Adriana Varela inspires us daily, her photographs are real, many photographs of her boys outside, doing what boys do! – playing in dirt, building forts and exploring nature. She was the perfect judge to choose our overall winner this week and we can’t thank her enough.
1) How long have you been taking photographs and what inspired you to start?
I began my photography journey in 2002, soon after the birth of my oldest son.
2) What camera and lens do you use the most?
I use my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 the most.
3) Name a photographer that inspires you?
A photographer that inspires me is Sarah Wolfe (Sarah Wolfe Photography on Facebook)
4) Tell me one obstacle that you’ve had to overcome since becoming a photographer…
One obstacle I had to overcome since becoming a photographer is learning to shoot RAW. I was intimidated of it for so long and looking back I have no idea why I waited so long.
5) What was your favourite session you have done?
My favourite session is usually my most recent session. There is something special about every session I shoot and I usually can’t stop editing them until I go out and shoot another session.
6) Do I have plans to offer mentoring in the future?
Actually I have never really thought about it. I suppose I may one day if there is enough interest but I honestly don’t know if I have the confidence in myself to teach others. So my answer is perhaps someday, when I feel I have enough experience.
7) You seem to shoot a lot of photographs in wooded areas, how do you make sure your photographs are sharp with such little light source?
Yes, I do shoot most of my images in the thick of the woods. How do I keep my images sharp? I’m thinking its the combination of my lens and exposure. My favourite lens is the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 and I almost always tend to underexpose a tad SOOC.
8) What setting do you have your camera on for Active D-lighting? I have mine on Auto and I feel that often it chooses to over-compensate for background light and I lose the contrast between the subject and the light. But when I put it to high or even normal the subject becomes way too dark.
My Active D-Lighting is set to normal mode. I have noticed a dramatic improvement in this since switching to RAW.
I would like to thank @The Dark Room for asking me to judge this challenge. It has been a pleasurable experience 🙂