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Aundre Larrow

Visual artist

Posted in mac, photographer, video

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Aundre Larrow, I am a Brooklyn based visual artist that specializes in portrait photography but is stumbling his way into the video space.

My mother and I immigrated from Jamaica around my 3rd birthday and after a brief stint in NY we settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A bit later my theater teacher, Lee Tempest, gave me my first piece of photo hardware, a Minolta SR-T 101. Since that point at age 15, this life as a creative has been kind of a mess for me. More closed doors than open ones actually helped a lot because it helped me figure out where to go next.

What hardware do you use?

Hardware is kind of dumb because it creates false barriers to entry for people and being a creative is already hella costly as is. But here goes.

iPad Pro w/the Pencil, I use this all the time to edit on planes (sounds crazy, but I fly a lot and I frequently am behind the 8-ball on client projects, so being able to download images locally to Lightroom and edit with the pencil is clutch AF.)

MacBook Pro, standard guy. I actually find the laptop to be kind of prohibitive for photo editing but literally every other part of my job, from QuickBooks, to emails to production all goes through this mighty foldable computer.

Canon Mark IV w/ 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 35mm 1.4. Cameras aren't as important as lenses, don't let anyone tell ya different. I have always loved the UI of the 5D series and the feeling of looking through an optical viewfinder, especially on a full frame camera.

I recently added a Mac Mini to the mix that acts as my backup manager for all my shoots and for getting it on Backblaze, etc. and let me tell you, it's something special.

Also for what it's worth I am a big iPhone and Switch fan. although I love my PS4 I get a lot of anxiety about sitting down that long to play anything, so the Switch is a nice median, especially for long flights - I can tumble into a fictional world for 90 minutes and hop back to work a little less stressed.

The iPhone is legit awesome, it's filled with tabs I never read and photos of memories that are best unsettled by DSLRs.

And what software?

Adobe Suite, particularly Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere, Rush and Audition. Lightroom is my new favorite baby as of 2016. Organization, and editing, plus with CC I can share gallery proofs with clients. Rush because premiere can get really intense and rush handles vertical video really well.

Mobile apps: VSCO and Unfold. Unfold specifically helps me layout client work on IG stories.

What would be your dream setup?

Things I have the delight of borrowing but aren't normally in my setup:

  • DJI gimbal.
  • Canon C200 cinema camera (s/o to Paul Hawxhurst): who knew it would feel so seamless to transition from DSLR to cinema camera?
  • Canon 24-70mm 2.8 - hella versatile.
  • Canon 50mm 1.2L - god this is such a lovely lens.

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