Your current location: I currently live near Krakow in Poland, but also doing a lot of travel.
Why did you become a photographer/or take photography as your hobby?
Photography for me is a way of expressing myself. I was also trying to find my way of telling people what I have inside. I used to sing, write poems, but soon realized photography is my best medium for that.
How long have you been into photography?
Not that long, seriously for about 3 years only. But those have been very intensive years, lots of learning and experiment
Did you go to school to study photography?
Never. All I learned is from experiment, a lot of shoots, video and workshops. But mainly I learned by doing.
How would you describe your style?
I try to find angles that are not necessarily popular. When I shoot models I try to keep them beautiful but when I shoot real people I want to show them the way they are. I tend to try to capture moments in life. I would describe my style as strobist fashion low angle shooting.
What’s the best part of being a photographer?
Having this crazy feeling when I look at the LCD screen and know this is the picture I wanted to take. Once I was doing a shoot with the ski jumper, I was almost 5 hours in snow, -20 degrees Celcius. This was horrible and very cold. But then the ski jumper made this cool jump and I captured that. I felt so good! This is the best moment of all, when you forget about cold, dirt, when you are no longer tired.
When you had your first camera and how you felt when you had it.
I had an Olympus some time ago. The camera was crappy, but it was my very first tool. I loved this camera, even though it broke really fast.
What camera and gear you have now
I am now using Canon 1ds Mark III, 24-70L , 135 L and 85 1,8. I also have 5 studio strobes, some small flashes and a bunch of Pocket Wizards.
What is your favourite subject in photography? (Macro/landscape/Potrait…)
I love portrait of real people. People in their natural environment. I also do a lot of fashion photography
Describe how you shoot your favourite subject (Lens/ Lighting/accessories)
My favourite way of shooting is with large 180cm Octabank on a 600Ws studio flash outdoors. This is very pleasing light for every model. I tend to use it outdoors as Rembrandt light with some backlight from either strip softbox or bare flash. My fav lens now is 135 L as it gives me cool bokeh. So I ten to use this setup a lot. You can see a lot of this at my website www.lukaszpiech.pl
What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing your subject:
Working with models. This is very difficult to be able to talk to models, make them feel comfortable etc.
What is your worst photo experience?
Shooting refrigerators for one of the largest companies in Poland. I had to shoot large refrigerators in my studio. This was both boring and stressfull!
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?
I keep motivated by telling myself I am crap! Seriously. If I ever think my photography is good I will probably stop shooting forever!
Can you describe how and when you use flash, video light, reflectors and natural light during your shoot.?
I use studio strobes on locations all the time. I use various setups really. Best to check it on my blog, www.lukaszpiech.pl
Have you had anything go wrong at as shoot and if so, how did you handle it.
Yep, I once went on a big shoot and forgot to charge my battery pack . I pretended this was intentional and used small flashes instead
What is your favorite piece of photo equipment?
Canon 135 L – I love this lens
What is your favorite lighting setup?
I like large octabank on locations. This is the light that makes almost everyone pretty !
Do you prefer studio or location sessions?
I have studio to be honest. If I lived in dubai, I would only shoot on location!
What is your dream assignment?
African tribes shoot for NG
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
135 L – again this is f2, pretty bokeh, super sharp. I simply love it.
The first photographer that comes to mind and why
Joey L. He is a young bloke from Canada that made a terrific career and his work is absolutely awensome
We know that each of us has someone or something, which inspires our life and work. Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration.
Fighting with myself is my inspiration. I always stuttered from when I was a child. So I had to prove everyone I am good enough. This was and still is a constant fight. Nowadays, I don’t care that much if something notice that I stutter, but the urge to challenge stayed.
What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?
ND filter. I use it a lot.
What is your most treasured possession?
ND filter. This is cheap stuff but I use it a lot, so I need at least one in my bag at all times.
Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?
My wife, good music etc.
Is there something you would have done differently during your photographic career?
To be honest, no. I only do what I like and want and would never do something that is against me. I would in example never shoot someone I truly don’t like.
What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc…
I have Photoshop. I know I should not have said that, but most of the times I do my edits in Lightroom. I am not a big fan of plugins, if at all I use ColorEfex.
How important is Photoshop (post processing) in your final images?
Marginal. If the picture does not look good when I capture it and look at it on my LCD, I just delete it. You cannot make good photograph in Photoshop. As Zack Arias says – if you are thinking “I will fix this in Photoshop later” just smash yourself in the head and stop shooting.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?
I would die for 85 1.2 L. This is such a beautifull lens, but so expensive.
What other photograpers do you like?
Joey L, Zack Arias, Joe McNally
Something you’re still learning?
Life. I learn something every day. In fact I don’t see myself as a ready made photographer. I am still evolving and lets hope I will learn till I die.
What is your idea of perfect happiness.
Ability to shoot what I like, living with my wife, having time to grow.
Favourite escape? Dubai
Are you a Mac or PC lover?
Oh, Mac forever! I only use mac for photography, I have an iMac in my studio. Planning on getting a macbook for location shooting as well.
The last workshop or seminar you attended and why.
I attender PhotoWeekend 2010 in Dubai. Firstly because I love dubai, but also since I wanted to work with Martin Prihoda and Bert Stephani.
A website and/or blog you visit often?
I visit Zack Arias a lot, I love strobist blog, I love Joey L’s blog as well.
What advice do you have for amateurs wanting to become professional?
Just shoot, don’t think of theories. Theory is something you must learn and then forget. Its all about being creative.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years time from now?
Probably shooting some private projects perhaps, I would love to shoot local tribes in Africa.
What is your motto?
Less talking, more photos
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