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*Ask me anything* about photography.

I don't pretend to know everything, but answering the questions is a good way to learn, too.

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Access Denied
How long have you been practicing it?
AdisAuthor
I shot my first film in 1993 or close. Played with manual film development and all other analogue fun for couple of years and then abandoned photography until 2006, when I accidently made a shot with a digital compact cam, that impressed myself :) In next year I started to work as the photoeditor in a magazine where I met couple of amazing photographers who became my teachers and in 2009 I started to shoot kind-of-professionally.
Access Denied
Accidents and randomness, nice. :)
Access Denied
Which part of the job brings the highest challenge, when you want to get a good shot?
AdisAuthor
Probably it's those psychological things when you make portrait of a person who does not know you yet and does not fully trust you, does not show his or hers real inner self. A good photographer should be a good psycologist, too, and I can't say I am. Everything else is all to the amount of practice which provides training of a mind and an eye.
Access Denied
Have you ever tried anything like this? http://plag.com/post/310590412/
AdisAuthor
No, I did not and the only thing I tried beyond humn eye spectre is infrared
AdisAuthor
Though I would definitely like to get my hands on that Kirilian device :D
Access Denied
I made a typo in the card, oops. It's Kirlian.
715#715
How have you learned photography?
AdisAuthor
I'd say it was 20% watching and investigating/learning from pictures I liked, 10% of talks/quetions/discussions with my teachers and 70% of practice. Though, on the other hand, I can't say I already finished the learning.
Mich Millner
Why are my pictures so bad?
AdisAuthor
Sorry, I did not see any of yours, so I can't say nor if they bad neither why it may be so. But the universal advice is - think before you shoot. Plan the shot in your mind before taking one. When you get used to that, it does not take much of valuable time - up to the parts of the second.
Canada
Adis, that sounds to be the advice of a murderer
Carpe Diem
I talked to someone who trained under Ansel Adams. Talk about jealous. Will you link to some of your photos?
AdisAuthor
I'm sorry, I think I did not fully understand your question - especially the part about jealousy. Yes, I find Ansel Adams as an exraordinaly photographer, he influenced me heavily on workin on BW photography. You can see that on my gallery at the http://helkathon.deviantart.com/gallery/
Carpe Diem
Adis, I meant that I'm jealous of the I talked to who trained under Ansel.
AdisAuthor
Yes, it's at my profile description. Though I have to admit I'm quite slow on that thing lately.
Pr1nc3 Jay
Adis, I just checked your Instagram, you have some beautiful pics there. You're a great photographer!
AdisAuthor
Pr1nc3 Jay, thanks, though "great" is quite a strong word ;)
Carpe Diem
How do you do a filmswap? Is that the same as a double exposure?
AdisAuthor
Oh that's simple. Shoot the film, rewind it to the cassette, give it to someone else and get such one in exchange, then shoot again and develop it :) Usually I do it with my friends or acquaintances, but there are several websites for that.
Secretariat ‮
Does each picture have a meaning?
AdisAuthor
It's the viewers imagination that gives the meaning to the picture. Or doesn't :)
Sólon Póvoa
I have two 13MP cell phones. With one of them I take great quality photos. With the other one, they're horrible. Does it have anything to do with the sensor size? What is sensor size?
AdisAuthor
The bigger is the sensor - physically, not in pixel measurement - the more light it may take, the better image you get. This means with 7 MPix DSLR you can get better pic that with 12 MPix compact cam or a phone. But the quality of the shot depends not only on the sensor, influence of the optical system, the lenses is very important, too.
Sólon Póvoa
great! Thank you so very much :)
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Adis, true, it very depends. A popular misconception is that more pixels = better photo. That's false. I can post a photo of the lunar eclipse, taken by 8 megapixels iPhone 5, and one taken with (I think it's also 8 MP) DSLR camera. That nicely shows that MP are not everything.
Finbarr
What size CCD is better for mega zoom
AdisAuthor
Now that is a question for me to learn, since all my digital era I worked on CMOS, I think :) Will report what I'll find on this.
Keepvogel ❓
Cool card. You may like this, Adis: http://plag.com/post/1396942181/
xSkepTics😱
Wow I love what you just said, "every good photographer should be a great psychologist too". That really has me thinking because Im a psych major and really love photography, I wish I could learn more from you and hear what you believe
AdisAuthor
I would be glad to help. That what this card is for, partly :)
Vroum.
Do you like nudes?
AdisAuthor
I like acts made by photographers who see not just body but also an idea and a personality of a model. Like Rimantas Dichavičius http://doorofperception.com/2014/02/rimantas-dichavicius/
Finbarr
Big or small CCD for tele shots?
Viqueen
Have you ever done product photography? If you have, what makes for a great shoot?
AdisAuthor
I've worked as an assistant for several product shootings, but I guess it's too few to make conclusions. I'm more into photojournalism and nature than studio thing.
Emilianobrem
What camera should I buy? jajaja
AdisAuthor
I'd recommend a full frame DSLR.
Traiton
My starting camera is a Nikon D5200 do you think its a good starter?
AdisAuthor
Of course it is.
Ninjaman334
How many words are a picture worth? And I'm referring to an old Polaroid picture, you know, like the ones OUTKAST was infamous for using in the early 2000's. I am NOT referring to that new age digital crap! Thank you!
AdisAuthor
It's as much words as you know and want to tell ;)
Emilianobrem
HDR is good or bad?
AdisAuthor
For me, it depends on the amout. The best one is when you do not recognize it's a HDR :)
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ThE ShÖcKeR
What was your best(perfect) shot and what made it perfect?
AdisAuthor
I guess it's not me to decide such thing, but my favorite is http://helkathon.deviantart.com/art/Red-n-White-149169676. I love it because it's my favorite season, it reflects the atmosphere of it and it has an element of coincidence. It did not need so much skill to take, just being in the right place, at the right time :) Though some years after I made very simlar one, at almost exact spot :)
ThE ShÖcKeR
Adis, thanks!!
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Kyle
What kind of filter is best for shooting sunrise?
AdisAuthor
UV. It does not nothing with a ultraviolet protection, but it protects from scratching the original lens while you walking in the dusk before the sunrise ;)
CobaltCraftR27
I just have to say good for you. No questions
Tysseract
What's the best way to photo rain? I can never seem to get the drops to show up falling through the air. (I have a canon t5i with an 18-250 f/3.5-5.6 lens)
AdisAuthor
If you want drops and not the streams, use fast shutter, like 1/1250 or faster. I also would recommend darker backround and the light from your back.
Mr. Pobrenyack 🎩
Which of your photos collections admire so much? and why?
AdisAuthor
Sorry, I'm afraid I did not quite understand the question.
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Keepvogel ❓
A lot of them are answered, the unanswered question were posted during night (in Adis' timezone). And this card is just a day old.
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Tenebrioun
I'd like your honest opinion. These are purely amateur, done with my smartphone. No " training" or training. Now that I've hedged my bets: http://plag.com/post/2003569146/
AdisAuthor
I like them, especially last two. My suggestion is - get a stricter idea what you want to show and make some details more noticeable and leave some as less important. I imagine you want to show how an amazing whole sight it was, but when you give too many details, the eye gets lost. And you can set focus on things using lens blur, vignetting, saturation or desaturation and many more things. Wise postprocessing is not a sin ;)
Tenebrioun
Adis, thanks. I'll take that to heart. I'm only just thinking I might want to take up photography as a hobby because friends and family say I have a good eye for it. With all due respect, its easy to say someones good at something if you know little about that something. Time to learn how to postpricess. :)
Tenebrioun
Clarification: with all due respect to my friends and family....etc
AdisAuthor
Tenebrioun, yeah, I got that :) But you see, people usually are quite good at identifying the basics, the very sprouts of things. Of course, there's a long way to the top, if you wanna rock'n'roll, and if you not play, but just listen, sometimes you get wrong idea of how long it may be ;) But that goes for everything.
David
How to find good f stop values when shooting with a kit lens?
AdisAuthor
I'm afraid there is no direct answer to that, just like there is no answer to question what are the best speeds for driving a car. I think you have just to test it - kit lenses vary, photosession situations vary too. But the lens works for the best when it's on the very middle between it's biggest and smallest value. Like if your lens is 2, 4, 8, 11 and 16, the best results would be on 8. Of course, depending on the photosession, again - this is cool for landscape, but not for portrait or a macro. Unless you want portrait with quite intense background. See, many variations here :)
Jesus/Maria y Jose
What's your favorite gear? Just checked ur IG fantastic work
AdisAuthor
Thanks :) And my favorite gear is the nearest possible at the moment :)
Sarafina
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Great card Adis. I love your cards and your photos.
AdisAuthor
Thank you!
wwjk
How do you photography?
AdisAuthor
With a digital, analog cameras, smartphones and pinhole boxes.
wwjk
Adis, i have an old view master...would that be good?
AdisAuthor
wwjk, sadly, I have no experience with these. Here in fucking soviet union, where I spent my childhood, we did not have any of these.
wwjk
Adis, oh that blows. You should definitely get one.
AdisAuthor
wwjk, thanks, I'll try if I see one!
blueice
What is your recommendation for the digital camera model for completely beginner?
AdisAuthor
Since I have most of experience with Canon, I'd recommend EOS 1200D. But some equivalent from Nikon would be equally good.
wwjk
Nikon 5200 is pretty good
AdisAuthor
wwjk, agreed!
blueice
Adis, thanks
AdisAuthor
OK, guys, sorry if I missed some questions - there're a bit more of them than I had expected :) And I decided to delete all the comments which are not related to photography - and I will do the same in the future.
kets
Please explain f-stop
AdisAuthor
You may think about it as the gears of a car. The lower the number of F is, the more light it allows to pass on sensor or film, and the blurrier the background is. Or you may think it like about your own eye: when it's dark, you open it as wide as possible, and when you want to see something clearly in the distance, or in the (too) bright light, you narrow your eyes.
Atomkraftfurz
What is the best way to shoot waterdrops?
AdisAuthor
Fast shutter speed (1/1250 or faster), darker backround, light from your back.
Ethan Mc
Some of your photography is really good. I've been into it for about two years. Recently I started the online classes under Nick Carver. You can find my deviantart page at deviantpigu. Anyways, a few of the professional photographers I know have abandoned photography because it's a dying art. It's so easy to get a camera now that you have to be traveling to unconventional locations to get the special shots that nobody else can. I agree to a certain degree but I wanted to know your opinion.
Rolo Tomasi
I fully disagree. Democratization of an art (painting, photography, architecture, whatever) always keeps it much livelier. It pushes the boundaries and creativity forward. Some shots are "special" because they were taken on Mars with Paris Hilton. Some shots are special because of your eyes. Portraits, for example, will always be unique. To make it simple: if you want a special shot, be special.
AdisAuthor
Well, in my opinion such position, as Ethan Mc described, is more pretentious than wise. My unserstanding is quite opposite: the more people will get an opportunity to write, the bigger rate of them will learn how to finally do it well and more good books we'll have in the future. Same applies to photography, I guess.
Ethan Mc
Adis, I appreciate both of your bright opinions. I haven't heard any other opinions so it has opened my eyes to those views. Thank you.
G.Bennett
Would you mind critiquing my photos? http://plag.com/post/1163059370/
AdisAuthor
I just did. You definitely have a photo-eye, but you're using it on a risky zone, in the meaning of viewer acceptance ;)
JogadorSurpresa
Can you give me a link that may help me understand the manual settings on my nikkon camera?
AdisAuthor
Since I don't know the model, try googling it like "nikon [insert model name] manual"
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What do you think about photos on my Instagram (in my profile)? How could I improve them? *most of them are taken with iPhone 5, except the ones from the red panda to the carnivorous plant, which are taken with DSLR camera*
AdisAuthor
Really nice snapshots! And for the improvement, I guess you need more clear idea on what do you want to show, except "look, it's a [insert object name]"
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Adis, thanks for your opinion. How do you think a more clear idea? What, for example?
AdisAuthor
Square Eater developer, like for the last of your shot: you say, it's a smoothie. OK, why are you showing it? how This One Smoothie is different from any others? why are you taking - and especially, photographing - this one and not one from the day before? Make some story, leave something to the imagination of a viewer. Some accent, some detail to show This Smoothie is special.
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Adis, thanks for explaining. I guess I'll have problems with that, since I don't have many ideas ...
Littlepeople
How much do you charge for a standard photo?
AdisAuthor
Not sure what you call a standard photo. I rarely do a stock imaging, since I usually get hired for a photosessions or photoprojects. Which may vary from tens of € (like personal photosession) to hundreds - if it is a big task and you have to work with the team.
Illuminabite
What was represented on the first picture in color ?
AdisAuthor
I guess some ox on the wall of a cave, with painted body :) If you are talking about photogaphy, first documented colorfull photo is about a tartan ribbon, shot in 1861. There is a theory, that a hilotype technique was about 15 years earlier, but the founder of this techniue was doing some retouches on colors of his shots, and his hilotypes were not so well documented, so most historians say first colorfull shot is that tartan ribbon by Thomas Sutton.
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Spider.©
If you could have any camera at all, what would it be?
SlimFootJesus
I would buy a PhaseOne with the proper lens and computer system. It is a medium format digital camera.
AdisAuthor
Never thought about that. Maybe Hasselblad H5D-200c? Not sure.
SlimFootJesus
Adis, I gues both are similar tier...
Spider.©
🔱 Slim Foot Jesus, perhaps Santa 🎅 will bring you one for Christmas 🎄
SlimFootJesus
Spider, oh spidey so lovely... :)
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musl
How is nikon DS5300 ?
AdisAuthor
I'm not very familiar with Nikons, but from specifications it looks pretty nice for me.
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What what do you photograph?
AdisAuthor
Mostly I'm into photojournalism and nature. Recently I turned into portraits, a bit.
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Adis, I mean, with* what
AdisAuthor
Square Eater developer, with anything what comes by the hand - SLR, DSLR, compact cam, phone, pinhole. If there is a hole, you can shoot with it. If there is no hole, you can try to make one and shoot with it ;)
Kirsten
What kind of camera(s) do you have? What kind is good for starters?
AdisAuthor
The camera itself is not so much important, really. Of course, modern DSLR probably is most comfortable, but I started with an old fucking-soviet cam "Smena-2", which was total crap and probably worse even that generic noname Chinese stuff of 1990s, but it gave me lots of important lessons via practice.
Kirsten
Adis, thanks for answering🤗
Kirsten
Can you tell me about lomography? ( if that's the right name for it )
AdisAuthor
Name of Lomography comes from the old fucking-soviet factory LOMO (Leningradskoye Optiko-Mekhanicheskoye Obyedinenie) that was producing cameras (actually, making poor copies of stolen foreign tecnologies) of quality so low, that most part of the shot success was depending not on the skill of a photographer or settings of the camera, but mostly on the pure luck. And after the collapse of USSR happened this crazy thing, when something is so bad and terrible, that it is good again - some guys of Austria found one awfull LOMO camera model, started shooting with it and made a movement out of that :D
Kirsten
Adis, thanks ;D
Sebi
Did you tested the sony amount to emount adapter?
AdisAuthor
Sadly, no.
ninelives900
By any chance, have you done pornography? Not trying to be a troll, this is a serious question.
Spider.©
Seriously stupid!
AdisAuthor
No, I find it rather good and honest question. And yet again, no, I did not, just some nudes for a few magazine covers. But shooting pornography in professional level is quite serious and skill demanding stuff, you need to know studio lights well. I see most people often do not realize that.
Testshoot
Cross processing.... miss it?
AdisAuthor
Actually, no :) Because there are both the possibility to do that at the spot where I live in and I never was a hugebfan of it :)
josh
What iso and f-stop is your favorite
AdisAuthor
Have none, since I have no favorite speed of a car :) One is for a highway, another is for a neighborhood ;)
carmichael4
How I can photograph the moon?/ Como puedo fotografiar la luna?
AdisAuthor
Tele lens, tripod, smallest apperture (i.e. the biggest F number), and then search for suitable shutter speed to avoid the overexposure.
Tom A$AP
The best Canera for beginners ?
AdisAuthor
I'd recommend Canon EOS 1200D or equivalent from Nikon. But actually gear does not matter that much. Any cam where you can manually operate apperture and shutter speed is good, if you want to learn.
OlePeterOtt
Do you think Salgado is kitschy in his Genesis project?
AdisAuthor
I guess it's not the works, it's the topic. And I would not describe it as "kitschy". More up to "trendy", or something like that.
OlePeterOtt
Adis, interesting. Thanks
AdisAuthor
OlePeterOtt, thank you for an interesting question!
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Tenebrioun
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Tom A$AP
Thank you verr much
Canada
Do you consider yourself a professional?
AdisAuthor
No. Years ago photography was my job for a while, but now I shoot only what I want and have another primary job. So I guess on this occasion I'm hobbyist, who might get paid for his hobby :)
Brooks
Answer the damn question adis...
AdisAuthor
The answer is damned.
Anzur
What do you believe about what Walter Benjamin says about photography?
AdisAuthor
I have mixed feelings on his thoughts. Sometimes I find him too spiritual on the topic - for me camera and the photography is simply a tool and I won't take an ode to the hammer, hammering or sawing too seriously, though I of course will appreciate the house built with those tools (if it is worthy of appreciation, of course). But in some cases I totally agree with him, like on that thing of illiteracy, where in modern times it should mean not the inability to write, but inability to photograph in at least medium level.
Anzur
Adis, Thanks :)
Canada
Do you know how to process film in a dark room
AdisAuthor
Yes, my fafher tought me when I was 11 or 12. But only black and white stuff.
ninelives900
Have you ever use photography on a photographer practicing photography on a photographer to make the perfect photograph?
AdisAuthor
Well, technically I did :) At the studio, when one photographer was setting the lights for upcoming session and another photographer volunteered to be a test model for that. Since both of them were my colleagues, I snapped this process, but actually that shot appeared to be not so impressive as you might have imagined :D
.:: Gor ::.
Instead of asking, it would be easier if I showed you. I posted some photographs on my profile, will you look and critique them as to what would make them better and how. I'd appreciate it.
AdisAuthor
Users can't see each other cards from profile section here on Plag. You have to paste links of your cards.
AdisAuthor
I really liked the last three. In Ireland shot i feel intense atmosphere, it's impressive. That building shot with and without color intrigues, makes you wander the pic like on a hidden objects game. The girl is nice, though quite stereotypical somehow, and I don't think such wide formal is necessary for a portrait. And that no-bee shot is a common mistake, like "this is the shot were we sail to the Crete, and it was such an enormous wave here, but somehow it is not seen in the shot, but you know, it definitely was". Picture should depict the object without any further description or explanation, unless you help the viewer to rediscover the shot and alter primary idea.
.:: Gor ::.
Adis, thanks. And 1 more important question: How would make income as a starting out hobby photographer that no one knows? Do I post my photos and hope people buy the copyright? Or what should I do to have income on the side to make all this effort worth it
AdisAuthor
.:: Gor ::., that is a question with many answers. You can gather some portfolio shooting for free and then ask some smaller business object if they need a photographer for some project or occasion - and try it on different bussiness objects until you get the positive answer. You can try sell your shots at the stock. You can try getting an acquaintance with somebody who is in business of photography, and offer your services as an assistant - from time to time. Or you can just shoot, enjoy the process, publish yourself and wait until you reach the level when someone will finally ask you to photograph them (or anything for them) for the money. Either way it takes time. Years, mostly.
Daniel V.
What's the farthest you've traveled for a picture?
AdisAuthor
Not that much - about 1500 kilometers, I guess. Most of the times such thing happends when I get hired to cover some event, make a photo report on it. Mostly business, not so much romance :) But I have a dream to visit Japan on the springtime, of course - to shoot the falling blossoms of sakuras :)
Canada
Have you photographed nude women or men? If not, would you be willing to do so?
AdisAuthor
Yes I did. And I have to say, when you are shooting it, you stop seing body or nudity, you see shapes, geometry and light. So usually eroticism is in the result - in the photograph - but not in the process :)
Joseph
Okay this is going to sound stupid, but when you take a picture and you are editing it what do the color effects do?
AdisAuthor
I guess you're talking about filters like on Instagram? They change the photo - increase or decrease some tones, alter original colors, warmth, contrast. In the result it changes or increases the mood, makes the shot more clear in the meaning of idea, for a viewer.
Canada
Are you protective of your photographs? For example, would you make sure not to post your best work on sites where anyone could copy it and possibly claim it as their own?
AdisAuthor
Usually I don't watermark my photos (unless it's some rare editorial). If someone publish my shot saying that it's his or hers, I give a comment about the real authorship (if I notice such, of course), but actually I take it as some kind of a compliment - this means I did it in a better way than a thief could ;) But if someone tries to get some money from my shots - yeah, I dig up the axe of war then :) But that happened to me only once. Usually I publish my shots in quite small resolution for a commercial theft.
.:: Gor ::.
Adis, besides deviantart, where else do you mainly publish your work
AdisAuthor
.:: Gor ::., 500pix, behance, National Geographic. But DA is kind of primary one, becoming something between archives and the testing grounds :)
Canada
Adis, does NG pay well? Seems like an accomplishment to have NG post your work or is it not that big of a deal
AdisAuthor
Canada, no, I don't publish myself at NG as the full time or the part time, because sometimes I do some more postprocessing than it's on to their - I would say, sometimes unwisely strict - rules. But they do have a platform with lower restrictions, and that's where I am.
Frau November
I love this card. Thank you, Adis. (You can delete this comment for coherence.)
Rolo Tomasi
One of the best cards. And I love Adis' answers.
AdisAuthor
OK, the card is expired, but if you ever get here in some way or another, always feel free to ask anything about the topic. And I thank you very much for all the questions I got - just as I expected, there were situations where I had to check my own knowledge and attitude, and I find it very useful for me. So, have a great shots everybody! Click!
Canada
Is there a noticeable difference between your work and the random instagram photo to the layperson
AdisAuthor
I'm afraid I did not understand your question well :/
ninelives900
Adis, He's asking if there is a difference between your work and an instagram user's work to the average person.
AdisAuthor
ninelives900, yeah, but what does work stands for here? Process or the result?
Canada
Adis, result
AdisAuthor
Then probably we need a layperson to answer this question :)
SlimFootJesus
Yes there is a difference... a big difference...
SlimFootJesus
Like the difference between fire and ice... or light and dark... difference like the distance between galaxies...
Spider.©
ninelives900, very deep
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