What is your favorite and least favorite food?
SD: I love food! As you can imagine I am
very lucky to live in Italy, so it is not easy
to pick a favorite, but as a good Italian, I’d
have to say that my most loved dish is Pasta
alla Boscaiola. The only food that I don’t like
Salvatore Dimino is an award-winning
wedding photographer, WPPI Master and an
Rf 30 Rising Star of 2014. Based in Sciacca,
Italy, he delivers more than 80 wedding
albums a year.
PLUS CLASS: TAKING LOW LIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHY TO A WHOLE NEW
february 7, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
PLUS CLASS: LIGHTS OFF! LOW LIGHT AND
HIGH ISO, february 9, 3 p.m. - 4: 30 p.m.
What can attendees look forward to most
about your presentations?
Y: Many educators teach lighting techniques,
but each one of us has our own particular
way of using those techniques. In addition to
helping attendees find the magic in low light
and going through the tools I use to render light,
my audience will see a huge repertoire of my
most recent works that show the results of my
numerous techniques in this particular subject.
When did you last speak at WPPI?
What are you most excited about at
this year’s show?
Y: I used to be a regular presenter at WPPI
for many years but, over the last few years,
I had to decline the invitation due to high
demands at my studio in Melbourne. I have a
very busy studio where clients book services
at least 12 to 18 months ahead, and I had to
give the clients priority. My last WPPI platform
presentation was in 2015. I love catching up
with friends at WPPI and, of course, seeing
what other amazing artists are doing from
around the world.
Tell us a bit about the Yervant Symposium
(sponsored by GraphiStudio and WPPI) that
you did around the U.S., Canada and Europe
last year. Are you doing it again this year?
Y: My goal with the symposium program is
to bring top names from a variety of genres
of photography to talk about the core of our
craft. I am adamant that genre, equipment
used and subject matter are all secondary;
the real craft is all about seeing light,
working with light and composition, which
all need to be perfect before anything else.
I want people to go to the roots of our craft
and grasp the most basic techniques, then
develop themselves into whatever genre.
Our symposiums covered exactly that. We
gave the audience a 360-degree view of the
principles of photography and how each of
the guest presenters interpreted those into
their own style and genre. My wife, Anie, and
I are working on a major symposium event in
Sydney, Australia, in September 2017, with
some very big names as the presenters.
If you weren’t a photographer,
what would you be?
Y: A plastic surgeon!
Yervant is an internationally renowned Grand
Master photographer and was honored
with a WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2010. As he describes, “I am a portrait
photographer, fashion photographer,
photojournalist, landscape photographer,
commercial photographer—all within any five
minutes of a wedding day, I see it, capture it
and get it right.”
PHOTO © SALVATORE DIMINO
PHOTOS © YERVANT