Name- Mateusz Dryja
Where are you from?- Poland, Cracow.
Your equipment- Sony Alpha 350. 18-70 kit - I use it only when I need wide angle. It's quite good lens until you use only 18 - 22 mm. Minolta 28mm f2.8 - Quite good when you have good light, on this focal lenght much better than kit one. In APS-C format I use it as a standard lens. And aperture 2.8 it's the biggest advantage. Minolta 50mm f1.7 - my favourite one. It has perfect bokeh (f1.7!), beutiful colours and really good sharpness. Amazing when I shoot portraits. For several months I didn't use any other lens. I adore it. Sony hvl 42 flash, I'm getting used to it.
Influences and photographers you like- Biggest influence: www.flickr.com/photos/anulla/. I started taking photos seriously when Anna encouraged me. She has perfect eye and can take superb photo even when there's nothing interesting to shoot. www.flickr.com/photos/lenaah/ She's great. I love her abstract photos. Technically perfect composition, make up, styling, light...www.flickr.com/photos/katielee/page6/, In general I like abstraction in photography. Some of her photos are example of this.
www.flickr.com/photos/chaosimage/page5/ www.flickr.com/photos/rosie_hardy/ OMG, her photos are really awesome.
www.flickr.com/photos/_kane/ he's doing great portraits.
www.flickr.com/photos/stygian/ great natural light portraits.
www.flickr.com/photos/siwonia/ great b&w portraits.
www.flickr.com/photos/stcm/ I like his abstract photos
www.flickr.com/photos/uropirat/ And her too
Tips for new photographers- I don't know... I'm new photographer too. Hmm... don't stop learning. And don't be shy to take photos when people are wondering 'what does he see there?'. And remember that some imperfections in photos are adding them nice touch.
What's photography for you?- Passion and way to present world better than it is. More colorful, more magical...etc. In general I try to make my photos look "more" then reality. I like when photos looks like pictures from a fairy tail. On the other hand, I don't like too much of Photoshop. Post processing has to be balanced.
A little about you- I'm a student of land surveying, I take photos for 1.5 year, don't have pets, 184 cm tall, interested in theology and philosophy. I speak polish, spanish and english. If you want to hire me feel free to do it, but you pay for the travel ;).
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