What is your name and where are you from? My Name is Tomas Sentpetery and I come from the beautiful country of Slovakia. Born and raised under the Tatra Mountains in a town called Poprad.
How long have you been taking pictures?
Since I was 12 as a pure hobbyist amateur and started to take it very seriously when I was 25
When did you get into photography and why?
I would say at 25 which was in 2008 and it was simply because I loved the way it made me relax and stop thinking about anything else but taking that picture. I actually began as a landscape photographer and I still love doing that but as that was not bringing enough revenue in as soon as I went solo as a freelance photographer, I had to start taking portraits as they were a better source of income.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
I think it takes time to find your style and it took me quite some time too. I knew I have found it when people were saying “Hey man I saw your picture was shared and I knew it was your even before I read the caption. I found it roughly about 6 months ago. I would describe it as hmmm difficult question :D I think whenever I shoot with someone, I imagine them in a certain place I make sure the place fits them and all together it brings a well-balanced image I don’t just shoot people I shoot people in environments. I also always have ideas for projects as nowadays shooting just street style portraits is not fulfilling me enough, I want something more something with an idea or a story to tell. So, if any models approach me, I asked them to approach me with an idea not just a hi can we shoot.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
Yes, always pre-plan on location outfits sometimes if it’s worth it I’ll get a team together. I have a great team btw consisting of HMUA, Stylist and an assistant we all rock! :D
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
The end goal is to be different to tell a story rather than just to create a cool looking portrait. I think those days are past for me I want emotion I want movement storytelling and I always push the model as much as I can to give me more expression.
Do you have any influences you can share? I have a few but they constantly change. I really like the style of @righteoushombre @zuzu.valla and @choralemiles They are all great in their respective way.
What inspires you? I would say that it could be anything sometimes things just come to me sometimes is the model sometimes it could be a location that I have seen and as soon as that happens the cogs in my head start moving and I am working on an idea.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph? Yes if we talk about the technical side. Bad work with composition or using the light in a wrong way. Others might disagree, but I am quite a technical person when it comes to photos. I am not saying follow the rules at all times, but I agree with knowing the rules first and then braking them effectively.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
I am already a freelance photographer and photography is my main income and yes even though it’s my job I am still having fun!
Which social media platforms do you use and why? I use Instagram mainly as I don’t like to spend all my life on social media, I like it, but I try not to be there all the time. I think it’s a great platform for creatives if you know how to use it effectively. I also post on dayflash as I am just trying it out. I used to use others at the same time, but I don’t
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? I follow anyone who inspires and grows. I love inspiration and constant challenging of yourself so if you are one of those photographers, I am probably already following you.
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
I think phones have gone far in their quest of having a great camera. And I think it’s great the better they get the easier it will be for us photographers. I much rather carry a phone than a 10kg kit bag, so I cannot wait if and when the phones become as good as a pro DSLR. They still have a way to go.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice? I love my Nikon D850 and then it depends which job I do for portrait related jobs I always carry my prime combo of 35mm Sigma Art F1.4, 50mm nikkor F1.8 and the 85mm nikkor F1.4 can’t beat the primes on sharpness and bokeh. If I shoot landscape photography than I use my nikkor lenses 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200 all at steady F2.8
What is your dream location to shoot at? I have a few on my list but it really depends what I will shoot there. I really wanted to go to Canadian rockies, New Zealand or the Lofoten’s
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? OOOOH that’s a tough one :D From my landscape photos I would say it’s still the photo of the lightning bolt behind Big Ben it was definitely a one off. Even though technically it could have been better but the fact that I was there at the right time at the right place makes up for it.
In terms of portraits at this moment my favourite would be the one from the set with @ruxandraporojnicu from the set at the tube station when I shot her under this billboard saying “my mind makes noises” I think the setting and the pose, and the message just work perfectly it tells a story and that’s what I like.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Storytelling, daring, emotional
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones? I think I have already pretty much exhausted this answer in one of the earlier questions. I welcome it.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
Depends not every expensive camera necessarily creates a better image but if you are talking about the higher-grade vs the lower grade yes, I do believe so. It obviously needs to be used by a person who is able to get the best out of it but I have had a chance to compare quite a few cameras and must say that the crop sensor cameras are getting better but the full frame and medium format offer way better quality in both the image sharpness, handling of chromatic aberrations, the dynamic range and low light handling capabilities. However, I think it is quite a natural evolution to start at a cheaper camera learn about it and go on to better gear.