What is your name and where are you from? Andrei Marginean and I’m from Bucharest, Romania
How long have you been taking pictures? I can’t remember for sure. Maybe for 10 or 12 years, not sure.
When did you get into photography and why? In a serious way I think 4 years ago, when I wanted more from my photos. I started to watch YouTube tutorials on how to retouch portraits and practice on my shots.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? Portraits. Most of my photos are natural light portraits, but of course, when I started I tried all types of styles.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre plan, or is it a click and run? I usually go with the flow but I did some planned photo sessions and I think I will make more in the future.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
To be honest I don’t think I can have an end goal. More like, always try to take better shots. Funny thing, is that I edit the photos influenced by the mood I have.
Do you have an influences you can share? Yes! But there are too many names to write here.
What inspires you? Creative people and photos with emotions. You know, the ones where you can really feel the mood.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? Oh yes! The ones that take “beginner type” of photos and brag so much about how good they are.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun? When I started it was just for fun and hobby but yes! I want to make it PRO!
Which social media platforms do you use and why? Instagram because it is so easy to follow people that inspire me, Facebook for photography groups and friends and recent I’ve made an account on Vero (I like the quality of the photos)
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Oh that’s a hard one… too many to name here. I follow photographer that inspire me.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR/ mirrorless? I’m okay with that because is just a tool to capture pictures and I know there are people super good at that type of photography. These days, phones have cameras with outstanding image quality.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I’ve started with Nikon (crop sensor) moved to Canon 6D and now I use Sony A7II but plan to buy the new A7III. The reason I am shooting with Sony now is that it has so many good features like the eye AF or the ibis and… I was super disappointed by the 6D Mk II when it came out.
As for the lenses I use Sigma ART 50mm 1.4, Canon 135mm F2L, Canon 24-105 F4L (all with a converter) and my new favourite is the Sony 85mm f1.8.
What is your dream location to shoot at? I don’t really have that. But I like to take my photo shoot outside.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? I don’t think I have taken my favourite picture yet! That’s why I keep trying.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Portraits in natural light
How would you describe the current scene in photography?
I like that there are some really good and talented people in the game right now and with the help of social media they can make a name out there. Me, for example, I’m influenced by so many great photographers and every time I make a new photo session, I try my best to make good quality content that can help me stand out.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? This is a good thing! I often encourage people who ask me for advice about which camera should they buy, to try and learn some basic lighting and composition tips with the camera from the phone. I’ve seen a lot of people who run an Instagram photography account with outstanding pictures taken with only their phone camera.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images? Yes and no in the same time. I believe that better and expensive cameras and lenses can help you with the process of making good, clean and sharper images. But, if you put that expensive gear in the hands of a beginner, the images will not be better than the ones that can be created with more cheaper gear. Better images comes from the person behind the camera.