Posts have been a bit scarce the past two weeks, while I was away. Although I had hoped to be able to post a lot more shooting got in the way 🙁 Anyway as I promised this week there will be lost of posts on RAW and RAW Live. Today’s interview is with the awesome Alexey Tsyganov enjoy.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! My name is Alexey Tsyganov, I’m 22 years old and live in St. Petersburg, Russia.
I am a commercial and lifestyle photographer, as well as work in the “RentFoto”-local photo rent as easy to guess 🙂
What inspired you to get started in photography?
It was a couple of years ago, while I did a mountain biking, but was seriously injured. We had to get distracted and I decided to try that for a long time, I liked to take pictures.
And from the first frame, I realized that it is very interesting to me. Take photos, meet new people, create and observe many interesting moments and life situations, which usually do not notice. Camera teaches us to see the world as it should be able to see without a camera 🙂
What gear do you take to each shoot and what lens can you not live without?
My technique is Canon 5d MarkII, Canon EF 35mm 1,4 L, Canon EF 50mm 1,2 L, Canon 85mm 1,2 L.
As well, it is often rented for 50 1.8, which, oddly enough, I also really like it 🙂 But I think in the near future to diversify their views through other lenses (tilt-shift’s, Lens Baby, telephoto lenses).
As for my pet is the Canon EF 35mm 1,4 L. This is a very cheerful lens that loves to catch the sun and solar flares, which I love so much 🙂
What’s your favourite bag and why?
Generally, I prefer to shoot with just one camera in hand, to not interfere with anything 🙂
And I really like the Lowepro products companies and Dakine. I used the Stealth Reporter D100, but then moved to Nova 190, which is very, very happy (it’s light, roomy, easy to breaks multiple cameras, a couple of lenses and a heap of any personal belongings). Just look to the purchase of a suitcase, but for my smok it is not needed 🙂
For longer or remote shooting, or when we have to take a lot of things I use Dakine Sequence-roomy and comfortable backpack that looks like a normal snowboard backpack, does not stand out and does not attract too much attention. And this is very important when in expensive machinery.
How do you market yourself and has social media been an important part?
Мy market is the people themselves who are telling each other and show my work. Recommendations and business connections. Here in general, is all 🙂
What’s your favourite photo that you’ve taken and does it have any significance?
Two of my favorite images of this summer are:
This survey with longboard I planned since last year and it was with this girl. My city is rarely happy with good weather, and when we came to shoot was quite cloudy and gray … But then, at the very end of the shoot, when we have “warmed up” came the sun!
And this shot pleases me fond memories of a good evening. We got together with her friend on the beach, took fruit and water and drove photographed without any firm plans, but everything turned out great 🙂
Select a photo you have taken, explain how it was taken and how did you edit it?
ISO 50, 1/640, f/1.4
This shot was taken in the second half of the day, in a park near one of the palaces. The sun was high enough, but the 35mm lens is still caught by a glare, which I love so much. The reflector is not used, and metering has been made in the face of the model.
Processing has been added to the vignette, a brush with the sharpness I traced all the important lines and contours, dodge and burn tool bit traced shadows and highlights. On a new layer of black paint a bright sun glare, and turned it into a screen. In general, is all 🙂
What processing tool do you use and do you believe in the camera doing all the work or in post?
I was born at the turn of the time and I live in the digital age, when it is difficult to do without phone or computer … And now the image processing is as undeniable process, just like the shooting. But it all depends on the taste and problems: someone wants to get a picture and recreate the idea in my head, and in this case one may change and modify all: color, theme, shape, texture, people, and, most importantly, the final result may be completely different from original.
I love to shoot and natural moments, and it’s important to me that people are themselves in the photos and it’s not the number of pimples or form figure (although they are important), and the kindness and sincerity-that this is what I’m doing accents, and often all processing is to small changes in color, contrast, brightness.
In addition, I can not stand the post process 🙂 So I try to pay more attention to detail during the shoot, so you do not have to fix them. So it is with patches of sunlight, they are easier to catch and more beautiful live than to draw in Photoshop.
I think therefore it is necessary sometimes to put my digital camera on the shelf and shoot on film, and I just recently ordered a medium format Pentax 645 for one such “Film Project” 🙂
For processing I use Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS6. I’d like to deal with Capture One, but its logic and complexity to export files in Photoshop do not please me.
Whats your favourite photography accessory other than your camera?
Еnema to purge. Just joke 🙂
I love the reflectors and their effect, but almost not release them because used to work one on one with the model.
Where do you prefer to post your photos online and why there?
Therefore, as there are also photographers that can give advice and criticism, and potential clients themselves 🙂
Do you ever get photographers block and if so what do you do to get inspired again?
Yes, sometimes, but I try to avoid it.
But for the inspiration we need to continue to do, because the ideas come during the work, and the appetite during a meal.
Is there anything you wish you had done when you first started in photography that would of made a difference?
Probably not 🙂 There are a couple of ideas to which I was preparing for a long time, but I still support the idea of shooting right away, as soon as the mood.
Any advice for new photographers wanting to go pro?
Nick Onken once in his blog talked about one of the best tips for all photographers, whether beginners or severe Pro. It sounded like “ABS theory”. It means “Always Be in Shooting” 🙂
Every shot, every frame is made is a question and answer, problem and solution, and thus experience that you can not buy or learn in a shorter time. So shoot, shoot, shoot, come home, remove most of the images, draw conclusions and go back to shoot 🙂