Contributor: Brian Olds
Location: Los Angeles
Shotzr Handle: brianscottolds
Instagram Handle: @brianscottolds
How did you get started as a photographer?
Being a feature film editor, I have always had a deep love for composition and lighting. It wasn’t until a couple years ago I decided to get a new camera and start photographing. I would head out after work, which was almost always at night, and shoot as much as I could around Los Angeles. It was a new and fun way to see the city I grew up in, but after a few months of that, I realized I really wanted to capture light and started photographing during the day when I could.
I have much less free time during daylight hours so my shooting became less frequent, however, my work became much more deliberate and calculated. Taking my time to set up a shot or wait for a moment, look for pockets of shadow and light, or unique angles. I started to enjoy photography in a way I never thought I would and know I have an even better understanding of the footage I receive when editing a film.
What do you shoot with?
I shoot with a few different cameras depending on my mood or the scenario. My go-to is the Sony A7Rii. I love the quality and detail that comes out of that camera when I print an image. I also shoot with two film cameras, a Leica M6 and a Hasselblad 500CM. I love the nostalgic look of physical film!
What’s your go-to lens?
For the sony, I love the 55mm f/1.8. The Summicron 35mm f/2. It has such sharpness, but also great fall off to bokeh.
What is your favorite part of being a Shotzr contributor?
Being a Shotzr contributor is great because it forces me to open up creatively. I’m now looking to shoot a different type of image that can be used for licensing or advertising. As a photographer, I am constantly trying to grow and learn, so it’s amazing to have a platform that keeps the pressure on!
How do you go about finding images to submit to the app?
I look for images that have a defined subject with interesting settings or lighting that can catch an eye. I think about and try to predict what various companies might want to use when putting a campaign together, and see if there is a story that can be built around an image.
What’s your favorite image that you’ve contributed in the last month?
I think this has to be my favorite image in the last month. Those dogs are just so happy, it puts a smile on my face. It was taken on the Hasselblad 500CM with Ilford 400 Delta BW film on Canon Beach, Oregon. It had been pouring rain for two days straight and those dogs had been cooped up. They were finally let out and releasing all their excitement. It was so fun to watch and capture!