What is your name and where are you from? My name is Angelos Michalopoulos born in Larissa,Greece
How long have you been taking pictures? About 14 years.
When did you get into photography and why? I Started working with Adobe Photoshop back in 1998-1999 when i did some work with pictures that i found at the Internet. After working for a few years with Photoshop to create Posters, Flyers and other Projects i was thinking about to start with Photography and i try it out. Then I moved back to Greece in 2003-2004 and since then I work as a full time Photographer.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? I usually shoot Portraits because that express me better and i love warm tones. Recently I am into a new Project that the style of it is mostly Vintage.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run? When it has to do with a professional work the coordination has to be from a long time before. About my personal portfolio i message the person I'll photoshoot. Generally I do a little bit of preparation but the most times its spontaneous.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
The personal goal i m trying to achieve with my photos is to be instantly recognisable due of my own style
Do you have an influences you can share? Every visual stimulation in the daily life can be influential to me
What inspires you? I am inspired of daily moments, emotions or when i m getting stuck looking at something maybe a human or an object or a random picture is taking my eyes and my attention
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? What is a bad or a good picture? there are many points of view and that is subjective it depends of the prespective. The expression cannot be compromised
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
As a professional photographer i have already a career on going and i am trying my best to combine my job with fun and pleasure
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I mostly use Instagram because it is current, instant and its related with photography
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? I prefer following local photographers because of better connecting, sharing know-how and feedback with them.
For reasons of inspiration i follow also a few famous photographers and those who have very similar style to mine.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
In my opinion a mobile phone can't replace a DSLR/mirrorless. Chase Jarvis once said, “The best camera is the one you have with you”. So I admire those who took mobile photography to the next level.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I work with Canon all my life.
I started with analog Canon and at the moment I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III, Canon 50mm f1.4, Canon 24-105mm f4 and my next buy will be a Sigma Art lens 85mm if I don’t switch to Mirrorless.
What is your dream location to shoot at? New York of course
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? My favourite Pictures are mostly from Kids / Baby’s..
Cause Kids and Babies are so pure and they show you real emotions…
Is this crying, laughing or something else.. I know it is something complete different from what i shoot on my IG account but i thing those are my favourites.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Fresh, Casual, Natural
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? It’s a good development that the cameras in smartphones are getting better.
Now you have always a good camera in your pocket and don’t have an excuse to not to take an interesting picture.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
They don’t create better images if we mean the aesthetic aspect but they create more quality photos.
That depends from the user of course. Someone who doesn’t know how to use an expensive camera cant take a good photo. Knowledge is very important
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