Each Monday, we’ll highlight one indie photographer whose body of work deserves special recognition. Please enjoy their photography here, and make it a point to enjoy the rest of their work on their website.
The year is 2013, and Indie Spotlight is still shining bright towards talented amateur photographers that show great potential. This week, we’re focusing our spotlight on Moon Lee who resides in Seoul, South Korea. Moon Lee has her current focus on street and macro nature photography.
Along with her trusted Canon EOS 50D, Moon Lee is equipped with two lens that compliment her shooting styles – the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 as an all-purpose lens (especially when she does street photography) and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro for her flora and fauna photography.
Most of Moon Lee’s photography occurs without the help of an external flash. She finds the lighting from an external light source (namely flash) ‘less thrilling’. Thus, she prefers to utilize natural light as much as possible. She then imports her photographs into Adobe Lightroom/NIK Silver Efex for enhancements and occasionally, Adobe Photoshop CS5 if she finds the needs to apply some texture layers.
Tips, Tricks and Techniques:
Being an amateur photographer, we tend to make mistakes and learn from them. Moon Lee, self admittedly, used to shoot blindly – poor composition, bad lighting, etc and she ended up having to spend an awfully lots of time editing her photos. Today, Moon Lee will always try to compose each shot carefully before pressing the shutter button so she spends less time processing them.
When Moon photographs nature, she finds that having patience is the best technique there is because for shooting flowers or insects, Moon Lee realises that she has little to no control at all over the subject. Therefore, in order for her to get the perfect shot that she wants, she has learned to be very patient.
Two photographers whom Moon Lee admires the most are:
- Helen Sotiriadis for her magically touch in each & every photo that she takes. Her abilities to take photo of any mundane subject and make it look beautiful, interesting & alive are what inspires Moon Lee.
- Victor Bezrukov for his black & white street photography, especially his bench series. She has never seen anyone who takes photos of benches so beautifully. His simplicity in his work inspires Moon Lee whenever she’s out and about shooting at the streets.
Moon Lee would love to have a go at photographing portraits in a studio or even outdoors at some point and learn the right techniques to utilizing external light sources and also to enjoy the process of planning and setting up equipment for a photoshoot.
She managed to experiment with self-portraiture for a little bit earlier in 2012 and she found it to be fun. Underwater photography is also on her photography ‘Bucket List’ but she’d need to learn how to scuba dive first.
Hafez is a Security Consultant by day, tinkerer by night. He loves to photograph just about anything; be it plain Jane coffee mugs to ants on top of buildings. Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aphesz