How did you get into photography, FlexDreams?
I bought a Canon S3 and began to shoot everything
How did you find deviantART and what keeps you here?
I've forgotten, may have been google or some of my friends who told me about DA...
I'm here because I have many watchers, so more people will see photos. It's a good tool to promote art
Also I met my wife here... so now we do our art together.
What type of photography do you most like to do and why?
I like to do dark art, because... hm.. I like to show strange dark concepts, ideas & looks
the second type is beauty photography - it's interesting for me because I've many light schemes to use.
What got you into people and portraiture photography? What do you most like and dislike about it?
I like to shoot gothic/dark people, and portraiture is a tool to do this... I like to work with light on face and dislike to retouch, but my wife helps me to retouch
What is it like working in a team involving the model, hair stylists, make-up artists, etc.?
It takes most of time to gather all in one place for only 1-2 hour shoot. We use moodboards & references to communicate inside team. I like to work in team because I get the best result, everybody does their work...
Do you use a specific technique when shooting? What setting on your camera do you most like to use?
Nothing special. No magic. Manual mode or X-sync mode.
Do you think you have a distinctive photography style?
I don't think so. Only style or concepts or post-production can be special.
How long does it take you to set things up for a photoshoot and then to upload the finished piece to deviantART?
idea -> gather team (3-10 days) -> shooting (one day) -> 1 week pause -> choosing photos to retouch + RAW convert -> pause 1-3 weeks -> retouch -> 1 day pause -> upload
so it takes about 1-2 months from idea to upload.
but we have 5-10 project in pre-shooting condition and about 10-50 sets in post-production queue...
Is it chaotic to have so many projects and sets ongoing?
It's planned shooting and not chaotic... it's the way to do more different pictures. Life is short.
What is your favourite piece and why?
one of my first photos... very conceptual.
What is your equipment list and what made you choose your equipment there?
I've Pentax K-5 + Pentax SMC DA 40mm F2.8 Limited + Pentax SMC FA 77mm F1.8 Limited +Pentax SMC FA 50mm F1.4 + Pentax DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
cheap & easy to use
What made you switch to Pentax instead of sticking to Canon?
Pentax is cheap, weather proof tool. very convenient. good lenses... the first camera Canon S3 was not a DSLR - so I bought Pentax K-10 in February 2008. had not much money to buy canon.
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
pure mind is the great tool to do pure photos
Thank you FlexDreams!
3wyl, posting on behalf of communityrelations