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Mike Tyger Interview

Posted on July 11, 2016 by
Photographer Mike Tyger Interview

FETFAN: How did you get started with Photography and how long have you been a photographer for?

Mike Tyger: I have had some type of camera taking photos ever since I was young. I would say seriously photographing people for about 5 years though.

FETFAN: What type of camera do you shoot with?

Mike Tyger: Currently a Nikon D800 as my main body.

FETFAN: If you had to choose one lens to work with which one would it be and why?

Mike Tyger: Usually, my 24-70 2.8 for flexibility in abandoned buildings. I love my 85 prime though.

FETFAN: What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?

Mike Tyger: For studio work Paul Buff and various modifiers. On location Paul Buff strobes with modifiers and battery packs. Really depends on the location and how much I can carry.

FETFAN: Your photography stands out from many artists, how did you decide or discover this side of yourself as an artist?

Mike Tyger: Years back I always wanted to photograph people but just didn't know how to go about it. I went to various events, races, outdoor concerts and photographed people going about their daily lives. I guess you would call this a type of street photography learning the camera and quick reactions to the situations and light. Then I went to an event called After Dark for 3 days trying different types of photography and really got hooked. I started to attend photography meetups with local photography groups but got bored and wanted to do it all to further push myself. For some reason I like to put myself in challenging situations to keep pushing the limits.

FETFAN: How much post production do you do on your images?

Mike Tyger: This really depends on the image and what I envision. I typically spend about 30 minutes on an image but if I do some more in depth post process it can take a few hours. I edit stuff that most people will never see if posted on social media but I know its there. Then again, if printed it would be visible so I guess I edit for print.

FETFAN: What software do you use for editing your images?

Mike Tyger: Photoshop CC mostly with a few plug ins or actions to make things go quicker.

FETFAN: What inspires you to create such great imagery?

Mike Tyger: Mostly my photography is a getaway from real life. It's my time away from the day job where I can be creative. Plus, I get to meet and work with some amazing people.

FETFAN: What is your favorite image you have recently created and can you give us an insight on its creation?

Mike Tyger: Ahhh, this is a tricky question. I have so many favorite images but will answer this by saying abandoned locations. Not only are you exploring lost worlds but creating art within them.

FETFAN: Throughout your career I'm sure you have been to many different places, which has left an impression and what kind of project were you working on?

Mike Tyger: I think my many trips to Europe for work have driven me to seek old forgotten places within the US to explore and create inside. This could be an old farm house or the ruins of an old industrial building.

FETFAN: What talent would you like most to have?

Mike Tyger: I strive to better my lighting and post process. I'd also like to improve my posing instruction which I feel is my biggest weakness.

FETFAN: What is something you're still learning?

Mike Tyger: Honestly, everything. Every shoot I do is a continued learning process. I try very hard to keep progressing with both lighting and post process.

FETFAN: What is something you consider to be overrated?

Mike Tyger: When technically poor photography gets more attention than is deserved. I sometimes feel that people have lost the true sense of what is artistic.

FETFAN: Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Mike Tyger: I wouldn't say there is any one person who inspires me. I think it is better to say I take snippets from many different artists and combine them into my reality.

FETFAN: When at a photo shoot, what do you love most about the experience and what do you find challenging as an artist?

Mike Tyger: What I love the most is the interaction of all parties involved to create the final product. What I find challenging is time. My brain tends to be on warp drive, shooting the current set while planning for the next set. Oh, hey, this looks really cool let's try this next...

FETFAN: Have you ever attended any seminars or workshops?

Mike Tyger: Yes, a few. After Dark was an epic experience with so many creatives in one place at the same time. Some of the photography meetups I've attended over the years have been really fun also. Especially, the themed shoots.

FETFAN: How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Mike Tyger: Analytical yet impulsive with a touch of shy. Mostly complicated. I know, more than 3 words... LOL

As an artist I'm sure there are many art forms you enjoy photographing. Can you share which ones you enjoy the most.
I've photographed many different genres over the years but really feel at home with artistic nudes in abandoned locations.

FETFAN: Have you ever found an interest in Fetish Photography, and if so please share your favorite experience.

Mike Tyger: I've dabbled a little but I think it's a niche I need to explore more. I would like to do a shoot with rope work but I am definitely not a rigger.

FETFAN: What photographic ambition have you not achieved yet?

Mike Tyger: I am my own worst critic. After every shoot I analyze and think how I can do it better. Life as an engineer I suppose.

FETFAN: What advice would you give to someone who is considering a photography career?

Mike Tyger: Keep pushing yourself. Don't be afraid of criticism. Have a tough skin. Above all, treat everyone you photograph with the utmost respect.

FETFAN: To your fans and followers any last words?

Mike Tyger: Be yourself. Keep pushing forward and raising the bar. Don't be afraid to try new styles or techniques. If it is not fun anymore you will stagnate.

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