Featured Photographer Antti Lehtinen

Antti Lehtinen

Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you do in life, where you live)

My name is Antti Lehtinen and I’m 34 yrs old. I come from Jyväskylä, Finland. I’ve been skating over 20 years and still keeping it going. Skating is a lifestyle that will be a big part of me for the rest of my life. I work full time as IT-specialist and photography is just a hobby for me.

How did you get into photography, especially skateboard photography?

Earlier on I used to shoot video footage for some skate movies but got bored with it and found photography much more interesting. And it really is.

Santeri Kulmala - Frontside lien air
Santeri Kulmala – Frontside lien air

What type of equipment do you use for your photos? (outside shots, night shots, indoor shots)

Mainly I use my Nikon D200 and various lenses with it. I have three flashes and radiotriggers to fire them cordless. Over 90% of my skate photos are shot with off-camera flashes. I also shoot film and then I use my Mamiya RZ67 or Kiev 60 sets.

Do you have any special “tricks” which you like to use for certain types of pictures?

Nothing fancy. One thing I like is DOF on skate shots.

Olli Ilmonen - Backside lipslide
Olli Ilmonen – Backside lipslide

If you could get any new equipment for free, what would you love to have?

I’d like to get the new Nikon D3 camera body and of course a digital back for my Mamiya RZ67. That’s not likely to happen anytime soon, heh.

What is your opinion on post-processing, especially enhancing pictures?

I try to shoot photos in that manner that they wouldn’t need post processing but most of the time some afterwork is needed and that’s perfectly fine for me. The result is what counts.

Olli Ilmonen - Fs ollieshove
Olli Ilmonen – Fs ollieshove

What are you currently working on and do you have any projects planned?

There will be an small interview of me and few other Finnish photographers on next issue of Hangup magazine – http://www.hangup.fi. Right now I’m concentrating on my 3 weeks old son and family life.

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