Uncovering Artists Through Windows Themes - Andreea Retinschi

A picture is worth a thousand words they say. But a good image is more than that, it creates a different world in which you get lost, with characters for whom you fall in love. This is the feeling that you get from viewing Andreea Retinschi's photos. In today's interview I invite you to get to know a young, talented (and beautiful) photographer, and get the chance to enjoy a glimpse of her work through a theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Introducing Andreea Retinschi

Focused mostly on portraits, fashion and glamour, Andreea Retinschi's photography leaves you a bit breathless when you view it. The importance of every detail, the clarity and sharpness of her photos are elements that contribute to making Andreea's pictures unique.

She graduated the Photography and Communication class at the Toronto University and considers that what you learn by yourself, through experience, is more important, especially when it comes to photography.

How & when did your passion for photography start?

I fell in love with photography during high school. I took a class for black and white film photography and I enjoyed it so much that I took the follow up, the year that followed. The deciding moment was one day when I was alone in the darkroom, developing my photographs. I realized that everything, from putting the film inside the camera, to taking the actual photographs and developing the film was done by me. It was my creation from head to toe and I loved and held on to that feeling. When later that year, somebody asked me what I'd like to do if I never needed money, I knew it would have to be photography.

How would you describe your photographic style?

Colours and contrast. Fairy tales and dreams. Songs and silence.

In your view, what makes a portrait stand out?

A special mix between an expressive model and a moment sprinkled with a good composition and lighting. Props help, too :)

How do you find locations for your photos? Is there a certain time of day you know will help you make better pictures?

I keep my eyes open when walking around town, especially when I'm in a car, going somewhere, and I note down the interesting locations I see. If I am able to choose, I'll always take that hour right before sunset. I'm not a big mornings fan. The beautiful diffuse lighting of sunsets does the job for me.

What excites you about photography and what subjects do you enjoy most?

I love that moment when I can feel I just took "the one". That photograph which is the soul of the whole photoshoot. I sometimes even do a little dance or jump around. It's quite silly.

Right now I love delicate models with pre-Raphaelite features, oval faces and big deer eyes, but I pretty much photograph anyone who has that je ne sais quois, no matter of height or weight, or facial features.

Is there such a thing as "the perfect shot"?

If you see me dancing in a random public place and I'm holding a camera, I just took it. There definitely is such a thing, but it's not universal. Photography is not mathematical, so there is no final answer, there is always space for interpretation. What's perfect for me will not be for others, and vice-versa. You just have to think of any photography contest, it's impossible to agree on the exact order of the winners that the jury chooses.

How much time do you spend post-processing pictures vs. taking them?

It's very relative. I sometimes do 15 minutes photoshoots because I know I only want one final photograph, and other times I shoot for hours if there are different outfits and locations involved. Time in post-processing is divided the same, sometimes I only need 15 minutes, sometimes I need 15 hours because I just cannot decide what's missing, sometimes it's just finding that little notch to the left in contrast or the right chromatic.

What photographic gear and applications do you use?

A Canon 5D camera with: 50 mm : F 1.4, 24-105 mm : F 4, 85 mm : F 1.8, Lens baby 50 mm Composer, Canon Speedlite 580 EXII flash and, of course, Adobe Photoshop.

Are you a Mac or a PC?

Mac, forever. :)

What do you appreciate more about the MAC, compared to the PC?

Its user friendliness and design.

Enjoy Andreea Retinschi's Work a Windows Theme - Download Links

Andreea shared with us a couple of photos from her favorite shootings, based on which we created an awesome theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The Windows 7 theme can be downloaded from here. The Windows 8 theme can be downloaded from here.

COPYRIGHT: Andreea Retinschi. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.

Follow Andreea's Work

I'm sure that after viewing the images included in this Windows theme, you will want to see more of Andreea's work. Take a look at Andreea's website and keep yourself up to date with her photos by following her Facebook Photography Page.

We would like to thank Andreea for working with us and we look forward to seeing even more of her work.