Jovel Fernandes is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in India. His colourful photos and his fascinating portraits have caught the eyes of our team more than once.
Tribe Collective: Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
Jovel Fernandes: I started photography straight out of college where I received my degree in Mass Communication. It was during this time I decided to take my photography to a professional level. Attention to detail, human factors, candids are some of the few things I take comfort in with my photography. And what better place to start than at a wedding? Thus, my voyage commenced with a contemporary team of wedding photographers. Currently, I consider myself a wedding and lifestyle photographer, and a traveler.
TC: Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
JF: I use a Nikon D750 body with prime lenses only, a Sigma 35mm f1.4 (shot an entire wedding with this lens).
TC: What does your post-production process look like?
JF: I shoot as per the plan suitable to me for post-processing. I begin by sorting out RAW files, providing them with moody tones in Adobe Lightroom (with TRL presets since purchase) and photoshop if required.
TC: How has your photography style evolved over time?
JF: I've been following a lot of international photographers, thus working on various styles as per the comfort of my clients. My work is very minimal but impactful.
TC: What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
JF: Reflectors for outdoor photographs, then followed by Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop for perfecting the image.
Furthermore, I usually use a flash with a Magmod diffuser for indoor photographs.
TC: What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
JF: Don't be basic or random. Be unique and capture for a reason. Accept criticism with a positive attitude and improve.
TC: What type of photography do you most enjoy?
JF: Lifestyle and Portrait Photography
TC: What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
JF: A discouragement for me is lack of sleep. And encouragement is coffee and good music.
TC: When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
JF: By keeping my mind set, feeling calm, and having a positive attitude. This helps me to stay on target and will one day lead me into the spotlight.
TC: What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
JF: Of course I will be satisfied. Photography is a field with massive progression and a boost towards technology, moving from film to digital. The future cannot be predicted; it is about learning day by day. None could say he/she knows everything about photography. With this in mind, I believe my work is satisfactory with a future scope of dealing with much bigger deals and concepts for the society to understand visual art.