Interview: Photographer Ivano Bellino (Italy)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I was born 41 years ago, in a sunny August. On the same day my father bought a camera to take pictures of his son's first image. In the young age I’de become totally voted to portraits photography and reportage photography. My experimentation finds expression in a town with a thousand faces; Catania’s not a big city but you’ll never forget what she can give you as a photographer. And that’s because I choose to follow that path. After a couple of years I’ve started to take weddings and events but, sincerely, if I’ll want to become a renowed photographer I’d like to make fashion and advertising photographer. I’de choose NIKON for my professional gear and I’m very happy top use that. I’m also official photographer of Scattando Italia , owner of private Photographic Studio and I’m active with editorials being published.
How and when did you get into photography? As I said in the forts point, my father bought a camera when I was young so, I always was fashinated by my father’s hobby. He had a camera obscura in my garage so, often i?ve followed him until I’ve buyed my first camera. 21 years old I guess.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography, for me, is ALL. My work, my hobby, mi destination. I love to fix in mind what I’ve seen in a particular moment. And not necessarily because I’ve taked that photos….I mean, I love to watch friend’s photos; ancient photos, historical and documentary photos…. because it allows me to understand, to watch, to learn. But when I have my camera on the hand everything change…..I’, the master and can take what I see…..like a painter he paints his picture….i catch my image on camera.
Where do you get inspiration from?
From photographer better than me (and there are many :) Basicallly I’like to look back in time to discover something new. I’ve studied a lot of famous photographer and I could mention many…but I’m not a “pure fan” of anybody; I try to take a little bit from eachone to make mi mix and my inspiration.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I am eclectic, colorful, modern (but not too much) photographer who belevies that spontaneity of photography is based on transmitting feelings through the images. For example, in weddings I love to make pure rportage photography; In portraiture I love to take photo of the “inside” the people and that’s because I’d like to think that my photograpy is “true”. Good feeling with model or with couple it’s the best way you have to make such a great work.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
Absolutely yes! I’ve always keep in mind my picture. And a lot of times I know even if it’s in black and white or colour. I see the shots and I press the button. Sometimes I wait for that pictures because I know it will come (I hope that). It’s not easy…for example during a wedding you can’t imagine everything, but I’f you are ready, if you know your job it’s likely to happen.
Studio, on location or both?
Both. But if it’s possible I choos location.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I’m a paid professional photographer. I pay taxes and go to work every day to bring a salary home. But fortunately I’m hobbyst photographer everytime i can.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I think last year, when a wedding dress shop asked me to phograph 54 bridegroom and bridals gown just in only two days. It was very difficult and complex work. We worked (me and my team) from 07.00 am to 02.30 p.m. for two days. At least we finished the work with so many thanks from the client but we have faced overcome almost all the problems tha a team could encounter during a shootimng of this complexity. But as I’ve already said, we did it. And it was great!
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon. I’ve used Canon and I think it’s very good...nut Nikon give the plus. I use Nikon D5, D810 and now the new Z6. I love 85 1.4 G and 135 DC for portraits. Rarely use the 70-200 2.8 FLfor portraits. In weddings I use the 2 camera (D5 and Z6) with new 28 1.4 and 85 1.4G;
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Folloe your instict and take simple shots. After you can always contruct something better. And remembere....copying is not a bad idea but it’s just and exercise... You have to get something out that it’s only yours. And the, today, you need to study both photography and post production at the same time. It’s important to go hand in hand because neither can do without the other.
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