Fashion and Editorial Photographer Piotr Domagala shares his thoughts and art with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Piotr for taking this time with us.
Piotr Domagala: My pleasure.
JRP: Where is your home located Piotr?
Piotr Domagala: I was born in Poland but my home is where my family resides.
JRP: How did your interest in photography start? Was there any formal training in your background?
Piotr Domagala: My father took me to photo school in Warsaw. After school I worked in a professional photo lab, where I met many photographers. Then I worked as an assistant in a photographic studio, until one day I met a stylist Szymon Duży. With him I made my first portfolio and began working as a
JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have inspired and influenced your work?
Piotr Domagala: I don’t look at the names, for me the most important thing are images and emotions. I look at what I like … no matter whether Newton or someone unknown. I never know where I will find inspiration. My eyes are open.
JRP: What method did you use to develop your vision and technique early in your career?
Piotr Domagala: But I’m at the beginning of my career. 🙂 I change, I don’t have one technique. It all depends on what mood I’m in. I get bored easily and I really like experimenting.
JRP: On your projects do you have people who assist you and if so what special roles do they play?
Piotr Domagala: Of course, working with a make-up artist, hairdresser and stylist. I love a creative team … I learned to listen to my people and choose valuable suggestions they have for me.
JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Piotr Domagala: It depends on the purpose. Equipment is rented from the studio that I work with. But you have to remember that no camera takes pictures … just you.
JRP: Artificial or available light, is there a type of lighting you prefer? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Piotr Domagala: I do not have a favorite type of light.
JRP: Would you please describe your digital work flow and the software you use? In your opinion what is it one must do to adequately master the image processing of their craft?
Piotr Domagala: It is difficult … always different. I work with people who help me get the desired effect in the programs for image processing. There is no single solution. Sometimes a minimum correction sometimes a lot of changes.
JRP: What do you feel is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?
Piotr Domagala: When I manage to catch the emotion … to catch something unique.
JRP: Name for us a shoot or project that revealed to you the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Piotr Domagala: The first commercial work in a session for InStyle PL.
JRP: If not artistic photography what would Piotr Domagala be doing with his time?
Piotr Domagala: I just do what comes to mind. There are no restrictions.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Piotr Domagala: “If you want to take pictures … to learn.”
JRP: What advice would you share with me and other photographers?
Piotr Domagala: Equipment is irrelevant, the light … it’s just technical issues. What’s important is the relationship with the model, and mood … if you earn a person’s trust you will get everything.
JRP: Thank you Piotr for sharing this time with us. It has been a pleasure and we wish you continued success.
Piotr Domagala:Thank you James.
JRP: To view more of Piotr Domagala’s photography please follow this link: http://piotrdomagala.tumblr.com/