Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BEHIND THE LENS: Evgenia Galan Photography, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

We discovered the magical photography of Evgenia Galan through one of our first interviewees, Alex Beadon.  Alex sent us over to check out her portfolio and we were instantly intrigued.  Evgenia brings a mystical, magical quality to her photos that keeps you lingering over her work for hours.  Evgenia is the first photographer we have interviewed from Russia.   Please give a warm welcome to our friend, Evgenia!  Dobro požalovat'!

Your Name:   Evgenia Galan
Your studio/business name:  Evgenia Galan
Location:  Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Your Style

In 50 words or less, how would your clients describe your photography?  
Most of all - it is "magical, fantastic and amazing."

Are you self-taught or classroom trained?
I never went to Photo School; I studied photography and software in books and online lessons. I think Russia does not have decent educational facilities for photography. In contrast to London, for example

How many years have you been a professional photographer?
Assuming the time photography started to bring me profit, it is 2 years. Began to get involved about 4 years ago. But I do not consider myself a professional photographer. I am still far from a professional, to my mind.

Where do you want to take your photography business in 5 years?  
Shoot. Shoot for magazines, commercial orders of people. Having the ability to shoot creative projects without restriction, neither material nor geographical.

Is there a photographer who inspires your style?  Who would that be?
Can`t name one in particular. Every photographer has works I do not like. Therefore, I can`t say I like someone 100%. Although, one name I would still mention - it's Annie Leibovitz

Favorite location to take photos?
Nature parks, forests and beach. I feel closer to natural light

Favorite vacation spot?
The place is not so important. What is important is the company.  I dream to travel the whole of Europe and to visit Japan.

Your Business

What was the pivotal moment when you decided to become a photographer?  
Initially, I was fascinated by Photoshop, I was curious to paint, to create some virtual pieces. Then I took up photography.

What’s the best marketing tip that has worked for you?  
Do not take criticism too close, and do not stop. In Russia there is a good phrase: "The dog barks, but the caravan keeps moving on"

What’s the most surprising thing a customer has asked you?  
One girl wanted to shoot with an elephant.

Favorite print lab? 
For portfolio I print photos in the nearby laboratory. They have good equipment! 

Your Gear
Are you Canon or Nikon

If you could only have one lens on a photo shoot, what would it be? 
50mm 1.2

What brand bag do you carry your camera in? 
Have no idea  

What gear would we find in your camera bag?
Camera and 5 lenses

Are you a natural light fan or strobe fan?  
Definitely natural light!

Are you PC or Mac?

Your Tips and Tricks

What post processing tools do you use?
Color correction, drawing, and occasionally liquify!

Do you shoot in Raw or Jpeg?  
Certainly Raw

Best advice you would give your 20-year old self?  
Dare & Create!

Best advice you would give a new photographer?  
Dare & Create!

What site do you use for your photography and why?  
Russian social network vk.com, and international 500px.com. I communicate friends with VK, acquaintances and Russian photographers,500px- is photography, people and views from around the world.

What Else Should We Know?

What was your worst photography experience? 
Perhaps the "bad" was not. And of the worst experiences you can always make something for yourself and draw conclusions.

What would surprise people most about you, whether it is photography related or not? 
Often, I create by myself clothes and accessories for creative shooting. And I love the old Soviet manual techniques lenses. They make a magical images!

Tell us something else you’d like us to know: 
See answer to previous question :)

And just because we want to know you, fill in the blanks

Three things I can’t live without
…. If the inanimate - the camera, computer and internet!

I wish I had more
….. features for creative shooting
The best thing about being a photographer is
a free schedule without a boss!)))

The most important lesson I ever learned was
…. To go to your goal and do something from which you enjoy. And which brings profit)

My favorite time of day is…Night.

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