Lior Yaakobi / Member Interview

I’m a passionate self-taught Photographer. Photography becomes a real passion for me, mostly in the last couple of years. I travel a lot and always combining my travel hobbies (treks and mountain climbing) with my photography passion. Landscape photography is what attracts me the most but I’m trying to open myself to other types of photography.

What inspired you to become a photographer?

It was a combination of my parent’s old photo albums that I was keep looking at and also a trip I had to Australia while I was young. I had a very simple film camera. After the trip I was looking at the photos and they were terrible... so I thought to myself-ok…I really want to know how to take GOOD pictures.

Tell us about your first photo that really validated your interest as a photographer.

I took a picture while traveling in Canada. Lake, sunset, deserted boat – the perfect scene. But while pre processing the photo and after submitting the photo I realized that there is much more to a photo before you’re moving to the processing part. The most important things wasn’t there – composition, right DOF, I didn’t even aligned the horizon line. After this photo I realized that there are many things that make a photo a good one.

How do you feel photography has impacted the way you see the world?

I definitely look the world now in a different way. I always look for the light…any light. I always think how this and that scene would look from a camera angle and perspective. My kids are making fun at me that I always think how this and that scene could look like (in case I don’t carry my camera with me) if I have my camera.

What is your best photography related tip?

That’s easy. My first trip to Lofoten Islands (March 2014)

What would you like for people take away from your work?

If they can somehow relate to the place and the feeling I had when I took the shot – for me it’s more than enough.

What are some ‘must have’ items in your camera bag?

My camera-Nikon d610, my 2 lenses 16-35 and 70-200, tripod (a must have), extra batteries and for my loner trips-my laptop.

If you were stuck on a deserted island, what is the ONE photography book you would want to have with you?

Obras Maestras – Català Roca

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