This is not the first time we’ve interviewed Curtis Lee aka CRT. Cheyenne did an interview with him focusing on his music and production – which you can read here.
Today, we are going to be focusing on his photography! How he started, his equipment and editing process, and of course, what tips he has for all the budding photographers reading this interview.
Check it out below.
K: TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT’S YOUR NAME, WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
CRT: My name is Curtis Lee, also known as CRT or CRT Music. I’m from Wolverhampton and I’m a music producer, photographer and videographer.
K: WHEN DID YOU START GETTING INTO PHOTOGRAPHY? DO YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST PHOTO YOU EVER TOOK?
C: I got into photography around 2011 when I bought my first camera which was a Nikon D5000. I literally knew nothing and had no idea what I was doing but I was excited to just get out and start shooting. I called a few friends and we went out to find some gritty locations, then just did a very very bad job at a photoshoot, but we enjoyed it a lot because it was all so new to us!
K: WHEN DID YOU START TAKING PHOTOGRAPHY MORE SERIOUS? ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?
C: I decided to start taking it more seriously around 2015 after a few years of just messing around and learning really. Those few years before helped me discover what sort of photography I enjoyed most, what I enjoyed looking at and then work towards building my own style. It was something I taught myself so every time I shoot I’m always learning from what I do well and what mistakes I make, then trying to make the next shoot better than the last.
K: I REALLY LOVE YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE WHO VIEW YOUR WORK TO TAKE AWAY FROM IT?
C: Thanks! Minimal would be the first word that comes to mind. I try to keep things clean and simple so the photos have a decluttered feel but I try to add a slight vintage/film look when I shoot portraits. I hope to inspire creativity with any piece of work I share so hopefully people get that feeling to act on their ideas. It works on myself too when I’ve been procrastinating a little too much!
K: WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHERS?
C: Both @illgander and @timtothewild catch moods and moments so well in their work. There’s so much detail in each image it makes them feel like little stories. I check out @thecreatorclass a lot too. They share projects from a lot of different photographers and give a good insight into the process behind the work too.
K: IF YOU COULD WORK ON A PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT OF YOUR CHOICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
C: I’d love to do some sort of travel project and just fully capture the detail of different countries. It would be great to feel part of a culture rather than just visiting and being able to share that would be really enjoyable.
K: WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT AND WHAT APPS DO YOU USE (IF ANY) TO EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?
C: The camera I’ve been using for the last few years is a Canon 550D. It’s really simple to work with and you can get some really great shots with it considering the price. I mainly use a 50mm lens with it. When it comes to editing, I use a mix of Lightroom and VSCOcam for my Instagram photos. I think using the two together helps achieve that clean look much easier because you so much control over the images.
K: WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO AN ASPIRING PHOTOGRAPHER?
C: Shoot whenever and wherever possible! The best way to learn is trial and error so you can never practice too much.
Thanks so much Curtis!