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Professional Photographer Interview: Bob Tabor

November 3, 2015 5:51 pm

We are really excited to share our first interview with a professional photographer! This week, we spoke to Bob Tabor!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been a respected creative director whose advertising work has won several awards. Including the Clio, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of advertising and design.

Where is home?
New York City and Easthampton.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I’m living there right now.

Did you go to school to study photography?
Yes & No…I majored in communications at SVA. Part of my curriculum was photography which gave me a deep respect for visuals and graphics.

How long have you been a photographer?
Professionally, eight years.

How would you describe your style?
I’m a storyteller…I try to provoke emotion and deep feelings with the viewer. I visually open the door to the viewers memories so that they may continue their story.

What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I use Canon equipment.

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
A 70-200 zoom lens.

If you had to choose one lens, which one would it be and why?
70-200 zoom. It puts my subjects in a personal, intimate space we share at that moment.

What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?
None. I use only natural light.

Can you describe how and when you use flash, reflectors, and natural light during shooting?
I let God do the lighting. I just capture the moment.

What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?
iPhoto

How important is Photoshop in your final images?
Very important. It takes my photo’s and turns them into art.

Are you a MAC or PC lover?
Mac and only Mac

Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on?
I’m good for now. I have a Canon 5D Mark 111 and a 5D Mark 11 for backup.

How do you feel about cropping an image?
I always crop my images. It makes them graphically stronger. Puts more focus on what I’m trying to communicate.

What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such awesome imagery?
I love observing the beauty around me.I try to share that beauty with others.

How do you educate yourself to take better photos?
I shoot, shoot, shoot and learn from my mistakes. And ask lots of questions from other photographers.

Do you have an assistant that helps you either during shoots or with post-shoot production?
I like to take my photos alone. Keeping my thoughts to myself. But in post, I work with someone who becomes part of my thought process.

How many images do you average per session?
100-200 images

Is there any exciting, recent news that you’d like to share about your career?
My 4th photo book will be published in December. The subject is equine portraits, and I’m very proud of the work.

Name one photographer who inspires you?
It’s to difficult to name just one. Depending on my mood I look for inspiration from others.

Is there a website or blog you visit often?
bobtaborimages.com I like to review my work and see if it still touches me.

What’s one piece of marketing advice you think all photographers could benefit from?
Have one consistent voice.

How important is an awesome website for your business?
Very important. It’s an extension of you.

What materials do you use for producing your images? What company do you use and what is the process like?
I use Baboo Digital to print and frame my work. They respect my work and understand what I’m looking for. They become the next step in my storytelling.

Thank you.

Visit Bob Tabor’s Photography website.

Images courtesy of http://www.bobtaborimages.com/