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Szymon Zdziabek | ColorMunki Smile Photo Contest Week 2 Winner


by Brenda K. Hipsher – October 14th, 2013

Szymon Zdziabek

Week 2 winner Szymon Zdziabek

Professional photographer Szymon Zdziabek of Poland was our Week 2 winner in the ColorMunki Smile Photo Contest. Simon specializes in wedding photography and does some very interesting and innovative work.  He loves to capture emotion in his photography using a photo journalistic style. He records the wedding as it unfolds as a journalist would. And the way he integrates the beauty of nature is stunning. “I’m really proud to be the winner of your contest… it is the first contest I’ve entered.” says Szymon. We are so happy you entered your beautiful photo in the contest. Enjoy this interview with professional wedding photographer Szymon Zdziabek.

24833_1600szX-Rite Blog:  When did you start photographing?
Szymon Zdziabek:  My passion for photography was passed on genetically from my ancestors. I remember when I was helping my grandfather carry his equipment and watching him at work as a reporter. A few years later, when I was about fourteen, I took my dad’s Praktika SLR and very carefully, with only one roll of film, took a few photos. Because of this experience,  even in the age of digital photography, I consider each single shot.

XB:  Do you calibrate and profile your monitor?
SZ:  Yes, I calibrate my monitor and also printer. It is very important for me. I do most large prints of my photos remotely, so I must be  sure that colours, gradients, contrasts etc. are exactly the same as I’ve seen on the display after editing. I use X-Rite ColorMunki Photo for 4 years and I’m very pleased with the results.

XB:  What is your greatest challenge in photography?
SZ:  The best answer to this question are words by Robert Bresson: “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen”. For few years this quote is seen on my website (www.pp-studio.net) and I always think of that
when photographing.

XB:  What was it about this particular image that caught your eye and caused you to capture it?
SZ:  It is hard to describe by words,  just look at this photo! I am charmed by this place. I’ve taken  many photos there of which I’m very satisfied.


Week 2 Winner
©2013 Szymon Zdziabek

XB:  What would you say is your favorite thing about photography?
SZ:  I probably won’t be unique in saying that capturing the moment is indeed the most inspiring thing in photography. Time flows continously, but with an idea in your brain, imagination, eye and camera you can catch every single bit of it, even the part that is unseen to the naked eye.


XB:  What advice would you give someone who is just beginning as a photographer?
SZ:  Bearing in mind my experience, I would advise most of all practicing. Take your camera, do several shots of the same thing you’re interested in, compare them and draw conclusions. Next time avoid noted errors and practice again. And welcome criticism.

33596_1600szSzymon Zdziabek uses X-Rite ColorMunki Smile and ColorMunki Photo color management solutions to keep his color workflow under control. Learn how you can stop guessing and start knowing with color management solutions from X-Rite at www.xritephoto.com.

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