Fri Aug 19, 2016, 5:00 AM
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Hello and welcome to an interview series that will introduce the artists of our monthly themed categories at AnimalsPlantsNature group! August is Domesticated Animals month and so we're excited to be bringing you an interview with a talented animal photographer to get a closer look at their artwork and their thoughts behind the pieces they submits to the DeviantArt community... Wolfskuss!
Who is Wolfskuss? Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Ria, I am a 18 year old girl from Vienna and I currently visit school. I started photographing when I was about 13 years old, the time I got my own dog, a dachshund mix called Phoebe. She inspired me to start photographing, first with the Nikon SLR from my father. I mainly visited my home zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, and photographed "wild" animals, especially wolves and big cats. When I was 14 I got my very own camera for my birthday and a tele lens. Until late 2015 I mainly photographed the animals in zoos but visiting the same zoo over and over got me bored so I started photographing dogs as a hobby. I had to learn a lot and I purchased two new lenses in the same year. In Spring 2016 I started getting money for my photos and I enjoy it a lot. In the future I hope I can make trough my photography my main income. I wanted to show and share my photos with others and that´s how I found Deviantart. I have been there with my main account for about 6 years!
What attracts you to Animals, Plants, & Nature photography?
I love that animals are not ashamed of being photographed. They are themselves, even if a camera is pointing at them. People tend to pretend, some of them are even uncomfortable with being photographed. And capturing the true nature of something is what I want.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of Domesticated Animals Photography?
Some pets don´t want to stand still for a minute and that can be pretty challenging to focus with your camera. (You shouldn´t stress a pet at a shooting or you gonna have a bad time!)
What does a typical shoot consist of for you?
I get in contact with my clients mainly with Facebook or e-mail. First we set a date and choose a location which depends on what photos the client wants. I know some locations in my area, but i also go to locations outside my city or visit the pets at home to photograph them in their garden or in their area. On the appointment we meet at the location and we take a little walk and search for places to photograph. One shooting takes one to two hours. I rarely photograph my own dog and if so only in my studio.
Have you had any odd or even scary experiences while photographing animals?
Well, not really. Only some labrador puppies wanted to play with my camera once and tried to chew on my lens.
What kind of camera gear do you own/use the most when shooting fungi photographs? What software do you use for post processing and what sort of editing do you normally do?
Last year I photographed with a Nikon D7000 until I got my new camera, a Nikon D800 which I bought in early 2016. I almost always use my Nikkor 85 mm f1.8 lens. I love it and use it for portraits and even action photos! I also have the Nikkor 50 mm f1.4 lens which I use for portraits and the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 which is for action photos but I rarely use it anymore. For post-processing I use Adobe Bridge CS6, Picdrop, Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS4. The sort of editing I do is different on each photo. I almost always add more contrast, a vignette and more colors.
How do you improve your skill as a photographer? Are you self-taught or are you professionally trained, etc?
I am self-taught but I want to visit coachings and workshops in the future!
What is your favorite species to photograph and why?
Can you tell us how you captured and finished this photo?
This photo was taken with my Nikon D800 and my Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens in a forest in Austria while it was dawning and the sun was almost down. The dog, Kaylee, is such a wonderful model and is always on alert. You can say to her "stay" and she will likely stay there forever until you tell her to come. The erika blossoms were beautiful so I wanted to photograph her in the flower field. She was watching her owner the whole time. In post-processing I added more contrast and a vignette, I also changed the background a little bit.
What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when first starting out?
When I first started, I thought prime lenses were useless because they don´t cover a lot of ranges. I only bought zoom lenses like the Sigma 50-500 mm or the Tamron 70-300 mm. I wish I knew back then that prime lenses have much more quality and you can photograph even when it is darker!
Thank you, Wolfskuss!
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