Q: First of all, congratulations dear Andi! How did you feel when you found out you took 1st in the Conceptual and Photo manipulation Category?
A: I was very happy when I got notification via email! This is the first time my photo wins the 1st place.
Q: What do you think of images submitted to the B&W CHILD PHOTO COMPETITION this year?
A: Many images submitted in the First Half were high quality. It’s also amusing to see that so many professional and worldwide famous photographers follow Child Photo Competition and take part in this contest.
Q: We are so happy to have you here and find out more about you and your work. Can you tell us more about you? Who is Andi Halil? How old are you? Where you were born and raised?
A:I am a Captain at Vessel, I am working in Company in Middle east (UAE, Abu Dhabi). I am a hobbyist photographer, specialized in Black and White photography. I was born in a small village in Sungai Guntung, Riau, Indonesia. I am 33 years old.
Q: Can you tell us more about your winning photograph “The eye face”? How did you get idea for this photograph? Was is complex to execute it in post production?
A: I got the idea for this photograph when the mirror at my home got broken. I was trying to make a 2-dimensional photograph by using broken mirror as a medium. The complex part was capturing and presenting different moods of children. After I took several shots, I found 2 I liked the most and tried to composite them. It get’s a little bit hard to place the photo onto the mirror, because good selection with pen tool in Photoshop is a must. In post processing part, I converted this photo into B&W. For B&W post processing I use plugin Silver EfexPro 2 and textures. My last step was using Darken Light Nik Color Efex Pro 4 filter.
Q: When did you start doing photography?
A: I start photography in 2010, when I got my first camera Canon 50 D.
Q: Do you have experience with shooting on film?
A: I don’t have experience with film.
Q: Are you a full time photographer?
A: No. Photography is my passion and hobby.
Q: Can you tell us more about photography market and photographers in Indonesia?
A: It’s a big market with many talented photographers!
Q: What was your job and education before you started doing photography?
A: I got my education in Marine academy. I am a seaman. A captain.
Q: Did you have any formal education in photography?
A: I don’t have any formal education in photography.
Q:Who are some photographers that you admire?
Q: What do you like about working with children?
A: They are so much fun but hard to handle sometimes!
Q: Photoshop or Lightroom?
A: I use Photoshop CC and Plugin Nick Color Efex Pro 4 & Silver Efex Pro 2.
Q: Tell us more about lighting you use?
A: I use one flash and natural light.
Q: How much time do you spend in post processing for each image?
A: Depending on the mood. It can be from 10 minutes to one hour per image.
Q: Why is important for photographers to participate in high quality photography contests?
A: Because good competitions give you a picture about limits and your photography knowledge.
Q: What would be your message to other photographers?
A: Try your best! If others can do it, you can do it too.