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Meet Tyler Olson from Canada, whose hobby for photography started at a gentle age of 10. His hobby turned into passion and now, he is making a living out of it. Get to know more about our featured photographer in this January 2012 edition of Hear it. Read all about his inspiration, philosophy, how to ‘get creative’ and many more.

Photographer: leaf / Tyler Olson
Country of Origin: Canada

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon 5D, Canon 1DS, Canon 24-70 f/2.8, Canon 70-200 f/2.8, Canon 16-35 f/2.8, Hensel flash unit.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
Photography is becoming more fun these days.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a restaurant owner, a lawyer, a politician, and an engineer but I am glad I ended up as a photographer.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I first ventured into photography when I was a little kid, not sure how old but maybe 10 or so. I got a size 110 film camera that allowed me to snap a ton of pictures and put them in photo albums. I haven't stopped since.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Persistence and originality.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Finances. I am the kind of person who either do something all the way or not at all. Even without securing a full time wage, I jumped into the photography profession with both of my feet. I must say, so far so good :)

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Being my own boss and the opportunity of taking pictures for a living.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I usually think about what would be interesting as an image and what would make good stock photo.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
A wild mix of regular everyday images to studio shots to location stock.

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 will shoot whatever that comes to my mind first, then I will start thinking about how I can make it MORE interesting.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
People because I get to capture who they are.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Also people because they are all unique and different so it needs cooperation.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Work hard and make a living from doing something that I love.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Looking at photography that is better than my own is what truly inspires me.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
Just go out and start taking pictures. If you aren't out there, you can't 'get creative'.

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 took pictures.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I discovered how much I really enjoy photography.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Dorothea Lange. She has great captures of people.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Be persistent and take it one step at a time.

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