I follow John Randazzo on Instagram for quite a while and I am in awe every time he posts a new photo on his feed. I love nature and landscape photography and I am always looking to connect with fellow photographers who are passionate and have the skills to capture amazing images.
With this in mind, I wanted to showcase John’s work because I really like the way he sees and captures the world. I am happy he accepted my invitation for an interview at johnmakphotography.com. I hope you enjoy this interview and John’s photography. It is indeed one of a kind!
Tell us a few things about you and where you’re from.
I’m mainly a Long Island / New York City based photographer. During the past 30+ years, I have worked as an HVAC engineer while pursuing my passion in the arts… including music, painting, drawing, viticulture, enology, kombucha brewing, and photography.
How did you start photography?
I used to play around in my cousin’s darkroom as a kid and I remember being amazed when the image started to appear under the developer. Later I started painting and drawing so when I got into photography I already had an understanding of composition and light. I started taking Photography serious in 2014 when I purchased my first DSLR and slowly it grew into an obsession.
What type of photography do you like the most?
I like Landscape photography, Macro, and shooting Portraits.
What kind of gear do you use for your photography?
- Cameras: Nikon D810 with vertical grip and a D7100
- Lenses: Nikkor 35mm F2D, Nikkor 20mm 3,5AI, Tokina 100mm 2.8 Macro, Tamron 15-30 2.8, Tamron 70-200 2.8 G2, Nikon 60mm 2.8D Macro
- Tripods: Manfrotto, Moman Tabletop tripod (goes with me everywhere)
- Flashes: Godox AD600 Godox AD200 with Triggers and various softboxes and umbrellas.
- Camera bags: 5.11 Tactical Bail out bag. (style 56026) and Manfrotto Backpack
What do you love most about your camera?
I love the Dynamic Range and how it feels in my hand.
What’s your favorite lens and why?
Do you edit your photos? What software do you use?
Yes, I edit all my work and use Lightroom and Photoshop. (its funny years ago we used a “dark room” now I use something called “light room”)
Among your works, which is your favorite one and why?
Whose work has influenced you the most?
What is the one thing a beginner should know when they start their journey in photography?