Here is that interview with the photographer/videographer David Olkarny I promised you, the more I look at David’s work the more I realise his work is all about the stunning LIGHTING and colour. He uses imaginative lighting setups to create impact and to create that Hollywood movie vibe, there appears to be a story in every image. Find out more about how David gets that unique lighting for his photos below…
How did you get into photography?
I bought the Canon 5D mark II for the full HD video feature, when I saw the amazing quality of some of the video clip’s I was shooting I quickly began to realise that photography would play a big part in my life.
What inspires you to create the work you do?
Movies, I’m studying moviemaking in Brussels and I try to mix photography with this passion.
What is the most satisfying part of the photographic process for you?
Definitely using Curves on Photoshop.
What do you aim to capture in your images, are their specific messages in your photography?
I tend to take photographs that communicate with the viewer and hold a message. I don’t like to shoot random people in random places with random lighting, I prefer to have an idea, a concept, a story to tell.
Do you use any specific techniques in your work? (i.e. HDR, Long exposures)
The lighting is the most important thing on my photo shoots, I like it when the light is cinematic, mysterious, intriguing. Many photographers set a big flash in front of the model and I definitely do not understand why. The idea is to keep the shadow on the face to get the 3D look, the shadow is more realistic in my opinion.
My specific technique in lighting is to set the flash on the right or left of the model but never ever in front of the model. Regarding the processing I would suggest using Curves in Photoshop, it’s all about the curves for me.
What are your future ambitions for your photography? Where do you want to go with your work?
Secretly I would love to work in the advertising world.
Thank you David for a fascinating insight, to see more of David’s work visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/olkaprod/
Stumbled across a great comparison today, the article compares the High ISO performance of the Nikon D700, Nikon D3 and Nikon D3S. As a Nikon D90 user (which is more than usable at ISO 1600), it is good to see Nikon are currently creating some great full frame cameras that perform well in low light. Check out the samples from the Nikon D3S at ISO 12,800. Perhaps the days of noisy images are soon to be to be a thing of the past if full frame becomes more affordable?
A true beast of a cam, sadly though another camera I have no chance of affording any time soon!
I’m looking forward to finding out more about the new Canon 5D MKiii aswell, I hear an announcement is soon to be made. I know of many photographers out there creating amazing videos on the Canon 5DMKii. I’m sure Canon will be working hard to make the 5D MKiii, the camera of choice for young film makers and the pro photography market.
Check out this comparison of the D3, D3S and D700 at high ISO and be amazed