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Interview: Photographer Dustin Elzinga (Netherlands)
Tell us something about yourself
I'm Dustin Elzinga, I come from a small village called Termunten (Netherlands). Here I was born and raised.
I’m still living here and this is the place were i do most of my photoshoots, there are so much beautiful places that can be used as a backdrop and im still not bored off.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started photography 5 years ago, because a photoshoot I did myself.
We took some family photos, and that way photography caught my attention.
I bought my first camera a Nikon d3000 and started photographing neighbors.
I’ve learned so much form working with other photographers but always kept my own vision and “style”.
In those 5 years i photographed so many children, families, weddings and newborns but most of all i photographed models.
After 4 years I’ve stopped photographing children, families and wedding and set my focus on models only.
What does photography mean to you?
Photographing means a lot to me, and I still love doing it.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My “style”? I dunno, I think I have more than one style.
I like doing more things and creating different images, I don’t stick to one style i think.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from other photographers, the internet or magazines.
Sometimes i look around me and take my inspiration from that, basically everything can be used as inspiration, just know how to make it your own or use it in a photograph.
Studio, on location or both?
I only shoot on loction.
I had a studio for a year with another photographer, but i didn’t used it often and stopped doing studio work.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I think somewere in the middle? I wouldn’t call myself full on professional.
But not a hobbyist either, I think more on the side of professional but not completely.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
That’s hard to say, I don’t have a photohoot in particular.
I loved doing all my photoshoot and will always keep them in mind.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I’ve started out with a Nikon camera, after that i used canon and still using canon these days.
Most of the time I use my canon 5d mark ii in combination with the 70-200mm L lens.
But for close portraits I like to use my 50mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Just start I think is the best advice I can give, there are no rules in photography so just start photographing.
Find out what kind of photography you like to do and keep practicing and make yourself a better photographer.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I found out about these magazine august these year, didn’t had much time to read as much I would like to.
But I think it has a pretty layout and some nice stories inside, for now I don’t really have a good opinion.