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Interview with creative photographer Behrouz Riahi

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Behind Zardo, his real name is Behrouz Riahi. He has 26 years old. He is Belgian and he live in Brussels.He is a Psychologist in Oncology.His shots are very clean and creative,and he is masterful  and creator in using ”HDR”. A collection of his  architectural shots, the majority of them is taken in Belgium / France / Italy / England.
We hope that the interview will be useful and creative for you.

 Firstly, tell us when and where the first time you take a shoot?

Well, I have taken my first shot when I was 5 year old. I have to admit that the photo was totally missed. More seriously, I have begun my real interest for photography when I was 18-19 years old. Photography is a kind of family tradition for me. Every members of mine use to make some photo. For me, photography has been a method to exprim myself, to show the world as I saw it and the way to explore some new worlds.

 Did you go to a school to study photography or taught yourself? Why you choose this field?

I am a self-taught person as far as photography is concerned. When I see a really good photo I wonder how it was made and how I could make it myself. Then I search and learn. I didn’t really make a choice. I wanted to make the psychology at the university. But as I said, I always had an attraction for photography, so I learned by myself when I had some times in my study. I think it’s a nice way because you don’t have the “rules” to shoot and you keep your mind free to explore and experiment new ways to shoot.

What are a websites or blogs you visit often?

The most part of the time the websites I visit are on DeviantArt. It gives you some links to the personnal artists one and it’s a pleasure to discover new or old talented artists.

 What type of cameras do you use? What’s your favorite lens?

In the past, I used a Canon EOS 30D and some lenses : a wide angle, canon 10-22/f3.5 – two basic lenses Canon 18-55/f3.5 and 28-70/f3.5 – two zoom lenses, 70-300/f4.5 and the 70-200/f2.8. I always use a tripod Manfrotto 190XPROB. Now, I’ve upgrade to a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with always a wide angle canon 16-35 L Mark II. I have a lot of filters and a remote control. I have always liked to work with Canon. As I use a method called “HDRi” (High Dynamic Range image), I have to use a post-processing software. I use the Photomatix pro.

 Can you describe how and when you use flash, reflectors and natural light?

I never used a flash nor reflectos. I always play with the natural light because the most of my shoot are landscapes and I prefer to play with the natural elements. But who knows, maybe one day I’ll try some technics with the flash. I like the effects you can have with it sometimes.

 We notice that you clever in use “HDR ” ,what’s program do you use to do HDR? what are
programs you use to processing images?

As I use a method called “HDRi” (High Dynamic Range image), I have to use a post-processing software. I use the Photomatix pro.

 What are things you do to turn off your mind away from work? What are your hobbies?

You already know the answer to this question  My passion to turn off the light of my dark life is to take some photography. When I shoot, time stop, my anxiety is canalysed and I’m in my own world.

 What special skills and equipment do you learnt?

Nothing special, I think…

 Let us know that how do you choose the photography location? Did you take a camera with you to any place?

To take my photos, I like going to the old part of cities and to places with stunning landscapes where there is nobody. Everywhere I go, I take my camera with me. Firstly, for me, the ideal place is deserted. I hate having people on my photos. It’s one of the most difficult parts of the job. Secondly, it has to contain some old buildings with a Gothic architectural style. And finally, there should be a tormented sky where clouds are tempestuous.

 From all of your a wonderful images, which one you prefer? Can you give us some background to this image?

It’s very difficult to just pick one. There’s a lot which are my favorites. But if I wanted to show only one photo of mine, it would be : “Bruxelles by night” Because, there’s a lot of symbolism in it about the way I shoot it, the fact it was my first try with HDR, the anxiety about it, and the story around it.

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