AILERA STONE

24 years old photographer from Vilnius, Lithuania, now based in London.

“I always liked to escape into other worlds through books, movies and music, but I found out that the best way to do that is by taking pictures. My photography is a way to capture moments and make them magical, bring the dreams into this world.”

When and how did you start photography?
 I started taking pictures when I was 15 and signed up on deviantArt – there were so many talented young people that it inspired me to try and create something too. I started with portraits and more conceptual images and became interested in fashion photography around 2010, but my first proper fashion photoshoot happened in autumn of 2011.

How do you retouch your images and what programs do you use?
I shoot everything in RAW, so first of all I add the main tones in Adobe Camera RAW and then open it in Photoshop retouch it further. There I mostly use curves, color balance, selective colors and retouch the skin and anything else that needs to be taken care of, though I don’t really do much adjustments apart from the colors.

Are you self-taught? How did you learn what you know?
I still shoot more or less the same as before university, when all the knowledge I had I collected myself through experimenting, testing, various online tutorials and just trial and error. I did attend university from 2011 though and learned a lot of things I haven’t done before, like shooting in the studio, all kinds of things connected to film photography as I wasn’t experienced in that almost at all, better ways to retouch and overall technical, historical and practical goodness.
 
What are you inspired by?
So many things really, ideas can come from absolutely everywhere! But mainly music, movies, books, photography, locations I encounter, interesting faces that spark stories.

(All above text is from her website)

www.ailerastone.com

Instagram: @ailera

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