Interview: Carlos André Viana, photographer
Carlos André Viana is a professional photographer with several years as amateur and then professional, in the areas of Wedding, Commercial Product, Architecture, Sports and Artistic Events, and image edition/desktop publishing in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe InDesign.
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- Hi Carlos, how long have you been working as a photographer now?
HI 🙂 Since 2012.
- What inspired you to become a photographer? What were your first steps?
I purchased a point and shoot camera for fun and vacations around 2006, but after a while, and with my wife incentive, I developed a real interest in this area. My first DSLR was the D50 and during my professional formation, I upgraded to the amazing D90, the first DSLR with video.
- Are you a professional or an amateur photographer?
I’m a Professional Photographer, certified by the Associação de Fotógrafos Profissionais and the Federation of European Photographers, specialized in the areas of Events, Wedding, Portrait, Interior-Exterior Architecture. Got a degreee on Professional Photography from Oficina da Imagem in 2012. Obtained the certification by the Professional Photographers Association in that same year, plus two honorable mentions and best end of course project award
- What is your favorite subject to photograph?
Probably, travel, music and corporate events. I love photo-journalism, therefore I’m more comfortable in these areas. I also like photographing objects, from small to big, like architecture
- What kit do you shoot with?
- Nikon D750 and D7200
- Nikon 85mm f1.4
- Nikon 50mm f1.4
- Nikon 24-120mm f4
- Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
- Samyang 12mm f2.8
- Tamron 16-300mm (my travel companion)
- How would you define your photographic style?
Photo-journalism. I love to capture sporadic reactions, people laughing, crying, interacting… And I really hate to make people posing for photos J
- Which editing software do you usually use?
Lightroom (99%), Photoshop (1%)
- John Wanamaker said: Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I do not know which half. Do you gain your clients by advertising or in another way?
I get some clients through advertising or by keeping my facebook/instagram accounts updated.
- How does your typical working day look like? What do you do when you are not working? How many hours/days per week are you working? What do you do in your free time?
I never have a typical day. It depends on my current assignments or plans. I’m with my family when not working or just reading, bicycling, photographing for fun or hiking.
- What would you do differently if you would start again?
Probably, I would have started sooner. LOL!
- A professional photographer is also an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs have many things in common. They read a lot. What about you? What are your favorite books?
Most of the books I read are drama, espionage, thrillers and other fiction books from authors like
- David Baldacci
- Daniel Silva
- John Grisham
- Tom Clancy
and others. I have enough reality in my life 🙂
- What was the best advice you have ever received as a photographer? Do you have any advice for other photographers?
I give exactly the same advises I got from other photographers: read a lot technical books and watch tutorials. Never think that you know all about photography or even your own camera. You are only fooling yourself. Never underestimate this area by offering your services at low prices. You are jeopardizing the future of this marvelous profession.
- Top 3 mobile apps on your smartphone?
- Photographer’s Companion
- Camera Connect
- Control and Ultra GPS Logger
- Top 3 websites?
I honestly don’t have. I use sites as I need them. Once in a while I visit dpreview.com
- Your last vacation?
Ireland in September (great country to photograph!) and a weekend in Madeira in March, this year.