Q & A with Todd Plinke of In8Photography

RT: How did you get into the photography industry?








  I have been a fan of photography since my grade school days, but life took me in a different direction. Over the past 7 years I have a lot more free time, therefore I have been able to pursue my passion for photography. I first starting shooting with my wife, Fitness Swimwear Model Melisa Ann ( I learned allot from going on shoots with her and from shooting with her. about 4 years ago my wife and I were on vacation in Jamaica, A man came up and asked if my wife was the Model Melisa Ann, and if she was would like to model for his swimwear company. Obviously she said yes. He then asked what photographer took most of the photos on her site. I said that it was me. He asked if I would like to be the full time photographer for his company (That man was Paul Lucido the owner of Obviously I said yes. Here I am today traveling to Jamaica 3-4 times/year shooting photos of beautiful models in Bikinis!
RT:   What trends do you see in the field of photography in the next 5 years?



  We are at the point now in the digital revolution, were there is just no going back to film and its happening very fast. Just as people fought the change from records to CDs, the same will happen with film and digital cameras. Within the next five years you will see almost a complete switch in the photography world to the digital realm.
RT:   What format (film or digital) do you prefer to work with? Why?






  I use a Canon 10D & 30D digital. Because I use many of my images online and store the images on my computer, a digital camera was a hands-down winner. I also don't like film due to photofinishing hassles and such. If you are a pro, film is still superior, especially for blowups, but most people just don't need that kind of control or quality. Digital does cost more and even making prints costs a little more, but you will only be making prints of your best photos.

Another benefit is the instant gratification; as soon as you take the photo you can view it. At this point you can check the picture for the correct lighting and focus. As if you were doing a test photo.
RT:   What is the difference between film and Digital? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?















































  Film exposes a visual image onto special light-sensitive chemicals within the film. The film itself contains a physical representation of the image. Films are either Color Negative (yielding prints) or Transparency (slides, which require a slide projector/viewer or to be scanned into a computer). Films are available in various numbers of exposures usually 12, 24 or 36.


  • Film cameras don't really require much investment beyond the camera, lenses, and maybe a few filters--you don't need a pc.
  • Film cameras don't have the lag issues that reasonably priced digital cameras have because all they do is open the shutter to expose the film and advance it to the next frame.
  • Film cameras tend to have many, many, more accessories available for them.
  • Good quality 35mm can be blown up a lot


  • You pay and pay for processing unless you're fortunate enough to have the facilities for your own color film processing.
  • You pay and pay for film unless you can buy in bulk and roll your own rolls or invest in a "bulk film" back for your camera.
  • The instant gratification factor isn't there because you can't see the result until the images are processed.
  • The lab can destroy your work pretty easily and you get nothing but a sorry if it happens.
  • You have to send it off to the lab for prints and blow ups if you can't do it yourself.
  • Film must be "balanced" for the lighting situation you want to use it with. Filters, which can be expensive, may be necessary with some types of film.
  • Takes practice to get good film shots under a variety of conditions.

Digital creates a digital representation according to the color and intensity of light falling upon an array of special digital receptors. Images are digital files stored in digital memory. All but the least expensive digital cameras use removable memory cards that are available in various sizes (typically 128MB to 2 GB)


  • -Instant gratification, with most digital cameras you can see the image right after you take it. No processing, no waiting here!
  • Automatic white balance. A good digital will automatically adjust for a cloudy day, indoor lighting, tungsten lighting, etc.
  • Unlimited shooting, fill up a memory card, pop in a another one. Cards are used over and over, not just once.
  • With the right software you can adjust color/bright/contrast on your shots and crop or enlarge as you wish.
  • With the right printer you can print your own shots and crop them to your preference.
  • Newer cameras offer EXIF to make your shots print even better than older cameras; with the right EXIF printer.
  • Everything is digital, you can store a HUGE number of pictures on common and cheap CDRs, no more film negatives or prints to store or worrying about film deterioration or fading prints.
  • Fewer moving parts, no film to advance, no torn sprocket holes, no expensive motor drives.


  • You need access to a desktop or laptop PC.
  • Flash memory storage cards can be expensive, especially in the larger capacities.
  • If you plan to take a large number of pictures you must invest in a digital wallet or other type of "offloading" device so that you can clean the files off your memory card and keep using them.
  • Batteries. Digitals have improved a lot in battery life. Some use proprietary battery packs that can get expensive. Some use common sizes like AA but the drain is so heavy you need to invest in rechargeable NiMh or Lithium-ion cells and chargers. You get around 100-200 shots with most digitals more if the flash and LCD aren't used. If your camera has a proprietary pack you also have to invest in a charger. No digital photographer worth his salt ever goes out without at least two fully charged sets of batteries or battery packs.
  • Prints. More investment in a good photo printer, ink and paper.
  • Higher level of technological awareness. All these gadgets and software that you need to support your digital camera means you better have the interest to learn to install, maintain and use it all!
  • Accessories and filter adapters can be quite expensive.
  • Digital memory cards can develop errors, which could mean you lose some or all of the images on the card.
RT:   What is the most difficult part of being a photographer?


  I like most everything associated with being a photographer, the most difficult part I would say is dealing with people in the industry with closed minds and bad attitudes.
RT:   What things do you look for in the models you work with?


  The model must have a good attitude, posing experience and most of all a personality that shows through on the photos.
RT:   What 3 tips would you give a model just starting out in the industry?
  1. Shoot with as many photographers as you can, and always bring an escort
  2. Practice posing in front of a mirror to learn how your body and face looks in different positions. There are several good books on posing out there. One is Guide to Posing the Female Model
  3. Be on time, be positive and have fun!!!
RT:   What does the "IN8" stand for in IN8 Photography?









  "IN8" or Innate: existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth. Of or produced by the mind rather than learned through experience.

It is that something (Innate) that allows a painter to paint a fantastic picture instead of a mediocre one, and a photographer to take an eye-catching, great photo instead of an okay photo. You can have all the knowledge in the world about photography but that does not mean you can take great pictures!

The definition form the Dictionary is: Innate means existing in a person or thing from birth or origin. Something that is innate seems essential to the nature, character, or constitution: innate common sense. Inborn strongly implies that something has been present since birth: inborn intelligence. What is inbred has often been ingrained through earliest training or associations: an inbred love of music or photography