What is your name and where are you from? My name is Liborio Cappello and I am originally from Italy and live in Solingen, Germany.
How long have you been taking pictures? 6 years ago I bought my first camera. About 2 years ago I started to photograph people.
When did you get into photography and why? I will never forget how I stood in a desert in Egypt and I wanted to capture this mega beautiful sunset during a quad tour and camp fires. I made 100 photos with a digicam from casio and it never looked like it actually looked like in real life. This was the decision for me to buy me a present myself for my 30th Birthday- my first SLR Camera. I began to photograph flowers and buildings. my most important models were my mum, my dad and my brother. Again and again they had to smile into my camera. Unfortunately there was a phase in my life that changed things a lot for health reasons. Many things happened at once and during a longer hospital stay I decided to buy a professional camera when I was released. It was my today's 5d mark iii of Canon. I told myself, “yes this camera is expensive“, but it makes you happy because the results with the pictures make you happy and you can concentrate better on your hobby.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why? My style is really not easy to describe. The reason for that is that I always like to try new things and am very creative in my work. That was already at a young age. In any case, I've found out for myself that I enjoy working with people and prefer to let the person in the picture show you exactly how she feels and what she feels. My favourite pictures are the pictures that look authentic. The picture has to live in a way! Over the years it has become clear that I prefer portraits. Meanwhile, I continue to develop and have started to photograph things like sensual images and lingerie.
How do you approach a shoot ? Do you pre plan or is it a click and run? It is actually different. Often I drive in advance to the locations and see how the lighting is to plan in advance. But it also happens sometimes that I just see the location and the model for the first time on the shooting day. It is important for me over and over again that I already build up a certain contact with the model, be it on the phone or at a coffee in neutral ground. I just like to build a trust between me and the model to be able to emote things in the picture on the day of the shoot that the model feels, or that I would like to express in the results.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story? Over the time I grew up slowly in photography. I was lucky that my pictures were liked by other people and many people told me to keep going on and to continue on this way.
My goal is to get better and better and to be able to touch more and more people with my images. Maybe someday to show my grandchild the pictures, what the grandfather spent his free time on his life and how many great people he met. No matter how, it is a great gift for me to get to know so many great people.
Do you have an influences you can share? There are many photographers or models that inspire me. Anyway, I love authentic pictures. Models do not always have to look in the camera, sometimes a picture may also like to be out of focus. I discovered a video channel on youtube for me for posing and backgrounds as inspiration - soundeo videos.
What inspires you? Photographers like Peter Lindberg, Brandon Woelfel, Kai Böttcher, Paul Ripke. Even more important is the inspiration I get from conversations with the models. Stories that they told me etc.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? In my opinion, all photos are different, otherwise life would be really monotonous and boring. I would never see a photographer as bad in a photo that he made, much more if he works unprofessionally in the sense that he does not treat models professionally.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun? Everything started as a hobby, meanwhile it has become a second job for me. I would be lying if I did not say that I would prefer to do photography as a main job. My dream would be to combine my job with my hobby. I wanted to become a media designer at a young age, unfortunately I was talked out of it at16, because the chances would be bad for the future. Today I do it next to my main job and I love it. I'm looking forward to the other pictures and more people coming.
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I currently use most of time instagram, as it is really only about photos and the exchange is very easy regulated. I am still a little bit time on facebook and model-kartet. I have taken vero a new app, but here I have no right opinion at the moment.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? Brandon Woelfel, George Chernyadyev, Kai Böttcher, Mario Testing, Bryan Adams.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless? In my opinion, you can certainly make beautiful pictures with a mobile phone, but the possibility with a SLR camera is not even possible with a mobile phone. Probably in the future mobile phones will have more and more possibilities for new things. I love the way to have a SLR camera in my hand and to look into the viewfinder.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
My main camera is the Canon 5d Mark iii. I made the choice because I started taking pictures on a Canon 550 D and liked the settings and buttons. My favourite lenses are the lenses of Sigma Art, 35 mm and 50 mm. Sometimes I also use the Canon 85mm.
What is your dream location to shoot at? It would be a dream to have a shooting with a ballerina at Time Square, New York, a combination of street and ballerina. I would prefer to use a zebra crossing and have the yellow cabs and all the lights in the background.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? For a long time I have a favourite picture. The picture was created with Giada Eleonora as she stood in a white dress on a high park house deck and inhaled the air. The picture looks so dramatic through the wind and the clouds in the background. It was her very first photo shoot and I was just impressed by the results.
In three words how would you describe your photography? atmospheric, authentic, different
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? On the one hand, I find it really good in terms of development and it is always easier to shoot a good picture. On the other hand, I think it's a pity that SLR Cameras will find less buyers in future. But, that's the way of the time. The cd was also replaced by mp3. I'm curious what else will come and who knows, maybe we will eventually go from SLR to mobile phone or other devices that will appear. I am open to new things and never say never.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?
I think an expensive camera may help in using one or the other function to create the image that you just imagine. But a good picture arises first in the brain and then in the camera, in my opinion. Unless it is about a sunset in Egypt as I wrote earlier :) I would have liked a good lens and a good camera. but a crop cam would certainly have done it already :)