Interview: Jose Navarro, photographer
Hi Jose, tell me a little about yourself.
Hello Jernej, I´m Jose Navarro from Murcia, Spain. I´m a photographer and videographer for more than 15 years. I have worked for many TV´s and different companies. I have also studied to be a teacher and have developed some courses on photography.
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- How long have you been working as a photographer now?
At a present I’m working as a videographer and photographer freelance covering events of different types since 2012, over 8 years. But before I have worked as an ENG reporter on different televisions. I give face-to-face and online photography courses.
- What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
When I was child I liked films and photography, over all photojournalism. I was very attracted to how reporters had the ability to delve into many issues and conflicts and tell the truth and reality, so when it was time to choose what to study it was clear, I studied Photography.
- Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
I´m a professional photographer and videographer. It’s my way of life.
- What is your favorite subject to photograph?
My favorite subject to photograph is photojournalism and reportage. I think it is the best way to get to know yourself and what surrounds you. It is necessary for society.
- What kit do you shoot with?
It depends on what you are going to photograph. I do everything from reporting to architecture. When I leave home to do some work I make sure I bring what is necessary for each occasion. When I do reporting I always have zoom lenses that allow me to work quickly and cover a wide range of angles. But if I am going to do architecture I always have a wide angle and an 80mm for details.
- How would you define your photographic style?
I’m not sure if I have a very defined style of photography. What I do try is each time to be faithful to the environment and the reality that exists.
- Which editing software do you usually use?
Usually always Lightroom. If it is a commission from a company a little more sophisticated and requires Photoshop retouching. But whenever I can I use LT because it is the tool that allows me to develop my work in the best way.
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
My clients reach me through both channels. I have clients that reach me through other clients that I work for and other clients reach me through my website. I don’t spend a lot of money on advertising. I believe that it is necessary to spend the adequate thing in the best moment to have the most satisfactory results.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
I do not usually work every day outside, that does not mean that you do not have to do photo editing or video montage work or you do not have to work on your website or with social networks. In the end, if we add up all the hours I work at home or abroad, it is more than 60 hours per week. When I’m not working I like to read, listen to music, watch movies and walk and run in the mountains.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
It is a very complex question, because one always does what he does based on what has happened to him or according to his experience. Each step you take teaches you something and leads you to take the next one. Based on that I don’t know what could have improved when I started in this business. Perhaps with what I learned about this business, It´s that I could dedicate myself more directly to the part that I like the most that is taking pictures.
- A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
I am one of those who think that a photographer does not take photos just because he knows how to configure his camera and shoot it for it, if not also with everything he has seen, with the books he has read and with everything that helps his continuing professional training. and as a person. For this I read a lot of authors that interest me such as Manu Bravo, Gervasio Sánchez …, I look at many painting books, which are the source of photography, I see many movies, I visit museums, all of this is the continuous training of a photographer or videographer.
- What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
As a graphic reporter, either as a photographer or as a videographer, the best recommendation they have given me and what I can give is to know how to be at the right time in the right place and know when that moment is going to happen and get ahead of yourself to chart the best moment.
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- Your last vacation?
Russia, it was an amazing and wonderful trip to Moscow and St. Petersburgo. A great country to find out.