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Interview: Photographer Kornel Andras Popa (Hungary)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Kornel Andras Popa and I am originally from Romania (Transylvania) but I have been living in Hungary for 24 years in Szombathely, which is on the border with Austria.

How and when did you get into photography?

I fell in love with photography in childhood when I received my first camera from my parents.

As a child, I photographed friends and children from the neighborhood where I lived at that time. When I became an adult, I bought my first digital camera with which I photographed flowers and my family. I have been a portrait photographer for about 6 years.

What does photography mean to you?

For me, photography is a way to capture moments from our lives and show people the world through the prism of our visions and feelings.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I don't know exactly how I could call my style of photography, it's photography based on a concept, on an idea whose final result has shades of fine art, a style that I really like.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I am very inspired by everyday life, what happens to us, the stories of the people around me, painting, poetry and the feelings I experience when I listen to music.

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

Yes of course ! When I have a project, I always choose my models, location, clothes and props very carefully.

Studio, on location or both?

In general, I like to take a photo in the studio the most. I feel at ease, the studio gives me the opportunity to set my light as I want

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I consider myself a photographer passionate about photography, I don't earn money from photography, I photograph more as a hobby

What has been your most memorable session and why?

Every photo session brings me maximum satisfaction! Everyone has their own charm, the most important thing for me is for the models to feel at ease, for everyone to have a memorable photo session.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I have two cameras. I have an older camera "Canon 700D with an 85mm f/1.8 lens and a Sony A7 MRK II with a 50mm f/1.18 lens and a Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8 lens. I agree with both, but the Sony camera and the lens 50mm, I work the easiest.

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

I suggest them first of all to believe a lot in what they are doing! I think that when you believe in what you do, you have the best chance of succeeding.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It's a great opportunity to promote artists from all over the world and for my part, I'm very happy to have the opportunity to give this interview.

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