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Personal Photo stories

Rejecting work

I’d like to tell you why I keep rejecting work. I copied this from my About page, as it is a nice preface of what I want to get across:

I finished the School of New Generation of Wedding Photographers, graduated from Novus Art School and became a state certified photographer in Hungary. While I studied a lot during my education, I learned the most from a series of mentors. Some of whom were artists and some were applied photographers, but one thing was common: they were all human in the words greatest sense and great personalities. You can teach your students tech and history, but if they don’t get the human aspect of it, then it is all for nothing.

”I take great care not to take assignments that I don’t have my heart in 100%”

In the beginning, I was focused in getting more and more work. I was working for free, for money, for charity. I wanted to collaborate to reach more and more people. I accepted work that I was unsure I could pull off. This resulted in learning pretty quickly, but when I started doing weddings, I knew I could not continue.

Since my first wedding, I knew that if I don’t know what I’m doing, or unsure if I can deliver that 100%, I must stop, or I’ll ruin the biggest day of people who trust me enough to grant me the privilege to be the only photographer at their wedding. There is no such thing as: – Let’s get to it, and we’ll figure out later!

Then as years have passed, I started applying the same principles on other type of photoshoots and I thought this is what makes a professional photographer. I could’ve not been more wrong. While I was getting results I wanted and the images were technically okay, more and more shoots lacked my soul. I felt that while I’m putting the most hours and effort into these events and I’m delivering the products and services to my clients, something is missing.

Then as a full time photographer, each morning when I went out for a photoshoot or opened Adobe Lightroom to process the images I asked myself: Are you ready to give your best? Will this be a better day than yesterday? Are you confident that this is what you want to do?

Yeah! Of Course! As always! And such were my answers, but the conviction was lacking behind these words. So I bought myself a perfectly brewed cortado at my favourite coffee shop and confronted myself. I figured out that This is not what I wanted to do!

I don’t want to do what I don’t what to do!

What? Photography? No. I don’t want to do what I don’t what to do! So, I stopped taking weddings, portraits, fashion shoots, concerts that I had a bad feeling about. Did I make less money? Yes. Did I unload a copious amount of stress in my daily life? Yes. Did it allow me to focus more on photoshoots that I did want to do? Absolutely.

So here I am. I take great care not to take assignments that I don’t have my heart in 100%. This is the reason that I reject a lot of work and guide a lot of my clients to my fellow photographers, who I know will deliver excellent value.

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Music Photo stories Published Story

A Concert Documentary

Shooting a concert in documentary style was something that I always wanted to shoot. A few years ago I got my first chance of it, when Ozone Mama and some other band was playing at Barba Negra track. Only the small stage was open, and while quite a few people showed up, it wasn’t a mega concert. Fortunately who did show up went crazy, and the place was almost packed!

Storytelling

I tried to create memories that would bring back the feeing being there. I focued on storytelling. The interactions between the band and the fans, and also friendship and tensions between band members. I hope you will find the small nuances that I accidentaly or deliberately left in the image that make it tell a story.

When I’m back from a photoshoot, I throw out all the files that are technically bad. They are blurry or the composition is very off. And I do this on the memory card, I don’t even copy them anywhere! Then I import them to my project onto my computer and go through each picture and see if they tell a story or not, how much does this picture worth to me personally and to my client? How much further does this image let me towards my goal of delivering what I was commisioned for? This grants the image a number from 1 to 5. I never hand over images that are 1 or 2. If I can manage, I only use grade 4-5. If it helps to move the story forward, I include a couple of 3s, but rarely.

”Shoot what you want, how you want to”

It is really important to shoot for yourself, not just the client. Of course, if you’re getting paid, you have to deliver what the client orders, but if your product has a certain plus, it will definetaly add to the value your clients are getting. So look for micro-stories next time you’re on the job.

Looking back

Now as I look back to this concert documentary, I can feel the summer heat and the blast of vintage rock n’ roll. It was one of my best experiences as a music photograper.

This was exactly what my client asked of me, so I delivered.

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Fashion Media and Commercial

Men’s Fashion Photoshoot Downtown Budapest

On a Lovely October afternoon, we set out to shoot the auntum/winter collection of Loft Outlet. It is my long time favourite Italian style men’s fashion store in Budapest, Hungary. The location was Szabadság tér and a very cool interior design store called Point One. The models and stylists were – as always – the good people from Loft. So, let us do a fashion photoshoot downtown!

Loft is great in suits too, but what I really like is their selection of semi-casual fashion. Pieces of clothing that are elegant, but still very wearable and confortable. If you’re used to wearing jeans and t-shirts, it is just a tiny step to pick up a shirt and a coat, but it makes a world of a difference. This is what I believe in, and this is where they come in. When I need to freshen up or want to add a special something to my wardrobe.

If you want to buy something useful, then choose a piece that will complement your existing wardrobe, and build your collection this way.

Gergely Kun @LoftOutlet (paraphrasing/translating)

Some tech stuff ..

There were a few very cool moments during this shoot. One was at a staircase. It has a lovely grey texture where I set up all three of my models. I could’ve shot these in color as well, but somehow that curved wall called for black and white. I put my smaller, 72cm octabox on the first floor beaming down on the models.

Another was when I used my 14mm super-wide to capture one of my models. I went really low for this bug’s eye perspective. Using the extreeme distortion of the lens I managed to make the model taller than the buildings. The very buildings that had excellent lines and created a natural border for this central composition. This became one of my most iconic fashion images.

Gear used

  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon 105mm f2.8 Macro
  • Nikon 85mm f1.8
  • Nikon 24-70mm f2.8
  • Samyang 14mm f2.8
  • Jinbei 600W mobile strobe
  • Octaboxes: 72cm + 150cm

While this shoot was in 2018, there may a few pieces left of these awsome pieces that you can pick up at crazy low prices, or check out the new collections if you want something up to date!

If you are a fashion designer, a clothing company or a store wanting to sell more and more fabulous items, you may need a fashion photographer! If so, contact me!

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Music

Airport Photoshoot

The search for the best location continued! Then we found the solution: A band photoshoot at an airport!

When Ozone Mama signed its first record deal with an American record label Ripple Music and a lot of summer touring was to come, so it was fitting to add some airplanes to the images. We visited the airpark near Liszt Ferenc Internation Airport of Budapest, because this was our best option. Guys were funny and easy to work with, as a result, we got excellent images . It was awsome to shoot a vintage rock band between vintage airplanes, so now you get to see the results!

Enjoy the pictures! If you want something for your band, just contact us for details!

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Fashion Media and Commercial Photo stories

Hotel Mystery Fashion Editorial

What? You mean there is a hotel in that building? Okay, the front is nicely remodeled, yeah, there are new windows now that you mention it, but … WOW! – I entered in Mystery Hotel Budapest with a few professionals just a few days before the official opening, so that I can get a glimpse of the place I’m going to shoot the spring portfolio of Loft Outlet in 2019. I know this might be a pun, and it is not intended, but the interior designers really made magic. The whole place is just awsome!

The place had a troubled history and without going into details, it was always connected with superstition, so it was a no brainer to turn its haunted history into an advantage. Rooms are themed, so whichever one you book, you’re sure to be surprised. Colors, wall arts and furniture are all carefully picked and restored or created in a unique style that will be talking about it for a long time.

This stylish interior gave a great base of operation for our photoshoot. The wild colors and patterns of the walls complemented the Italian design clothes the models were wearing.

We had a car, a Maserati Ghibli from the good people of Wallis. We also had a cinematographer recording out photoshoot!

Some tech stuff ..

The hotel opened its gate about a month before the shoot, and I had the privilage to see it before. It was an invaluable experience, because I already had an idea where I’d want to take pictures on the live photoshoot. I had a glimpse of the lighting conditions, but I knew I’d need my trusty 600W mobile studio strobe for this work.

This was the first shoot since I moved from Nikon to Sony. I bought minimal gear to speed up the shooting process. An ultrawide and a short telephoto was all that I needed to capture these images.

Gear used

  • Sony A7iii
  • Sony-Zeiss 16-35mm f4
  • Sony 85mm f1.8
  • Jinbei 600W mobile strobe
  • Octaboxes: 72cm + 150cm

And now, feel free to browse through the images!

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Fashion

Men’s Fashion shoot in New York City

When I visited New York in early 2019, I knew I had to squeeze in a couple of photoshoots. One of these was with a young talent called Bo Ale, a fashion model and actor from Puerto Rico. After shooting a lot of caucasian models in Italian style in Europe, I wanted to do something completely different! So I needed a latino model in a classic suit with a bow tie, smoking cigars in one of the most iconic part of the city Greenwich Village. Next to some of the worlds best jazz clubs and underground bars that helped to form multiple generations of artists from Hancock to Hendrix.

When I’m shooting for myself, I like to do another, completely different look. So we waited until dark, then teleported from New York City to Gotham. Photographing in the dark city was inspired by movies we grew up with. Private eye stories, goverment agents, scenes from the Matrix. Then we ended up exhausted on Times Square where we concluded our tour.

” New York has a bluish tint that you cannot measure, still you feel it.”

You can use the same coffee beans in the same type of an espresso machine anywhere else in the world, and you won’t even get near the one you get in Italy. The same goes for the lights in New York. You can use the same camera in the same weather anywhere else, and you won’t get that special color of light that you experience there. New York has a bluish tint that you cannot measure, still you feel it.

Bo is an awsome talent. He stars in films, adverts and regularly does fashion shoots in studio and outdoors as well. Photo only models may know a lot of poses, but they just don’t have the facial expressions an actor has. A good actor can not only convey a message, but tell a story with body language alone that can really add to the value of the production.

I just can’t wait to be back in the Big Apple once again. There are just so many locations that are waiting for me still. It would really take a lifetime to really live the experience, so I leave it to others, travelling to other fabulous places as well.

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Music

Sandmine Photoshoot

There was a great photoshoot in a Bauxite mine in Hungary with the band Ozone Mama. We intentionally travelled a few hours to get a piece of alien landscape. I had some technical issues, but the images turned out to be fine.

Not only fine! They were even used to present the band in the most prestigious Hungarian rock/metal magazine, Hammerworld. And one of these images were used on the inset of the Ozone Mama CD/LP Cosmos Calling that became not only my personal favourite album of the year, but won the best rock/metal album of the year award at the most prestigious music gala in Hungary Fonogram.

I haven’t posted any images yet, so I’ll do it now!

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Fashion Media and Commercial

Fashion shoot at Loft HQ

Oh, how I love visiting Loft Outlet! If fact in the last couple of years I bought pretty much every single pair of my jackets, trousers and shirts at this shop. During these shopping sprees I got to know the guys and their unique approach to men’s fashion. This is why I was really excited, when Gergely Kun (an awsome guy by the way) commisioned me to shoot an editorial of the auntum collection of 2019 around the building.

Fashion Photograpgy Hungary - Man in Italian style suits look left
Fashion Photograpgy Hungary – Man in Italian style suits look left

While it was October, the sun was searing like crazy. All my lights were struggling to keep overpowering the sun. At least that was what they were supposed to be doing, but most of the times I relied purely on sunshine and shade. Luckily the three guys I was photographing were there to help me if I had to move anything. Photographing male talents has it’s perks.

” Shooting at a location like this had its challenges. ”

Shooting at a location like this had its challenges. It was next to impossible to leave distracting elements out of the compositions, so I started using them as props. The color of the walls, sides of vans, railings are a great example.

Due to the insane light, I had to get creative with the depth of field as it was impossible to shoot at an open apperature as I usually do. In return, the images are crisp clear and sharp. All the colors came out lively and real.

Wardrobe was awsome as always. Strait out of Italy, these pieces of fashion never fails to amaze me. As the shoot was just a day after the new shipment was opened, they were very new. I already know what I’ll take home next time I visit the store!

I love models that have a connection to the brand they are modelling for. In this case, the three guys actually work for the company. They have decades of combined experience styling men. This was a shoot where we certainly did not need a stylist.

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Wall Art

Fisherman Sleeps on Sundays

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The serene environment of national parks is always a great way to reconnect with nature. When I spent a weekend near Rácalmás at the Duna-Ipoly National Park, Saturday had wild weather with heavy rain and thunderstorms, but shortly before dawn it all passed. On Sunday, I raised with the sun to capture the lake at its calmest.

A wood paneled room can greatly benefit from the earthy tones of the image, lending the space a warm, cozy feel. It can also warm up the colder nature of more modern interiors.

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Wall Art

The Last Rocks

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The Last Rocks - Exclusive Wall Art

After a long drive on my trip to Scotland, I decided to stop at a rest area to grab something to eat. Munching down on my sandwich I gazed down below to find the immense force of the water eating away at the rocks. As it has been for eons.

The contrasting teal tones of the water and the warm darks of the rocks are a perfect addition to a modern interior, but may complement the warmer tones of a cozy apartment as well.