Hall of Fame
Raed Ammari
People 3rd November, 2016
  Raed Ammari, a dentist by profession, originally from Jordon, now residing in Colorado, USA, won the 1st place in the Kuwait grand photography contest 2016/ People and portraits He also won the Union of Arab photographers at Shariqa photography contest (3rd place in 2015 and 2nd place in 2016)/ Macro photography. Being a self-taught photographer, in very young age he has achieved huge success.

 

 

Tell us about you…

I was born and raised in Jordan but live in Colorado, USA and work as a dentist. Photography came to me out of the blue and I self taught myself everything. I spend all of my weekends on taking photos and most of my free time editing them.

 

When did you start photography…

I started photography in 2012 when I bought a camera as a gift for my parents. I decided to learn how to use it myself first so I'll be able to teach them. Of course shortly after gifting the camera to them I bought another one for myself and continued on with my self-taught journey.

 

Yours gears - then and now…

My first DSLR was a Nikon D5100 and a standard kit lens (18-55mm). I added to it a Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro lens which opened the doors for me to portrait and Micro photography.
I sold my all my Nikon gear and switched to Canon. I currently use the Canon 5D MKIII body with multiple pro lenses. I use a Canon 16-35mm 2.8 for street photography, Canon 85mm 1.2 ISII for beauty shots, the Canon 70-200mm 2.8 as an all purpose lens and the specialized Canon MP-E 65mm 2.8 for micro photography. I also use the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lens for street photography and environmental portraits.

 

What do you love to photograph…

I began photographing my girlfriend and dog, then my focus shifted to macro photography in general, and then I added portraits to my portfolio. I love photographing people and portraying emotions through my photos.

 

Why do you love this genre that you practice…

Portraits portray the models emotion and my view of them. A simple photo can elicit strong feelings and cause one to pause and think. I love affecting people in such a way.
Macro photography is very exciting! Photographing minute creatures can be very challenging but also very rewarding by exposing tiny details that are hidden to the naked eyes. There is a surprise element in it that keeps fascinating every time.

 

Your most loved photo and why do you love it…

My most loved photo is the first street portrait I took of an old man. It was very spontaneous but almost perfect. The light was soft and the facial expression of the old man gave the photo a lot of depth. That photo got a lot of good feedback on social media and won as a cover for an online photography magazine. It encouraged me to focus more on this type of photography.

 

Your journey so far…

My journey has been an absolutely amazing one. I've looked up to so many photographers and now I'm being considered on the same level as some of them, it's truly honouring. I've reached some of my lifelong dreams of travelling through my passion for photography. I also met a lot of amazing people who share the same passion for photography. I am excited to bring more photos to this world and touch people's lives.

 

Difference in ‘photography then’ and ‘photography now’…

Photography 'then' was limited. Photography 'now' is limitless. Most people have the ability to travel the world and see exotic places and people. More people are learning Photoshop and other photo editing softwares. Photography, in my opinion, reached an ever newer level due to all the post processing abilities and social media exposure.

 

Your future plans…

Travelling will definitely be in my future plans. I always wanted to take photography trips but work has it’s sneaky ways of preventing me from doing that. I already have 2 trips planned, one to India and one to Nepal and I have many other countries on my bucket list to visit.
Photography is a hobby for me and I would like to keep it that way in the future. Not having deadlines to meet or clients to please makes the experience enjoyable and fun and creates more room for your creativity to show through your photography.

 

Your suggestions for the budding photographers…

Create your own style. The learning curve in photography is pretty steep, you need to experiment and learn from your mistakes. Technical skills do matter, reading the light and how it affects your photo, knowing your gear and of course post processing are all important elements that will help you to refine your own personal style. Getting inspired by other photographers is valid but you should be able to define your own vision and style at one point.