INTERVIEW WITH JAKE BRERTON @_jake_brereton_images
Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jake im an up and coming ocean photographer located on the Gold Coast of Queensland.
How would you describe your current photographic style?
Vibrant and sharp. I try to express the beauty and power of the ocean in each of my shots.
Can you give a breakdown of the equipment you use to create your images?
I capture most of my images on a GoPro hero 5 and add knekt industries trigger handle and a fish eye dome.
What would be your favourite lens and why?
Would have to be the Nikon 14-24mm lens just love the sharpness of the image and the wide angle zoom.
What are your go to settings when you shoot in the ocean?
I generally shoot in a time burst 30/2 so 30 images over two seconds. And an ISO preset of 100
What inspired you to capture the ocean and what continues to motivate you ? Simply the beauty of it, there's nothing better then being beneath the ocean while a wave is breaking on the surface.
Have you ever had an experience in the ocean that really scared you?
I had a near drowning experience at Currumbin Alley, about two years ago that really shook me up, I avoided the water for 2 weeks after that.
Can you tell me about any crazy encounters with marine life?
My favourite but also the craziest experience with marine life would be at Byron Bay free diving old man's reef were I saw from a distance a bull shark feeding on a school of fish.
Is there somewhere you would love to shoot but haven’t had the chance yet?
Teahupo in Tahiti
What methods do you use for editing? Can you explain your workflow?
I like to try keep my images as close to the original as possible. That being said i edit in light room, up my contrast and clarity to a nice level depending on the backdrop of the jpeg.
How do you educate yourself to become a better photographer?
I am mainly self taught, I like to just go with the flow when shooting in the water. I think just a lot of time and practice every shot is different
Who is your greatest Influencer or Inspiration?
My greatest influencer would have to be my mum she's always got my back and has supported me every step of the way.
My biggest inspiration in the photography world would be Mitch Gilmore his gopro work is insane.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a photographer?
For me the conditions of the ocean its never the same some days the water is perfect and the clarity is amazing and the next the swell is 6ft dropping on your head while your trying to snap the perfect tube shot but lets be honest that's what I live for.
Lastly, do you have any advice you would give someone starting out in photography?
It’s corny but practice makes perfect you'll take the same exact water shot ten times over but one day its just going to click and you'll understand how that shot works. appreciate the feedback given to you and take the good with the bad.