Daria Khoroshavina is portrait & fashion photographer based in Moscow, Russia. AdobeMax Creative Conference has featured her photography works on October 2014 and she has become a part of Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic Collaborative project. Her works have been recognized and featured by online magazines and blogs such as Cat In Water, Practical Photography, Mehron blog, Designskilz, FGIdeas, NaldzGraphics, PHlearn, The Magnified Life, Total Photoshop and others.
The following is an interview with Daria Khoroshavina where she discusses about her art, creation and photography works. The interview has been edited for brevity.
Niaz: Dear Daria, I really appreciate you taking time to join us at eTalks. It’s going to be an exciting interview.
Daria: I’m glad to be doing this. Ask anything you wish, I’ve got no secrets!
Niaz: I would like to congratulate you on being a part of Adobe Creative Cloud Mosaic collaborative project. It’s also great seeing your photograph getting presented by AdobeMax creative conference on October 2014. Please tell us more about yourself and your background.
Daria: Thank you! It’s been a great experience, I really enjoyed working for the mosaic. I’m actually a portrait and fashion photographer based in Moscow/Ryazan, I’ve been doing it for a couple years now. I had a major career switch from an English teacher to photographer!
Niaz: How did you get started with photography? Did you go to school to study photography?
Daria: I followed my passion as simple as it sounds. Just one day I quit my day job and focused on photography to make a living from what I truly enjoy. I did not go to any photography school but I did study a lot of internet resources, watched workshops and tutorials.
Niaz: How long have you been taking photos?
Daria: It became my hobby for about 5 years ago, and for about last 2 years it has been my job
Niaz: You have cited, “I want my style to be subtle and metaphoric, a mesh from the simplest preciousness of human body and infinite universe of mind.” What do you mean by that? Why do you want your style to be subtle and metaphoric? Please tell us more about your style.
Daria: It’s about seeing a world in a grain of sand, telling much in one word, one image, expression or color. It’s fascinating how you can tell different stories by slightly repositioning a model’s shoulder or hand for example, that’s what I love about photography.
Niaz: What kind of equipment (camera body, lens, filters, flash, tripod ….. ) do you use?
Daria: I shoot with a canon 6d, with a 50 prime lens, right now consider getting an 85. I don’t ever use flash outside the studio.
Niaz: I think you are very skilled in terms of using post-processing softwares. Your final output is very impressive. What kind of hardware, software and tools do you use for post-processing?
Daria: I’m not any different from any other photographer out there, I use Lightroom and Photoshop and retouch with a Wacom tablet.
Niaz: How long did it take you to become a master of using these softwares? Are you self-taught?
Daria: I’m definitely not a master yet! I’m self-taught and I’m still learning
Niaz: What are the best practices of learning new post processing techniques? What are your sources of inspiration and knowledge for post processing works? Please list some of your favorite online sources.
Daria: I’m more about creating something with your hands and taking picture of it than painting it on afterwards. If I’m having trouble with post-processing I search YouTube, it really has it all.
Niaz: What are your advices for the beginners at mastering Photoshop and some other post processing softwares?
Daria: Never stop learning and searching. If you feel that you know enough – watch some professional work and that feeling will go away. Don’t overdo the retouching! and don’t blindly follow the post-processing trends, we all know them, not cool.
Niaz: What is the one most important lesson that you have learned since you started taking photographs and creating art?
Daria: If any time something went wrong I jumped out of the window – I’d spent my life flying. So I try to not give up when I’m not pleased with the result and just start all over. It’s the hardest, but it’s all worth it.
Niaz: How do you educate yourself to take better photos? Can you please name some of your favorite online resources/websites for our readers?
Daria: AdobeMAX and CreativeLive are the best places to learn.
Niaz: How do you get inspiration to keep doing all these great works?
Daria: I personally get inspired by art in any form, when I need to find an idea – I explore art, lots of it in different styles, so I don’t accidentally steal.
Niaz: Can you please tell us how do you stay creative?
Daria: I don’t! I can’t be creative all the time, there are days when I feel like dishwashing is the dream job for me. But then I look at the most boring thing in the world and think “I want to take a picture of that!” and it sort of unfolds.
Niaz: Please tell us about five of your favorite photographers?
Daria: Mario Sorrenti – for his body language, Tim walker – for the wonderland on Earth, Jake Garn taught me to see beautiful textures in everyday objects. There’s also a girl named Ezgi Polat – I love her film, it even ceases to inspire. Oh and Neil Craver’s underwater magic!
Niaz: And five of your favorite photography and post processing books?
Daria: I read everything online, can’t name any books, sorry!
Niaz: If you were advising a young photographer today, what would your words of wisdom be?
Daria: Keep yourself inspired and create as much as you can!
Niaz: Daria, thank you so much for sharing us your incredible ideas. We are wishing you very good luck for all of your upcoming great endeavors.
Daria: Thank you, Niaz! It’s been a pleasure.
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