I’ll be quite honest with you guys, I have never heard of Dejan Sokolovski until I started doing research on car photographers to interview. I don’t remember how I came across his name but once I checked him out, I knew he was on to something and I had to have him share his thoughts with the LTSC community.
I really don’t know how he has managed to stay under the radar (and by radar, I mean MY radar) but boy am I glad I found out about him. I could easily say that his work is some of the top work that I have seen and I’m not just saying that just because this interview is about him. I really do mean it.
I can tell that Dejan has a thing for sick backgrounds, but I will let him tell you all about it. I know you would rather hear from him than me.
1. Tell us a little about yourself personally.
My name is Dejan, I’m 28 years old, I live in Sweden, Borås. A city 30mins outside Gothenburg. I’m originally from Macedonia, hence my less Swedish name…
2. When and why did you start shooting cars?
I started somewhere in 2006, now that I think about it, has it already been 9 years!? Well, however I didn’t shoot that much back then, and even when I did it was all just a pure hobby, which I loved. I’ve never owned a camera before 2006 and when I suddenly got a feeling to buy one I naturally started with shooting cars. Most people perhaps shoot models, people, landscape etc, but I started with cars because it has always been a big passion of mine.
3. Are you more passionate about cars or photography?
I would say 50/50 here if that’s possible, but if I have to choose I guess it’s cars? And when I mean cars it’s usually the looks, design and all that, not as much the performance, even though I love performance as well of course.
4. How long after you picked up your camera did you start post processing?
For like forever I’ve been interested in web design and Photoshop in general since I first got my computer that could use those programs. So I guess, post-processing came directly after all photos I’ve photographed. But the post-processing has evolved a lot lately; you always learn new things and new ways of achieving what you’re imagining. I guess to do one thing you want, there are hundreds of ways of doing it in Photoshop.
5. If you could choose one automotive photographer to shadow for 1 day, who would it be and why?
I don’t know? I don’t think I have any role-models anymore like I used to have. I’m not very updated with new talents and big names. I know a lot of photographers that started around same time I did however.
However by assisting a pro-photographer is always a good learning. I have assisted on both car shoots and model/fashion shoots and learned quite some things. Always better to be on-location than on learning over reading.
6. What is ONE most important thing that can make or break a shot?
Background for sure, I think that’s even more important than the car being super good looking… As long as the location fits well for the car, I think that’s the most important combo. Having a dirty car when it’s not supposed to be isn’t so fun either, but if it’s supposed to be dirty (like dirt on an SUV) then that’s cool!
7. Can you share you best and worst shots along with the dates they were shot?
8. What is the best tip you have received and why is it so important?
Best tip as always with everything you do is to practice, have fun and
never give up! Read on forums, post up on forums to get critique and all that. Get different opinions from many photographers or artists.
Have patience. I guess? You’re most likely not to become the king of Automotive photography in a week, it all takes time and learning.
9. What is the number one thing you want the LTSC community to take away from this?
I don’t know… HAVE FUN! 😀
10. Where can we find your portfolio and a way to contact you?
THAT’S ALL FOLKS
There you have it, as you can tell Dejan has been doing this for a while and it really shows in his shots.
I love the fact that he was doing graphic design before he picked up photography because that’s my background as well. I have been doing graphic design for over a decade. I am so thankful for picking up photography because combining those 2 hobbies has been the best thing in my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I hope you guys are enjoying the blog because I definitely am. I am learning new things every day and I just love sharing them with everyone. I put long hours into this website because I know how hard it is when you’re trying to learn something and have to keep searching until you find it. Now you can just come here and find everything you need!
If there is something that I have not covered on here that you would like some help on, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you as much as I can.