Thursday, 27 September 2012

Photographer Shan interview

Going through my contacts on Flickr I always come across photographers that I should check more often! 
this photographer had so many beautiful images, new ideas and so much more!!

Closer look! 

Introduce yourself:
I'm Shan. 20 years old and I live in the sunny islands of the Philippines. 

Who has inspire you the most in terms of photography? 
I believe my father did. He's not a photographer but he took pictures of everything while I was growing up. So I always wanted to take pictures of everything too. He bought me a real film kiddie camera but I think the film was pretty expensive so only got to use it a few times but I'd just play with it and pretend. As for the style and artistic side, I've been inspired by A LOT of other photographers. I see something I love in their work and I'm inspired by that. So I get inspired by a little bit from everyone. I try to let them know that and send my appreciation.

What is your favourite style of photography? 
My favorite style is conceptual/fine art photography. I love how the artist can express a lot of things and really show feelings and personality through it.

What style of photography do you find challenging ?
I find fashion photography challenging cause the photographer needs a good eye for beauty/fashion and quality to be able to make a good fashion photograph. He also needs the cooperation of a team like a really good model and a stylist and nice clothes. I find that challenging cause unlike self portraits  it's hard to do it alone.

What do you look for in a model?
Someone who cares as much as I do for the output of the photograph we are trying to create. A model that knows what she/he is doing and can handle instructions and cooperate well. Most of my models so far are people close to me,  So it's fun and easy to work with them. I would also like to work with someone professional. 

Who are your biggest supporters?
My friends and family. 

What do you enjoy doing other than photography?
I enjoy reading books, singing alone in my room, watching movies. I also enjoy going out with my friends and going to the beach and traveling. :)

What are some of your favorite books, films, musicians that keeps you inspired?

whatever I just read is my favorite book, I just finished reading "The perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chobsky. I'm really into films so I have a lot of favorite movies but "Into the wild" and "Eat, Pray, Love" has influenced me a lot. Music, too many to mention! but music inspire me a lot in my photography! I have links of music in m Flickr page!

If you could pick one way to edit a photo would it be in black and white or color?
Color! There's so much to do and express with colors. I can't imagine doing my coloring book only in black and white .

What scares you the most?
I'm scared of snakes.

whats your favorite locations to shoot at?
The beach! Love the sun and water. 

Do you prefer indoor or out door photography?
I prefer outdoor photograph cause there's so much elements to work with and everything is natural and beautiful.

Is fame important to you?
No, not really. Recognition could be nice but it's not really my goal in life. I want to make something beautiful and maybe influence people. I think I want to influence people to feel good and enjoy  life and see the real beauty of it.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Photographer Giada Laiso interview

As I promised,
I keep bringing more interviews with both professional and aspiring photographers!
this time I was contacted by the photographer for the interview and was more than happy to do it!
her name is Giada Laiso, she's 21 years old from Milan, Italy...

Closer look to Giada,

-Introduce yourself
I'm Giada Laiso i'm 21 years old and i study New Technologies of Art
in academy in Milan.
I went to high school of Art and I studied painting for five years and 
this has greatly influenced my photography style. 

-Who has inspire you the most in terms of photography?
I think that paintings inspire me very much..because they are part of
my life and some things like point of view, lights/shadows effects and
more are strictly connected with photography.
So i love Caravaggio's use of the light and i'm fascinating by
Magritte, his paintings looks like photographs. I also love Hopper,
Dalì and Max Ernst style.

-What is your favourite style of photography?

I love surrealist and conceptual photography.

-What style of photography do you find challenging ?

Photography is challenging because you have to be creative to do it,
but i think that every kind of photography it's hard because in every
cases photographers must be original otherwise you fall into banality
and this is not what photography supposed to be.

-What do you look for in a model?

I look for the ability to interpret what I want to express, confidence
with me, naturalness.

-Name other photographers you admire.

Tim walker, Gregory Crewdson and more more more others.. their style
is so inspiring.

-Who are your biggest supporters?

My family and my boyfriend give me big support.

-What do you enjoy doing other than photography?

I love reading, listen to music, dancing, walking and shopping :)

-What are some of your favorite films, books and musicians that keep
you inspired?

One of my favourite films is Shutter Island, Everlost by Neal
Shusterman is my favourite book and i love Max Richter, Harold Budd
and Robin Guthrie's music..very "mystic" and inspiring.

-Do you think that you have your own personal signature ?

I try to combine painting with photograpy, create mistery. I
portraying people..the genre of photography that i create is what I am
most interested in.
I hope to leave a mark.

-What scares you the most?


-Tell us a weird fact about you,

huhh sure!
When i set the alarm clock I don't select times such as 10:00 am or
10.30 pm like normal people usually do...but my alarm clock is always
at times like 10:03 am or 10:28 pm .. My boyfriend thinks that I'm not
very normal about this fact.

-If you could create the perfect camera what features would it have?

Autofocus that works perfectly and everytime, nothing's worse than an
out of focus shoot.

-Do you recommend any websites for photoshop tutorials?

Mmmh i don't know, i don't follow websites for photoshop tutorials..i
try to learn by myself experimenting.

-What is your favorite photo taken by another photographer?

I love the series "Dream House" by Gregory Crewdson, one photo in
particular involves me so much: there's a man and a woman naked on a
mattress in an abandoned house's garden.

-What is your favorite photo taken by you?

"How distant your heart, how close your soul" This shot represent the
union between painting and photography.

-Do you think its hard to be unique and have your own style in

It's not hard to have a personal style because it's an innate quality,
i hope to be inspired forever and i hope to become unique and

-Do you prefer shooting indoors or outdoors?

I prefer shooting outdoors, find new particular locations makes me
very happy..i prefer nature like woods, rocky areas, paths and fields.

-Is fame important to you?

I hope that photography will be my job, fame is not important if you
do what makes you alive.

-When you first started at photography, what were the mistakes you made a lot?

At first i didn't know how edit my pictures in the best way basing my ideas.

-Name people you enjoy working with models or other photographers 
or people you wish to work with both models or photographers.
If i had the possibility to work with fashion models i'd like to
combine my stile with fashion photography,
if i had the chance to collaborate with a famous photographer i'd love
to work with the amazing Jill Greenberg.
Anyway i hope to collaborate with creative people.

-Any new project you're working on?

"Painting" series is my new project, i'm working for the first time in
square format.

-Being a photography student, do you feel the need to always follow
certain rules?

I'd just like to follow what I love to do, free from any rule.

-What frustrates you the most about the world of photography?

Be overestimated or underestimated.

-If you could have anything ( photography related) what would it be?

I can't wait to be able to buy a Canon eos 5d mark II.

-If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Certainly not in Italy.
Anywhere away from traffic, in nature and seascape.

-What kind of photography gear do you use?

I’ve a Canon EOS 500D, to realize my images I use manual mode,
18-55mm, 50mm or 75-300mm lenses and sometimes a tripod;
for special shots I use a fisheye 8mm. For post-production I use Photoshop CS4.

Links you should know:

Giada's Flickr

For any kind of request to Giada email her at:


Giada was featured in: 

get inspired magazine , Twice



Saturday, 12 May 2012

Nine Photographers, One photograph! Photo collaboration

Few weeks ago I was approached by a photographer friend Chris Lane to be a part of a photo collaboration he's doing with other photographers!
the idea of the collaboration is that Chris Lane takes the photo and send it to us and we edit this photo with our own vision!

when I first opened the image I was scared and excited! scared because I've never edited another's photographer's photo before and was honestly scared that it might not end up like I wanted it to, excited because it's a new experience! I'm challenging myself to edit an image that I didn't take, didn't come up with it's theme and have to make it stand out next to the other images!  

I ended up getting completely out of my comfort zone by working mostly with colors.
I replaced the sky with a cloudy lighter sky and worked on the reds and blues in the image and try to make the contrast stand out!
I've been working with harder composting lately but decided to let this one simple!
even though I had the opportunity to see other photographer's twist on this image, I didn't change anything!
I was really pleased with the result and I loved everybody else's twist to this image!
here's a before and after 

Here's a closer look at the results:

Photographers who were a part of the collaboration:

and Me

It was a great experience and I can't wait to start another collaboration again!


Monday, 30 April 2012

Talented Photographer Cierra Benavidez Interview

Today's interview is with a young photographer that in my opinion will have a bright future with the amount of talent and creativity she has,

Closer look to Cierra,

Introduce yourself:
Hey, I'm Cierra! I'm turning 18 years old on May 20th and I live in the Santa Barbara, California :)

Who has inspire you the most in terms of photography?
In terms of photography, I am most inspired by pretty much everyone on flickr. I also have the common favourites Annie Leibovitz, Edward Steichen, etc.
What is your favourite style of photography?
I love many different styles of photography, but my absolute favourite is conceptual. There's something about being able to create something that I see in my head into real life that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy inside, it's an amazing feeling to finish a piece that I'm really proud of!
What style of photography do you find challenging?
Self-portraiture, hands down. I'm a strong believer that everyone on the planet can take a decent photo of themselves, and I believe that about myself, too. But most of the time I dread standing in front of my camera knowing that I'll have to photoshop things later on. I also have a hard time connecting my emotions to my work.

What do you look for in a model?
Confidence, singularity, and versatility. If a model isn't willing to do something a little crazy for a piece I'm shooting, I usually move on to something different and save the concept for another day. It really irritates me when a model tells me they're interested, and then backs out last minute due to fear of getting looked at by strangers or getting a bit dirty. I also really love when a model has a different look about them, something that really sets them apart and puts all focus on them. The last thing I look for in a model is versatility. Being able to pull of two completely different looks/emotions is really important in what I do. I like to mix things that wouldn't normally go together and find a way to make them benefit each other:)
Name other photographers you admire.
The list is too long to name all of them, but some that popped into my head would be Kirsty Mitchell, Sarah Loreth, Kiara Rose, Alex Stoddard, Karrah Kobus, David Talley and Robby Cavanaugh.
Who are your biggest supporters?
I would say mainly the Flickr community:)
What do you enjoy doing other than photography?
I absolutely ADORE writing! I started writing when I was really young, and every so often I'll write a story or poem to go alone with a photo I've taken.

What are some of your favourite films, books and musicians that keep you inspired?
Films inspire me in visual way. Sometimes I'll see a scene in a movie that I absolutely love, and I'll try to create an image based off of the location the film was shot in or the even that was taking place at that time. I love finding quotes/lyrics in books and songs too! I love looking up the lyrics to a song and trying to decipher what they could mean, and then create a photo off of it.

Do you think that you have your own personal signature ?
Hmm, I can't say I have one! A lot of the time, the photos I create are just snapshots of a scene being acted out in my head. People have told me my work is very cinematic looking (which is what I aim for some of the time), but mostly I just want to create a visual story and know what the audience is thinking.

What scares you the most?
failure. criticism. death.
Tell us a weird fact about you,
I have pretty bad OCD when it comes to numbers. I really love the number 3 because it has a beginning, middle and end. But when I'm driving, the radio volume has to end in a 5 or 0.

If you could create the perfect camera what features would it have?
PERFECT auto focus ALL the time. It irritates me to no end when my lens doesn't focus correctly! (which is why I focus manually for everything now)
Do you recommend any websites for photoshop tautorials?
I'd say Google and Youtube are great places to learn new things or get help on something that you're stuck on!

What is your favourite photo taken by another photographer?
I can't choose just one!
What is your favourite photo taken by you?
This one!

Do you think its hard to be unique and have your own style in photography? how do you manage to stay creative?
I think it can be quite hard nowadays with all the technology and Internet stuff that we have. A lot of inspiration for me comes from other's photographs I see online, and sometimes I worry that I won't be able to come up with concepts all on my own, but in the end I realize that I do:)

Do you think photography websites such as Flickr can be unfair in terms of comments and followers to some people sometimes?
I've seen some streams that have thousands of views and, well, not-so-fantastic photos, but I can't say it's not fair. If you're good, people will find you eventually. I don't mind too much about he AMOUNT of attention I get, I really only care about whether or not I get a GOOD response:)
Some people say that pretty girls who take lots of photos of themselves make it easy, what do you think?
I think, to a certain extent, that being attractive does play a part in creating the photo that you want. But does being attractive mean you'll always get the better hand? No. I would much rather pick a model who is confident, easy to work with and not as attractive (in the society's mind) than a supermodel who isn't willing to trust me in what I'm doing and take my direction. I always prefer a model who is more focused on the art and concept than one who is focused on how her face looks.

Do you prefer shooting indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors! However, I have come to find that I really love shooting in crappy indoor lighting. I love the grunge feeling it gives to a photograph!

Is fame important to you?
In my opinion, being recognized for your work is something everyone strives for. I do hope that one day some of my work will be featured in vogue or shoot professionally and be well known, but most of all I just want to be happy with my life and always create because I love to create, not because I'm paid to.

When you first started at photography, what were the mistakes you made a lot?
One of the mistakes that I often made was over-editing. I still do sometimes, and I have to remember to take a step back from what I'm working on and come back to it later. Sometimes I get so caught up in what I want, I end up forgetting that I need to be flexible and let whatever happens, happen naturally.

(my first photo I ever fell in love with)

Name people you enjoy working with models or other photographers, or people you wish to work with both models or photographers.
I love working with almost every single one of my models! I hope I can work with more photographers later on!

Any new project you're working on?
I've been trying to get my next short story series together, but it's proving to be quite difficult.

Is there a photo you regret posting online?
I honestly cant think of a photo I've regretted posting. I've only ever posted 1 nearly-full nude, but it didn't receive any perverted or sarcastic comments so it worked out quite well :)

You were a part of a collaboration with David Tally and Conner Allen, how did it go?who do you wish to collaboration with next?
It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life so far. I had never collaborated with other photographers before, so I was really nervous! But David and Conner are both absolutely amazing and kind and it was amazing to hang out with people who share the same interests as I do! I plan on meeting with them again in June/July and hopefully I'll be going to the Midwest Meet up in July! :D

Links you should know:
Cierra's Flickr-- Formspring-- Facebook