD BE MONET, DEGA, RENOIR (THE IMPRESSIONISTS FOR TERESA).  ENJOYING THE WORK OF PINO RIGHT NOW AND LOVING HIS STYLE OF LIGHTING AND POSING. 
    -- TOP OF THE LIST FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WOULD BE JOSEPH AND LOUISE SIMONE, AND NIKKI HARRISON.  MY STYLE HAS BEEN CARVED OUT OF THESE TWO STYLES.