posted on 12th of may, 2015

I shoot many editorials, and I used RAW format very rare for that, due to several reasons.

My logic was that I need to shoot many pictures of the same event, so I would have many photos and JPG format suits better for than because files are smaller. Another reason was that people normally shoot RAW because they do a lot of editing which is very limited with regard to editorial photos.

Last week in Moscow was full of events related to 70th anniversary of Victory Day celebrations in 1941-1945 war, and I decided to try shooting RAW taking into account that this event is too important to make any mistakes while shooting it, and I want good photos of these events for my personal archive.

Actually I discovered that I was wrong earlier not using RAW format for events.

In particular, I came to conclusions...

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Posted by Rangpl on May 13, 2015
Only RAW for a TOP quality images. Single RAW file is like a stack of JPGs. Happy shooting:)
Posted by Cathconvey on May 13, 2015
Thank you all for your feedback and opinions shared!!!! I really appreciate that!
Posted by Seawatch1 on May 13, 2015
Great photos, Ms. Bykova. I've always submitted photos in JPEG format, not having seen the option to do so in RAW. I have the option to do so in Addition to JPEG, but not JUST RAW. Guess I'll have to look around on my other submissions.

I really like the shot of the two women and the closeup on the gentleman. Good composure and nice colors.


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posted on 13th of may, 2015

Recently I’ve been reading several articles on how famous photographers built their professional careers.

I discovered that actually many people took a few very similar steps on their way up to the top.

Step one – shooting celebrities (not Hollywood stars Like Brad Pitt, but local theater actors, young singers, teen musical bands etc.). Studio shots and reportages (concert rehearsal, theater piece rehearsals etc.) showing some famous faces can be a good start for the professional photographer’s portfolio, isn’t it!

Step two – making a project on some “eternal” social issues like refugees, crime victims, abandoned children, seniors forgotten by their relatives etc. A project means taking photos of people (group or individual portraits) who are suffering and need help. Such photographs...

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Posted by Seawatch1 on May 14, 2015
Ms. Bykova, I don't think you'll find many photographers, professional or otherwise, who shoot social problems just to advance their careers. It's possible, but not very likely and I wouldn't want to work with someone who did.

But I can tell you it can be very hard to stare through a lens at all the misery around you. I shot a lot of pictures when I served in Viet Nam in America's war there, and after awhile it was just too much. The sadness and the feeling of hopelessness. I knew many combat photographers who went on to much quieter and "artistic' subjects when they returned to the States.

I think many people who do that work (social commentary or documentation) in their own countries find that they need to feed their souls with "gentler" subjects after awhile.


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I’m a professional photographer and journalist with more than 11 years in the business. I obtained a bachelors’ degree in photojournalism (Moscow State University) and in contemporary art. My works include reportages from art events, celebrity portraits, public holidays, landmarks, wildlife and more. I travel regularly to different places and participate in exhibitions. My works are in the collection of Russan State Museum (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Russian Photography Museum (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia). I would appreciate a lot if you could let me know ho... [Read more]

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