Radu Carnaru is a self-taught fashion and glamour photographer born 1987, in Romania. Fascinated with aesthetics and passionate about visual arts, Radu discovers his empathy for photography as the best way to express his feelings and starts gaining ground in a remarkable way. Currently, the artist is constantly working to expand his portfolio, producing visually appealing photographs that reflect feminine beauty, while also maintaining an elegant touch.
We had the privilege to feature Radu's breathtaking images, from simple beauty to futuristic, high-end couture/glamour images among a fascinating interview where he shares many inspiring tips and tricks.
Tell us something about Radu Carnaru Photography?
Photography has been my passion ever since I recently discovered it, about 3 years ago, along with the moment I bought my first digital camera. Before that, I used to enjoy digitally manipulating images via Photoshop, so I thought, why not mix the two together?
How did you get into Fashion Photography?
At first, after taking photos of most of my friends and family, I developed an interest for portraiture. Also, I started developing a passion for visual art, especially its aesthetic side. While surfing the Internet to study photography portfolios and fashion magazine editorials, I realized that the path of fashion and glamour photography would best describe my feelings. Through fashion photography, it became a dream come true to get to work with creative people and photo-shoot models for both commissioned jobs and personal projects.
Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy
How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography creative, inspiring and fresh?
I guess I find my motivation in the world and people surrounding me. I get my inspiration from cinematography, music, magazines, mostly anything that catches my eye. There aren’t honestly any rules for this. While avoiding studio work, I enjoy scouting for locations as there seem to be quite a few interesting and inspiring forgotten places surrounding my home town.
What is typically in your camera bag?
In most situations I carry a DSLR body, along with the kit lens, my trustee 50 mm prime and an f2.8 telephoto lens. Besides this, when I don’t want to carry all my lighting gear with me, I usually take 2 speed-lights that, when wirelessly triggered, prove to be a very useful alternative.
How has your shooting style and work ethic changed in time?
As I remember, in the beginning I didn’t pay too much attention to the model’s posing and attitude, but in time I realized that this is a very important factor to keep in mind. In addition to this, I now focus more on the lighting setup and I give more importance to the post processing part. I also noticed that I’m becoming more and more exigent and selective with the shots I decide to publish. It’s also very important to pay attention to details and try to get most of the things right straight out of the camera, because, as I realized, that makes things a lot easier when it comes to retouching.
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work?
Stay inspired, be creative, always experiment new things, especially if you’ve just started taking photographs. Study a lot of good portfolios and fashion editorials out there, keep taking pictures and develop your own style that reflects your personal vision and feelings.
Can you name some photographers that inspire you with their works and why?
I find Mario Sorrenti’s portfolio extremely inspiring, I also admire the dynamic vision and style of Marino Parisotto. In addition, I love Paolo Roversi’s moody and classic portraiture work.
Dear Radu, many thanks you for your fantastic answers, which are providing essential details about fashion photography. We think that your style is unique and your ability to create expressive images reflects the astonishing work of perfect team able to work in total harmony.