23 Mar Through a Photographer’s Eye: Ian Tan
Source: Fujifilm X Blog
Through a photographer’s eye is the first in a series of interviews featuring Australian photographers. In each interview, we learn about the person behind the camera and how they use Fujifilm X Series cameras to photograph the world around them. Our third interview is with Melbourne based photographer, Ian Tan.
Ian, can you tell us about yourself, how you became interested in photography and what sort of business you run?
I’m a semi-professional photographer with a growing interest in video also. I juggle a Monday to Thursday job as a systems accountant and I also run a corporate photography business with my wife Rena. I’ve been photographing for nearly 10 years, beginning with a Samsung i8510 8MP camera phone and then a Canon S90 point-and-shoot. I really started getting serious about photography around 6 years ago when I bought a Canon 600D. I didn’t use it much and the trusty iPhone was my main camera until I happened across the Fujifilm X100. Truth be told, it was initially the retro look of the camera that made me want to get one but after reading good reviews about it online I decided to take the plunge and bought one. I was totally blown away by how intuitive it was to use and the amazing image quality. It really made me want to take it everywhere and shoot with it.
I was consistently getting comments on how lovely the colours were (straight out of camera JPEGs). I was shooting mainly street photography and family occasions but when I graduated to the X-Pro1 and X-T1, I began to shoot more travel and landscape shots which evolved into a real passion of mine.
I really enjoy being out and about, away from the crowds, where it’s early in the morning or late at night, and it’s just me and Rena with our cameras and God’s beautiful creation. I try not to restrict myself to any particular style of photography. I love Fujifilm’s vibrant punchy colours, but I also love their muted Classic Chrome and Acros black & white ….
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