Belfast-based fashion photographer Glenn Norwood knows all about the intricacies and creative challenges of winning, setting up, shooting and editing editorial fashion shoots. His three-day class for Engage Live, entitled Lights, Camera, Fashion, is on sale today only for just £50. Here, Glenn talks about his career thus far and what Engagers around the world are likely to learn from his Engage Live masterclass.
When did you first pick up a camera and start taking photos?
It all happened by accident really. I went to art college with grand ideas of being a painter or sculptor and somehow kind of fell into taking photographs.
What was it that attracted you to the world of fashion photography?
Coming from a fine art background, I love trying to be as creative as possible in my work. Fashion photography encourages me to get as crazy as my imagination allows.
What was your first camera and what is your favorite?
I first used a Mamiya RZ67 medium format and a Nikon F2. I’ve used Nikon ever since. My favorite camera is my next one!
Did you have any photography heroes when you were starting out?
How would you describe your style?
I guess I do have a style, but I constantly like to try new techniques and experiment with different lighting methods, so I would like to think that my style is always adapting and changing.
What advice would you give to those starting out in fashion photography?
Work hard and don’t follow the crowd. Find your own voice.
Do you have a process to instill that ‘wow’ factor in your images?
Not a process as such, but finding time to experiment and play, whether it’s via personal projects or collaborative shoots with fellow creative’s really helps in generating ideas.
How do you push your creative boundaries to keep this fresh?
I think it is important to keep finding inspiration from as many different mediums as possible – art, photography, film, music and design.
In your Engage Live class, you shoot two live model set ups, working with all sorts of creative people. Can you teach creativity?
You can certainly teach technique; you can inspire and encourage creativity. That’s something I hope to do for all of those who tune in to my Engage Live class.