Nov 1, 2012

November 2012 Cover | Las Vegas Photographer Magazine



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.
site - (this is my studio)

Food Photographer Natalia Lisovskaya | Moscow Russia

EQUIPMENT:  Camera 5D Mark II + EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM.
ABOUT: I learned to be a photographer from the masters in Moscow (Russia). I've worked as a photographer for 7 years. I use the light from an impulse lightbox. [studio pictured below]

INSPIRATION: I find inspiration in flea markets, in old textures, in beautiful ingredients.
It's very important to me that my pictures are real: real food, real dish, real ingredients, real cooking. The real mood on memory :)

Lisovskaya's Studio
To see more of her work please visit {}