Natasha Boyar [buxmedia]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
I have a few. This is a good one. Scroll down and see the 12 albums here:
http://heartshots.spaces.live.com another one is at: http://www.natashaboyar.com/resume/index.html
If yo want to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you try to express through your photography?
I am a painter with oils and acrylics - I try to express my photos in a similar way (not by applying a filter in Photoshop, but with white balance and unusual settings.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I am a Nikon girl all the way. I love to photoshop my photos into painting (not over paint them, but make them "painterly"). Canon is just straight photography - it is too sharp and too cold.
That is also the reason I love the LUMIX cameras and the Leica too.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Nikon D200, Lumix G1, and I can't part with my first digital camera - Nikon Coolpix 5600 (a very underrated camera!).
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Give the film away and get into Photoshop - it is ten times more awesome than the darkroom - don't you think? trust me you oldies!
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Photographic Wholesalers here in ADelaide. This is my page:
What is your specialty in the interactive world?
I specialise in creative webdesign and creative solutions to improve your online business. see more... www.idowebsites.com.au
Where can we see some of your work online?
My main websites are: www.idowebsites.com.au and www.buxmedia.com
What kind of projects do you usually undertake?
I specialise in small or fledgling businesses who are new to the net, or have struggled with their web presence. I love to help people understand fully the power of a simple but powerful website. I was in the same position before I studied for 5 years and became a graphic designer and web developer. I also don't like the fact that just because we have the information (which is specialised) we should charge clients over-the-top prices and dazzle you with jargon.
My clients love the way I interpret their visions and explain how it all ties together and how to market their services over the web.
What was your first job in the field?
I was a graphic designer in an ad agency.
What is your professional background? What did you do before?
I have been in my own business all my working life. I started as a graphic designer, went into the music business as a singer-songwriter. I then bought a little cafe and built it up, moved into large-scale corporate catering, restaurants and cafes. I then moved back to South Australia and built a cleaning franchise system to a very popular and successful business. I then thought I should come full circle and resurrect my art bias and started to be very interested in all the Adobe Software for Design and web building... and here I am, having a successful business in web and multimedia.
With which technologies do you normally work?
Apart from design and web building I specialise in video for the web and video production in general. Email marketing is also a passion of mine.
What is the secret to keeping customer expectations under control in interactive development?
You must always listen and give enough time to the project. Laziness is forbidden. Define in the first instance the expectation your client has and then exceed it. Even if you only exceed it by an inch, you will have built a loyal client who will recommend you to their colleagues and friends. And lastly, whenever you get a referral - reward the referee - absolutely essential!
In the current interactive world, what is the most relevant trend?
I don't really follow trends - I was taught by a successful entrepreneur to usually do what the greater populous doesn't do and you will succeed. He was very wise.
What do you see interesting about the Web 2.0 phenomenon?
It was a passing trend - we have moved on. Don't do trends because by the time most people get onto them they are over. Just find like-minds and develop relationships - however that happens.
Will bandwidth one day cease to be a limitation?
Yes, and I hope it is in my lifetime. I predict that one day (not too far away) that we will have internet connection all around us - it will be like a cloud and all we have to do is log in - even if we are in a park or in a cab or in someone's house. Just log in with your device (computer/phone/camera etc) and away you go.
Your tips to make money online
Use video;learn more about it from people like me - who are willing to share it.. and there are lots... and don't limit your thinking. Blurt it out, don't wait for people to find you - talk about your website and invite people to visit. Give things away - yo will feel better and more will come to you.
If any chef in the world could prepare a meal for you, who would it be?
Dorinda Hafner ..... www.dorindahafner.com
What advice would you give to someone in high school who would like to pursue a culinary career?
Don't leave school early. Educate yourself broadly. Then go to chef school. You will be able to see the world, but most chef's that aren't educated first burn out and are not top chef material. Besides, it is a demanding career, so you might want to do other things when you burn out.