Who are you? Tell us a little bit about yourself (age, what you do in life, where you live)
Hi! I am Nick Geboers. I’m 20 years old right now. My hometown is Balen, which lies in Antwerp, Belgium. I just dropped out of a film school in Brussels after 2 years and I’m now thinking about studying photography. In the good life I skate, take photos and film a lot.
How did you get into photography, especially skateboard photography?
A few years back.. when I was 15 or 16 I think, a friend of mine, Pieter, had his own indoor skatepark. An empty warehouse from his grandparents with, in the beginning, some sketchy obstacles and stuff. Another friend, Wim, came over to skate and he had a disposable camera with him. When I saw the print outs I was really impressed by the photos, not because they were amazing or something but just because of the ability to capture moments and moods andâ€¦ I never thought about it before.
A few months later I got a digital camera from my mom.. a 4 megapixel point and shoot cam which had the amazing ability to film. So I started filming everyone I knew and taking pictures of them skating.
2 years later my dad bought me my first slr camera and that’s how it started I guess.. also because I wasn’t as good as some of my friends at skating. For example when I didn’t dare to pop some stair set I just took my camera and had as much fun as my friends did skating..
What type of equipment do you use for your photos? (outside shots, night shots, indoor shots)
My bag is packed with a Canon markII body, a Canon Eos 3, 2 580EXII flashes, some pocketwizards, lighting stands, 50mm 1.8, 15mm 2.8 and a 70-200mm 2.8 which I just bought from a summers work.
Normally I have a Canon AE1 with me with a 50mm on it.. just in case I want to take pictures but the lens broke down so it’s on the shelf at the moment.
Do you have any special “tricks” which you like to use for certain types of pictures?
I don’t know if there are any tricks.. using a fast or slow shutter or some different aperture numbers aren’t really tricks I guess, right?
Just try lots of different stuff with your camera and remember what you like in which occasion. Maybe that’s a trick.. Something that helps me a lot I think is.. looking up to your hero’s and for example look at their photos and how they deal with different situations of light and stuff and try to give it your own twist.
I don’t know if this answer is useful to someone but that’s what helps me sometimes.
If you could get any new equipment for free, what would you love to have?
Hasselblad 500 with an 80mm and a 30mm fish.. and a H16 Paillard for filming and lifetime free development of film.
That would be pretty sweet!
What is your opinion on post-processing, especially enhancing pictures?
Everybody’s got his own style and way of expressing themselves so I guess that post-processing, as it is now, is crap for the one and gold for the other.
For me it is really helpful and useful because I feel that I can put more expression in my photos sometimes and capture a mood better thanks to post-processing like it is now.
Back in the day when there were only dark rooms there was also the box with filters to get more contrast and stuff in your pictures. And if you didn’t use them when available you were pretty lazy or just plain stupid I guess.. It’s there to be used.
What are you currently working on and do you have any projects planned?
I am currently finishing the third issue of Lateflip with Enzo Smits. By the time this interview is online it should be finished so if you want you can have a look at it at www.lateflip.be.
I’m also working on a skateboard company called Lancier. Our range of products isn’t that big at the moment since I’m still a student and ain’t the son of the duke. But we’re working on a video and stuff so it’s a lot of fun.
A big thanks to Nick for taking the time to answer these questions – one of the last featured photographers with these questions. New questions are being put together for the second round of photographers so stay tuned!
Make sure you visit www.lateflip.be to see more of his work.