Hello! My name is Dmytro Sobokar. I’m a wedding photographer based in New York, US. I became interested in photography as early as 15 years old, immediately after graduating from art school. I tried different directions and styles of shooting, but stopped at shooting a portrait.
A portrait is a presentation of a person, and a pair portrait is a presentation of a relationship. This is why I like to work with couples and people in general.
I shoot romantic couples who want unusual photos in beautiful places. In my work, I make maximum use of the geometry of the surrounding space, rays of light, reflections, color combinations.
Working with a couple, I try to create the most comfortable atmosphere in which my models can feel completely free. This allows them to express their feelings towards each other without any constraint.
And here is my photo equipment, which helps me in everything:
– Canon 1Dx
– Canon 35mm f/1.4 L lens
– Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens
– Canon 580EX II flash
– Pentax 645z
– Pentax 645 150mm f/2.8 lens
– Pentax 645 55mm f/2.8 lens
– Pentax 645 25mm f/4 lens
– Retlight 4
I am a longtime fan of medium format. These cameras reveal the volume much more fully in comparison with ordinary cameras. Also, they show a more complete color picture and have a higher resolution matrix. They allow you to manipulate the image much wider. That is why I bought the Pentax 645z.
I equipped the camera with a set of lenses that is able to solve a wide range of tasks, such as: portrait shooting – Pentax 645 150mm f/2.8; shooting landscapes and interior shooting – Pentax 645 25mm f/4; universal lens – Pentax 645 55mm f/2.8.
Unfortunately, for me as a wedding photographer, this camera has a significant drawback – it is slow to work with and does not allow working freely with reportage moments.
Since weddings mostly consist of such moments, I have a Canon 1Dx specifically for this purpose, which has excellent, fast autofocus and high-speed file recording.
Included with it, I have a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L zoom lens, which is good when shooting fast-changing events, and a high-aperture wide-angle Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, which gives a very beautiful bokeh and allows you to shoot in poor lighting conditions.
I also have a Canon 580EX II flash to solve the problem of poor lighting or shooting at night. The last item on my list is Retlight. This is a small lighting device – I use it when working in interiors to highlight my models, emphasize the details of the background, and create beautiful shadows. I have two such devices.
I advise all photographers to look for something new in themselves and around them and never to stop. This applies primarily to the artistic part of the shooting, but the technical side of the process is also very important in this line of work.
Every day, experts are developing new techniques that can solve problems at a new level. You need to look forward and try something new, use the fastest focusing, fastest memory cards, fastest aperture lenses.. and, the most important thing is to love photography!
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