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When he was younger, his ambition was to be a photographer and guess what, his dream came true! Gareth Lewis, from United Kingdom, is a lifestyle and beauty photographer who is always eager to learn new things even after 17 years of being in the industry. He also believes that adaptability is one of the main key of being successful. Interested to learn more about our featured photographer? Go ahead and ‘Hear It’.

Photographer: Gareth Lewis / studiofi
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 1DS Mark 2 Many lenses but my favorite is the Canon 70-200 mark 2.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
It just gets better and better all the time. The quality of images these days are out of this world.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
Fortunately, a photographer.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I was traveling around Australia and bought my first SLR camera and I never looked back.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Flexibility. You need to adapt your styles, techniques and QC levels to the absolute highest.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Getting the quality level right. When I first started, what I thought was good was actually no where near the perfect mark.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
The ability to create something different each week.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I need about a month in advance to plan and create the shoot brief. It also gives me extra time to finish up my other shoots.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Lifestyle and beauty. I just love it!

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 usually look at a lot of magazines to get ideas on composition, where text might overlay, and so on. I do like to include my own personal checklist to a shoot, but it is not the priority.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
Lifestyle. The possibilities are endless and it is so much fun to shoot.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Anything shiny. Keeping me and the reflection of the camera flash away from these items can be quite challenging.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
I like to make sure everything is pin sharp and I try not to over rework the finals.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
It would have to be Yuri Acurs. His photography is so punchy and vibrant, but also incredibly well planned out.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I trawl the internet or YouTube as there are so much inspiration that can be found there.

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?
The last time was in the movies. I saw something on the screen that just triggered a new idea. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything until the film completed but by then my idea had grown even more.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I am far more patient than I thought I would be. I am also still eager to learn new things about photography, even after 17 years.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
I really like the old black and white documentary work from the 20's. The lighting and focus is spot on, using equipment made of wood.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting into stock photography?
Make sure each shoot is better than the last. I do this and find that it really gives me the buzz for the next shoot.

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