Michael Sidofsky is a professional photographer from Toronto, specializing in travel and commercial photography. Being an avid traveller and photographer, his goal is to capture the essence of a destination through the use of advanced techniques in photography and post-processing. This is what sets his images apart from other photographers.
Michael’s images aim to portray a unique perspective of places or things that may seem commonplace to the everyday eye, but which trigger some sort of emotional reaction.
Whether he’s shooting landscapes, cityscapes, streets, or architecture, his goal is to create a connection between the subject and the viewer.
Here is Michael Sidofsky in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) Why did you choose photography?
I enjoy the entire process of photography. I truly love getting out to shoot, meeting new people, capturing beautiful destinations, as well as sitting behind a computer making my images come to life. Photography has taken me to places and has shown me things I would have never dreamed of before. I am truly appreciative of that.
2) How did photography become your profession?
I’ve always been interested in photography but I didn’t take it seriously until 2015. At the time, I was working as a retoucher for a studio in Toronto, Canada. That opened my eyes to many different types of work, some of which inspired me to pick up a camera. I quickly took to it, and over the years made it my full-time profession.
3) Which is your favourite place around the world?
Everywhere has it’s own unique beauty but if I had to choose I would say Switzerland.
4) How is the lifestyle of Canada different from other countries?
Canada is an amazing country. Beautiful landscapes, delicious food, incredible wildlife, and of course, the friendliest people.
5) What are some factors which make you different from other photographers?
Being an avid traveller and photographer, my goal is to capture the essence of a destination through the use of advanced techniques in photography and post-processing. This is what sets my images apart from other photographers. My images aim to portray a unique perspective of places or things that may seem commonplace to the everyday eye, but which trigger some sort of emotional reaction.
Whether I’m shooting landscapes, cityscapes, streets or architecture, my goal is to create a connection between the subject and the viewer.
6) What are the few skills and advices you would like share with our viewers?
Photography is a lifelong journey where you never quite reach the destination. There is always room for improvement. Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned professional, I recommend practising a lot, understanding composition, lighting, and colours, as well as learning as much as you can about post-processing.
7) Narrate your best photography experience.
I would say travelling through the remote region of Raja Ampat, Indonesia was my favourite experience. Being immersed in that epic exotic landscape while visiting and living in the local villages is an experience I’ll never forget.
8) What is your biggest achievement till now?
Having my photo published in National Geographic magazine was my biggest achievement.
9) Suggest some best places to visit in Toronto?
CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, High Park, Centre Island.
10) How was life in quarantine?
I thought quarantine was going to be a lot worse than it was. With the extra time spent at home, I was able to work on many unfinished projects as well as teach others my workflow via online classes.
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