JRP: When I came across Fashion Photographer Michal Greg’s work I was compelled to ask for an interview. Thank you Michal for sharing some time with JRP Blog.
Michal Greg: No worries, I’m more than happy to talk to you James.
JRP: Michal where do you call home and how did you get your start in photography? Is there any formal training in your background?
Michal Greg: I got my first camera when I was 5 years old. I started with black and white photographs developing in a darkroom and enjoying my very first SLR. Since then I knew that photography was gonna play an important role in my life.
Although I do not have any professional training I assisted with professional shoots for a few years. As far as home is concerned I’m based in Warsaw but spend a lot of time in the UK.
JRP: For every photographer there is a moment where it clicks that this is what you should be doing. When was that for you and why fashion photography?
Michal Greg: A few years ago I shot my very first photo session – pictorial. I sent this material to a number of foreign editions of Playboy Magazine and guess what? Czech Rep., Philippines, Hungary, Greece and Germany printed my work! Although it was a big success I decided to focus on fashion photography so I started shooting models 🙂 About a year ago I decided I was ready to go it alone and do my very first fashion production.
JRP: Which photographers do you feel have impacted your work?
Michal Greg: There are plenty of photographers who’ve had an impact on my view of photography: Steven Meisel, Terry Richardson, Nan Goldin, Richard Avedon, Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Steven Klein, and Helmut Newton …
JRP: Do you have a support staff and what areas do they handle?
Michal Greg: Yes, there are a number of folks I work with, and I know how important the whole crew is I work with. The success of the shoot lies with all our work put together in those few special shots.
JRP: What equipment would I find in your camera bag or studio for a typical shoot? What lighting equipment do you favor and why?
Michal Greg: I really like Canon 5d MKII and Hasselblad H2. When it comes to lighting it all depends on what effect I’d like to achieve.
JRP: Could you describe your digital work-flow and the software you use?
Michal Greg: I use Capture One, Aperture and Photoshop.
JRP: Do you personally print your images?
Michal Greg: Sometimes I need pictures for my portfolio but I do not print them myself. There are professionals out there who can do it better 🙂
JRP: With today’s economic conditions tell us how you keep productive and retain your creative edge.
Michal Greg: This is a very good question. I guess nowadays we all need to be flexible. Sometimes you make pretty good money on something while other times you just shot and do not think about the profit.
JRP: Are there any memorable images or shoots you could share with us? What made that image or shoot special?
Michal Greg: To be honest I’m never satisfied with my pictures. When they are ready I always feel I could have done it better 🙂
JRP: What do you feel is one of the major mistakes new photographers make in pursuing a career in fashion?
Michal Greg: I guess many of them want to make serious money just after entering the business. Some of those youngsters simply do not understand that they’ve got to be patient if they want to succeed in photography.
JRP: What has been some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Michal Greg: Be patient, sooner or later it’s gonna come 🙂
JRP: What special advice would you like to share with other photographers?
Michal Greg: Do not give up!
JRP: Thank you Michal for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been educational and a real pleasure.
Michal Greg: My pleasure James 🙂
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