Dustin Jack is a Los Angeles based photographer with a wide range of specialties. With over 25 years experience, Dustin appears to see the world differently than almost anyone I have met. He shoots concerts, sports, portraiture, fine art, landscape and studio photography – all with a Dustin only style. He’s also an accomplished graphic artist, with expertise in branding, advertising, design and layout. In 2013 he won the Photoshop Guru Award for the shot we will talking about today.
After living in Hollywood for just two days heI landed a job at Butterfield and Butterfield auction house. On any given day he would shoot the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of OZ, The Batmobile, a Rembrandt, a Warhol, The Titanic dinner menu or an Elvis’ Jumpsuit. Talk about diversity!
Today, Dustin is responsible for all guitar studio and reference photography for Fretted Americana Inc. accumulating an astounding 150,000 images of the most sought after vintage guitars in the world. He also handles the advertising and imaging for the company including logos, magazine ads, web site images, business cards, banners, posters and T-shirt designs. As a director and editor, Dustin has produced over 300 episodes of the Fretted Americana Inc. PHIL X Show, which at this time, has over 40 Million views on You Tube and led to the host being hire to be the new guitarist in Bon Jovi replacing Ritchie Sambora.
Dustin’s personal works in fine art and concert photography has been in high demand for the last several years, most recently photographing and designing the SIXX:AM Double records as well as The Final show ever of Motley Crue. He has worked with, and photographed, Zakk Wylde, DJ Ashba, Motley Crue, Sixx:AM, Nikki Sixx, Lita Ford, Tommy Lee, Daughtry, KISS, 5 Finger Death Punch, Black Label Society, Shinedown, Phil X and The DRILLS, Rob Zombie, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Alter Bridge, Slash, Tremonti, Tiger Army, Guns n Roses, No Doubt, The Beastie Boys, TESLA and many others. You may have even seen some of his work in Rolling Stone, BURRN, SABIAN, BASS Player, Modern Drummer, Guitarist, Vintage Guitar and other music related magazines.
Today I sit down to talk with Dustin about his studio work with Tommy Lee, of Motley Crüe fame, and what it takes to get a great portrait – with all the pressure of a celebrity subject.