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ePHOTOzine Chats To Tom Hoops - Tom Hoops is a world renowned portrait photographer. We find out more about his work.
Tom originally aspired to be a painter, and this is what made him pick up a camera: "I borrowed a friend's camera to take street portraits of people. Initially I wanted to capture interesting faces to paint but I quickly realised that photography rather than painting was what really interested me."
Tom creates a sense of moody drama and suspense in his images, and this coupled with his use of often unconventional models gives his work an edge that leaves you intrigued by his images. He has described his work in the past as 'in your face'.
Tom's style is a simple one, yet it allows a lot to be portrayed through the models in the shots. "I would describe my work as strong and moody," says Tom. "It's probably changed over the years, though!"
Image © Tom Hoops
Tom is a firm believer that photographers can learn from one another, and shouldn't keep their practises secretive. Here are his three top tips for better portrait shots:
1. If you are in front of your subject then focus on them and not your lights.
2. Change things, don’t rely on the same set up and lights each time you shoot.
3. Try using different music while shooting. People react to music.
Tom is coming to London for a two and a half day photography series of workshops, seminars and meets on 25-27 October 2013 that are run by Train to Create and sponsored by Wacom. During the event, there will also be an opportunity to go hands-on with Wacom's latest tablets, including the recently launched Cintiq Companion. For more information, take a look at the train to create website.
For more information on Tom and his photography, take a look at his website.