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Come and meet Tovovan from Russia! Being in the photography industry for 10 years, Tovovan believes that hard work and actively exploring opportunities are some of the ultimate keys to success. Read on to learn more about our featured photographer in this edition of Hear It.

Photographer: Tovovan
Country of Origin: Russian Federation

1. Production Equipment: Please list the production equipment that you use on a regular basis (eg. Cameras, lenses, flash & lighting, photo editing software).
Hands, Nikon d7000, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

2. What do you think of photography these days?
These days, there are so many people entering the photography industry and most of them can shoot good photos.

3. What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be an artist or a graphic designer.

4. Tell us about the time when you first got started in photography.
I started photography about 10 years ago, when I saw a digital camera for the first time. It was a Nikon.

5. In your opinion, what does it take to become successful in this industry?
  1. Have a sense of beauty.
  2. Hardworking.
  3. Ability to make a good composition.
  4. Own the ideal equipment.

6. What was your biggest challenge coming into this industry?
I enjoy being in this industry very much but it can be very difficult to shoot photos during winter. It’s very cold here, in Russia.

7. What are the best perks as a Photographer?
Some of the best perks are receiving praise from friends and photography experts as well as getting good sales from my images.

8. How do you plan for your shooting sessions?
The ideas usually come to me while I'm walking to work or going home from my work place. I always look around and think of the environment.

9. How would you describe your work to first time viewers?
My work consist of colorful vector templates, realistic objects and photos of cold Russia. Don’t worry, there will be more to come.

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 shoot what my heart tells me to but I don’t send every photo to stock. Before I place them as microstock, I check my photos and make sure that they are attractive, have a good composition and in good quality.

11. From your experience, what subjects gives you the greatest satisfaction? Any examples?
I like to shoot photos of objects or people with different motion. I think it’s very interesting to be able to capture good emotion or life motion. It could be anything at all... sports, city-life and so on.

12. From your experience, what subjects are the hardest to work with? Any examples?
Also motion objects.

13. What is your philosophy when it comes to your work?
Be sure to work every day and produce pleasant looking masterpiece for your viewers to enjoy.

14. Describe who/what inspires you, tell us why?
Big cities. It’s like a mechanism that is always on the move.

15. What do you do when those creative juices just seems to evade you. How do you "get creative"?
I switch to another type of activity so that I can have a different view of life.

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?
When the inspiration comes, I immediately take out my pencil and start sketching.

17. What have you discovered about yourself through photography?
I enjoy it very much. :)

18. Whose work do you admire the most? Why?
There are so many good photographers out there but I prefer artists and architects.

19. Do you have any advice for those who are just getting into stock photography?
Be active, look around and find a style that suits you.

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