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Our featured photographer of the month is a big fan of nature and is inspired by nature in all its form. He is none other than Kushch Dmitry from Russia. Find out more about his style of photography and his personal philosophy. All these in this month's edition of Hear It!

Photographer: off / Kushch Dmitry
Country of Origin: Russian Federation

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon EOA 20D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Canon EF 50 f/1.4 USM


2. What do you think of photography these days?
Photography is many-sided. It is art and craft and it is also business.


3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I would like to be a traveler. Explore the world and people.



4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I had no interest in photography when was I given a digital camera. This gift changed my world. Since then whenever I have free time I will take photos.


5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
I think what's necessary is sincere interest and constant practice in photography.



6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
In the beginning there are no major problems. Problems appeared slowly. It was both about understanding of a composition, and achieving the appropriate quality of a photo.


7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Most of all I was pleased when my photo was in demand, received a lot of votes on photosights and when my photos are selling well at photostocks


8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
The most favourite genre - landscape. At first I find a place interesting to shoot. I go to the place at various times in a day just to understand when is the best illumination. Having chosen the most interesting time of illumination, I will have a shooting session.


9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I always take the best shot as if I plan to hang the picture on the wall in my apartment



10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
Happens differently. For landscape shots, I usually prepare in advance. Then I wait for the suitable weather. If it does not happen, I'll take the camera and I go for a walk. When the perfect moment speaks to my heart comes I shoot it.


11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
The greatest satisfactions come from sunset and sunrise, the sea and rocks, fog and mountains


12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
It is the most difficult to photograph landscapes against bright sun. It is very difficult to receive a quality picture with a high dynamic range


13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Philosophy is simple - do what I want. To do it well. And be glad if my work turns out great.


14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
I was inspired by the beauty of nature in all its forms. Nature is perfect and beautiful.


15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
When it is impossible, I postpone work for some time and I switch to daily affairs, I communicate with family members. Pass some time and when the creative power comes back, there are new ideas.


16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
Your question describes the state very well, which sometimes happens. There's only one cure - take the camera in your hands and take pictures.


17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
The beauty and uniqueness of the surrounding world, nature and human.


18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
The work that I've not done yet. It is in the future.


19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
It is not necessary to be upset in case of failures. It is necessary to work and study more creativity of successful and known photographers.

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