Introduce yourself, your work, and the things you do during your free time.
My name is Michael John Hughes and I’m a photographer from Brisbane, Australia. I spend half my time shooting for a photography ‘day job’, and the other half shooting freelance work. Outside of photography I honestly do my best to relax as much as possible in the downtime, so I spend a lot of time reading, writing, chilling at the beach and watching movies. I guard my downtime religiously, a lot of people work harder than they need to.
What camera do you use to snap the photos on your Instagram feed?
I use a few different cameras, so a mix always gets uploaded to my Instagram account. 90% is all from a Fujifilm point and shoot camera (X100T) that I use for paid and personal work. Its quite basic and only has a fixed 35mm lens, but I’ve been using it for nearly 4 years and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using it. I also use my iPhone and scanned images from disposable cameras a lot.
What app(s) do you use to edit your photos?
Any props that you think people should get when shooting minimalist type of photos?
For me, I’ve found removing or moving things to be easiest way to get a simple image. So the fewer props the better! Instagram account. 90% is all from a Fujifilm point and shoot camera (X100T) that I use for paid and personal work. Its quite basic and only has a fixed 35mm lens, but I’ve been using it for nearly 4 years and I don’t think I’ll ever stop using it. I also use my iPhone and scanned images from disposable cameras a lot.
Who inspires you on Instagram?
@rayyiuradziphoto is a photographer who’s work I really admire, but accounts like @kennedymagazine also switch up my viewing and stop me from thinking too much about what an Instagram feed SHOULD look like. I also couldn’t forget my partner @jasminedowling, who I’d argue is the more talented photographer of the two of us and continually pushes me to get better.
Tell us your fav place that you think is Super Instagramable for your feed.
I’m big on the colours green and brown, so that has included things like; pineapple farms, trees and forests, plants on wood floors etc. Generally I love anywhere with a mix of subtle colours and textures.
Lastly, any tips and tricks to taking minimalist type of photos?
Minimal can apply to many different things, including concept. Trying to reduce what you want to show or even say to its most basic message will always make an impact and stand out. Also, always look up and down, thats usually where I’ve found my best photos!
Hope you enjoy our interview with Michael and the photos from Michael Instagram feed. Do check out his instagram feed here.