Interview: Photographer Gabriele Di Martino (Italy)
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Tell us something about yourself
I’m a 24 years old full time photographer living in Milan, Italy.
How and when did you get into photography?
I’m a self-taught photographer since I was seventeen, when I had my first studio shooting. It was a crazy but amazing experience because I’ve never been in a studio before but that day I felt in love with studio photography, so I decided to cultivate this passion, studying and making pratice to improve my skills.
What does photography mean to you?
It means everything for me! It’s my greatest passion and I completely express myself and my creativity during my shootings, also it’s my perfect way to relax and release tension.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I think I’ve found my “own” style over these years: my portfolio it’s a mix between natural and studio light, I like both bright and soft colors and I’m a big fan of shallow depth of field. It all depends on what I must do and on my mood. In simple terms, lots of people say I’m a very versatile photographer.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I often go insane searching for the right idea and mood but as usual it comes when I least expect it. Nevertheless, I also read lots of magazines and I look at a lot of photos and editorials.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Depending on the chosen model, I usually study a little moodboard and idea but I often shoot with the feelings of the moment, searching for particular locations and light. However, if I have to shoot a new campaign or editorial, I prefer to study an articulated moodboard that I share with all the staff and the client.
Studio, on location or both?
Both! Again, it depends on my ideas, feelings and on what I have to do. I often search for studio also with natural light or I mix natural and artificial lights on location. Easy!
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I’m a freelance photographer so I’m mainly a paid professional but I also spend a lot of time on my personal projects. In each case, it’s important to have (a lot!) of fun.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was probably my first campaign ever as a professional. It was just like a dream becoming true after lots of sacrifices and fights against people that didn’t believe in me.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I was born in the digital era so it’s surely internet. It’s a gigantic place where to find cool ideas, editorials, campaigns and more. Nevertheless, I also read lots of printed and online magazines.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I’m “yellow” so Nikon is my choice. I use two full frame cameras and my favorite lens is my faithful 85mm: I simply love it!
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Prepare yourself to be more than a photographer: a retoucher, a social media expert and more. To be a complete professional with lots of skills can help you in this adventure. Shoot many photos as you can in the area you want to specialize and prepare a strong portfolio. Last but not least, have patience and start your own business without being afraid to face difficulties.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It’s a great opportunity for all the creatives to show their works as freelancers or hobbyists: you’re doing a great work, so keep it up!