Meet Michael. He likes to take pictures of people. Not only it is a great hobby of his, but
also his life’s joy is to photograph people.
Fuse: Tell us about yourself?
MM: My name is Michael Meltser and I currently live in San Francisco. My frst interaction with the camera goes back in time when I was six. Back then it was black and white flm and everything associated with it: dark room processing, photo printing. I enjoyed it a lot!
Fuse: Did you go to school to study photography? MM: I didn’t. I’m a self learner.
Fuse: How long have you been a photographer?
MM: I started when I was six. So, pretty much all my life. I started doing portraits seriously a few years ago.
Fuse: How would you describe your style?
MM: I don’t have a good description. I look at the scene before I take a shot, and I try to imagine how I want it to look at the end. I like my work to be elegant, expressive, moody. Hopefully my work refects all these points.
Fuse: What type of camera/lens do you shoot with the most? MM: I’m a Nikon guy. As I shoot portraits most of the time I use 85mm lens, and I think I’m in love with it.
Fuse: How long did this complete series take for you to fnish? MM: From start to fnish probably about a month, most of the time spent on organizing the shoot, putting the team together.
Fuse: What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
MM: I want to say my light meter, but most of the time I use my eyes. Sometimes I just go with my intuition, not the technical equipment. So, my eyes are my favorite accessory
Fuse: If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why? MM: As mentioned above, I love my 85mm lens. Gives me a lot of fexibility and always produces the best results.
Fuse: What is your favorite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?
MM: Tablet. Cannot go without it.
Fuse: How important is Photoshop in your fnal images?
MM: When it comes to magazine quality images Photoshop is a must. Not because I don’t like RAW images, but rather to give them a fnal
Fuse: Whats the longest you lasted editing an image? MM: 7 hours. Not in one session of course.
Fuse: What website/blog would you recommend that can teach anyone for editing images?
MM: I use Youtube a lot. Also, good resources come from various sites I run into. Google is a good start always.
Fuse: Are you a MAC or PC lover? MM: Mac
Fuse: What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such beautiful imagery?
MM: As a photographer told me when I asked him the same question, you look at someone’s work and you see something you want to elaborate on. I look at other’s work all the time which gives me a starting point for my projects. Sometimes ideas come to life during the shoot – artistic individuals when placed in the same room can come up with a lot of great stuf.
Fuse: What photographer inspires you? MM: I love Helmut Newton. He inspired me a lot.
Fuse: What website and/or blog do you visit ofen? MM: www.fstoppers.com
Fuse: What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
MM: It’s a hard one to answer. I would probably say – go with your feelings. Your inner creative soul will lead you. Of course, you have to like what you are doing.
Fuse: Is there anything you would have done diferently during your photographic career?
MM: If I could I would have started portrait photography earlier. Gives me a lot of joy to meet new creative people.
Fuse: Something you’re still learning?
MM: Everything! I’m learning every single day. Tis is the nature of any human being.
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