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According to Steven Cooper from United Kingdom, it takes a lot of luck and patience when it comes to shooting that perfect photograph. Through photography, he discovered that he has a newfound respect for wildlife and he is appreciating every moment he gets to spend with them. Take this opportunity to know more about our featured photographer in our April 2012 edition of Hear It.

Photographer: scooperdigital / Steven Cooper
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Canon EOS 1DS Mk 3, Canon Lenses include 300mm 2.8, 85mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4, 100-400mm 5.6, 180mm Macro,16-35mm wide angle. Canon Twin lite macro flash unit and 580 EX2 Flash unit. Photo editing software Adobe Photoshop.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
With the new dawn of digital technology, photography is easier and in the long run, it will be cheaper than conventional film. The best part is, you can delete the shot that you don't like as you go.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
 I wanted to be a wildlife artist. My hero was Simon Coombes.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I was 15 at the time and I just got my 1st camera, a Canon F1. With an interest in wildlife and birds, I took this as my turning point to which I never looked back.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
In my opinion, I think one needs luck in getting the ultimate great shot and definitely a lot of experience.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Having the patience to obtain the photos required.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
The overall satisfaction of creating a great picture.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I carry out recces at specific areas and study the habits of wildlife and birds in order to reduce the waiting time of getting that perfect shot.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
A collection of portraits of wild animals and birds.

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 always shoot what my heart tells me to. The only checklist I use is to ensure that the camera settings are correct for the task in hand.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Wild birds that are captured while they are flying.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Also wild birds because of their unpredictability.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
To capture the fine detail of wildlife for everyone to enjoy because not long from now, these species may extinct.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Simon King, the great wildlife film maker.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
For inspiration, I read photo magazines and view stock agencies to see what fellow photographers have created.

16. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I have more respect for wildlife living on this planet.

17. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Remember to always submit only your best work.

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