When I started doing interviews on RAW it was always my intention that if I came across a new photographer trying to break into the “business”, who I believed to have talent I would help him or her as much as possible. Jarka contacted me asking for an interview. I was on my way to shoot but I checked out her stuff quickly on my blackberry and new she had some amazing work. I flicked her the RAW interview questions and now you get to read how she is becoming a “pro photographer”.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 22 years old girl from Czech Republic who felt in love with photography four years ago and with photomanipulations few months later. Except passion of shooting people I regularly write tutorials about working in Photoshop (you can read them here) and write articles about photography and post processing on my blog “Pelleron-Art“. I also enjoy drinking coffee, playing squash and probably watch too many TV shows 🙂
What made you get into photography?
I saw photos of my friends, who took nature photos and I thought that it could be great to have the power to make things last forever and to show people how I see the world. That’s also why I started a photo series called “Misty World” where I try to shoot ordinary urban landscape and try to give it fantasy or dreamy mood. From landscape photography I moved to portraits which I shoot at this time.
How did you get started?
I started after seeing photos of those friends. I bought point and shoot camera from same sale and then spent a lot of time going around the town and shooting. The only problem was that I was before my school leaving exams and I took photos more than I learnt 🙂
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I enjoy portrait and fashion photography the most. I think that shooting people gives me the most creative freedom (e.g. in landscape photography you depend on wether condition, time of the day etc.). I try to give dreamy or out of this world mood to my photos and want to show fragile site of people and their inner melancholy.
I also hope that I’ll have the opportunity to photograph more extravagant fashion brands in the future.
What gear are you using?
I’m using Canon EOS 1000d. It’s great camera but I´m missing two things – it can’t record video and doesn’t have wireless remote control. Because of that
I’m thinking about upgrade but otherwise it’s great choice if you can’t spend fortune on equipment.
Right now I have only two lenses – kit 18 – 55 mm lens and 50mm f1.8 lens which I absolutely love.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
As I said it’s 50mm f1.8. It provides excellent image quality, because of low DOF you can shoot in worst light conditions without flash and bokeh is just amazing.
How are you marketing yourself?
I use mainly social media – you can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, DeviantArt and on my blog “Pelleron-Art“. Also I build network of clients and other creative people in my town. I don’t have any advertising or something like that yet.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
That’s really hard question 🙂 it changes pretty quickly. Mostly it’s some photo from my most actual photoshoot.
I guess that right now it’s this one. I’m proud of it because while working on it I finally reveal secret of some type of post processing I was trying to recreate for quite a long time. Actually it’s more photo manipulation than a photo but hope it’s OK 🙂
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Practice a lot of course. When I say that lots of people usually say to me that they would like to shoot but don’t know what. I got that problem too. Because of that I found a list of conceptual ideas (unfortunately don’t know the author of the llist) and tried to recreate them. I shoot one photo a week – I think it’s good frequency because you still shoot a lot but don’t have so much pressure like if you want to shoot one photo every day.
Another advice – try to read about photography and post processing as much as possible. Internet is full of very useful resources and you can learn almost anything there. Just try google or look at my blog “Pelleron-Art” 🙂
Don’t worry to experiment before you find what fits to you best. Try different genres, lenses, analogue/digital etc. Then try to experiment with different composition, lighting, angles. Until you don’t try everything you won’t know what’s the right for you!