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WHO IS JUZA
I have always been fascinated by nature, travel, exploration. I got my first SLR, a Nikon N60 film camera, in 1999, so I begun taken photos of nature subjects. Initially photography wasn't my passion - I toke photos just to "record" the subject on film, but with time I have got more and more involved into the technical and artistic aspects of photography.
In 2004 I bought my first digital camera. Without the costs and the limitations of film, I managed to improve my techniques until I reached a good level. In the years between 2004 and 2010, I have tried a lot of cameras and lenses and I have published the reviews on JuzaPhoto; currently, I have a minimalist approach to equipment: I shoot with a Canon 7D and four lenses. I have focused my reviewing work mainly on high-end and specialist lenses and cameras.
I work as full time nature/travel photographer. A quote from Mark Twain says that "twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do
". I deeply believe that one must try to fulfill his dreams and live the life he wants: it may not be always possible, but at least I do my best to live and make a living from my passions :-) One life, live it.
I begun traveling in 2007. One morning of August I thought about traveling to North Cape with my car...two week after I left Italy for a long on-the-road trip between Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, until I reached North Cape. My only travel mate, a Canon 20D, allowed me to take photos of the raw beauty of Norway.
Since then, I try to travel as much as I can. The majority of my trips are low budget, spartan adventures; other than being a great occasion for photos, these trips are a way to know different cultures. Every time I come back from a trip, I can look to my life with different eyes.
Nature photography, Photoshop and JuzaPhoto
I have read many discussions about the definition of "nature photographer"; honestly, I don't care very much ;-) For me being a nature photographer means walking in grass fields at sunrise to take macro photos; being fascinated by the view of a little bug; watching with awe a sunset between the mountains.
I have begun using Photoshop years ago and now I consider it an important component of my work. In my photos, I try to depict vivid, intense colors, rich contrast and great detail; post processing helps to materialize the vision I have in my mind when I take the photo...it is a way to give a personal style to the photos. A very important thing for me is to maintain a realistic look: I don't like the photos that show evident post-processing artifacts, as composites and many HDR photos; I believe that a well done post processing should be "transparent": the final photo should look great, but it must not look "artificial".
I created JuzaPhoto in 2004 as a little personal page, and nowadays it has thousands of visit :-) To make the site grow, I have published countless articles, photos, tutorials, and I learned two programming languages (HTML and PHP) to improve the website.
Even the best equipment does not guarantee good photos; nevertheless, having the right tools helps a lot, in particular for the technical aspects of the photo. A camera with great AF helps to get more sharp photos; a long, high-quality lens helps to capture shy subjects, etc. I have carefully chosen each component of my equipment; nearly everything is described in the articles. Currently I shoot with Canon 7D, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS, Canon 180mm f/3.5 Macro, Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS, plus Canon 1.4x and 2.0x extenders and Transcend 32 GB CF cards. I have a Manfrotto 055 XWNB tripod with Manfrotto 410 gear head and Manfrotto 486 RC2 ball head.