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Interview: Photographer Valerio Grazioso (Italy)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I’m Valerio Grazioso, Rome based, born in 93. Graduated in archeology, I’ve a lot of hobbies besides photography such as music, Formula 1, technology. I’m a portrait and landscapes photographer.

How and when did you get into photography?

I started 6 years ago, buying my first DSLR camera. My father was a photographer and he was always a point of reference for me.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my passion and it’s the way to meet new people and visit the most beautiful places in the world. Through photography I can express my feelings and show my vision of the world

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

When I take a picture I try to portray the essence of a person as it appears to my eyes, without artifacts. It is also very important to try to insert the person in a landscape context in order to show it in relation to the place.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Every day I look at the shots of the great masters of photography to look for new ideas and improve myself continuously. The Internet in this sense is really a fundamental tool.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Yes, always. A few days before a shooting I carry out an inspection on the place where I will take the photos to understand what could be the points to take the best shots. It's also a way to study the best lighting conditions. Nothing is done randomly.

Studio, on location or both?

So far I always shoot outside, because the sunlight is really very beautiful and in a short time it allows to obtain different types of photographs.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

At the moment I'm a hobbyist, but I'd like photography to become my job because when I shoot I feel happy and there's nothing better than doing a job that generates satisfaction.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I’ve done many photo sessions. Perhaps the best was in an abandoned building in Rome: the lighting conditions were perfect and even the model was in the right mood. Really good work.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I’m a Canon user with my Canon 5D Mark IV. My favourite lens is Sigma Art 50mm 1.4 for total body and Tamron 70-200 G2 2.8 for close up.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

My advice for those approaching photography is to shoot as much as possible to improve day by day and figure out which genre is best suited to their interests.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It is simply spectacular and of great quality. Furthermore, allowing photographers to be able to tell their stories is very beautiful indeed.

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