TLW: WHEN IT COMES TO EDITING PHOTOS, DID YOU CREATE YOUR OWN PRESETS, OR DO YOU USE OTHERS AND TWEAK THEM DEPENDING ON THE PHOTO TO GET TO THE PUBLISHABLE VERSION?
AL: Yeah presets are such a handy thing to use, they speed up editing so much. I did buy some once, but I literally only used a couple out of the pack, and by the time I had finished tweaking them to my style I might as well have just done them myself, haha! I did learn a few bits from them though, mainly to do with how effective radial and gradual filters can be for getting the look you want. I have so many presets that I’ve made for so many different setups: indoor, outdoor, flash, cloudy, sunny, sunrise, woods, autumn and so on. There are so many different scenarios I find myself in – I think I just about have a preset for everything haha.
TLW: ARE THERE ANY PHOTOGRAPHERS YOU DERIVE INSPIRATION FROM?
AL: This sounds really cliche but I think I get inspiration from all photographers. Obviously there are some better than others but there’s so many talented people out there. I don’t think I could specifically point any out. If I see a sick photo it gets me stoked to shoot and the cogs go round in my head thinking of new shot ideas and locations. It doesn’t matter who shot it. If I connect with it, then they have inspired me.
TLW: IF YOU COULD COLLABORATE WITH ANY OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE, WHO WOULD IT BE, AND WHY?
AL: There’s so many photographers I’d love to collab with. Photographing so many different things there’s different photographers for different things. Connor photo UK, Louis Morris Media, Tom Khaler, Fooman, Vince Perraud, Bartek Wolinski and Innes Graham to name a few. I just love chatting cameras, sharing stories and getting stoked on photography.