Hi Rebecka! Tell us about yourself in two sentences - who are you?
I’m a Swedish amateur photographer and psychology student with numerous interests. I discovered photography a few years ago. A different world unravels through the lens and I often find myself completely absorbed by it. I'm a keen globetrotter and my camera is always my travel companion.
QWhat's the weirdest situation you've found yourself in while taking a photograph?
AOh, difficult question! I’ve rarely found myself in a weird situation while taking a photograph… however, I visited a home for children and the elderly in India last year. I brought my camera and as soon as I started shooting I was surrounded by people wanting their portraits taken. We didn’t understand each other but there was an abundance of laughter. It was an out of the ordinary situation rather than a weird one. I’ve never experienced so many people fascinated by a camera, and it proved itself to be a great instrument for bonding and connecting. Some of my favorite pics are from that day. So many beautiful faces and stories to be told.
QWhat do you shoot on? What's your favourite set up?
AI shoot on a Canon 5d mark II. My favourite lens is the Macro 100 mm f. 2.8 since it gives an exquisite bokeh and beautiful colouring. It’s great for portraits, close ups and creative shots of fine details. Another favourite is my Zeiss 35 mm f. 1.8 with manual focus, which I often use for city and landscape photography or portraits where I wish to capture more of the surroundings. I only use natural lighting.
QWhat's your number one tip for an aspiring photographer?
AI still consider myself to be an aspiring photographer! I’m an autodidact and learned through trial and error. My number one tip is to practice loads and try out different compositions and settings to see what works and what doesn’t. I often find light to be an important component of successful images. Play with it! My final tip would be to follow your passion, senses, and intuition when shooting - what story do you wish to tell?