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Freelance Photographer: Clint Branscom

Cristina: When did you decide to become a photographer?
Clint: I've been doing photography as a hobby for about four years. About six months ago I fell in love with photography after my girlfriend and I spent a lot of time hiking through different beautiful areas around San Diego County. I took loads of photos while hiking and i fell in love with editing and posting to Instagram.  
What kind of gear do you use to shoot? 
Currently, I rent my gear as needed for a shoot. Camera gear can be very expensive and I have found for when a certain shoot like a boxing match you need a camera with a high FPS to get the most shots during high-speed action, and these cameras are expensive. Renting gives me the ability to get a camera and lenses that could cost me $6,000, but I only pay an incredibly small percentage of that.
Is there a particular photographer who has inspired you? 
What type of photos are you looking to shoot? (models, still photography, products, etc)
I really want to focus a little on everything, I primarily do landscape photography, but each style has its own enjoyment.
Which is your favorite lens?
I would have to say the Tamron 18-400mm super tele lens, it's not the best quality lens in the world, but with the available focal range, it allows you to get shots you normally wouldn't be able to get. There were many times on vacation I couldn't get close enough to my subject because of "red tape", but with this lens, I can reach out and get almost any photos from a distance. It's also good for traveling, with the focal range this lens has it reduces the need for other lenses when your travel and you can only carry one lens.
How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
A combination of a lot of YouTube videos from other photographers, Skillshare classes on photography, and most importantly just practicing taking pictures anywhere I go. 
Whose work has influenced you most?
I would have to say, Salvador Dali. His surrealist painting has really influenced many aspects of my photography and post-processing. I love bringing out vibrant colors in my images in a way that can make it look very surreal.
Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
Sometimes my photos are unplanned and meaningless like I just see something on the street and go "oh that looks cool, let me get a pic". But other times it depends on the goal I have in mind or the look I'm going for. For most Photo shoots it's about the photo story, which is capturing enough things in your composition to tell a story about an event. 
What type of shoot are you looking forward to doing? 
Wildlife shots are the most interesting to me. Its all about getting cool pictures of animals that you would never see normally and seeing them in their environment. And sometimes you get those funny pictures of animals doing strange things.
If you could have any camera in the world, which would it be and why?
Right now I would have to say the Sony a7RIII, its a quality camera that does great at stills, video, and has a lot of convenient features.
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