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Interview: Photographer David Ghisa (Romania)
Tell us something about yourself
I'm David Ghisa, 21 years old and currently I study Information Technology at University in Bucharest. I love photography and retouching. Well, this is my job actually, but more than that it is my passion.
How and when did you get into photography?
My dad had a Nikon D90, which I use it occasionally. However, photography for me started in the winter of 2012 when my dad gave me his Nikon D7000 ( from here I’m a Nikon fan haha ) and I’ve started to shoot some pictures like landscape ( But I was too lazy to do that just like now. I’m not that kind of Landscape photographer that wakes up at 5 o’clock in the morning for the perfect sunset , even sometime I wish I could do that), I mostly shoot girls (really beautiful girls :) ). So after that I really enjoyed doing pictures. Now I use D3X and D800E and sometime my Dad’s D700. Yeah, I know, we are a Nikon family, only my mom doesn’t shoot.
What does photography mean to you?
A lot, really a lot. Means much more than just a simple job. I really love working with people, to “shoot” their feelings and dreams, capturing those moments which defines our uniqueness. It means joy and happiness.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Wherever I go to shooting, inside or outside, I got my D3X and D800E with the 35 mm f/1.4 G and 70-200 mm f/2.8 G VRII because it covers almost everything that I need, even if I have to shoot portrait or full body for some Campaign or Fashion style. I don't have my own style, but I can tell that I love vintage, old style (something which came from my family) which I want to combine with modern style. Well, I try to do my best with the retouching to be more closed to natural, colours, the story of the shooting itself and more important for me the skin, I really love it to be natural and I do my best for that. I always want to be close to the Vogue style. That’s my dream. Those colours and that quality..
Where do you get inspiration from?
For my inspiration I really look over Facebook, 500PX, Instagram, I follow different photographers like Jean Noir, Dany Diamond and more. I'`m looking to different styles and I try to understand their photos, the light, positions, process behind. Of course, I read magazines and Internet is a great source.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Life. In a picture I really want natural colours, a story for viewers and quality.
Studio, on location or both?
Both, but honestly I prefer on location. You can think more than in the studio, is more challenging. You have to chose the best position, to feel the light - and I loved nature. In studio..I like it too. Well, in some ways they are similar.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Good question. I consider myself more a hobbyist, even I had several paid jobs. I still have future paid projects in my agenda, but I'm not a full-time paid professional.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
MILANO FASHION WEEK, last year!!! Why? Because it is the most amazing place where you can be. Meeting all the big brands and shooting with those awesome bloggers or models! Walking in the street between well-known models which pose from you right there.. Amazing!
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I will be really honest and I will say music! Deep House music! It really make me feel relaxed and I can be inspired really easy. It let me dream, it allow me to see with my mind eyes the next photography, how it should look like, or what should I change in the current project.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon. My favourite lens is the 70-200 mm f/2.8 G VRII and the 300 mm f/2.8 VR.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Never stop dreaming! Never stop trying! Never stop searching!
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is really amazing and I’m honoured to be featured here !