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Interview: Photographer Roman Popov (Kazakhstan)

Can you tell us a little about you?

At present, I work as a legal advisor, but I enjoy taking photos during my free time. Photography is more of my hobby rather than work, though I often perform commercial projects.

How and when did you get into photography? There was a time when I found myself unemployed, and I had to explore ways of making money for living, and photography became one of them.

What does photography mean to you?

Photographing takes quite a large part of my life; it is like a ‘fresh breeze’ for me. Photographing allows creating capturing pictures, and it inspires me a lot.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I mostly capture portraits of women.

Where do you get inspiration from? Inspiration often comes during a shooting session itself.

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

It depends on the shooting environment; if it a commercial job, then you follow the pre-determined plan. If it is a creative project, then you typically develop the idea during the shooting, while experimenting with light and various images.

Studio, on location or both?

I take photos in any place, both in studios and in locations with natural light.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I consider myself to be a real professional.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

It was my birthday when I had to take pictures in the open country, and the day was marked as the birth my son!

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I shoot on Canon, but it is not fundamentally important. Right now my favorite camera lens is Canon 85 mm f1.2.

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

My advice is to be passionate of what you do, and you will have good results.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I take fancy in everything related to creative activities, and Modellenland Magazine is somewhat unique as it gives a chance for beginning photographers to publish their works and promote their talent. Their works will be seen in many countries, and it is amazing.

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