MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Hi, my name is Dmitri Tsitelauri and I am a freelance photographer/cinematographer based in South Florida. Back in 2007 I would never have thought that photography would take over my life. It all began unintentionally when I bought my first DSLR. Like most of us, I hated the way point-and-shoot cameras work; they are so confusing! Unless you are outdoors in a bright daylight, your pictures are pretty much guaranteed to be "crappy". Thinking that DSLR would make a heck of a difference, I enthusiastically purchased a very expensive camera hoping for professional quality photos but very quickly realized that it was not going to be that simple. What was meant to be fun turned into a world of millions of questions and much frustration. Sure, anyone can put their camera on auto setting and hope to get a decent photo, but what if I dont want to rely on chance?
And this is how my journey began...
Over the next few years I spent countless hours in learning the science of photography. I became obsessed with it. All of my friends and family members thought that I was a lunatic because photography was the only thing on my mind. I practiced day and night. I read tons of literature about the history of photography and got inspired by many great photographers along the way. I joined all sorts of photography forums and blogs where I interacted with real photographers and science geeks learning the technologies behind digital photography. I kept investing thousands of dollars into new camera bodies, lenses, lighting equipment, computer hardware and software. I met with local wedding photographers and assisted them at weddings (without pay) just to understand how it all works. During this time I fell in love with the feeling of accomplishment. As time went by, I started to book my own gigs and my portfolio kept on growing (so did my confidence). Finally, one day I decided that I wanted to get out of the rat race of corporate jobs and began my professional life as a wedding photographer/cinematographer.