Photographer Ethan Han was born in 1984 in Taiwan. Photography is a hobby for him. Ethan’s real job is a protocol engineer of Mediatk, which is one of the leading companies of mobile communication solution.
Due to a life of an engineer is sometimes boring, Ethan started with photography in 2013. His first camera was an Sony NEX-5N. The image quality is somehow okay, but the AF speed is so frustrating, that he started to learn to use the manual focusing system. Then Ethan just happened to buy a Leica M6 and a 50mm summicron as his daily life camera. From this very moment he only uses manual lens. After one year he got used to the Range-Finder system and he really wanted to upgrade his digital camera, so Ethan bought the Sony A7R.
The reason, Ethan loves the RF system is, that it is mirrorless. So it is compact and there’s no vibration from the mirror, which can improve the image quality when the shutter speed is too slow. That is the major reason, he choose the A7R as his digital camera.
Ethan really enjoys the vintage lens, not only the atmosphere regard to the image, but also the mechanism and design and the feeling in hands. He likes to stroll to the second hand camera stores in his vacation and now has 24 vintage lenses. Thanks to the short flange length of A7R, all his collection can be used on A7R through a corresponding adapt ring.
As an amateur photographer Ethan learned photography in his company’s photography club from 2013 on. The whole activity of the club is focused on portrait. So most of Ethan’s works are mainly focused on portrait. He also likes to take pictures about other topics, but rarely publishes these photos.
Shooting portraits Ethan still loves most. Cause it is not his main profession, photography is an entertainment to take a break from his job. He doesn’t need tomake any profit out of it, so the process of shooting a portrait could be slow and relaxed. In this way it is really enjoyable and it is more likely to shoot a good portrait in Ethan’s opinion, cause „people then feel interested about you and you will get chances to meet more interesting people including photographers and models (paid or amateur). Then you could make better pictures possible“.
Regarding the shooting style Ethan likes available light, because he likes to shoot film. The negatives are very powerful to capture light transition even in low light. For digital cameras you can not shoot like the way you shoot film, so Ethan started to learn how to use flashlights to help improve the image quality recently. He has 4 YN560III flash and 2 wireless triggers from the same company to practice and plans to buy the elinchrom ELB400 or profoto B2 as his real light solution. Ethan has some super-fast primes like 50mm F0.95/35mm F1.2, but actually he will not use the largest aperture unless it is too dark. His favorite focal length is 50mm „ because i’m too lazy to change lens and zoom“. The 50mm is suitable for portrait and landscape with a balanced size and weight even when it got F1.4 aperture. And yes, most of his vintage lenses are 50mm.
In 2015 Ethan became the leader of his photography club, which means, that he got more chances to meet kinds of photographers due to his need to arrange the classes of the club. Consequently he got lots of ideas to shoot portrait from the discussions with the other photographers. So Ethan is full of energy and eager to create more of his beautiful works.