SmugMug Corner #95: Ian Brodie

The 95th edition of our photographer interview series "SmugMug Corner" features a well known author and photographer from New Zealand, Ian Brodie. You may recognize some of his photographs from such movies as "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." We've got more than a dozen of his favorite photographs along with his interview below. And don't forget to check out some of the 18 Books he's written!

Name: Ian Brodie

The Best Drive in the World

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ian Brodie and by day I am Media and Communications Manager for Hobbiton Movie Set. By night I am an author and photographer. Have written 18 Books and am one of New Zealand's biggest selling non fiction authors. I live in Matamata, New Zealand.

Remarkables Sunrise

Hurricane at Duxford

What is your background/training in photography?

I have no formal training in photography – it has been a learning adventure for me.

The Misty Mountains

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

I have been taking images since I was seven when I was given an Instamatic camera for Christmas. My father loved photography and we were always out looking at landscapes and holidaying around New Zealand. My love of this country really urged me to try and record it.

NZ Green

The View from Edoras

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


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

I love landscapes and film landscapes. I have had the marvelous opportunity to photograph sets and locations from many films including The Lord of the Rings, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and The Waterhorse.

Polikarpov I-153

Mood in the Maniatoto

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

Everybody! I am always doubtful of my ability so thus consider all people that take images that I see are an influence.

Sunrise in the Shire

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 almost a year now. I really like the ability to post an image in one place and then see it populate my social networks. The ease of use is a plus and the ability to modify the pages is excellent.

Returning Home

Cadillac of the Skies

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...

I am now confident to direct people to my portfolio knowing that it looks professional. I have sold prints and have been contacted by other companies wanting to use my images. I did not have that prior to SmugMug.

Memories of Middle Earth

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

There is no such thing as a bad photo. Each image you take will teach you and inspire you. Follow your dreams and make use of the post processing tools that you have. Lightroom is my best friend and you now have the ability to expand your artistic flair like never before.

The Green Tunnel

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–05–20 19:20
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