lusi (a.k.a Sanja Gjenero) is a magazine editor from Zagreb, Croatia. She's been an SXC member for little over a year, but has the third most number of photos on the site and ranks second in downloads. We caught up with this eager shutterbug to discuss her love of photography.
What motivated you to get involved with photography?
I have always loved taking photos, but primarily portraits of my friends and
family (I do not upload such photos because in my early SXC days I saw on
the forum an image of Matchstick's sister that someone had downloaded and
"retouched"). It was afterwards, when I started working as editor in a
magazine and had the opportunity to see thousands and thousands of
magnificent photos of professional photographers, that I got an impulse to
improve myself. But I am still only an amateur trying to get better.
It seems you do a lot of indoor studio work. What appeals most to you about
The fact that I can work at any time of day or night and do not depend on
weather conditions. As I mostly shoot objects, it is also more convenient.
Unfortunately, my so called "studio" is a corner in my kitchen, but I hope I
will soon find a better place (what will be noticeable, hopefully, in the
quality of my work).
One thing that stands out in your photos is your sense of composition.
Simple, practical for stock, but not boring. Is composition something you
work on, or have you always had a good sense of composition?
I really couldn't tell, but what I try to do is to take a picture that I
would find useful in my work. That is the reason why so many photos in my
gallery are on white background (I am still unsuccessfully trying to reach
the whiteness of Brokenart's backgrounds)
You photograph a lot of small objects and focus on rich colors. I don't
think I've seen any black and white photos. Does black and white photography
appeal to you at all?
Yes, I love black and white photos, and in my youth ( I must admit, I am
almost 50) that was all we had. But, in my opinion, it is much more
difficult to take a good b/w photo. As I don t have enough knowledge about
b/w photography, I rely on the colour to take the focus from small (and not
so small) imperfections.
Those little colorful toy pieces seem to be almost everywhere in your
photographs. What's the story with those?
Well, I have a daughter and among the presents she received for one of her
birthdays when she was younger were two identical board games. She played
with one of them, and the other one I put in the closet and forgot about it.
One day, when searching for motives for my "shooting session", I saw the
board game and opened it to see if there was something I could use. And
there they were: colourful pawns, the little toy pieces as you call them,
looking like little people. That gave me the idea...
How has SXC helped you with your photography?
It gave me the opportunity to learn from experienced photographers and to
see beautiful images that made me wish to improve my skills (but still have
a lot more to learn) and it also helped me indirectly - because of my
obsession with SXC, I got a new and better camera as a gift from my husband.
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» Geometrical Composition Guides by ugaldew
Do you often wonder when you should crop or move or rotate a pic and what about the composition ? Well this next tutorial is a very practical way of creating compositions geometrically interesting.
» Infrared Film Effect by ugaldew
Usually used in landscapes or scenes where we have plenty of green or blue tones, infrared photography offers a nice artistic effect.
» Image Compositing Light and Shadow Techniques: Part 1
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Xmas photo competition results
Hey everyone, the results are in! Thank you very much for the hundreds of great submissions!
[Drum roll] And the winner is...
"Angels" series by rrss
Richard will be a happy owner of a brand new 2GB memory card!
But that's not all! We love these pictures, too:
"Christmas tree with light" series by LuisFico
"Star" and "Tree" by clix
"red & gold 1" series by kalilo
Luis, Rodolfo and Ann-Kathrin will each receive a 1GB memory card for their fantastic shots!
Congratulations to the winners and thank you for all the great uploads. We will have more competitions soon!
(To view all the submissions, please click here.)
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