What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My name is Johan Vosloo, I am a husband and father and a part time photographer, living in Cape Town, South Africa. I love doing the full range of photography, Macro, Landscaping, Architecture, Weddings, Portraiture, Urban and Wildlife. My full time employment involves IT, Software Training and 3D Design and Catalogue programming.
My daily responsibilities consist of assisting my wife around the house with the daily chores, spending time with my boys and focusing on my work at the office. I spend every spare moment on photography, reading, and learning to improve my techniques.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer?
I get my inspiration to recreate what my eye enjoys seeing. I love nature and capturing people’s emotions. I think that one of the most difficult things to do is to recreate the same feeling you get through your eyes, on camera.
I always admired a great photo that pulls me in and take me to a different place. About 3 and a half years ago, I purchased a beginner camera (Nikon D80), advertised in the newspaper. I then realized that photography is not just about holding a camera in your hand. I started reading online about photography, studied my camera and what is needed to produce a magical image. I studied well known photographers and watched YouTube videos for 3-4 hours a night. After the first year, I started improving and tried to find my own technique and style. I have been doing photography for about 3 years now. As of date, I have many people contacting me for assistance on how I edit my photos. I do try to help where I can, but I’m still in the learning phase.
Why did you pursue this as a career?
I wanted to share my work with others and I enjoy talking and spending time with people interested in photography. The greatest satisfaction I get is, when people can relate to the photography I do for them.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
I am pursuing my career as we speak. Photography is becoming very popular and the competition is huge! There are so many products out in the market that makes it easier for anyone to take quality photos at a reasonable price. Not everyone appreciates or even understands the time we spend editing our photos, which makes it difficult for Pro Photographers. You need to work hard to get your name out there and to keep your name visible. You want people to remember your photos and I’m sure my gift will make a way for me, at the right time.
With all the new versions of Photoshop & Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Content aware is one of the most amazing algorithms I have seen in any software. The new Smart Sharpening in Photoshop CC works like a dream. I think that Adobe is producing the best software available.
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, Joel Grimes, Zack Schnepfh, Serge Ramelli, Aaron Nace, Natalia Taffarel. I just think that the end products they produce come alive to me.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
Photoshop and Lightroom group on Facebook, You Tube, Facebook, and the above mentioned Photographers and artists.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
I think that certain social networks like Facebook can provide one with better knowledge and critique. This can only help one to become a better photographer. You must push through the difficult part of accepting what others see, wrong or right, in your work, and then only can you become a better photographer. It is essential that every photographer, after these lessons, find his own signature and technique.
The social network definitely helps in showcasing ones work, all over the world and I believe this will grow year by year, as there are still many people joining the “online world”.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
I can only see that Photoshop and Lightroom will keep improving their software by adding more tools, so that we can even be more creative. Because of this, many more people will start using the software.
Follow Johan here! http://www.blueprintphotography.co.za/