SmugMug Corner #81: Gilles Archambault

Another Friday, another photographer interview. Gotta love Friday's! This week, in our 81st edition of SmugMug Corner we meet Canadian photographer from the province of Quebec, Gilles Archambault. If you love bird photography, you're going to love the photographs below: 2 portraits & 18 birds photographs, and a great interview to boot!

Name: Gilles Archambault

Eye Contact

White Bird on a White Background

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, my name is Gilles Archambault. I'm 49 years old and I live in Quebec City, QC, Canada. I work as a Project Manager at SOGIQUE, a software development company. I spend all my spare time looking for new subjects to photograph. I also have a photo studio at home which keeps me busy.


High Key

What is your background/training in photography?

I'm almost entirely self-taught. My only formal training was a course 30 years ago in high school, and a few workshops with awesome top photographers. Of course I spend lots of time reading books and magazines. I also browse the web for documentation and forums. Looking at brilliant photographer images gives me all my inspiration.

The Landing

Lovely Couple

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

I learned photography when I was a teenager. I was shooting foxes, minks, beavers, and every animal I was able to get close to. I did it for years and then I've had my lovely kids and I forgot my passion for almost 20 years. I started all over again 6 years ago with my first digital camera.

Perfect Reflection

Low Angle View

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

My gear consist of:

My next piece of equipment will be the replacement of the Canon 5D Mk II. I need a full frame camera for my studio and since the 5D Mk II is 3 years old, I decided to wait for the next generation of this awesome body.

Eye Contact on Bird in Flight

The Stretching

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Wild birds are the most difficult subjects to photograph since they hardly let you get close to them. It is definitely my favorite subject to photograph. But it is also challenging shooting people since you never know what they are really looking for. If you miss a bird, that's too bad for you. But if your clients are not satisfied, you won't have a second chance.

Looking for Great Background

Nesting Materials

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

If I have to choose only one, I would say Alan Murphy. Alan is a full time bird photographer living in Houston, Texas. He is known and published all around the world. This photographer is amazing for attracting birds, artistic composition, post-processing, and so on.

Attracting Food

Basic Setup

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

I have been with SmugMug for about 3 years now. Customer support is amazing. Every time I send them a question, I get an answer within minutes. SmugMug is the best site to share images. Features I enjoy most are image protection, watermarks and unlimited storage space. Oh yeah, another great feature is the password protection gallery. I can use it to share photos with my clients.

Fill Flash on a Stretching Shorebird

Using Snow to Enhance the Image

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

In one word: "exposure". SmugMug has given me the chance to show my work and receive emails and comments on my photos from all around the world. I now have SmugMug friends who share the same passion and who contact me often to show their work and to comments on mine.

Sudden Golden Light

Cleaning Up My Feather

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Since I'm a very technical photographer, I would tell you to read a lot to improve your image quality, learn how to post-process your photographs and look at others images to find your style and most important go out and shoot.

Looking at the Overall Composition

Time to Go to Sleep?

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2010–11–05 20:38
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