This week’s Featured Photographer is:
Christine Kapuschinsky Johnson
Areas you Serve:
Los Angeles and the surrounding areas & Northeast PA whenever I get the chance to go home!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Just an artist with a soft spot for emotive black and white imagery. Small town girl from the East Coast uprooted and enjoying the abundant sunshine of Southern California. Happily married almost 11 years to my best friend that might drive me crazy on occasion, but also lovingly tolerates my face constantly hidden behind a computer. Blessed to call 2 little boys and a girl my own.
How did you get started in photography?
I am an artist at heart, with charcoal, oil pastels and watercolor crayons the mediums I use most. I’d draw everything around me, from my sister’s kids, to animals, to my favorite cars, to the occasional abstract. But then when I had my firstborn 6 years ago all that free time I had for my artwork suddenly went out the window and the focus, inspiration and solitude needed to keep up with that particular passion was suddenly put on hold. Now I was always fascinated with photography, snagging my dad’s Minolta X-700 SLR off him all the time as a kid to the point that my parents just bought me my own 35mm when I was 7. But I really didn’t start to get serious about photography until I was able to afford my first DSLR almost 3 years ago.
What do you shoot?
Pretty much everything, although my children are my predominant subjects at the moment since they are around me 99% of the time 🙂
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by anything kissed by the sun and shrouded in shadows 😉 Music is incredibly inspiring to me as well.
People wise? I have a huge amount of respect for Hengki Koentjoro’s black and white fine art, Marius Vieth’s dramatic street photography and Ashley Carlon’s emotive photojournalistic portraits of her children. The work of all three of these artists just takes my breath away.
What kind of camera bag do you carry and what’s in it?
What’s IN my camera bag?? Probably next to nothing because I’m too scatterbrained to remember to put my stuff away haha! What SHOULD be in it? I actually shoot with Sony. I’ve got their semi-pro A700 at the moment that I’m hoping to hang onto for a while, even after I finally get my hands on the full frame A900. Being a bit of a sentimentalist, I love to use vintage Minolta glass. It’s like having a bit of my childhood with me every time I pick up my camera. Not to mention I’m in love with the rich tones produced with Minolta’s lenses. Right now I use their 50mm 1.7, the legendary 70-210 f4 beercan and my baby, the 28-70 2.8G. That thing is a rock. You know Zeiss’s 24-70? It was actually modeled after this. I also have Sony’s hvl f56am that I like to keep on hand if I ever need use of artificial light.
What are some of your favorite photography products?
I’m pretty low key (no pun intended!) so I don’t have too many- though I really love my Marumi CPL. It’s a great polarizer and really comes in handy with landscapes.
Three random things about yourself:
I’ve played the clarinet since I was 8 years old and used to perform in my hometown’s philharmonic orchestra.
I make home made all natural skin care products including body butters, lotions, lip balms and salves.
I burst out laughing right in the middle of my wedding vows. My husband put out the wrong hand and his ring got stuck. Nerves and the pressure to stay serious got the best of me. It took me close to 5 minutes to gain my composure, and all I had to say was “till death do us part”. I was so embarrassed, but all my friends say it wouldn’t have been my wedding any other way 🙂
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23
That and to never give up. Do what you love, do the right thing, and the rest will fall into place.
Any advice you’d like to share?
Shoot. Every. Day. It’s the best way to discover your own style, and improve your skills.
Don’t be afraid to study other photographers and their work, as long as you’re not trying to replicate it.
Learn to respect the diversity in art, even if you are not fond of a particular style. Everybody was gifted to be creative in one way or another, and we should embrace that.
Don’t be afraid to be different. Do what moves you.
Make friends with other photographers! Meeting people that are passionate about the same thing as you is a wonderful thing.
Mac or PC? Photoshop or Lightroom?
PC for now, though hopefully a MAC someday 🙂
As far as editing? I have neither. Yes, I know, I’m not the most conventional photographer 🙂
I use PicMonkey for one click touch ups and GIMP for all the heavy work. GIMP is an incredibly powerful software that is very much like PS, only the best part is- ready? It’s free!!!
Where else can we find you on the web?
Well I’m over at flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/kapuschinsky/
and I just got ello, although I’m still not quite sure how to utilize it lol https://ello.co/kapuschinsky