I came across Dimitry’s portrait work through flickr and it just stood out. After checking out his website and realising it was completely in Russian I thought there would be little to know chance of him doing an english interview. Hey I was wrong and I’m so glad. So from Russia I bring your portrait photographer Dimitry Oleynichenko.
Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Dmitry Oleynichenko and I live now in Moscow (Russia). I was born in the wonderful city Odessa on the Black Sea (Ukraine). At my main job, I’m a pr specialist in the oil service company. The rest of time belongs to photography and getting a science degree in economics. I’m self-educated photographer.
What made you get into photography?
In photography, always liked the opportunity to not only stop a moment, but to create something own, beauty of people, nature and objects. I could sit for hours and view photos on the Internet. My thoughts were filled with photographs of Newton, Leibovitz, Karsh, Avedon, etc. And I felt that I want to create my own.
How did you get started?
The first time I became acquainted with photography I was a young child. Then a long break, while in my hands appears compact film cameras and then digital compact. Then came the opportunity to buy DSLR camera, which led me to the wild delight. It was Canon 400d, which I always carry with me during first time. Frankly, I think that still starting my way.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
I love people and pictures with people. For me, a bit problematic if there is no person in the picture. Landscapes I shoot almost only during my vacation. Mainly, I shoot women: portraits, fashion, nude, lifestyle. But in general, I’m shooting from forks and knives finishing drilling rigs. It all depends on the purpose.
What gear are you using?
I use a Canon camera. Now I use a 5d mark2 and as insurance 550d and old friend 400d. Lens 70-200/4, 85/1.8, 50/1.8, 28-75/2.8, 17-50/2.8. Also canon flash 430, and a lot of additional stuff. I also have my own home studio equipment, 5 flashes 200j each. And all the necessary attachments: beauty dish, softboxes, umbrellas etc.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
I have no favorite lens. It all depends on the purpose of shooting and from what I want to get in the end. But there is a lens that I use most often, it is 28-75/2.8, because of the convenient range of focal lengths and nice picture.
How are you marketing yourself?
Mostly promote myself via the Internet, social networks and customer recommendations. I hope that soon there will be customers from abroad, not only from Russia and Ukraine
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I can’t say that I have one favorite photo. From time to time I change my preferences among my photos. And it can be favorite photo just on a certain date.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
As advice I just can say – See more of various works and shoot shoot shoot as much as you can