Laura Austin is a graphic designer turned photographic storyteller with an eye for design and aesthetics. She took the Neptune Convertible Art Lens System for a test and shared with us these sunny, out of this world photographs.
Name: Laura Austin
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Website/Social Media links: lauraaustinphoto.com | Instagram | Facebook
Other interests aside from photography: Travel, writing, cycling, road trips, introspection.
Hello! Tell us a bit about your photography background.
I started off working as a graphic designer… well trained in composition, color, and aesthetics. After becoming tired of sitting behind a desk I took a job as the online editor of Snowboarder Magazine where I was both writing and shooting. Snowboarding eventually felt like too small of a box, so I combined my knowledge of aesthetics from design and storytelling from journalism into a new career path… photography, where I could tell stories visually. I made the plunge into freelance photography in 2012 and have been doing that professionally ever since.
What would you call your photography style?
As mentioned before, I’m a natural story teller. My style tends to be documentarian… but with a distinct focus on composition and color. My images tend to be bright, with lots of negative space. This translates into both the commercial work I do as well as my personal work… which is mainly travel focused.
What was your first impression upon seeing and holding the Convertible Art Lenses?
These lenses are distinctly different from any lens that I normally work with… from the physical shape of the lens to the functionality. Any time I had the lens on my camera people would always ask about what I was shooting with.
Since I am normally shooting on location, and always on the go… the size of the lenses were great… small, light, and easy to carry around. As far as actually shooting with them, it was nice to have an array of focal lengths that I could quickly swap out depending on if I wanted to shoot a tight portrait or wide landscape.
Could you share your best photo (taken using the lens system) and the story behind that shot?
I brought these lenses on a shoot I did in the California desert for the sunglass company Vuarnet. I wanted to mix things up a bit, so I threw a space blanket over my model and shot this using the 50mm lens.
Any pointers that one should keep in mind when using the Convertible Art Lenses?
These lenses are manual focus, so you really need to be patient to get the focus right… especially when shooting at larger apertures. But trust me, the patience is well worth it… creating results very different from your standard digital lenses.