In today’s interview we introduce Mila Atkovska from Macedonia, Europe. She has been doing Night Photography in early stage but now shes full time into stock photography, food, portrait and landscape photography, so lets see what she say about her experiences and efforts about her in this interview…
Ok, you have a fantastic and inspiring portfolio can you tell us how you got started into photography?
I started photographing as soon as I could hold a camera because my father is a photographer and I’ve always been around cameras and photography magazines. It just came naturally, and, as time passed, it became an even bigger part of my life.
We love to know which genre of photography you are into.
It has always been hard for me to decide on one genre and I’ve done nearly all of them at some point. I was a nightlife photographer, a portrait photographer, a pet photographer etc. for years before I finally decided to make architectural, food and landscape photography a priority. It has a lot to do with my love for travel and I don’t think that will ever change, I will probably stick with these genres for a very long time.
What took you to be at this level? As a successful photographer
It took many years of photographing literally everything around me, trying to work around my equipment’s flaws, learning and mastering post processing, figuring out how to balance what makes me happy and what is profitable. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn about the photography business, but at the moment I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out.
What difficulties you face in the field of your photography?
At the moment I’d say the most difficult thing is getting clients to take me seriously as a professional photographer in my small country (Macedonia), where photography and art is seen as nothing but a cute hobby. But, luckily, the internet makes up for that and geography isn’t such a big problem anymore.
What motivates you to take pictures and make them great?
I’ve often wondered that myself 🙂 Especially considering the fact that I would still take pictures even if no one is around to see them or buy them. There is obviously some driving force, but it’s not rational. I don’t think about it, I just let it take over.
Typical question, which image is your very best till now? We know all of your images are best but we want to know that one best image
I didn’t think I’d be able to chose one “best” photo because I fall in love with everything I photograph and it’s impossible to have favorites, but I guess this photo of Santorini could qualify as “best” due to the calming effect it has on me 🙂
What gear you usually use, for food and other genre of photography
After trying many different things I’ve come to the conclusion that the camera doesn’t matter nearly as much as the lens, so I’m not attached to any camera brand or model, all I can say is – I highly recommend using prime lenses for food photography and wide angle for architecture.
Do you like to do indoor/studio or outdoor Photography?
I like both studio and outdoor photography, they pose different challenges and I always like a challenge.
Which programs you use for editing purpose?
Photoshop has been my best friend since the first time I tried it, never felt the need to try something else. My favorite collection of filters (Nik color effex) works as an addon in Photoshop and it has literally everything a photographer could ask for.
What is the best advice you can give for the young upcoming photographers?
Don’t get too comfortable and lazy when people start complimenting you, keep learning and trying new things. Every new photo you take should be better than the last one, don’t let mediocrity take over. Positive or negative feedback shouldn’t have an effect on the things you do, as long as you’re still learning and experimenting. The day when there’s nothing new left to learn is the day you should give up photography and go do something else.
Finally, what is your goal for life? As a photographer
My goal in life is to make enough money to support my travel and photography addiction forever, there are so many beautiful places in the world, there is just so much to see and photograph… I want to be able to do it all 🙂
Some of the beautiful Photos of Mila Atkovska, you can purchase her stock photos here
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