Paula Robezniece is from Latvia, currently living in the UK. she loves exploring the world with a camera by her side. For her photography is all about capturing a vibe of a place and moment. She had shared her photos of Scotland, England, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia on FotoStation Instagram. Meet her and discover what inspires her for her photography, and how she goes through the post-processing.
How did you become interested in photography and when did you first get your own camera?
I have been interested in photography for many years but I bought my first camera only 3 years ago. Somehow I thought that if you want to start doing photography you have to buy very expensive gear, otherwise there is no point. I was inspired by a close friend who took amazing pictures with a relatively cheap camera and that was the push I needed to get my first camera as well. It wasn’t expensive at all but was enough to get me hooked on. I guess as a hobby level photographer I haven’t really developed a distinct style just yet. I am usually inspired by a moment and place and let the magic happen.
What do you usually take photos of? What story do you want to tell using photographs?
I mainly do travel photography, focusing on landscapes and architecture. I don’t have any places that I specifically prefer because I believe that you can see beauty everywhere if you look carefully enough. I don’t get to travel often, but when I do I want to make sure that I capture the emotion of the specific location so the final photo is not just a picture of the place but also brings back the memories and emotions. Hopefully, it also resonates with anyone that hasn’t been there.
Do you travel to take photos or do you take photos to document your travels?
I am from those photographers that like to catch a moment rather than plan something for a long time and have the possibility of being disappointed. I like to be surprised and make spontaneous decisions when traveling, so you never know what’s around the corner.
Among your works, which one is your favorite? And why?
I don’t really have a favorite one. Usually I tend to prefer my latest works but that’s
more because of the memories that the particular picture brings. But at the same time anywhere is my favorite place to take photos! Because I believe that you can see beauty everywhere if you look carefully enough.
What inspires you to take pictures the way you do?
I guess as a hobby level photographer I haven’t really developed a distinct style just yet. I am usually inspired by a moment and place and let the magic happen.
During post-production of your photos, which process do you think is the most important thing to do for you?
I think it’s the part where you actually go through the pictures and decide which ones to keep and edit. As a beginner, I was shocked by how much time goes before you can even start editing the pictures. Often you have an overwhelming amount of pictures and might feel unmotivated to go through all of them just because there are so many. But with practice and experience, you learn how to do the selection process quicker and also take less (and better) pictures when you are out shooting. Post-processing is the fun part for me, which always makes me excited so it’s definitely not the hardest process.
Photography is hard work and it’s difficult to get acknowledged for your work, what drives you to continue to strive on?
This is a very good question which lately I have been asking myself a lot. As a beginner you are very excited and take photos of everything. Then you end up with loads of pictures on your drive and ask the question – what’s next?
The thing is, you have to find a way how to be fulfilled with photography. If you manage to grow to a professional level and earn living with photography – amazing, what more could you ask for. But for many people that’s not the case.
As a full-time student, I have been searching for some projects which either pay for my work or are just interesting for my development. In the future, I also plan to try out stock photography. Hopefully different types of experience will keep my interest alive.
What camera do you use, and what do you get out of using that camera?
I currently own Fujifilm XT-2 with the kit lens. Since it is crop and mirrorless I love that it is so lightweight and small. My first camera was Canon EOS 750D, which was big and heavy. The Fuji I can easily carry with me more often so I am able to capture spontaneous moments. I like the idea of having a camera around so you can use it whenever you might need it.
Another feature that I absolutely love is the ease of use. It’s designed in this vintage style with all necessary functions on the camera, so you can quickly access most important settings without even looking at the screen.
More for fun I also have Canon AE-1 manual (35mm film camera) and vintage Polaroid from 600 series.