Intro by Chamira Young
What I love about today's featured photographer is that he accidentally stumbled onto his passion for creating images for the fashion industry. As the proverb attributed to Plato goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Well, that certainly was the case for talented photographer Eugene Manning, who got his start managing models but eventually decided to reinvent himself as a photographer.
After growing tired of paying other photographers' steep prices for portfolio shots of his models, he came to the realization that he needed to learn how to do it himself. Fast forward to today, and he does it professionally and loves it! In the excerpt below, read how Eugene honed his skills, and also why he prefers shooting with his Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 VC macro lens.
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Eugene Manning uses his Tamron 90mm VC macro lens to create fashion photography that makes you stop scrolling.
By Jenn Gidman
Images by Eugene Manning
Some people know early on they’re meant to be photographers. For Eugene Manning, his love for taking pictures came quite accidentally. “About eight years ago, I had some friends who were models, and they wanted me to manage them,” he says. “One of the first things that models need is new photos for their portfolio, so, as their manager, I was tasked with hiring local photographers to shoot these photos. What I found was that the prices being quoted were really steep. I thought, ‘I could get a camera and just do this myself.’”
That’s exactly what he did. Eugene acknowledges that his first images needed work, but he enjoyed working with his subjects, and he started studying masters in the fashion and beauty field to see how they created their images. Today, Eugene is a fashion photographer based in New York City, his work featured in such high-end glossies as Elle India and L'Officiel Baltic plus Vogue Italia's "PhotoVogue" curated fine art website.
On his camera during his shoots is the Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 VC macro lens. “I have another macro lens close to that same focal length, but the Tamron lens is lighter, the autofocus is faster, and it’s quieter,” he says. “I also enjoy the macro functionality. I haven’t used it in that capacity that much yet for beauty work, but for the images I have done, I’ve loved how they came out.”
Eugene describes his style as a classic one, inspired by photographers such as fashion photographers Steven Meisel and Mario Testino, who were drawn to black-and-white in the same way Eugene is. “I want to create an image that will stop people from scrolling,” he says. “If you go to Facebook or Instagram, those platforms are inundated with photos. I want mine to be the ones that get people to stop what they’re doing to really look at them and absorb them.”
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