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Our featured photographer of the month, Jacek Nowak’s uninhibited approach to photography will inspire you to experiment with your craft! Read more about him here.

Photographer: Jacek Nowak / Shaiith
Country of Origin: Poland

1. Production Equipments: Please list the production equipments that you use on a regular basis (e.g. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
In general, the hardware doesn't always contribute to good photography; it's the idea that counts. When I get down to business, I opt for Canon's extensive system. There's a couple of Canon and Tamron lenses in my possession, which I've used on many occasions. I've switched from flashbulbs to Canon's system lamps. I highly recommend this transition. In addition to that, I have some umbrellas, reflectors, softboxes and various flash light modifiers to help me out with proper lighting in my scenes. I wanted to point out that I recently bought a fog generator. I can't wait to try it out outdoors!

2. What do you think of photography these days?
Photo developing is set at a fairly rapid pace. Even though we are frequently inundated with lots of photo, we should aim for quality and originality.Everyone says that time is gone forever, but I think that every subject, even the well-worn can be interpreted in a new way to bring you success in your creative endeavour.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
Exactly what I am now! I assume that you should enjoy what you have. This is probably the only recipe for happiness.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
Initially, I viewed photography as a time for me to relax. It still is. After a while, I noticed that there was more than just one cool way to spend my free time... and so my foray into photography began.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Talent and hard work, with a good dose of ingenuity and creativity. Most importantly, we need to approach everything we do with passion and joy. The rest will follow.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
In my photography career, the biggest challenge I've faced so far was putting a photo session together a while back. I had to get up at 3:00am, drive up a 150 km road and walk through a forest to get to the spot. This wouldn't be extraordinary if it hadn't been for the fact that the model was wearing a long, black hat, holding a scythe and a lit oil lamp. His face was painted white and he ran up and down the river with a big, black dog at his side. The facial expression of the forester who saw all this was priceless! You can see a couple of photos from that venture in my portfolio.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
You can always count on learning on the job to overcome your weaknesses while discovering interesting places and people.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
It depends on what I photograph but I usually plan first. This is followed by organizing the materials, models, and location. Finally, I gather a few friends to help me through a fun, collaborative session. Finally, we process these images on our computers and upload them onto 123RF.com

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Technically, I didn't know too much in the beginning of my career nor did I have many professional equipments. So, I relied on my creativity and kept on generating ideas. This worked perfectly.

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.
I rely on both instincts and my industrious attitude. When the final image is produced, it has to display a range of emotions. To achieve this effect, I have to plan everything very carefully. So, this process will definitely include a checklist.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Moments that capture the heart, stir emotions or simply freeze time, regardless of the person or object in the pictures.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
All the ideas that I can't realize due to technical limitations, for example: time-lapse movies, or a woman running through the water on the moon. I have thousands of other crazy ideas stuck in my head.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
First of all, work should be fun! The shooting location has to be interesting; even for people who are not involved in photography.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
The seemingly mundane things in life, such as a puddle of rain, city bus ride, smile from a stranger, the moment when the sun sets and illuminates the clouds from below. In everything I photograph, I try to notice interesting forms of lighting.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I always try to do some research on the market and refrain from shooting the subject in another photographer's style. I'm always looking for new solutions. If I see how others photograph a subject, then I know how not to shoot the subject.

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’ll shoot for as long or as often as possible.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I am actually braver than I thought and there’s an interesting world out there!

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
There are many artists who impress me. However, "Cartoon King" was the one work that really caught my attention!

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting into stock photography?
Do not give up. Lots of shooting and reading are required. Make it a point to always carry a camera wherever you go.

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