Nov 1, 2012

Interview with Vladimir Zotov

Where did you study photography?
Actually nowhere. A few years ago I noticed that I am not indifferent to the photography. I visited a lot of sites dedicated to this theme, first just looking and trying to understand. Then I bought my first camera, and studied just in that course. After a couple of years, I was invited to a photo studio in my town, and I worked there for 2 years.  There was so much work, that I had no time to attend long trainings.  It was pure shooting.  Sometimes I asked questions to professional photographers through the Internet. Many responded willingly, and I am very grateful to them. Because of their example, I also always try to share my secrets and to answer any questions when I am asked.

What equipment do you use? Favorite lenses?
Actively I use three photo systems. At home Sony (a850). I dont have many expensive lenses at home, because I feel there is no need to take high-resolution photographs there. My favorite lens here is an old manual-focus Minolta Celtic 135mm f2.8.
At work I use Canon (7D and 5D Mark II) and Hasselblad (H4D-60). I won't tell you about the advantages or disadvantages of these systems, if anyone is interested in my personal opinion, please feel free to write me!

I love using my 120mm f4 on Hasselblad and 70-200mm f 2.8 on my Canon.
Generally I prefer telephoto lenses as you can see.  As far as lighting — I use the Broncolor generator system, “Scoro a4s” and “Verso 2400", some of the of the best (if not the best) equipment in the world.  I would take this opportunity to thank my chieves for it! Its really very important to use good equipment, especially in commercial photography. However, often I shoot with a film camera, worth about $100 (Minolta XG-1).  The results suit me fine.

Any tips you'd like to share?
My advice is to shoot very-very often. This is a key to understanding what you like to shoot and what you are best at. Try. Shoot everything that comes to mind. You can truly begin to appreciate the photos after thousands of shots taken in a few days. Remember... "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson. And he meant film images. Multiply by 50. :) The best practice is not only to shoot what you like, but execute orders.

For any special tips please contact me personally.
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Cindy Larkin said...

I couldn't love these more! My favorites are the cat/whistle and the boy on the train. <3

James Henry Burson said...

I like the Picture from the "Boy with Flute"
Is it possible, to get it for the Cover of my Book?
I like it very much.
Greatings from James Henry Burson.
Here I am on Facebook.

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