Spotlight Interview … Fine Art and Dance Photographer Dimitry Roulland


Fine Art and Dance Photographer Dimitry Roulland visits with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Dimitry for spending this time with us.

Dimitry Roulland: Thanks to you for according me this interview.

JRP: Where is your home Dimitry?

Dimitry Roulland: I live in Sarlat, a little village in the south-west of France.

JRP: What led to your interest in photography and specifically fine art dance portraiture?


Dimitry Roulland: When I was 16, I needed to share my feelings and the photography was the best way for it. It happened to me very naturally. Dance photography came after this. I have planned two sessions with two gymnasts. I really enjoyed to work with them so I decided to re manage it.

JRP: Did you have any formal training?

Dimitry Roulland: No I didn’t, I am an autodidact.

JRP: Who are some of the photographers that have influenced your work?

Dimitry Roulland: There were a lot, I think about photographers like Amel Kerkeni or David Olkarny. In dance photography, I think about Chris Reilly, Luis Pons or Dane Shitagi.

JRP: What steps did you use to develop your vision and technique early on?


Dimitry Roulland: I practiced a lot ! Also, I’m always very curious.

JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Dimitry Roulland: You can find three lenses a 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 and of course my camera a Nikon D600.

JRP: Lighting? Do you prefer artificial or available light and why? What are your most often used light modifiers?


Dimitry Roulland: I’ve always preferred available light. I have tried to work with some flashes but it looks too artificial for me. I don’t use any light modifiers.

JRP: I admire your image processing. Describe your digital work flow and the software you use? What do you think one must do to master image processing?

Dimitry Roulland: I use two soft-wares : Lightroom and Photoshop. Lightroom to treat my RAW files and Photoshop for skin smoothing, dodge & burn, curves, balance colors, etc. To master image processing  I think you need a lot of patience and practice.

JRP: When you look through the camera view finder when is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?


Dimitry Roulland: It’s very important for me to have the right pose, especially when I plan a dance or a gymnastic photo shoot. For example, if a dancer is doing a jump I really need to have the exact pose that I looking for.

JRP: Has there a shoot or project that revealed to you the distance you’ve come as an artist?

Dimitry Roulland: No … I have this feeling it was more like a continuous progression that came time after time, shoot after shoot. I hope I’ll continue on this process.

JRP: If not photography what would Dimitry Roulland be doing with his time?

Dimitry Roulland: If I wasn’t a photographer I think I’d love to be a personal trainer or do drawings.

JRP: So far what has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?


Dimitry Roulland: Without any doubt I think it was to take some risks in photography. This advice was given to me by the amazing Chris Reilly. Since I’ve applied this advice it has created for me a lot of opportunities.

JRP: What advice would you share with other photographers?

Dimitry Roulland: If I had some advice to share it would be to be curious. To look at other photographer’s work and also to get inspired by music, arts, films. Everything that can help you!

JRP: Thank you Dimitry for sharing this time with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.

Dimitry Roulland: It was a pleasure to have this interview with you. Thank you James!

JRP: To view more of Dimitry Rolland’s photography please follow these links:



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