Gilang Uthe is a wedding photographer based in Bandung, Indonesia. He started photographing weddings in 2016 and since then, it has been his passion and his full-time job. He works for a company called Sadajiwa Immagine. This name comes from two different languages. Sadajiwa is a Sanskrit word that means "Eternal". Immagine is an Italian word which means "Image".
Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
Gilang Uthe: I am from Indonesia and I live in Bandung. I have been working as a photographer since 2016. I became a wedding photographer almost accidentally! After graduating from high school, I looked for my vocation for 2 years. One day, I was asked by my uncle to work as a photographer's assistant for 6 months, as I was studying about wedding photography. I was able to learn about wedding photography and be an assistant for a year. I started doing a few photo sessions and since then, I love my job as a wedding photographer.
TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
GU: I use a Nikon D750 and a 35mm Nikon lens.
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
GU: I start my editing process with Summit 02 by Tribe Archipelago. I do some simple tweaks: I lower the contrast and increase the shadows, change the temperature and saturation. I like to keep it very simple.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
GU: I look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram a lot but in the end, I make sure I always use the light properly to have a clean and natural look. I also make sure that the couple interact in a natural way.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
I edit all my photos with Lightroom. Of course, I love using the Tribe Archipelago presets, and especially the Summit presets.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
GU: I would say that my advice is to keep learning in order to create images which are always getting better. And also, don't be satisfied with your current work. Keep learning!
TC: What type of photography do you most enjoy?
GU: I love wedding photography of course, and I love photographing couples.
TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
GU: For me, it's easy to be discouraged by the economy because being a wedding photographer and having a business can be very expensive and exhausting. But in the end, my friends and family always support me.
TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
GU: I don't really remember a time when I failed. But I want to make sure I am always creating new work and that I am never completely satisfied with my current work, so that I can keep evolving.
TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
GU: I think for me, success means I can be a wedding photographer anywhere, and I travel for my work. If I don't accomplish this, I don't think I will be satisfied with my job. So I will keep trying!