Anton shows us how to shoot cars and bikes. This 25 year old from Russia has taken the time to give us an extreme in depth look at how he goes about creating his masterpieces. On another note if your in Perth join me tomorrow for the Google+ Nationwide Photowalk. We are starting at 5am at the E Shed Markets, register here.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m 25 years old. I’m a commercial and advertising photographer.
My specialty is vehicles. I also do post production for large projects. Of course, most of my models – is the cars. But sometimes I shoot motorcycles, ATVs and amphibians. For all vehicles applied the same principles. Therefore, I am interested to experiment with different vehicles. I learned everything myself and I continue to learn.
What inspired you to get started in photography?
Life consists of moments. Most of them are beautiful. Photo allows you to stop time and savor this moment.
What Gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without ?
At the moment I use a Canon 5D mkII, 70-200 4.0L, 17-40 4.0L and 50 1.8. This is a very simple lens, but I have a very large post-process.
70 – 200 – is the most important lens for shooting cars.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
Most clients come for references from other clients. Internet – also very useful thing. I use 500px.com, dieselstation.com (photo-forum), deviantart.com and few Russian Internet resources.
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
It was a photo shoot for the TOPCAR company. This is a tuning studio. They released their new model and they needed the photos for the press kit.
But it was a glossy black car. This is the most difficult object to photograph. A large component of the result – a post production.
You can see one of the source shots.
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
This is the first instance of the Honda Gold Wing restyle in Russia. But I had to take a picture of this bike in terrible conditions. It was an ordinary office.
I had to divide the whole bike into many parts. For each of the parts I installed unique a light pattern. And then I glued together.
You can see the stages of this process:
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post ?
I use Photoshop and Lighroom. Post production is a very important part of my job! I’ve been following the work of famous German photographers and see that they have a very powerful post production.
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
I think it’s a tripod. I always use it on the photo shoot. The final image I put together from several photos. A tripod is necessary.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
At the moment im using 500px and my own website. I also use a few Russian Internet resources.
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Yes and I think it’s normal. Sometimes we get tired and we just need to rest a little bit. Inspiration comes when my spirit is free. And…. I look at shots of masters)
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
First – is love for photography. This will help to endure all the difficulties and continue to seek perfection.
Second – this is a broad look at the world around us. Need to get rid of the complexes and stereotypes.
Third – you must be constantly dissatisfied with their result. Need to surpass ourselves. Perfection has no limits.