Our series of Uncovering Artists through Windows Themes continues with a 24 year old photographer from Bucharest, Romania, who began taking photos with a professional camera after a small but unfortunate event. He considered it as a sign that he should move to the next level. Then, he decided to take a job as a club photographer in one of the biggest locations in Bucharest. To learn more about him and his work, don’t hesitate to read this short interview.
Introducing Albert Adrian Vrabiuta
Albert Adrian Vrabiuta is a student of European Studies at the University of Bucharest as we speak and works in a telecom company. What would appear as being a common student life, expands and completely transforms once his camera is set on manual mode and so eloquently shows the emotions he feels, through his lenses.
Why photography? When did all this begin?
Since I was a child I was attracted to visual arts starting with sketches, comics and pictures. My first camera was a disposable 35mm. After a while, I got as a present a compact camera which I unfortunately lost in a subway station in Bucharest. I interpreted this event as a sign and decided to buy my first DSLR - a Nikon D3000.
What's your favorite type of photography? Portraits, abstract, concept, fashion, sports?
My favorite type of photography is landscape photography because nature is art by itself. You don’t need a well established setting to capture something that offers you a certain state of mind without post-processing.
However, I also like to challenge my skills in street, abstract and nude photography.
What camera do you use?
At the moment I use a Nikon D90. It is not a top notch DSLR but for now it is ok. I would like to switch to a professional DSLR, but due to financial reasons I cannot afford one right now.
What software do you use and why?
For post-processing I use Adobe Lightroom 4 or Adobe Photoshop CS5, because it gives me the chance to remove the glitches from my photos, without too much technical knowledge.
What do you recommend for beginners in terms of technology, software or types of photography to tackle first?
It depends on each person’s needs and what he or she expects to do with a camera. If you consider yourself as a potential photographer, then the right thing to do is to buy an entry level DSLR (like a Nikon D3000/D3100/D3200). They are very user friendly and they help in understanding the important principles of photography. For post-processing I recommend Adobe Lightroom - any version.
How much time do you spend post-processing pictures versus the time you spend taking them?
I’m not a very patient person, that’s why I don’t like to have long photo shoots, I already know in my mind what I want to capture and I try to get the picture sooner rather than later. As far as the post-processing goes, I consider that a good photo needs as less as possible digital intervention.
What artists do you follow? Who impresses you and why?
I like very much Romanian artist such as Sorin Onisor, Ionel Onofras, Dinu Lazar, Edward Aninaru. In my opinion, Sorin Onisor is the best Romanian photographer because his photos give you the feeling of coziness and melancholia. His landscapes amaze any eye.
Enjoy Albert’s Work Through a Windows Theme
Albert shared with us some of his best works and we packed it into two Windows themes: one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8. The theme is the same in both operating systems.
We recommend that you use your favorite BitTorrent client to download the themes. You can find the BitTorrent download page here: Theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8 featuring works by Albert Adrian Vrabiuta. You can download the torrent file directly from here.
If you are not familiar with torrents, we recommend that you read this brief tutorial: Using BitTorrent to Share Big Files with You - How Will it Work?.
You can also download the theme using your web browser. However, the download speed might be much slower than via the torrent service we generally use. The Windows 7 theme can be downloaded from here. The Windows 8 theme can be downloaded from here.
COPYRIGHT: Albert Adrian Vrabiuta. 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 Albert’s Work
I’m sure that after viewing the images included in this Windows theme, you will want to see more of Albert’s work. You can find his official blog right here: Albert Adrian Vrabiuta - Decat un Amator. Also, you can follow him on Facebook, using this link: Albert Adrian Vrabiuta - Facebook Portfolio.
We would like to thank Albert for sharing his work with us and our readers. We wish for him to become the photographer he dreams of being.