Faces of MetroPPA - James Robertson


How long have you been creating images and a little about yourself?

I was super excited when my dad gave me his old Olympus OM-1 when I was in 5th grade, that I used once then ceremoniously placed in the bottom of the closet. However, my first job out of high school was at a 1 hour photo hut, then the Walmart Photo Center, where I learned about the exposure triangle, and the basics of photography. I shot sports photography for years on the side, but I made the switch to commercial food and beverage photography not too long ago.

Which is your favorite lens? Why?

The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm. It is an incredibly sharp and versatile lens that handles a great deal of my photo and video work.

What kind of tools do you use for post processing? Explain your work flow.

These days I primarily shoot tethered to my laptop via usb shot through Capture One. The majority of my editing and color corrections are done in capture one, and believe it or not I use G.I.M.P. for my pixel level editing.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Primarily I learn most from youtube and podcasts. I have easily spent more time studying online courses than I ever did in college.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

My next one. I’m pretty critical of my past work.

What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Shooting wide open isn’t the only answer lol. Also not to be afraid to risk doing something different.

What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?

I use Godox strobes, speed lights, and LEDs.

How important is Photoshop in your final images?

Post processing often plays a huge part of my shoot to capture the overall story I want to convey. Color theory, composite shots, and retouching is key for bringing out the entirety of what I want to tell the viewer.

Name three things on your photography bucket list.

Shoot for a magazine, shoot for Food Network, Shoot officially for a Dodgers Ballgame. GO BLUE!

What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

My wife is quite the chef, so a wide variety of far fancier food than I deserve, and a lot of beer from all the breweries I have shot for. Like seriously, a ton of beer.

A website and/or blog you visit often?

Thismessybun.com, amazing food blogger! I'm also heavily inspired by Scott Choucino at tinhouse-studio.com and Joanie Simon at thebiteshot.com