While I would never consider myself to be anything more than an average photographer, I greatly enjoy taking photographs. There’s something very satisfying about spending the day walking through the woods, capturing the things I see, or taking the perfect snapshot of friends, family, or even my dog. When I was given the opportunity to interview photographer Rocco Basile, I was thrilled. I appreciate him taking the time from his day to answer a few questions.
Rocco Basile is a longtime professional photographer and a prominent expert in fine art photography whose work has been frequently featured in galleries and international publications alike, thereby demonstrating a diverse professional skill set that includes landscape, wildlife, fine art, and portrait photography, not to mention the prolific work he has produced as a photojournalist.
As the founder of Rocco Basile Photography, Rocco has counseled many aspiring photographers and has offered an outlet through which these up-and-coming photographers can showcase their work to gallery audiences that often include some of the most renowned talents in the world of photography.
What advice would you give to a beginning photographer?
I believe anyone beginning photography should focus on simply pointing and shooting a camera. It’s important to attain that initial love for it before thinking about spending hundreds of dollars on a DSLR camera.
I would say it is a bit like learning to drive too. It’s better to drive with a cheaper car first.
Get the foundations of everything about it while having the low risk if something goes wrong.
After reaching a proficient level, spend more on an upgrade.
With anything, reading is also important to expand knowledge. There are plenty of books and websites that show the basics of photography.
What are some of your favorite places to photograph?
I am a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to photography. I find myself at home anywhere as long as I have my camera.
I suppose if I had to really narrow it down to favorite places to photograph, it would be anywhere overseas.
To experience a place so culturally different is one thing.
To capture the raw essence of it in a photograph is a challenge.
My goal with my photographs is to immerse the viewer right into the moment it was taken.
I remember there was one photograph in particular that was a bit of a challenge for me. This was back during my trip to Okinawa. Summer festivals are popularly held all over Japan, and I attended one out of curiosity during my stay there. It was a wonderful atmosphere to be in. There was a mix of energy and tranquility. I wanted to capture a wide shot of the crowd walking between food stalls and it wasn’t easy.
What is your most important piece of equipment (besides your camera)?
I would say my second most important piece of equipment, aside from the obvious batteries and charger, would be my photo editing software.
I don’t like to rely heavily on editing my photos. However, sometimes a slight color correction can replicate what my eyes actually saw when I took the photograph.
It really can turn a great photograph into something greater. The program may be expensive, but I believe the amount of tools available within it make it all worthwhile.
What inspires you?
I take inspiration from many areas.
In my early years, it was art and photo exhibits.
Eventually I started looking at film and television shows.
I’ve been particularly interested in drawing inspiration from composition and meaning of color.
I hope gaining a better understanding of such complexities will add another layer of depth to my work.