Monday, 19 February 2018

Interview: Aaron Bennett

Model: Sarah Rae, MUA, Rachel Holmes


Aaron Bennett is a fashion photographer who currently resides in Portsmouth, UK.


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Aaron Bennett: My photo-graphical journey started back in around the year 2000. My artist story started with music, I was once very heavily involved with music. I was a guitarist and singer in local alternative/grunge band. I had a turn of ill fate and I had to take a step back from the microphone. I found my artist fix by picking up a film SLR and started recording live music performance instead of myself being photographed.

After a few years of trying and self teaching the art form of photography my passion with light moved on to moving image and I went on to study film making. But for me it was the birth of digital photography which dragged me back behind the pentaprism of a DSLR. The luxury of relaying back an image instantly on a back of a camera really got my learning passion back and my vision and style started to grow.

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that inspired your work when you first started?

Aaron Bennett: Coming from a working class family art and visual influence was not really around in the classic form for me to bounce off but music was. I can probably pin point my subconscious eye on photography thorough the art work and live images of musicians.

Storm Elvin Thorgerson really got my eye on the art form and it does amazing me how many albums I have which has his art work on the cover and for live images Charles Petersons capture that angst I was feeling through my younger years. But the digital world opened up a whole different kettle of influence.

I found new a learning photographers and old which really inspired me. The old classics of Julia Margaret Cameron, William Eggleston to Robert Frank and modern digital photographers like Aaron Nace, Dave Hill and Lara Jade have an everlasting effect on my view behind a lens.


Model: Ellie V. Make-up: Ellie V.


Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Aaron Bennett: My current work horse in a Canon 5D mkIII.

Sinical Magazine: What type of lenses and focal length do you prefer for portrait work?

Aaron Bennett: I have a number of lenses in my kit bag but I find myself gravitating towards my 50mm f/1.4 and my latest favourite a 135mm f/2. These fast lenses give the creative edge which I need on shoots to really have my say on the intent I am making within the scene!

Model & MUA: Siohban Johnstone

Sinical Magazine: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Aaron Bennett: Main real concern on location with a model is the quality of light, I find light is the most important part of the scene. I love to create a golden triangle of features for the eye to follow in the scene but the light direction has the final say in the overall mood and power of the scene.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Aaron Bennett: When I first started portrait photography to honest not a lot at all but now planning seems to be the most of what I do! I have discovered that the overall product and finished images rely more on the quality of model, hair, makeup, location and styling. Even the most natural of looking shoots can have the most planning and it is all about the small details. Your say and vision as a photographer is not all about what you can do with the camera or after in post production it is what you put in front of it that counts. Most of my latest style has come from the preplanning. If I had to give one tip to new photographers it is to plan, plan and plan. That time will change and grow your style no end!


Model/MUA: Miss Deadly Red. Lingerie: Playful Promises.

Sinical Magazine: Do you work with continuous lighting or flash lighting?

Aaron Bennett: I once used flash beyond flash. I used to create and over power the light and fake a scene and I probably used it more then I should of. I tend to use natural light and continuous light more in work flow now. I like to use shallow depth of fields and flash makes it hard to do this. Also I can also see in real time the light wrapping and shadow fall on my scene because if flash is not metered correctly you can have over contrasted shadows and lost highlights.

Sinical Magazine: What are some lighting set ups you like?

Aaron Bennett: Cross lighting and back lighting are my favorite types of lighting control. These type of light really work well in reflective environments. Bounced light from reflectors back into the scene can really give you more depth on the image and create a more power and tone.

Model/MUA: Miss Deadly Red. Latex: Nange Magro.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to models or other photographers?

Aaron Bennett: No not really because everyone handles things in their own way but the only thing I would say is over spamming social news feeds. Keeping people and followers update to date with what is happening is great to see but I don’t think we need to hear about every leads people fail to get.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting that’s happened during one of your photo shoots?

Aaron Bennett: I filmed a music video and created a promo shoot a few years ago for a musician. We spent a good few days travelling around creating the video but the thing was that he was wearing a astronaut out fit. It caught us a lot of attention and cause us a problems entering locations but I was immensely fun to create.








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