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GlamModelz Magazine interviewed our newest contributing photographer Barney Lee and learned the secrets to his success in producing high quality, stylish images. Barney has a talent for making every image; be it glamour, fashion or editorial, convey an elegant sexiness like no other. Read on to learn more…Practice, has made “Perfect”.
GlamModelz Magazine: Let’s get started! Tell me about your background…how did you get started in Photography? Barney Lee: I started shooting when I was a freshman in high school. Three of my buddies and I all went to get our first SLR cameras about the same time and formed a camera club. We spent many a night on rooftops shooting nightscapes in New York City. I didn’t start shooting glamour until about three years ago. I just decided that it was something I felt I could do and wanted to see just how good I could get at doing it.
GlamModelz Magazine: Why Glamour /Beauty? What other genre’s and styles interest you? Barney Lee: Basically I love women. I feel they are the most beautiful creations by god and his greatest gift to man. I see a softness and aura that surrounds them and I try to capture that in my images.
I like to try my hand at more artistic implied and nude images when the opportunity presents itself.
GlamModelz Magazine: What or who inspires you as a photographer? Barney Lee: I can draw inspiration from a lot different sources. Like TV or magazines. I can be sitting down in the middle of a conversation with someone and a women can walk by and I start thinking to myself of different ways to capture her beauty. I also have Photographers that I draw inspiration from. Seeing their work gives me an energy to try and capture something with my flavor added to it.
GlamModelz Magazine: What challenges do you face in this industry? What would you change about it, if you could? Barney Lee: Right now my biggest adversary is the economy. It is hard to get people to spend their hard earned money on images. So I do my best to give my customers as much value as possible without putting myself in the poor house.
GlamModelz Magazine: What equipment is essential for you as a glamour photographer, to capture your “best shot”? Barney Lee: I would say the lighting is most important in setting a mood for a great image. My favorite modifier right now is my beauty dish. It gives me control of soft gradual shadows that sculpts the subjects face.
GlamModelz Magazine: Paid vs. TF* shoots – What are your views and preferences? Barney Lee: I’m no different than anyone else in this industry. We all want to get paid for what we are good at and what we love to do. I do limit the amount of TF work I do now. I am still willing to work with others on a TF basis but what I do now is limit the amount of post production work that I will do.
GlamModelz Magazine: How would you best describe your personal style? Barney Lee: I don’t know if I can put a label on it. My style is somewhat artistic and hyper real. It just depends on what I see in the raw capture that determines which way I go with the post work. Sometimes it turns out to be a soft focus and sensual and the next may be sharp, gritty and have a 3D feel to it.
GlamModelz Magazine: What are your goals for your photography? Barney Lee: To have lots of fun. When I shoot I feel like a kid again. It keeps my imagination active and always has me thinking of ways I can continue to improve. GlamModelz Magazine: Other goals? Barney Lee: I want to become a contributor to GlamModelz magazine. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
GlamModelz Magazine: What qualities should Models/MUA’s/Stylists, etc have to work with you? Barney Lee: Just one quality really counts with me. That’s to be driven to create the best images that we can. The team working together towards accomplishing that end goal. They shouldn’t be afraid to throw out ideas and concepts that they feel can improve upon our mission. .
GlamModelz Magazine: Tell us about your biggest accomplishment to date or what makes you most proud. Barney Lee: Getting published has been my primary goal the last couple of years. Now that the mission has reached it’s goal, I find myself wanting more of it. Hopefully I will get published so much that everybody will know my name.
GlamModelz Magazine: What advice do you have for new/amateur photographers who want to shoot glamour? Barney Lee: Research and find a style that interest you. Find a photographer that shoots in style similar to what you’re interested in and study him. Study not just the poses and lighting but the nuances that the image holds. Keep trying to recreate it and then make it your own.. GlamModelz Magazine: Any advice for models? Barney Lee: Keep your head up and keep working towards your goals. If you don’t believe in yourself no one else will.
GlamModelz Magazine: In addition to photography, do you have other skills/interests/talents in which you excel? Barney Lee: Yes I do have other valuable skill sets. I am a HVAC engineer and currently utilize those skills for a regional hospital in North Carolina. I’m also a certified computer technician.
GlamModelz Magazine: What other interesting facts would you like GlamModelz readers to know about you? Barney Lee: I love old school R&B, I’m a family man with a 10 year old daughter who also shares my passion for photography.
GlamModelz Magazine: Where can we see more of your work? How can models who wish to shoot with you contact you? Barney Lee: You can find me on Model Mayhem (www.modelmayhem.com/barneylee), Also my website www.BarneyLee.com You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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