Justin Peters

Stuttgart, Germany

Years working in photo-manipulation:
1 Year

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Current employer/freelance:

What’s your artistic background?
Some of my family members are working as graphic designers. So I was always surrounded by design, art and photography themes when we came together. I was fascinated of these things and how the people came up with their amazing, cool and sometimes crazy ideas.

How did you get started in photo-manipulation and compositing?
First it was only the search for a new hobby. I loved photography so I decided to buy a camera and started with the basic things. At some point I was “bored” by these normal and unspectacular pictures that I had. I wanted be more creative and combined them in different ways that I’ve learned from Youtube tutorials. I kept practicing hours a day and also started to use stock images sometimes and felt in love with this new hobby.

Are you self-taught or did you study?

Is photo-manipulation a hobby or full-time job?
It’s a hobby right now but I’ve also started to make money with selling prints and working for brands and clients.

For paid work, how do you keep your personality in your creations when working from a brief?
The clients contact you because they like your style or what you do and if you communicate and exchange ideas with them there will be a win-win-situation.

When you start a manipulation do you have the end result in mind? Or does it evolve as you progress?
When I start I usually have an idea/concept in mind or I sketch it first on paper, but often I get new inspirations during the process and the result is completely different.

What’s the best advice you can give someone starting out in photo-manipulation?
Start with the photography basics and manipulating your own pictures before you use stock images.

What software could you not live without?
Photoshop and Lightroom.

What advice would you give someone for making manipulation a full-time job?
– Keep practicing and challenge yourself to try new things.
– Focus and keep going
– Believe in yourself and what you do
– Everything is possible, never give up
– Step out of your comfort zone
– Share your work everywhere you can

Can you show us your workspace? What are the most important features of it?
The most important feature of it is my mind. My workspace is everywhere because I rarely stop thinking about new things.

What’s your favourite photo-manipulation you’ve created and why?
It’s a whale dipping in a sea of fog and it’s called “Fogwhale”. This piece is my favorite because I love whales and fog and in combining these two things it covers the meaning of “the beauty of nature” for me.

Who’s your favourite photo-manipulator?
Robert Jahns

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