The KCCP has no shortage of talented people, and this gentleman is no different. Gordon Lamb is a skilled Kansas City photographer, creating new worlds in his photographs by embracing what technology has to offer. He reveals to us some of his secrets, some of his inspiration, and quite a few other juicy tidbits about him.
What got you into photography and how long have you been doing it?
I had to take some photography classes in college as part of my degree program and I stuck with it as a side hobby. I didn’t get serious about it until after I returned from Afghanistan in 2008 when I purchased my first camera during the DSLR explosion.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I really enjoy a combination of interesting people and locations. The right combination of the two can tell a very compelling story in a single image.
Why did you decide to photograph cosplayers?
I was very inspired by Dave Hill’s adventure series and wanted to do something like that with original superheroes. Lacking the original costumes, cosplayers were an easy fit to start playing with the technique.
What type of camera do you prefer to use?
I currently use Canon although my first DSLR was a Nikon. I went to Canon mainly for the video capabilities. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what camera you have, as long as you know how to use it.
What is your editing program of choice?
I’ve been using Photoshop since its infancy so that’s where the majority of my editing happens. I also use After Effects to create certain elements such as volumetric lighting or lens flares. In the end, it all ends up back in Photoshop.
What is the best advice you’d give someone who wants to get into photography?
Learn your craft and understand that photography is much more than clicking a button. Open yourself up to be critiqued by others…harshly. You can’t improve if you think everything you do is already perfect. Try to find your style while not falling into trends. Last but not least, try to tell a story with your images. A great photo is one that you want to continue to look at while the story unfolds.
Have you considered cosplaying?
I have always been more of a behind the scenes guy so I don’t really see myself cosplaying personally.
What are your other interests?
I’ve done some scriptwriting and video production. I’d ultimately like to direct a feature length movie when I grow up.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why
Do I have to pick one? It’s a toss-up…The Doctor, Gandalf or Tony Stark.