Who are you and what is your profession?
My name is Kale Friesen and I am a professional fashion and beauty photographer. I was born in Saskatchewan in 1981, moved to Vancouver, BC in 2006, then Paris, France from 2006 to 2009, then back to Vancouver where I currently reside, but my wife and I are in the process of making a move to New York City in the fall of 2014. Outside of my photography, I have been a drummer for more than 15 years and play in an improvisational jazz trio, and have been an art lover my entire life. I found my love of photography in 2007 while living in France, where I began taking photographs of abandoned spaces and street photography.
What’s your Rig ?
For studio work I use a Canon 5D mark II. Lenses; Sigma 85mm f1.4 and Sigma 50mm f1.4, Lensbaby Composer Pro, Scout, Edge 80 Optic, Sweet 35 and Fisheye. My everyday camera which I literally never leave the house without is my Fujifilm X-E1 or Fujifilm X-E2. Lenses all Fujinon, 14mm f2.8, 18mm f2, 23mm f1.4, 27mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 60mm f2.4, 55-200mm f3.5-4.8. I use Pocketwizards to trigger strobes. I rarely use small flash as I prefer bigger more powerful strobes. I use my Canon in the studio because it’s a real work horse with great image quality, and for every other situation and in studio I use my Fujis because they take stunning photographs and they are compact, inconspicuous and lightweight.
What Hardware do you use?
I use a Dell XPS 15 laptop for editing and Dell External monitor, Wacom tablet. iPhone. Lacie external drives for archiving RAW files.
What Software do you use?
All my editing is done between Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CS6 with the final colouring and export from Lightroom 5. In Lightroom I’ve created a large library of my own Lightroom presets, but I use VSCO presets on almost all my photographs.
What would be your dream Rig?
I have no shame in saying I’m a camera nerd, I love gear, that being said there are only a couple things that would make my dream rig; For the studio a Mamiya 645df with the Leaf Credo 80 back, and if we are dreaming a Broncolor lighting setup with modifiers, but I already have my dream everyday camera setup with my Fujifilm gear.
What’s your favorite photography quote?
The two biggest influences on my early photography were Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, but a quote by Robert Capa still to this day bounces around in my head whenever I’m out on the street with my camera.
If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.
This quote was the reason why for years the only lens I used was a 50mm, and still to this day 35mm or 50mm are my favourite focal lengths.