Welcome to another episode of Photographer Spotlight, this time I’d like to welcome Lauri who is a very gifted photographer from Finland, who shows astonishing & amazing landscape pictures. In this exclusive interview, you’ll find out what it is that makes him so good in his field.
1) Tell us about yourself, where are you from, what got you into photography and since how long do you
Lauri: My name is Lauri Lohi, I’m 27-years-old self-taught photographer, father and gym enthusiast from Hämeenlinna, Finland. I’ve always been an artistic person, passionately loved nature, beautiful colors on nature and loved being on there. When I first noticed how addictive and intoxicating it is to capture and present those beautiful moments like the way I see them, it was really obvious that photography (especially nature and landscapes) is my thing.
I’ve photographed less and more as a hobby for a couple of years now but the first touch to camera and photography was when I was a little kid, about 11-years-old, back then I practiced with my parents 3,2 MP Minolta digital pocket camera. In the year 2015, I was somehow inspired to take photography more seriously and really wanted to get to the next level. I bought myself a Canon EOS 6D full frame camera and started to practice and to develop my photography and post processing skills, technics and began to take the challenges etc.
2) How much time do you spend on photography on average?
Lauri: I take images always when I got time and if the weather and conditions permit. Mostly late at night and early in the morning at the time of golden light and blue hour. Usually, I do most photography in summer and autumn, when nature is most beautiful. I would say that I spend approximately 5-15 hours for photography per week (post processing is not included).
3) What is the favorite photo you took and why?
Lauri: It is impossible to select one favorite photo because every photo means a lot to me and every photo has a story and special feelings in it. I don’t really have one special image over the others. But one of my most memorable and popular images is “Transparent Mirror”
4) Which gear do you mainly use / What is typically in your camera bag?
5) How do you prepare for an image?
Lauri: Usually I do not do any preparations except checking the weather forecast and the direction of the sun/light related to the scene I photograph. I very much like to improvise and go with my creativity on locations, because every time nature and sunset/sunrise is a bit of a differencet and it can dramatically change in moments, so usually you can’t prepare really much.
6) Do you have guiding principles that you follow when you’re making pictures?
Lauri: Not really. I usually like to look things in different perspectives and angles and I try not to stick too much the same mode always.
7) How important is post-processing for you? Can you tell us what kind of postprocessing you typically do?
Lauri: I always edit my images, because I shoot in RAW mode and with processing, I can make the image reflect my own artistic style and visions which is really important for me. My processing style is unique, moody, sometimes mysterious, dreamy, strong and I really much like to use rich colors. I don’t really have any specific guidelines I follow when processing, every image is unique and I like to go and edit by feeling.
I also like to make composite images which represent my own dreamy visions. I use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to edit my images.
8) What’s the most challenging part about being a photographer?
Lauri: Difficult question… But first thing that comes in my mind is the weather and conditions in nature. You can’t effect to it ever in any way and you just have to deal with that. Sometimes the weather could be perfect and sometimes it is just awful. Second one (for me personally) is to be satisfied of own work.
9) Do you have general adivces and tips for other photographers?
Lauri: Do what you love, find your own passion and improve it to be a master! Never stop learning and developing yourself!
10) What are your future photography goals?
Lauri: To be a better photographer. My goal is to be someday professional in my field of photography and hopefully I can work as photographer/artist and make enough money out of it that I can feed myself and my family. I’m also dreaming that I could someday teach photography to others and share things I have learned.