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Dmitrijs Gerciks from Latvia shares with us his inspirations, challenges, tips on how to be a successful photographer and why he admires the works of Henri Cartier Bresson. Read and discover more about this talented photography gem in this September 2011 edition of Hear It.

Photographer: smartphoto / Dmitrijs Gerciks
Country of Origin: Latvia

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
My studio equipment : - Photo camera - NIKON D3, - optics - 24-70 F2.8 nano, 85mm F 1.4, 50 mm F 1.4 - 5 professional light sources (BOWENS PRO flash 500wt) - Flashmeter SECONIC 558 - 2 Softboxes (BOWENS 1x1 m, 70x90 cm) - Strip box ( 40x 180 cm) - Tubus - 2 Reflectors - Many color gels, what changes the color of the background - Beauty dish - 3 color backgrounds (black, gray, white).

2. What do you think of photography these days?
Photography is now growing and developing very fast, and I think something new will appear in the industry soon.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a magician.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I first got a camera in my hands when I was 12 years old. I was desperate and wanted to take photos of everything and that really annoyed everyone around me. My hobby lasted for a year and then my big break came after 18 years.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Creativity and hard work plus talent.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Earlier I was only shooting film. Then I started doing stock photography, so my biggest challenge was to work with Photoshop. Now it is not a problem for me, but then....

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Work when you want, where you want and with whom you want.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I plan my shooting sessions in detail - clothes for models, make-up, light schemes, accessories.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Lively and emotional pictures.

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 try to shoot only the things that my heart tells me to shoot. If I don't like the idea or the conception of photo shooting, I don't do it.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
The greatest satisfaction for me is when my photos are bought. It means that somebody else also loves what I do.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
In my opinion, the hardest thing to shoot is jewelery.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
My philosophy is: Every new photo shoot should be better than the previous one.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
My inspiration icon is Henri Cartier Bresson. His works are really inspirational.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I meditate and do yoga. Or just go hiking. Nature gives me energy and 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 called a model over to my studio and took photos for 10 hours.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
Through photography I discovered things I never saw before.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Henri Cartier Bresson. His works are full of energy and hidden wisdom. Every photo tells a full story.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
Be patient, work hard, shoot beautiful people :)

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