Meet Alexey Tyurin, a portrait photographer from Moscow, Russia. His unique style attracted our editors and more than 5,000 ViewBug members, resulting in over 8,000 awards and this interview. Enjoy!

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What inspired you to be a photographer?

Approximately 10 years ago, I decided to buy a DSLR camera. I wasn’t inspired by something special, I was just interested to shoot everything around me, like everyone else... After sometime, I decided to step it up and start to shoot portraits and nudes. Now people inspire me!

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What was your first camera and what do you like about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II?

My first DSLR was a Canon 450D kit, a good camera for a beginners but it wasn’t enough for me. The next step was to buy a better lens, my choice was a Tamron 17-50 f2.8, a great universal zoom lens. Then, I realized that I need something good, something big. I then purchased a Canon 5D Mark II, back then, a brand new full frame camera from Canon.

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Who is your favorite photographer and why?

I don’t have one. Lots of good photographers can give great tips on how to become a better photographer. You just need to listen and learn from them. Workshops, master classes and all the online courses will help you improve your photography.

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What is your dream location to shoot?

I think something unusual for a city guy, somewhere like Iceland. If you want to shoot something beautiful and unique you need to go far away from your neighborhood.

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How do you achieve the focus vs background effect in your portraits? 

It is super easy! You need a fast lens. One of my favorite is the Canon 50mm f1.2. But unfortunately it is not the best match for a Canon 5D M2 with its poor AF system. I love to shoot wide open, most of my portraits are shot with an f2.2 aperture and 1 meter distance. You can get a shallow depth of field and have a more intimate connection with the subject.

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