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Phototuts+ Reader Profile: Moondancer


Today I'm going to be interviewing Moondancer, the collective nickname of a married couple of photographers who work together. Laura Amodio, the 42 year-old photographer born in Naples, Italy, and her 39 year-old husband Maurizio Amodio. They've lived in Germany, Spain, and often travel to find new locations to shoot.

Q 1. How did it all come about for you two?

I was a dancer for years, and my husband Maurizio, is an archeological guide and excursionist. We both have always been passionate about art and photography, but only as a hobby. We had an old, almost broken Canon camera in the past that we used to shoot with.

When the revolution of digital photography first came out, we got ourselves a small Fuji Finepix F10 compact camera, and discovered Flickr. It was a revelation that changed the way we see the world around, and made us realize that we could create art with images, and share it with a huge number of people all around the world.

Q 2. Where do you find inspiration?

Anything can be inspiring, really. Most often it's merely just fragments of the world waiting around to be captured - I sometimes pose as a model for Maurizio as well. This has allowed us to go forward, along with the esteem of all those who admire our work.

Q 3. What gear do you use for your work?

We currently use two cameras, the first being a Fuji Finepix F70 EXR, a small compact device. The 70 EXR has a very impressive zoom range for it's size. Some features on this camera include the so-called Pro-Focus mode, and Pro-Low light mode.

The Pro-focus mode works by taking two separate images and merging them together to give an enhanced depth of field. The Pro-Low light mode takes a series of four images in low light conditions (high ISO settings). It then merges the images to create an image that is noise controlled in a much better way than before.

We also use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 , which is a superzoom bridge digital camera. Equipped with a 1/2.33" CCD sensor, and a maximum resolution of 12.7 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38 comes with a lens type 27-486mm (18x optical zoom) F2.8 - F4.4, and offers a shutter speed range of 1/2000 seconds up to 60 seconds and an ASA/ISO range of 100-1600, pretty much providing all important functionality of a regular SLR camera.

For photo editing and post-production, we use Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Picasa, and Photofiltre. We also frequently work with textures, and give the editing process sufficient amount of time.

Q 4. What do you do to stay inspired and create the beautiful art one can clearly see in your photography?

Our inspiration comes from the books we read, the music we listen to, and pretty much everything that keeps our minds and souls alive! We also like to mix photography with other forms of art and work heavily with post-production.

Q 5. What's the main thing you have learnt from an artistic perspective?

Photography has taught us to keep our eyes and mind wide open. As artists we have learned that you never stop learning, and that art and talent alone are not enough. It takes discipline and hard work to make something unique and significant. And above all, it has taught us to speak only when we have something new to say.

Q 6. What do you aspire for? What are your dreams as photographers and as artists in general?

What we aspire for is to reach out and touch viewers of our work, making sure that those who see our pictures see something that enriches their experience. We would like to continue to do this, travel more, and reach the largest possible number of eyes and hearts with our photography!

You can check out Moondancer's photostream on Flickr for more of their beautiful imagery and intriguing portraiture taken throughout their endeavors around the world.

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