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How did an aspiring pilot ended up being a stock photographer? Find out more in the latest edition of Hear-It as we speak to Jozsef Szasz-Fabian a.k.a. Icefront from Romania. Learn more about this nature lover as he shares his beliefs and tips on how to make a name for yourself as a prominent stock photographer. All these and more in Hear-It!

Photographer: Icefront / Jozsef Szasz-Fabian
Country of Origin: Romania

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon EOS400D Canon 17-40 f4L USM, Canon 50mm f1,4 USM, Canon EF 100mm f2,8 USM macro filters, Speedlite 430EX, Slave flashes

2. What do you think of photography these days?
The traditional part, composition, lighting, colors, etc. is still very important but in today's digital photography it's essential to know everything about bits, color spaces, levels, etc.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started to shoot for the Microstock Industry. My first camera was a Fuji FinePix S7000 and - because nobody was stock photographer - I learned the industry's needs the hard way.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
1. Produce themes that sell. It is a constant investigation process of what is selling and what can I produce from this themes.
2. Images need to be good looking in iconic size because the one who search first will see my images in this size. So, colors and composition is essential.
3. Constant work that can be up to 8 hours/day!. Uploading new images always boosts the sells.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
To produce the quantity and quality that returns the money that can be my second salary.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
No comment on this

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
1. Study the magazines/internet for ideas
2. Playing with angles and light
3. Search the stock photo sites for rare themes

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I have mostly photo/3D illustrations. My first goal is to produce a photo that it's perfect in quality, isolation, color, etc.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex check list in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/check list.
I shoot themes that I think it can be usable in many ways like illustration for an article, isolated things that can be embedded in complex graphic works.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Nature photography with perfect graphic/color composition especially very simple and colorful shoots. e.g. blue sky yellow flower white clouds green grass.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Images with people, showing a situation or expression. It's very difficult to me to find the ideal environment, model and lighting conditions to produce the picture I have in my mind.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Quality, diversity, constant learning.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Browsing stock photo/artistic photo sites. It's not about copying others, it's about knowing what others do, what themes are selling, etc.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I take immediately a pen and paper and note everything in my mind. Sometimes I write a whole page and after that for weeks no ideas...

16. Tell us about a time when inspiration just hits you, and you felt the insatiable urge to create. What did you do with that energy?
I feel that I need to make at least 1000 shoots or make illustrations until I'm getting tired. I don't like to waste the creative energy.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I can make everything if I really want.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Several stock photographers. I'm admiring the quantity + quality they produce.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
1. This is a very serious job, you get back what you put in.
2. This industry needs continuous learning and investment.
3. This is a job where you work with beautiful things, it's about perfection, happiness so it is full with positive things. You will become positive working in this industry.

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