When you visit the highly featured and consistently working website of Zlatko Batistich you think he is just a wedding photographer. On the contrary, this amazing New Jersey photographer has many more talents beyond weddings. Through his extremely busy schedule, Zlatko was kind enough to share a few words on his process. If you take pleasure in what you see please Pin, Tweet, Like and most importantly enjoy!
Famed Photographer Zlatko Batistich
How did you get started as a photographer?
I became very interested in photography during high school, when I photographed for the yearbook and newspaper. I had a darkroom at home and made a lot of black & white prints. During college, I took a few classes in photography and art, but majored in philosophy and then went to law school. I then worked as a lawyer and did photography as a hobby. In 2002, I read about Denis Reggie’s wedding photography and his work really appealed to me. So I decided to take time off from work to attend Denis’s 4-day workshop in Atlanta. His presentation was so inspirational and informative that it enabled me to make a career change to photography. I started doing weddings and portraits, and within two years was doing photography full-time.
What challenges did you face during the session?
Just the usual challenges of photographing outdoors. Light in a natural setting is so wonderfully variable that a few steps in any direction affect the results. The photographer has to quickly decide where the light and the background will work together well.
Do you have any tips for our readers?
Open shade is often ideal for outdoor portraits like these. Open shade is shade that is open to — usually at the edge of — a more brightly lit area. This way the subject is out of the sun, but is illuminated by soft reflected light. Use a white reflector to direct some extra light onto the subject, fill shadows and create a catchlight in the eyes.
What gear did you use?
Reflector held by model’s Mom
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