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Drawn to the splendour of savory meals, our featured photographer of the month is able to effortlessly capture sensational shots, in every frame.

Photographer: Lsantilli
Country of Origin: Italy

1. Production Equipments: Please list the production equipments that you use on a regular basis (e.g. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
I usually rely on these to get the job done:
  • Canon 7
  • Canon 17-55 f2,8 IS
  • Canon 70/200 f2,8
  • Canon 100 f2,8
  • Canon 430 II

2. What do you think of photography these days?
I think that photographers who have been able to adapt to the digital platform and approach the world from a microstock perspective are able to obtain excellent results. Photographers who are tied to the past in terms of old photography techniques, will find it increasingly difficult to achieve interesting results.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a train driver!

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started out 15 years ago; taking pictures of the buildings in Milan, where ice hockey games were held as well as the team that I support. By that time, my passion for photography had grown.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
It's important to understand what might be of interest to a potential buyer, and what the market is looking for. It is also vital to be able to put themselves in the shoes of a buyer; when producing a photo, you should wonder why a person would want to buy it.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
I had to understand the earning system for microstock photography, and deal with the way my work is perceived by others.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
The best thing about pursuing this passion is not being accountable to anyone and not having fixed working hours during the day.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
Honestly, I follow my instincts and I take a lot of factors into consideration when it comes to determining what are my best selling photos.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
I mainly shoot food subjects and am always thinking about what might be of interest to a buyer. I try to place a lot of attention on the composition of dishes and while I am at it, I help out my wife, Barbara with the food preparation.

10. Do you shoot to what your heart tells you or do you go through a complex checklist in your mind when you produce your work? Describe the feeling/checklist.
As a microstock photographer, I have to be rational when it comes to knowing what sells and not choosing to go with what excites me the most. I love sports photography but they usually don't fare as well as the type of photos I normally take.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Food in general, but I noticed that photos of the flesh are highly sought-after and in demand. My series of pictures taken in Holland with windmills and tulips are selling very well!

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
It is very difficult to take photographs of professional models as there is a tendency for clashes to occur when it comes to posing and giving proper expressions in the photos. Some of these photos might be hard to sell.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Try to create something interesting in the simplest way possible.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
I try to keep up-to-date with various photos from best-selling microstock sites to get inspired and try to learn from those whom I consider to be very skilful!

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I think that creativity is something that you either have or not. By the time you are able to enhance your creativity, you should already have this quality within you.

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 am fortunate to have a very good wife who is an expert in the kitchen. Whenever I see her dishes, it is inevitable to be inspired to take pictures of her delicious-looking meals.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I discovered that being headstrong in my efforts yet smart enough to recognize the pitfalls that hinder me from getting good and consistent sales have helped me to achieve unexpected success a few years ago. And I did all these without courses in photography!

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
I admire every job that has received a positive response in the market. Being able to attract someone's attention is always a very nice and satisfying feeling.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting into stock photography?
Do not waste your time dwelling on the difficulties you've faced because the persistence and determination to continuously upload new work will create satisfactory results.

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