Well, it all started around 2005, from a necessity. I needed some commercial pictures taken and a photographer charged me a hell of a lot of money for a few pictures. That was the main reason i first bought a DSLR and started reading pretty much anything on the market on DSLR’s and photography, thinking that i can also do it alone, cheaper. After many hours of studying, tens of thousands of not-so-spectacular pictures and a lot of money spent on gear, the virus caught me and the necessity has transformed itself into a passion and my greatest hobby.
Studies in the field?
As i was saying, i am a self-thought photographer and retouch-er but my IT background helped me a lot, especially when talking about photo retouching. I had the opportunity to travel a lot and my cultural background helps me a lot to see the world with different eyes.
Photography area which attracts you most?
Well, pretty much every photography area that has to do with people. I take my assignments very seriously, personal projects or jobs, and i always try to make the most of the situation, be creative and bring something new in front of the viewers eyes. I am very communicative, fun and easy to work with, my main advantage being that as long as i don’t make a living from photography i am not stuck or constrained by the regular borders and if i choose to participate in a project is only because i feel i can do it better than others and i’ll have fun on the way.
I’m into portrait, fashion, glamour, art nude, travel photography, commercial and landscape.
To or Not to PHOTOSHOP?
Well, this is one of the 20th century greatest debates. It is almost as big as the Nikon Vs. Canon debate. I am for Photoshop and i do use it. First of all you need it because it’s a great tool to use when doing all that ‘kitchen work’ after a shooting like color corrections, white balance adjustments, cropping, straightening and so on. The second main use for me will always be to do minor skin retouches for portraits or minor adjustments when taking commercial or landscape photography.
I can live with two types of retouches – either you do it in a natural way, so natural that i will never realize you did it or you do it so much that everyone understands from the first moment it’s done and they love it!
What about your Gear?
I’m completely outside of the Nikon-Canon war. I started with a Nikon D90 crop DSLR and moved after 2 years to Canon. Since then i have switched to full-frame and would never go back to crop. I am currently shooting a Canon 5D mk III body and i love it!
Paid work Vs. TFP
Well, if you do paid work i strongly believe you should put up with the rates on the market so don’t sell yourself cheap! Your gear costs a lot of money, your time and knowledge even more. If a client wants a pro photographer they should pay for a pro in order to achieve the best results!
When talking about TFP contracts i believe that they are the best way to put together two or more people which share a common passion. When doing so you can only have fun and achieve the best results so DEFINITELY YES TO TFP/TFCD – it pays off anyway by stimulating your creativity, meeting new people, having fun and it makes you remember that photography is an art and a hobby, it doesn’t always have to have something to do with money.
I was born in Bucharest, Romania and lived there until i was 22 years old, but i have always traveled a lot. I still go there sometimes and I love the people in eastern Europe. They are real, they are alive and do not fear to expose their feelings and emotions, bad or good.
Since 2006 i am living in Germany, close to Munich. I am usually at least 3 months a year abroad, often traveling to Bucharest, Italy, France and USA. I am actually very international and always willing to travel.