Breakdown

Your images

x
  • Images (inc VAT) £0.00
  • Fees £0.00
  • Total £0.00
  • (Including £0.00 in VAT)

Bill breakdown

  • Images (ex VAT) £0.00
  • VAT on images £0.00
  • Picfair commission (ex VAT) £0.00
  • VAT on Picfair commission £0.00
  • Subtotal £0.00
  • Total £0.00
  • (Including £0.00 in VAT)
Click icon

Click here to hide cart!

Commercial bold

Commercial Licence
Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

All Editorial & Personal Uses

  • Single use
  • Personal use
  • Editorial: Print, online, broadcast
  • In-house business editorial
  • Corresponding online/offline content trails & social media
  • Any placement
  • Any size & DPI
  • Unlimited Distribution
  • No licence expiration

Marketing

  • Single use or campaign
  • Advertorial, promoted & "sponsored by" content
  • Newsletters & email marketing
  • Website backgrounds & collateral
  • Social media
  • Social media advertising & promoted posts
  • Brochures & leaflets
  • All promotional materials
  • Unlimited sizes, distribution, placement, perpetuity
  • One time licence transfer

Advertising & Merchandising

View full licence
Editorial bold

Editorial & Personal Licence
Editorial & personal use

All Editorial & Personal Uses

  • Single use
  • Personal use
  • Editorial: Print, online, broadcast
  • In-house business editorial
  • Corresponding online/offline content trails & social media
  • Any placement
  • Any size & DPI
  • Unlimited Distribution
  • No licence expiration

Marketing

Advertising & Merchandising

View full licence
Plus bold

Advertising Licence
Advertising & merchandising

All editorial & personal uses

Marketing

Advertising & Merchandising

  • Single use or single campaign
  • Print advertising
  • Out-of-home advertising
  • Broadcast advertising
  • Display advertising
  • Multi-channel advertising
  • Merchandising
  • Retail product packaging
  • One time licence transfer
View full licence
Roijoy

Interview with Roi Brooks

Interviews

10 February 2017

Posted by Sally Hart

Hi Roi! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?

I'm a full-time commercial photographer who also shoots editorial and stock photography. When in between traveling and assignments, I am slowly documenting Belize life and culture in pictures.

QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?

A(Note: This is a long one, but well worth it! Ed.)
I got a phone call from someone who said they found me online and they wanted me to take high quality photos of the inside of a building in San Francisco's Chinatown. They said that the reviews of me on the site and other references they had followed led them to believe I was a trustworthy person. They wanted my assurance that I would not be keeping copies of the photos and that all the files would be handed over after shooting. After a conversation, I agreed to bring my laptop along so that any processing or file adjustments could be done on site and left with the client. I've been approached by various non-government agencies in the past who were heavily in to confidentiality so thought nothing of it. And they were happy to pay my full going rate for the shoot. I arrived at the address and entered through the front door. There was no-one around so I called out but still no answer. As I sat, I realised that some sounds I thought were coming from next door were in fact above me in the same building. I walked up the stairs hoping to find someone only to find couple of rooms with barred metal doors with men huddled around tables playing cards. The odd thing was the doors were locked on the outside where I was standing. So now thinking I was at the wrong address I went back downstairs
I crossed to ask across the road if I was at the address I thought I should be. As I walked into the building, I noticed 4 men in shades and smart black suits. As I was about to ask for information, three of them suddenly surrounded me. They took my camera bag from me and two of them frisked me. The 4th guy who by now had opened my bag said, "Oh, You are the photographer". I said yes, and he spoke in a Chinese language to the other guys and the stepped away from me. The 4th guy introduced himself to me by name and was now being extremely polite. They led me to a couple of very lavishly decorated rooms which I photographed and then I took window portraits of two Older guys dressed immaculately in suits. I did the processing and made some edits. Handed over the files and deleted everything from my computer. They paid me cash and also paid to replace my SD card which they asked to keep.
When I got home I did some searches on the internet which eventually showed that the address I had been at was one of the addresses currently under surveillance by the San Francisco Police Department. It was noted as a probable address for Chinese Triad operations in San Francisco. When I told my wife what had transpired, she insisted that in future I do my research on addresses before I go to them and not after!

QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?

AI shoot Nikons mainly and my two main tools are a D7100 and a D800. I have a nice array of both crop and full-frame lenses, and for work, the brief will dictate what lens I use. I do a lot of studio set-ups based around my Bowens 750 moonlights Outside of work when I shoot candids and scenery, I like to shoot with the D7100 with a Tamron 17-50. f/2:8 and I often have one or two speed lights with me just in case the available light isn't exactly what I want.

QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?

AShoot as much as you can so that good composition and a good understanding of how light affects the shots you take becomes natural. It doesn't matter whether you shoot with a camera phone, point and shoot, or top end DSLR. And if you are shooting with a DSLR, get really comfortable with manual shooting.

'My favourite Pic I uploaded to Picfair is 'Police on duty' - I was doing some news coverage for one of ex-President Obama's visits to San Francisco. While waiting for the motor... Read more

'My favourite Pic I uploaded to Picfair is 'Police on duty' - I was doing some news coverage for one of ex-President Obama's visits to San Francisco. While waiting for the motorcade, I was taking shots of the police setting up their crowd management plan. Most of the police officers were wearing shades. As I stood at one spot taking photos. this officer removed his shades adopted this stance and did the bulldog thing with his mouth. I think this shot says so many things on so many levels about the people who do this job and the relationship between them and the society that they serve. For me this character at this moment shows both the bravery demanded by the job, and an element of insecurity which probably goes hand in hand with each day. Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial & personal use

Editorial

£6.20

'On a sail boat after spending the day on the Barrier Reef in Belize and now heading home on the mainland. Shot with a D7100 with Nikon 18 - 105 kit lens with a polariser filter... Read more

'On a sail boat after spending the day on the Barrier Reef in Belize and now heading home on the mainland. Shot with a D7100 with Nikon 18 - 105 kit lens with a polariser filter attached. I often use my kit lens if I'm in hazardous conditions and not shooting for a client. The depth of field is limiting but for scenic shots like this it's totally fine.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

Commercial

£9.92

Advertising & merchandising

Advertising

£99.20

'Wandering around in Rome and watching out for interesting street shots, this was shot with my D800 with my Nikon 24 - 70 f/2:8 lens attached.'

'Wandering around in Rome and watching out for interesting street shots, this was shot with my D800 with my Nikon 24 - 70 f/2:8 lens attached.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial & personal use

Editorial

£12.40

'I made my wife a reading area by fixing a piece of rebar into the seabed just off our beach. She gets completely engrossed when she finds a good read which meant I was able to ... Read more

'I made my wife a reading area by fixing a piece of rebar into the seabed just off our beach. She gets completely engrossed when she finds a good read which meant I was able to do a whole photographic study of her relaxing this way. Shot with a D7000 with Nikon 18 - 105 kit lens and a polarising filter attached.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

Commercial

£6.20

Advertising & merchandising

Advertising

£62.00

'I was being driven to a location shoot just outside Bangkok in Thailand and we got caught up in the morning rush. Progress was slow but it allowed me to take shots from the win... Read more

'I was being driven to a location shoot just outside Bangkok in Thailand and we got caught up in the morning rush. Progress was slow but it allowed me to take shots from the window of our vehicle. I processed this image in Photoshop using a desaturation technique and it's shot with my D800 with my Nikon 24 - 70 f/2:8 lens attached.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial & personal use

Editorial

£12.40

'When I'm in San Francisco and not working, one of my favourite things is to cross the bay and go up to a place named Hawk Hill, and look back over the city of San Francisco. Th... Read more

'When I'm in San Francisco and not working, one of my favourite things is to cross the bay and go up to a place named Hawk Hill, and look back over the city of San Francisco. There are many days where the fog rolls in below my vantage point and envelopes the city. Each time this happens the result is both magical and unique and this is one of the very many pictures I have taken of this phenomenon. Shot with a D7000 with Tamron 17 - 50 f/2:8 attached.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

Commercial

£6.20

Advertising & merchandising

Advertising

£62.00

'While in Dangriga in Belize, I noticed these two riding along the road and thought they would make a nice travel shot if I caught them at the right time. As I looked at the sce... Read more

'While in Dangriga in Belize, I noticed these two riding along the road and thought they would make a nice travel shot if I caught them at the right time. As I looked at the scene I noticed the two posts of the barbecue, the two poles, and the two palm trees. So I just had to wait for the two ladies on the bikes to balance out the composition and take the shot. Shot with my D7100 with Tamron 17 - 50 f/2:8 attached. I processed this image in Photoshop using a desaturation technique.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

Commercial

£6.20

Advertising & merchandising

Advertising

£62.00

'One of the things I enjoy about shooting with Nikon is that almost all the slr/dslr lenses fit almost all their slr/dslr bodies. In this shot I got the compressed view by attac... Read more

'One of the things I enjoy about shooting with Nikon is that almost all the slr/dslr lenses fit almost all their slr/dslr bodies. In this shot I got the compressed view by attaching my full frame 70 - 200mm lens to my D7000 body. I took this laying on my stomach in the road, on one of the many hills in the city of San Francisco. Once again I processed it with a desaturation technique in Photoshop.' Read less

Camera outline

Roi Brooks

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Editorial, Social Media, Marketing

Commercial

£6.20

Advertising & merchandising

Advertising

£62.00

Now you should read…

Picfair is an image library with a big difference — our photographers are in control: Upload your pics, name your price, change it whenever you like.

Our buyers get access to a new generation of images from our community of over 20,000 global photographers. No subscriptions involved, just amazing value and stunning images.

Get started now!