Evgeny is another great find from the amazing 500px which i’ve been playing around with now for a few weeks. It seems quite a few of you are giving it a go and adding me so thanks for that! Evgeny does some amazing portraiture type work and has sent through a healthy selection of his favourite images. Have a read, and make sure you check out his sites.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and grew up in a small town in Estonia. When I was a teenager I had worked in many different places and many different fields such as a watchman, electrical fitter, road worker and even as a rescuer at fire department. During the same time I was studying in college and later on I had got into University in Russia. After my graduation from University I started my professional work at Fotki.com. Talking about my personal qualities I can point out that sometimes I find myself on a lazy size however if I get involved into a project I will turn on my gears to the maximum. I have some slogans that often help me in life. “Everything that does not kill us makes us only stronger” or “When the eyes are scared to look at work our hands just do it.” In other people I appreciate the most their honesty and the ability to respect the time of others. At this moment I combine work in the firm with a photography. I work with microstocks and also run some private projects. My only problem is that I find the day too short to complete all I started. I wished I did not have to sleep and the day lasted longer.
What made you get into photography?
I got into photography by chance. When I was a child unexpectedly I got as a present small compact camera and a home-photo-lab. That had happened during my elementary school and it was the best gift I had ever received. None of my old toys could even compare with this new amazing gadget and even looking at it would give me so much excitement. I had no idea how to use all of this stuff and then one person explained me how to load the film, what is a diaphragm and even a sales girl explained me the differences between different types of films. The rest was up to me to discover. Slowly step by step I started to understand how it works. Of course at that time it was only an interesting game for me and I never thought of it as something serious or as a career. During my adolescence as many of teenagers I had many other interests as well such as sports, friends, partying, clubs and some work after school. Slowly photography was replaced by all these excitements. However photography came back to me during my studying at the University. I started to feel the urge to express myself and because I did’t know how to draw, sing or play music so photography became my only way to do it.
How did you get started?
During my childhood I was taking all sorts of pictures: my relatives, my friends, my school, animals. I still keep these old photos as a reminder of this time. I will never forget my first experience in my photo-lab. It was my first Photoshop where I had created a mad robot by developing his silhouette under photo enlarger and lined it from different small metal objects on the photo paper. I was learning the basics of the photography, experimenting and searching new information. Later on I got myself and amazing Olympus Camedia C-70Z and it helped me to open new horizons for my creations. It had more advanced features and at that time it was enough for me to work with it. During that time I took my first HDR and macro shots. The more I was shooting the more and more I got involved into this adventure. Finally I had realized that photography is taking great part in my life and about the same time had started my work at Fotki.com. Working at Fotki.com allowed me to meet with like-minded people and of course to develop my skills further. I was taking pictures at the clubs borrowing DSLR cameras from my friends as I was realizing that my old camera does not complement my work anymore. I continued taking all sort of pictures at the clubs and it gave me a clear picture of my preferences in my work. I enjoyed working with people and in fact I was very much interested in stage scenes. I love to imagine the future photo sessions; I like to try out different light set up, choose accessories, and create a plan of the photo shoot. I love to see in the picture something that we do not see in everyday life. Little later I had a chance to work with Lev Dolgochev as a retoucher and it asserted me to work more profound with microstocks. I can not say that there is a specific photographer that had a great influence on my work. I like work of well known professionals as well as some street photographers from my town.
My passion is the portraits.
I like portraits of the face and also the full body portraits. I love to shoot beauty, fashion and glamour. Some of my works have commercial purpose which is also exciting for me. Sometimes I do landscape pictures.
What gear are you using?
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM, 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Elinchrom d-lite 4 and monopod.
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens is Canon EF-70-200mm f/2.8 L USM. I use it for 90% of my pictures because I can fit portrait range and also it allows to shoot the full height body in a studio. I find it soft enough for portraits and it has enough sharpness for microstock. Very pleasant bokeh even on the diaphragm F4.
How are you marketing yourself?
First of all it is my blog and my website. Also I have my web pages in the popular photo resources. I participate in photo contests; communicate with colleagues in social sites.
What’s your favorite photo you have taken?
I can not specify only one of my favorite or preferable. I guess it is because each of them means something for me and has something that the other does not have.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
If you want to understand art you must to go to art galleries. Also in the photography, you need to observe as much as you can. Because as an advice I can recommend to start. In order to see into photography you have to see the works of other artists. It’s very important to develop your visual skills. Sometimes it is better to have a small compact camera and to go through 500000 pictures, than having the latest DSLR camera but without any additional viewing of different pictures. You need to learn how to analyze the photo. The more you see the more you will be able to criticize your own work and it will drive you to the new level in this career as result.