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Photigy Success Story:

an interview with Nader Saleh Alrefai

Featured Interview

Nader Saleh Alrefai is currently a Jeddah based  product photographer. He recently began studying photography and has built an impressive porftolio. 

We are excited to share his work as part of this featured interview.

nivea-micellair-by-nader-saleh-alrefaiHow long have you been a photographer (hobbyist or professional)?

For about 6 months.

If it is your profession: Tell us a little about your business. How long have you been a working photographer? What types of photography services do you offer? What helps set you apart from your competition?
If you are still learning: What are your goals (or plans) as a photographer? What would you like to do after reaching a level that would enable you to do commercial quality work?

I’m still learning and my plans are to be able to create a great portfolio and be able to cover most of the product types, so I can start my own Commercial studio.

What made you decide to pursue product photography?

I used to work as a wedding photographer some times for additional income though ,I didn’t feel comfortable because it was difficult for me to interact with other people because I am shy person by nature until I saw Alex Koloskov on Photigy YouTube channel and I told myself “Yes this suit me

How did you first learn about Photigy? When did you take your first course (what year)?coca-cola-by-nader-saleh-alrefai

A YouTuber was offering a product photography course that was costing 300$ for few product types and while reading through his comments people were talking about Alex Koloskov providing hundreds of free videos on his YouTube channel and his paid course price are equally reasonable.

So when I did my research about Alex, I was convinced of his honesty and the crucial information that he delivers.

How many product photography courses have you taken through Photigy? Do you have a favorite course? If so, what made it your favorite?

I have taken 4 courses so far and my favorite one is the power of liquids. I love how the cloud is formed that is shaped by the colored liquid injected inside the water. 

 

When you first got started, what did you find to be the most challenging aspect of photographing products?

 As I begun, the most challenging part was the space in my house and the availability of the gears in the country where I live.

What is your favorite product image you created since taking courses through Photigy?

Coca-Cola Can and Nivea Micellar.

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What specialty in product photography interests you the most (beverage, food, jewelry, cosmetics, etc)?

Beverages, cosmetics and watches.

How was your learning experience with Photigy affected your success as a photographer or pursuit of photography?

At my stage the most important for me is to build a good foundation, to be able to master most of the techniques and create a solid images.

And while working on that There was a big transformation in my journey in Photigy in such a short period of time, and to be honest I was worried that the people on Facebook and Instagram suddenly starts seeing me as a full-time professional photographer wherein I have mentioned that I started 6 months only.

I’m so proud that my pictures can be well known alongside with a full-time professional photographer and one of my pictures featured in photigy Instagram account where I’m still a student 🙂

What advice do you have for people interested in pursuing product photography?

  1. I want to tell them I wish I started learning in photigy a long time ago.
  2. To learn extensively from the critiques that have made by expert photographers either on your photo or on others like Alex Koloskov and Martin Botvidsson.
  3. Expensive gears will let you reach your target faster but it doesn’t mean that you can’t reach the target with cheaper gear.

What other areas of photography interest you?

I’m interested in Architecture photography and Food photography.

Nader’s Portfolio

About Nader

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Courses Taken:

Check out more of her creative photos and follow his on social media:

Instagram: @nads.photo

Facebook :  @Nader Saleh

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