Lucas Passmore – Eyes like a shutter

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Der amerikanische Fotograf Lucas Passmore wuchs in Chicago auf, jetzt arbeitet und lebt er in der Stadt der Engel. Seit 2010 fotografiert er in Los Angeles wahrlich Engel, jedes seiner Models ist bildhübsch und er weiß sie noch besser ins rechte Licht zu rücken.

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Elle:
How did you start out in photography? Do you remember your first camera?

Lucas Passmore:

I picked-up a camera in 2010 with the intentions of starting down the path to a career in commercial-fashion photography. Over the first years, I took a few workshops from local photogs I admired, as well as read-up on photography basics in addition to combing through TONS of „how-to“ youtube videos covering everything from camera to photoshop. My first camera was a Canon 5Dmk2 which I retired in 2012 for 5dmk3, which I use now.

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Elle:
Would you give a brief walk through your work flow?

Lucas Passmore:

For my post-workflow, I’ll import all my images into either Capture One or Lightroom, and begin the filtering process. I’ll adjust the program window, so that I’m able to view 5 images at once; I’ll then select the image(s) that I have an immediate gut-reaction to, and mark them with 1 ’star‘. After I get through the batch, I’ll filter out all the unmarked images, so it’s only the ‚1 star‘ selects…again, these are the ones my instinct said were noteworthy. Next, I’ll once again put up 5 images at a time, and study the images a little more closely, and mark the ones I like (even more) with ‚2 stars‘. I’ll do this (3, 4, 5 stars) until it’s narrowed down to the handful of images I’ll then put the time into retouching. For a set of 700 raw images, the whole process will take me about 45 minutes to get down to my final selections. After that, it’s editing/retouching on an image-by-image basis.

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Elle:
How do you pick your models? What kind of features should a model have to work with you?

Lucas Passmore:

Generally, I like the all-american ‚Abercrombie‘ type or pretty surfer-girl… or the opposite, which is the steely, pinched, frowny Eastern-Euro class; I think the golden age of modeling was the late 80’s/early 90’s… so that’s the look I’m always chasing. Though they are very beautiful, I tend to bypass the ‚glamour/pin-up‘ type models. As for features, models are still human-beings, and human beings are all unique, which extends to our individual features– I could never be so myopic as to limit my proclivities to ONLY certain features for a model, as I am constantly surprised by each and every model who shows up at my studio, and how unique they are. That said, the most important ‚feature‘ that will transcend any look, is CONFIDENCE. So many gorgeous girls are surprisingly not confident in front of the camera. Girls who let themselves go, or are so experienced that modeling in front of a camera & crew is tantamount to ordering a pizza, are the ones who really shine in the image.

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Elle:
How much time do you spend taking photos versus retouching photos?

Lucas Passmore:

Taking photos… the most I’ve spent is a full, 8 hour day. Retouching photos takes several days, so that’s an easy one!

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Elle:
How has your shooting style and work ethic changed in time?

Lucas Passmore:

I think my style that is the look I’m chasing, has remained the same; I’ve just gotten better at refining the image making it appear more professional, more unique to me (instead of clearly derivative of others)… and this just takes lots of practice, failure, study, and time. Seeking mentors and assisting photographers both just a level above you, and also at a much more advanced are an effective way to learn fast. My father is my model for my work ethic, and always will be: ‚Nothing of value comes easily; if it does, it is not valuable. There are no handouts. No easy breaks. No shortcuts. Only through hard word, focus, and commitment, will you achieve.‘

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Elle:
What is you dream project?

Lucas Passmore:

Someone once told me, don’t make your ‚dream goal‘ too far out. For example, I can imagine a lot of aspiring photogs‘ ‚dream project‘ would involve an exotic location editorial for a major fashion magazine, using top-designers & a supermodel. And I’ll say that’s a dream project for me too! But there is a ladder you have to climb…a hierarchy; maybe one day I’ll get there, but if that’s what I fixate on, I’m setting myself up for disappointment. Instead, I was told, shorten the scope of your ‚dream‘, but make it no less elevated. So, with that said, a more within reach dream project would be to shoot the look-book or multi-media campaign for a couple of favorite commercial fashion companies like Levis or Hollister. Note, I did not say the national campaign… that is, at least not yet!! Small dreams build into big ones 🙂

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