Let's warmly welcome...
How did you get into photography?
Basicially it was my father who made me pick up a camera. When I was 12 my brother and I both got a little squarish digital polaroid camera for Christmas, with which I took my first pictures. After a few years I got a DSLR, the Canon 1100D but sadly it didn't last very long. Due to it's plastic body, humidity got inside of it and it died this year in March. Since April I shoot with the Canon 60D.
Which piece from your gallery are you most proud of, and why?
I think I'll got with "Catcher" which actually surprises me myself because I had to do a little photoshopping to make it look look this. The unsharp part in the middle is sadly not real (pssst, nobody knows yet). There were like 3 or 4 other drops, but I didn't like them there, so I shopped them out.
I'm proud of it because that kind of seed is very difficult to find I guess (as long as you don't know which plant it comes from). It was a coincedence that I found it. It looks really beautiful and I'm so very satisfied with how the background and the bokeh turned out.
Have you ever achieved any awards for your photography? (Daily Deviation, winning a contest, etc.)
Yes, I did receive 2 Daily Deviations in the nearly 2 years I've been here. I also won several contests here on DeviantART. But what I'm most proud of is that I won some actual cash with my pictures. It was a contest near my home town and all participants got 5 themes and we had to shoot 3 pictures for each theme. We had time the whole day and the pictures had to be unedited which was a new and real challenge for me.
How long have you been on deviantART? Do you think being here has helped you improve your skill? Have you been motivated?
I've been on this wonderful website for nearly two years. On January the 2nd I celebrate my 2nd Birthday!
Yes, I found many many awesome artists on here who are really inspiring. I think just the wish to be as good as them is enough to make a person improve in what they do.
If I look at the very first pictures in my gallery I think "I... what the hell?"
Are you self-taught or do you have an education in photography?
I learned everything by myself
Who or what inspires you?
Mostly it's the pictures that are uploaded here on a daily basis, sometimes I save a particular gallery to come back to when I need some inspiration. I even look at my own art features I made.
My desk stands directly in front of my window so whenever I look up from my screen I look into our garden and sometimes (if the weather is good) that's all I need to get up, grab my camera and make my way to the front door.
How would you describe your style of photography? Do you think you're unique?
I'd say my style of photographing things and capturing moments in unique but the things I shoot are not. Sometimes I feel very uncreative and if that happens I don't even look at my camera for a few weeks which saddens me a bit.
What are your favourite styles and subjects to work with?
I'm in love with Macro and Still Life Photography. And just a single glimpse at my gallery and you know I'm in love with water drops. Also my whole room is full of stuff I could use for Still Life. Everythings lies everywhere, it's a mess.
Although I want to try different things, I never really got the opportnuity. For example Architecture in an abstract way, long exposure shoots or dominesticated Animals. Sadly I don't own any pets
What tips would you give someone brand new to photography?
Always use M on your camera. It's the best option. You can set everything by yourself and have the full force over everything. Also, sign up at DeviantART.com because it quickly helps you finding your style, wipes out beginner mistakes (e.g. I didn't shoot with M until somebody told me to, from that point everything changed for me) and makes you wish to improve. And without you noticing it you will!
Do you have any future aspirations for photography?
Although I'm kind of good right now (without sounding arrogant) I still want to get better. I want to know my camera inside out and want to edit as little as possible. But that's it.
Not long ago I wanted to make it my profession but that dream quickly vanished because of the little occupational outlook. It's going to be a hobby for the rest of my life and I will be happy with it
What equipment do you use?
I shoot with the Canon 60D. I use the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 prime lens for my Macro shots, before that I only had the Kit lens, 18-55mm f/5.6 which granted me my 2 DDs.
I also own the 28-105mm f/4.5 which is very heavy and old and I barely use it.
The 50mm f/1.8 prime lens is on its way to me and I'm a bit excited! And last but not least got a very old but robust tripod from my granddad.
As for post processing I firstly use DPP (Digital Photo Professional) which came with my camera for editing the RAWs, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9, which was gifted to me and a few downloadable programs for free like Paint.NET and Photoscape.
Once again, let's thank IndigoSummerr for her time!
Here's a few of her photographs that are situated in her gallery. Take a moment to look through all of her amazing work!
We will be back with more interviews within another month. Keep your eye out for more!