Sam Hurd on Indian weddings and more – Exclusive Interview.
There is none who cannot get inspired by Sam Hurd’s work. We got a chance to ask him questions about his creative world of capturing amazing moments. Here is what he has to say.
Gaurav : Hello Sam, you are a master wedding photographer, we would like to know what do you like to shoot when you are not shooting weddings ?
Sam : I love photographing wildlife. Takes a lot of the same skills as portraiture, but without any control what-so-ever of your subject. That challenge is very appealing to me!
Gaurav : What do you think about Indian weddings, have you got a chance to attend an Indian wedding ?
Sam : Indian weddings are incredibly difficult, but fulfilling. There’s always so much going on at any given moment. Of course they’re generally very colorful, but beyond that there’s a real appreciation for photography and documenting absolutely everything.
Gaurav : So many techniques like prisming , lens chimping, freelensing anamorphic lens . how do you decide which one to use when ?
Sam : Each has an environment or lighting that it works best in. I almost never bring every single thing with me to every single shoot. Some days I’ll bring the ring of fire and others I’ll bring the prism. It’s a really fun way to keep things fresh for myself and at the same time not be overwhelmed with too many choices.
Gaurav : Our readers would like to know about your gear, your team ?
Sam : I work completely by myself. I shoot Nikon and Leica gear. My workhorse camera is the Nikon D5. All prime lenses. My favorite is the Nikon 58 1.4. I own zoom lenses too, but they’re a little boring, in my opinion.
Gaurav : Post processing techniques play an important part in your work, have you deviced your own techniques for processing as well ? what software’s do you use for post processing ?
Sam : Yes! I post process everything in Lightroom. I had huge help from my friend Jeff Newsom in figuring out what look I wanted to get out of Lightroom. I’ve always wanted to edit in a way that maximizes dynamic range so I never had any blown highlights or any totally black shadows.
Gaurav : Who’s your inspiration when it comes to photography and why ?
Sam : My clients. It might sound simple or even cliche, but it’s true. At the end of the day I’m incredibly influenced by the personalities of my clients and I feed off their energy. I’m constantly trying to push my work for them (and myself) to wildly exceed their expectations so when they receive the final gallery they’re blown away.
Gaurav : Whats next for Sam ? any new projects that you are looking forward to and would love to share with us ?
Sam : I’m working hard shooting 50 weddings this year – not much time for anything else!!
Gaurav : If you are asked to choose & save one between your girlfriend and your camera on a sinking boat , we know that you will definitely choose your camera…which one from your bag is the question ? ( hope your girlfriend is not reading this )
Sam : hahaha. I’d certainly save Nessa. Then our cat and dog. THEN I’d save my beloved Leica M240 with Leica 24 1.4 lens 🙂
That was Sam Hurd giving the best of inputs on wedding photography. Visit Sam’s website and blog for more wonderful pictures. Stay tuned for more compelling interviews of worldwide photographers and subscribe with us for the best in the photography world.