Welcome Fine Art Photographer Olga Zavershinskaya as she shares her thoughts and images with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Olga for taking this time with us.
Olga Zavershinskaya: Thank you for inviting me. 🙂
JRP: Where do you call home Olga?
Olga Zavershinskaya: I was born in Voronezh (Russia) and spent most of my life time there, but at the moment I live in the Czech Republic.
JRP: What led to your interest in photography? Is there any formal training in your background?
Olga Zavershinskaya: I’ve always had a need to express myself. I’ve chosen photography for this. My education is not connected with my photographic activity. I’m self-taught in all my photography.
JRP: Who are some of the artists that have inspired and influenced your work?
Olga Zavershinskaya: There are too many of them, modern and classic painters and photographers. Each about visual art.
JRP: How did you develop your vision and technique in the early days?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Watching and practice are the keys to my success. 🙂
JRP: Do you have people who assist you with your projects and if so what roles do they play?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Actually I’m an “all in one” person. I create all my photos from zero, making sketches, creating clothes, make up, hair, and all the rest. It it is good when on the shoot there is an assistant who may help you move heavy things, especially if you are standing on something very high and shaky. 🙂
JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Olga Zavershinskaya: A camera and a few lenses. I mostly shoot in studio so I must have studio lights and frequently use a white background.
JRP: What is your “go to” lens?
Olga Zavershinskaya: 80 mm.
JRP: You stated that you prefer strobe lighting. What are your most often used light modifiers?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Artificial lights for sure! I use softboxes, stripboxes, and softlight reflectors.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use? What do you feel one must do to master the image processing of their craft?
Olga Zavershinskaya: I use Photoshop CS5. There are hours of tutorials about post processing available, unfortunately not all of them are really useful but I’ve watched what seems like them all. 🙂
Personal coaching and webinars are rather popular and in my opinion are the best way to learn what you need.
JRP: Is there a critical moment in the capture of your images? When do you know that what you see is what you want?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Before I start shooting I already have an ideal picture in my mind. What I do is make really sure to be as close as possible to that image.
JRP: Name a shoot or project that revealed to you the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Olga Zavershinskaya: I suppose it was not even photography, but my painting done when I was a child.
JRP: When not photography what does Olga Zavershinskaya do with her time?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Editing. 🙂 Unfortunately photography takes almost all my time, but if I have a free minute I read.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer or artist?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Hard to remember, there has been some good advice but I’m not sure that I follow it.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?
Olga Zavershinskaya: Keep calm and don’t stop working.
JRP: Thank you Olga it has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.
Olga Zavershinskaya: Thank you James for interesting questions and my best wishes to you and your readers.
JRP: To view more of Olga Zavershinskaya’s photography please follow this link: http://armene.com/Home.html