Hello, My name is Jakub Soukup, you can find me on instagram @jakup_soukup. I am 29 years old and I come from the Czech Republic, in the middle of Europe. I work as a cook in a vegetarian restaurant and shoot photography.
I started shooting roughly around 2001 when I bought my first DSLR; a SONYa450 with an awesome18-55mm lens. I began shooting everything that caught my attention: landscapes, street photography and portraits. At first I knew nothing about the settings on my camera. It took sometime to figure it out, but with practice, I learned how to use it.
I wanted to move forward and begin to shoot professionally so l started to reach out to different companies asking if they would be interested in a collaboration. After a few attempts the music website Bbarak.cz agreed. They are a music website that organizes Hip Hop and Rap music gigs and festivals. Ever since then, I have continued to work in this fashion.
After about five years of using my old DSLR I decided to move to a better camera, choosing to stick with Sony. I bought a Sony A7 with kit lens 24-70mm and quickly fell in love with it. I love the build of the camera, how small and lightweight the body is, and the image quality. I would never go back to a heavier DSLR again.
I love to edit my photos in Lightroom. It is easy to use, professional software that lets me play with colour adjustments and light curves and helps me achieve a look and feel that is a signature feature of my photos. I use nearly all of the settings when editing my photos.
I promote my photos across instagram and 500px. I try to upload daily and keep in touch with my followers. Instagram stories help you update your followers on your whereabouts and what I'm shooting - it is fun to see behind the scenes and is engaging for your audience. It is important to post frequently and during similar times to help boost your reach and number of impressions. Hashtagging your photos is also important, it will help your photos be seen by more people and could eventually lead to being approached by companies or potential clients.
If you are just starting out I recommend you go and get yourself DSLR with 50mm portrait lens or wider 35mm lens which is great for urban and street photography. If you are looking into photographing nature I would recommend a 28mm lens, which I recently used and found the wide angle lens to be extremely useful. I would also suggest becoming familiar with the different settings your DSLR offers, gradually work your way into shooting manually, this will give you the best image quality for your images. Ultimately, knowing shutter speed, aperture, ISO and how to compose an image will help you become a better photographer.
Finally I would like to wish you good luck whether you are just a beginner or maybe a more advanced photographer. Be unique but don’t be afraid to look around for inspiration. Always have a camera with you, you never know what you could run into.