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Journal Entry: Fri Sep 7, 2018, 5:00 AM
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It's not often I get to talk to a photographer who is skilled in shooting both landscapes and dogs- but when I do, I am excited! Introducing Aenkill!

Heather field by Aenkill

Hi Aenkill! Let's start off with introductions, who are you?

My name is Sara and I was born in Poland but I currently live in Scotland. I work as a Technical Support Engineer so it's not even close to photography. Over 12 years ago I got a small point and shoot camera as a birthday present, which I soon upgraded to more advanced hybrid and them my first DSLR. I remember I really enjoyed taking pictures of my puppy, I must have been 12-ish at that time, and this is how it all started. Obviously, my first pictures were not that great but I joined on online forum and slowly learnt about photography and editing.

Frosty morning II by Aenkill Autumn by Aenkill

When browsing your gallery, I can't help but notice a huge diversity, mainly between domesticated animals and landscapes. Which is your favourite, and why?

Difficult question! I feel like I am definitely ‘better’ at shooting pets than landscapes but I do enjoy both and they mix quite well. My border collie is my main model and also a great companion that never leaves my side when I go hiking. This gives me opportunity to try both landscapes and pets at the same time, win-win! But if I had to choose, I would say I enjoy pets/animals photography a bit more than landscapes. After all, who doesn’t like fluffy, cute and super friendly models?

Lochan na h-Achlaise by Aenkill Sunny evening by Aenkill

What is it that attracts you to Animals, Plants and Nature photography?

Authenticity. I mainly shoot outdoors, using natural light only and my models are sometimes not exactly cooperative. This means every session and every photo will be unique, true and not staged. I really enjoying working with natural light, sometimes challenging conditions make me experiment more and the results can surprising.

Altis by Aenkill Altis the border collie by Aenkill

What gear and software do you use?

I mainly use Lightroom and Photoshop for editing. Currently, I have Canon 6D and couple of lenses: Sigma 50mm f1.4 and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 which I mainly use for portraits and action shots and Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 for landscapes.

Daktyl the Australian Shepherd by Aenkill Horse - loch Lomond by Aenkill

What is your personal favourite from your gallery, and can you share a little background information on that?


Shake it off by Aenkill
I think this is my personal favourite mainly because to me this is a perfect example of how unexpected working with natural light and animals can be. I have taken it on one of the summer evenings at the lake and was not planned or staged at all and that’s why it’s one of my favourites. This is just a dog having fun but it turned out in quite unexpected way. I think it encouraged me even more try something different.

Ridge by Aenkill Buachaille Etive Beag by Aenkill

What is the most challenging thing to photograph for you?

People! I think this is polar opposite of photographing animals and landscapes, requires different techniques and knowledge.

Altis XXVI by Aenkill Buachaille Etive Mor by Aenkill

How do you improve your skills as a photographer?

I like to watch YouTube videos and read articles about taking picture shut also about post processing. Later, I like to try those in action. What I find very satisfying is going back to my older images to reedit them using different techniques

Isle of Arran I by Aenkill Altis the Border Collie by Aenkill

Is there something you wish you had known sooner?

The light is everything. When I first started photography it was trying to learn how to achieve a certain look so I was experimenting with different settings, editing and I was never close to what I was aiming for. Later, I learned that you really do need perfect light because this is one of the things you will never be able to “add later in Photoshop”. In the beginning I was literally carrying my camera everywhere and shooting everything at any time. Now, if the conditions aren’t right I don’t even bother taking out my camera unless it’s just to take couple of quick snaps.

Sunrise over Buachaille Etive Mor by Aenkill Etive Mor by Aenkill

Do you have any tips for aspiring photographers?

Experiment, break your habits and try something new. You will not always get it right but you will never learn anything new unless you try. It takes time to find your own style and it will probably change over time until you find the one that suits you and your photographs.
Learn Photoshop or similar software. Don’t just download actions, plugins and presets - learn how to use most basic tools masks, levels, curves – this is all you need. I believe post processing is essential part of photography and it has been there since analogues cameras existed. Your camera sensor is not perfect and quite often your pictures will need that final touch.

If you enjoyed this interview, don't forget to check out Aenkill's gallery!

Sunrise by Aenkill  Kyla by Aenkill Sunrise by Aenkill
Gingers the Cocker Spaniel by Aenkill  Altis in the forest by Aenkill  Glencoe by Aenkill
Altis by Aenkill Altis by Aenkill  Glen Coe by Aenkill

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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018   Photographer
Great interview and amazing photographs :love:
Yuukon Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018   Writer
Thank you dear!
SilentArtist08 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Love her work! A true inspiration and talent to strive to achieve! Hope to get to her level one day ^_^
Yuukon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018   Writer
I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!
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