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Our featured photographer of the month is no other than Australian born and bred Ryan Carter a.k.a. thisboy. This humble photographer believes in nothing but hard work and simply loves every single bit of his job. Find out what inspires him and how he tackles the situation when the going gets tough!

Photographer: thisboy / Ryan Carter
Country of Origin: Australia

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Nikon D200, Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro, Nikkor 18-200mm SB800, SB900 Studio Strobes Photoshop CS4, Lightroom 2.1

2. What do you think of photography these days?
In a world where it seems EVERYONE owns at least one digital camera, photography is no longer only a specialists field, it takes someone more then a little special to be a specialist these days!

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
Well, I am only 26 now! But i remember wanting to be a carpenter and a cop. Hmmmm...

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
After I finished school, I left Australia to work with an organization called YWAM. This took me to many exciting places doing many interesting things, meeting the most interesting people. This is when photography became a passion! I found nothing as fulfilling as capturing moments, places, things and people to share and relive with people.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
Hard work! I think this is the key to every industry. However, with photography, you need to continually push yourself to be the best that you can by being the most innovative, the hardest worker and also the most organized. These are the things that will keep you going when others around you are failing.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
Until I started selling photos, the biggest challenge was actually believing that my photos were good enough to sell! Thankfully it didn't take long to get my first sale, and each one is like an adrenaline boost to encourage me to take more and sell more!

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Traveling! I love to be able to go wherever I want and turn it into a business trip! (not in a bad way). When you love your work, business trips are the best!

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
I will tend to plan a bit in my head what exactly I am after. I will research it, make up a visual diary showing ideas, thoughts, lighting setups, and the like. I find creativity and spontaneity come best when I have prepared well before the shoot.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
Visual words. Clear and concise pictures that just speak to you.

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.
Generally I try and go through the check list BEFORE the shoot commences. I like to have everything planned and organized, what goes where, what lights I will use, what poses I want etc. Then once the shoot begins, I tend to just let it happen and go with the feeling of the moment.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
I love creating something in the studio. Whether it's a portrait or product shot. Being able to create the scene from ground up, in control of every variable, and then to see a well produced final product.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Young children and animals! A cliche response, but in my experience this is cliche for a reason!

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
To see the beauty in everything I shoot, and to show that beauty in my photos.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Success is an inspiration. To wake up in the morning and find that my photos have been bought, fills me with renewed vigor to go and take some more. I have loved the work of Ansell Adams ever since I traveled to California, and saw the areas he used to photograph. In the stock industry, there is no bigger inspiration than Yuri Arcurs!

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I just follow the routine that I have set in place. Work out my shoot, plan well, and then I find that things still work, even if I am not feeling overly creative.

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 was doing human form photos with my wife for a school assignment when I got the idea to use a Samurai Sword. We ended up going Asian in style and creating some really great images. Just by adding one thing then another, changing lights, changing positions, changing hair and make up. It all just happened!

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I never used to think of myself as a creative person. I was never good at drawing or painting or any of those traditional forms of art. Once I started with photography, the creativity just came. I can be driving and will just pick out scene upon scene that will make an awesome photograph...things that previously wouldn't have registered with me at all.

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
Ansell Adams. He was such a technician of photography. He was not afraid to try things, experiment, and his love and passion for photography is so evident in his work.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting in to stock photography?
I'm fairly new myself, but just go for it. Take as many photos as you can and upload them all! Don't get discouraged and enjoy your work.

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