Please welcome Fashion Photographer Martyna Kropiowska to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Martyna for sharing time with us.
Martyna Kropiowska: Hello James, it’s a pleasure to talk with you.
JRP: Where do you call home Martyna? Is this environment crucial to your creative process?
Martyna Kropiowska: For me home is a place where I can relax. Every day we are bombarded with many outside factors, flavors and colors. Home is the place where I can choose the factors which I want to have to deal with. However, The Home doesn’t have to be a house and yes, for sure it is crucial for my creative process.
JRP: How did you get involved with photography? Is there any formal training or assisting in your background?
Martyna Kropiowska: I started shooting about 1.5 years ago. Earlier at school, I had basic photography and study about aperture, shutter speed, and things like that. However, to be honest, it was not my favorite subject. Fashion photography came quite unexpectedly. Once, my friend asked me for some pictures. We prepared styling and makeup. I started snapping pictures and at one moment I felt that I’m doing something that gives me a huge satisfaction. I have always liked to draw people and work with them. That’s why I photograph people. I choose fashion photography because it gives infinite field maneuvers and manipulations.
JRP: Name two photographers that have influenced your photography.
Martyna Kropiowska: There are many great photographers, but at the moment I’m trying not to be inspired by any of them. My style is developing right now and I’m trying to limit all things that can put me in other people’s shoes.
JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects and what roles do they play?
Martyna Kropiowska: I don’t have one team to work with, but often work with the same people. These people are after all co-creators of the images and without their creative contribution to, the photo it would be quite different. It is very important to choose the right people to work with. Creativity and humor are essential. The second is particularly important when things are not happening the way it was planned.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot?
Martyna Kropiowska: Nothing special: Nikon D7000 + 18-105 / 3.5-5.6 lens. Sometimes I borrow lenses, but so far it’s enough for me.
JRP: Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Martyna Kropiowska: Definitely I prefer artificial light. Setting it gives me a lot of fun. Besides, I like to have everything under control. As for the modifiers of light, they are different. I choose them individually for each session depending on what I want to achieve.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Martyna Kropiowska: There’s noting special. Shoot-transfer, post process and final touch with Photoshop.
JRP: Is there a critical moment in the capture of your image?
Martyna Kropiowska: The critical moment is when I find an image worthy of the release of the disc.
JRP: Name a shoot or project that opened your eyes to the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Martyna Kropiowska: It’s hard to say, because I think I have been taking pictures far too short to have such moments. But after a beauty session with Natalia Gwozdz, I realized, that maybe is not so bad. It was my first session of this type.
JRP: If not photography what would Martyna Kropiowska be doing with her time?
Martyna Kropiowska: All the time I assume the possibility, that perhaps photography will simply get bored me. However, 1.5 years is too short a period to say, ”Yes, I will do this to the rest of my life.”. I have many other interests such as astronomy, robotics, ancient history, art. However, none of these areas has yet to give me such a wide field to express myself. So who knows …
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Martyna Kropiowska: Once I watched an interview with a brilliant photographer Tim Walker. He said that we should photograph only what we love. I agree with that.
JRP: What advice would you share with other photographers?
Martyna Kropiowska: I think I am not ready yet to give advice. Ask me this question in several years.
JRP: Thank you Martyna for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and I wish you continued success.
Martyna Kropiowska: Thank you very much!
JRP: To view more of Martyna Kropiowska’s photography please follow this link: http://martynakropiowska.tumblr.com/