Fratello Talks: Watch Photography
Welcome, one and all, to this week’s episode of Fratello Talks! Today, two of the men behind the lenses here at Fratello sit for a chat about watches, photography, and the sweet spot where those two things meet. Morgan and Nacho share their stories on how they first discovered photography and eventually started shooting watches. They also share some tips and tricks they’ve found (the hard way), which may help you become a better watch photographer. All that and more, but not before…
It’s a quick one this week as Morgan and Nacho are both wearing the same watch. Full disclosure: this episode was recorded on a Tuesday, so it should be no surprise that they’re wearing Speedmasters. On Morgan’s wrist is the Omega Speedmaster Professional reference 3188.8.131.52.01.005 on the OEM bracelet. He purchased this one new in 2019 and has worn it almost constantly since.
Nacho’s Speedy is the slightly older reference 3570.50.00. The serial number indicates that this watch is from 2000–2001, but other than its friction-pin links and different box, it’s just about the same watch as Morgan’s. It was Nacho’s first luxury watch and one he recently got back from Omega after a quick repair. One thing’s certain here at Fratello: if it’s Tuesday, you can place a safe bet that we’ll be wearing Speedmasters.
Did you ever wonder what it takes to become a professional watch photographer? Do you want to improve your watch photography skills with some tips from the pros? Have you ever wanted to know what gear Fratello uses when shooting watches? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Morgan reveals how a trip to Japan and a Fujifilm camera started it all. And Nacho rewinds way back to his childhood with toy cameras and tells of how photography was an early obtained yet late-blooming obsession. Talking gear, Nacho gives you an ASMR taste of his Olympus Pen E-PL8 and its famously satisfying shutter. And finally, Morgan goes over his setup, which includes the Canon EOS R5, a 35mm f/1.8, a 100mm f/2.8, and — his latest toy — the 24–70mm f/2.8. He also occasionally shoots with his Leica Q2.
We apologize in advance if you’re not into photography because this episode does get a bit technical. With stories and anecdotes a-plenty, it’s still worth a listen. As Nacho asks at the end of the episode, let us know if you’re interested in hearing more on the topic. We’re happy to go more in depth, whether in podcast or video format! For those of you who are not into photography, don’t worry; we’ll be back to watches in next week’s episode!