Jason Berry Interview

Yesterday we shared an image of pro volleyball player, Mike Sweet in action. We interviewed the man behind the lense, Californian photographer Jason Berry. 1. What is your name and when did you start taking photos? My name is Jason Berry and I started taking pictures back in 2004. 2. Why did you start taking photos? I started taking pictures to remember the people and places in my life just like anybody else. The only difference was I became obsessed with taking photos. Eventually I decided to go to school for photography in 2009 and I spend most of my free time and money on photography. 3. What are some of your favorite moments in your career? Well I can’t really say I’ve had a career in photography just yet, but my favorite moments had to be when I traveled up the coast of California and photographed Big Sur, Cambria and Bodega Bay. 4. What do you think is the future of your industry? The future of photography at this moment in time is uncertain, while the traditional ways of photography are still present it seems harder and more expensive to buy film and get it processed. I’ve noticed places like CVS are completely getting rid of their film processing department and replacing them with machines that spit out ink jet prints. Digital photography is tied with technology. So as technology progresses digital photography will progress along with it. Camera’s are getting more sophisticated, megapixels are going up, digital sensors are getting more sensitive meaning you can shoot an image in less light. I really think the Lytro camera has the possibility to revolutionize the image taking process eliminating the need to focus. Another thing is video. The Canon 5D Mark II changed the game for a lot of photographers and film makers in 2008. I really think that there might come a time where stills are no longer the norm and moving images are everywhere but thats crazy talk... I mean we were suppose to have flying cars already... I want a flying car before I die. 5. If you could, what is one thing would you do differently? If I could do one thing differently I would have started earlier. My parents should have put a camera in my hand the day I was born because I really feel like I was meant to create images. 6. What is some advice for young artists trying to have a career like yourself? Don’t do it! Totally kidding but seriously being an artist is not easy. If I don’t book clients and sell images, I don’t eat, its as simple as that. I don’t see a lot of photographers that solely rely on photography to live. Most of the working photographers that I’ve met have a second or third job to support themselves and their families. I guess my advice to young artists is don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Also you have to work hard, be disciplined and have the right connections. If your gonna be in business for yourself make sure you take some business or accounting classes. 7. What is the next big project you have planned? The next big thing is graduating from Cypress College with my Associates in Professional Photography. After that I plan on becoming a digital tech and full time photo assistant. I also have some weddings coming up that I’m very excited to photograph.