Live Talk Show With Special Guest Tom Oldham

Award winning portrait photographer Tom Oldham joined Karl in studio to discuss his career as one of the industry’s leading celebrity photographers, working with characters such as Richard Branson, Thierry Henry and Usain Bolt.

Together the pair discussed Tom’s start in the business and delved into what it means to be a celebrity photographer and what it takes to make it in the industry.

Tom shared his wealth of knowledge and offered great advice for dealing with various challenges one may face, from working with reluctant subjects to prospecting to making the most of limited time. He provided insight into some of his work, including his book ON/OFF and his award winning series ‘Last of the Crooners’.

©Tom Oldham

Topics covered in this live photography talk show:

  • Portrait photography
  • How to capture meaningful portraits in limited time
  • How to put your subject at ease
  • The importance of technical knowledge
  • How to overcome shyness and approach potential subjects
  • Finding novel ways to photograph portraits
  • Balancing personal projects with paid projects

You can read more about Tom’s career in our blog post and see his top tips for taking better portraits here.

Links:
www.tomoldham.com

Comments

  1. Loved it! Watched it at the beach in Predicce, Italy! Portrait photography is so much about human connexion than lighting technics. Knowing the technicalities is a given but the driver is how you interact with the subject.

    Thanks for this!
    Sidar

  2. Ya’ll can cry. We won’t laugh! Ya’ll are such a joy to listen too. I love your sense of humor Karl. Excellent interviews also.

  3. The picture of Dev Hynes you guys were talking about probably has a meaning behind of the one eye shut. It’s very commonly used in the music and film industry. Usually they cover the whole eye with their hand. If you google it, you can find a lot of info about it and A LOT of images celebs doing this. It’s widely known that it’s a symbol of Illuminati and it represents “the all seeing eye”. Just to let you know. 🙂
    Great show by the way! …as always. Really like how you make very relevant questions to the guests.

  4. Thank you. Top interview and Tom seems a top bloke as well as an excellent photographer. Worth another watch.

  5. truly enjoy it . he was a straight talking guy .it was great listening to him .and his work is just stunning thanks Tom for sharing your work with us . and Thanks Karl for having there
    Frank

  6. Quick question if I may Karl 🙂

    When it comes to take corporate portraits of employees or C level do you bring a hair and/or makeup artist?

    Merci beaucoup 😉

    1. Hi Sidar, no I simply provide an information sheet that offers advise on what to wear (no micky mouse ties or overly bright red blouses etc) and I advise that everyone should prepare themselves appropriately for the shoot. Then there is usually a bit of post work to fix up and minor problems from the day. Hair and makeup for several execs would take too long and the men would probably find this strange.

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