The Man Behind Lelondonchic

Whenever I meet a new blogger I always get asked these two questions.

Who takes your photos?

Who edits your photos?

I am finally sitting down with the man behind Lelondonchic so you guys could get some insight on how he works.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hey I'm Dre Rolle an Art Director/Designer for an Ad Agency here in Washington DC, & the guy behind the camera of Lelondonchic. 

2. Why did you start taking photos?

I've been here since day one when we use to take photos with and iPhone and slowly I started to invest in better equipment to improve the quality of the photos.

4. What kind of camera do you use for Lelondonchic's photos?

The current setup I use is an Olympus EM-5 mrkii with a 17mm for the shots that have a interesting background, simply show more of the environment or if there isn't a whole lot of space to backup. This was what we used for most of 2016.

5. What kind of lenses do you use?

The other lens is 80mm Nokton which is the main portrait lens.

7. How long have you been a Graphic Designer?

 I have been a Graphic Designer for about 6 years now. 

8. What editing software do you use when editing Lelondonchic's photos?

Majority of the editing is done in Adobe Lightroom with certain photos being brought into Photoshop for final processing.

9. How long does it take you to edit Lelondonchic's photos?

I made some presets in Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop so it takes me about 1 hour to 1 hour and a half to edit her photos. 

10. Do you have any tips and tricks for new bloggers?

My advice for someone getting into photography is to find what works for you (and your partner). Different cameras &  lens have their pros and cons, what works for me might not work for you and visa versa. For example while I love the full body environmental portraits of the 17mm, when it's time to take close ups, 1. You're going to be standing about a foot away from your partner which can be very intimidating or uncomfortable. 2. There's distortion at that focal length meaning anything closer to the lens becomes exaggerated, i.e. noses will appear bigger and the face will seem rounder.

A good place to start is to get a simple camera with a 50mm 1.8 lens. This give you about the same view as what you see normally & the 1.8 will allow you to blur the background like you see in all those gorgeous photos in the magazines (not as much but its a start.) The best thing you can do is do your research, both photography and retouching can be as simple or complex as you want them to be. If you want to get better you just have to put in the time, but once you do it's extremely rewarding.

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