Posts

mrajkovic

Who? Hi, I am Miroslav Rajković (@mrajkovic), an UI/UX designer and fashion enthusiast by week and an adventurous explorer during the weekend. From Monday to Friday I mainly spend my time pushing pixels up/down while crafting visual masterpieces and interfaces for a mobile apps based company.
In last couple of years I have also done plenty of fashion, commercial and wedding photography, the latter of which you can see on my HOUSE of M2O website, done in collaboration with my colleague photographer.

File 08-12-15 13 46 34

Why photography? Why Instargam? I mainly spend my days in front of the computer so whenever I have some time to spare, I like to spend it away from civilization, somewhere where I can hear my own heartbeat in the spacious and almighty nature. Instagram comes in handy when I want to share highlights from my getaways!

What are your favourite places in Slovenia? Most of the time I am wandering in Gorenjska Region, where most of my photos are from. It’s impossible to define my favourite spot, since the whole region is amazingly wonderful. In most cases I try to take photos of landscapes while at the same time making sure to capture people in them as well. This is to help the viewer have a sense of scale and at the same time make the photos feel less empty and desolate. It also makes it easier for the viewer to imagine him or herself in the scene.

File 08-12-15 13 58 09

P.S; Although I own a professional DSLR camera, all of my Instagram shots are made with an iPhone and edited in VSCO Cam. People get often surprised by this fact, but I rather travel lightly than bother myself with a large and bulky camera, that isn’t pleasant to jump around with.

Processed with VSCOcam with j4 preset

jaka_ivancic

Who? My name is Jaka Ivančič, I was born & raised in Koper but I now live in Ankaran. I can say that I fell in love with photography when I was a child, we have been in a committed relationship for a few years now and also the future looks bright for us:) I’m a freelancer working on different projects; One of them is being the official photographer and video producer for Radio Capris, others are also mostly connected to photography, mainly landscape, food and events photography.

11157409_952804618072574_3185605580688075824_o

Why Instagram? Instagram is one of 3 social media platforms that I use to promote my work (others are Twitter and Facebook). I use a digital camera (Canon 5D MK III) to share my photo impressions, mostly – landscape photography, and I also use my Iphone 6 to capture others moments of my life.

11027983_1013117215374647_7002981804627052488_o

What are your favourite ‘photo-places’ in Slovenia? Since I live in Slovene Istria and since – I simply love it, I take most of my photos here. Piran, Koper, Izola and everything around is my playground. Although the area is not large I always manage to find a new place and a new view.

3Y0A5941v2

11393446_970217856331250_5477800775043022013_o (1)

3 pravila za začetek; Kvaliteta, komunikativnost in stil!

Prvi zapis seveda mora biti namenjen najbolj osnovnim Instagram ‘pravilom’. Zdi se, da so ta vsem poznana, a po nekaj letih upravljanja in spremljanja različnih profilov lahko mirno zatrdim, da temu ni tako. Slabe fotografije, preveč ali premalo njih in nič ali pa napačna komunikacija, to so spodrsljaji, ki si jih najpogosteje privoščijo tako posamezniki kot podjetja. Zapis je tako namenjen – obojim.

Pojdimo po vrsti;

Kvaliteta pred kvantiteto!

Super je, če veliko fotografiraš, malo manj super je, če prav vse fotografije objaviš na Instagramu. Po možnosti takoj. Pravilo naj bo; Manj kot 10% fotografij, ki se znajdejo na tvojem telefonu ali fotoaparatu, naj konča na Instagramu. Fotografije skrbno preglej, preveri motiv, ostrino, kompozicijo, simetrijo, premisli, kako se bo fotografija obnesla v tvojem profilu (glede na prejšnje objave) in šele nato – objavi.

#minihint1; Lepo te prosim, če ne gre ravno za kak hudo artistični pristop, fotografijo poravnaj!

Objavljaj vsaj enkrat dnevno, da sledilci ostanejo aktivni, objavljaj največ dvakrat dnevno, obvezno s premorom vmes. Največ všečkov fotografija prejme v prvih dveh urah, zato ji pusti, da ‘zadiha’ in šele nato objavi novo. Večina večjih profilov na Instagramu si za premor med objavo dveh fotografij pusti vsaj 6 ur.

Instagram je družabno omrežje, namenjeno izmenjavi fotografij. Dobrih fotografij. Naj ne postane odlagališče tvojih vsakodnevnih banalnih opravil (slabe fotografije hrane in pravkar nalakiranih nohtov ne zanimajo – skoraj – nikogar) in naj tvoj profil ne bo sam sebi namen.

Ko brskam med fotkami za objavo na @igslovenia, sem včasih presunjena, kaj vse najdem. Zrnato, neostro, spackano, postrani, odrezano … Če je tebi vseeno, kako fotografija zgleda in kaj sporoča, bo vsem ostalim tudi.

Kvaliteta za družabnostjo!

Lahko si še tako dober fotograf z najboljšo opremo, to na Instagramu enostavno ne bo dovolj. Instagram je v prvi vrsti družabno omrežje in tako se moraš tudi obnašati. Če kdo misli, da je zgolj objava (super) fotografij dovolj, se moti. Vsi uspešni Instagramerji so povedali, da so se za svoj profil nagarali; Vsi, ki so prešli mejo 100.000 sledilcev, pojasnjujejo, da so najprej komentirali in všečkali druge fotografije, da so se pogovarjali in predvsem – vedno zahvalili. Še danes znajo reči hvala, ne glede na to, kdo jih pohvali ali objavi njihovo fotografijo. Zanimivo spoznanje, povezano z urejanjem profila @igslovenia, zagotovo je; Slovenci se redko zahvalijo. Ne gre nujno za zahvalo nam, ekipi @igslovenia (a tudi ta se marsikdaj prileže:), ampak vsem tistim, ki komentirajo in hvalijo objavljene fotografije.

Tudi vprašanja pogosto ostajajo neodgovorjena. Kot da jih ni. Instagram ni enosmerna komunikacija, kjer nekaj objaviš in to je to. Če ga dojemaš na ta način, lahko pričakuješ, da bodo sledilci … enosmerno odtavali stran.

#minihint2; Ko kaj komentiraš, sprašuješ ali odgovarjaš (tudi na tvojem lastnem profilu), nikoli ne pozabi uporabiti oznake @ in uporabniškega imena. Samo z aktivnim linkom bo nagovorjeni opazil zapisan komentar.

Uči se od dobrih in imej svoj stil!

Čeprav se zgornje ‘pravilo’ na prvi pogled bere precej shizofreno, dejansko drži. Vsak od nas si izbira Instagramerje, ki jim sledi, z razlogom. Zakaj se od njih ne bi tudi učili? Vprašaj se, zakaj ti je neka fotografija všeč, zakaj nekomu slediš, kaj je tisto, kar nek profil dela res dober. Ne škodi, če kdaj poskušaš ponoviti kako dobro fotografijo, ne z namenom kopiranja, ampak z namenom – učenja. Da ugotoviš, kaj gre in kaj ne.

Kljub temu, da se je vedno dobro učiti, je dobro biti tudi samosvoj. Ko prebiram razlage, kako nekdo postane ‘predlagani Instagram’ uporabnik, vedno naletim na eno podrobnost; Instagramerji, ki jih Instagram izpostavlja, imajo svojstil. To je jasnona prvi pogled. Kar preveri zadnjih nekaj objav na Instagram profilu in poglej Instagramerje, ki so tam objavljeni. Drznem si trditi, da pri vsakem lahko prepoznaš nek stil, ki zaznamuje njegovo galerijo.

Intsagramerji, ki so že bili izpostavljeni, so vsi tudi povedali, da je Instagram najprej želel videti in slišati njihovo zgodbo.Vprašanje zate torej je; Kakšno zgodbo pripovedujejo tvoje fotografije?

 

@sanya_lt

aob01

Who? @aob01 🙂 Beleive it or not, photography is my stress relief. Usually I take photos on my way to work or back home and over the weekends, when we go with family out of town. That’s why my Instagram stream has so many jumps from one theme to another and that’s why I hope you’ll like it. For more of my work – check out my blog.

2015-10-11-17-13-34-59779
Why  (Instagram)? It’s simple and it works as a crossplatform for posting on different social networks. Also – it is easy to follow others & their work.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR4664.

What (can I show you)? Let’s say my specialty is street photography, some night photography and of course everything else. Parts of Slovenia? Most southern part, called Bela krajina and Ljubljana.

DCIM100GOPROG0024051.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR3901.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR3979.

dreamypixels

Who? My name is Aleš Krivec / @dreamypixels and I am a hobby landscape photographer. The majority of my photos are from Slovenia, a hidden jewel of Europe, showing high Alpine peaks, emerald rivers, vineyard countryside, medieval castles, thriving cities and the small but distinctive coast. I have a website called DreamyPixel along with my friend Ana Medja (she is more focused on urban photography).

Male hiker observing the sunset at the top of the local big mountain. The photograph was taken in Karavanke mountain range in Slovenia.

Why (Instagram)? I like Instagram because it’s a fast and fun way to share your photos and trips with people through a series of images. It’s also a very good way to discover how certain locations look in different seasons. I regularly check certain hashtags to check if the conditions are already like I would like them to be (like if the trees are already orange enough :). And it’s a great way to discover new, interesting views.

Zelenci

What (are the places that you love & know the most)? I have fairly good knowledge of Julian Alps and it’s peaks & the upper Karavanke region.

Beautiful autumn landscape in Julian Alps. Larches are glowing in the early morning.

Mokrice castle at night with a starry night above. Dark and peaceful atmosphere under milky way.

bled-island (1)

 

saratodo

Who & why (Instagram)? 

I am Sara Todorović and I am a young photographer. Instagram is a great platform for us photographers to show our work to a wider audience. It also helped me take my career to the next level. I love photographing nature, animals and events such as concerts and fashion week.

You can find my personal profile on Instagram under the name @saratodo & me and my friends also take care of the @simm_photography account.

FullSizeRender (5)

What (can I show you & give you some info about)? My favorite places in Slovenia are Ljubljana, Tolmin Gorges, Velika Planina, Bled, Soča Valley, Piran, Lipica and Zelenci. These are just some of the places I would highly recommend you to visit when you come to our beautiful country.

FullSizeRender (4) FullSizeRender (6) FullSizeRender (3) FullSizeRender (7)

shadro21

Who? @shadro21;) My name is Denys, I’m 18 years old and I was born in Ukraine. I have been living in Slovenia for 9 years now and I really like it here. I’m a high school student at School for design and photography and I make my living as a designer.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Why Instagram? I felt in love with nature in Slovenia soon after coming here. It is unbeliveble! There are Julian Alps on one side and Adriatic sea on the other. And there is less than 100 kilometres in beetwen!  Instagram is a great place to share my work and it makes me really happy to see that people like it.

GOPR6644

What can you show us? Well, I really do love nature & my home town, Škofja Loka and the entire Gorenjska Region. So – if you are planning a visit near me – let me know!

GOPR6440_fhdr

gasper.ahacic

Who? My name is Gašper and @gasper.ahacic is my personal profile, where I post my everyday adventures. I come from Bled, town surrounded by mountains and this is where my passion for hiking and trail-running comes from. Since I love mountains so much I created a second profile on Instagram, dedicated to mountains; @themountainfreak.

IMG_20151004_180123

But this are not the only two sports I love; As a former professional swimmer I still like to make kilometer or two in the pool:) I’m not professional photographer … heck … I don’t even own professional camera, so all my photos are taken by my mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and SJ4000HD action camera. Even though I don’t have any special equipment (compared to others) you can be surprised what you can do simply – using a mobile phone:)

IMG_20151102_141020

Why Instagram? Instagram is my favourite application for mobile. It’s not hard fall in love with Instagram, mostly because it has awesome community, where people encourage each other and they motivate you to be better.

What can I show you in Slovenia? Well – as I told you – I come from Bled and I can show you around, but my favourite spot for taking photos are the mountains, where I can enjoy the views, relax from everyday problems and meet some nice people too. So – if you are interested in mountains – let me know!

IMG_20151012_202317

 

 

 

 


morinichiara

Ljubljana, 15. 11. 2015, @sanya_lt

Chiara was one of the first foreign Instagramers that I came across while searching through photos tagged #igslovenia. I was totally surprised by her love for Slovenia, her wish to learn Slovenian and her knowledge about Slovenia. So it only seemed right that I do my first Instagram interview with her. So … here we go:)

IMG_0027

Can you present yourself? Who are you, where do you come from and what do you do?

I am Chiara Morini, 39 years old, and I come from Porto San Giorgio, a city in the central Italy, in the Marche region. I am a local web journalist and I update the social media channels of my municipality with photos and information about the events  in my city. This is my work & I love it!

Are you a professional or amateur photographer? What equipment do you use?

 I am an amateur photographer, but sometimes I have to be a photographer  for my work, so – you can call me ‘half-professional’:) I started working in the field of communication as web journalist and then slowly photography came into the picture, to illustrate my articles.

 After that I started working with social media and I got engaged with the world of photography. I bought a Canon EOS digital 1100D with a standard lens systems (18-55 mm). Then I bought a 55-250 mm  and a 10-18 mm. I also use my Iphone to take photos  and a Samsung Galaxy EK GC-100 camera.

my love for slovenia

What does photography mean to you? Can you describe us your photography style?

Well, if you ask me this two questions are connected.  Photography is … quite everything! I love taking  photos. I decided to become a journalists because I love to tell stories, to narrate what I see in the world. If I can tell something to someone with my keyboard, I can also make that with my camera.

No words, but images, like reportage. I try to make this when I take a photo: I narrate the reality, the life, I try to let the people live what I lived, to see what I saw, to make them feel what I felt while observing what I captured on my photo.  If am tired but I have to take photos in the theatre or at the concert for my work, I obviously go. And I come back relaxed! I love taking photos as well as I love writing. Personally I prefer some photography genres like macro photography, food & wine photography, animals, flowers & plants and monuments.

Let’s talk about Instagram … How did you end up on Instagram?

At first I checked it  just out of curiosity. I quickly realised it is good for me, it is what i like and also – I started to think that I can use Instagram for my work. Beside that, Instagram is really great for meeting people from all over the world.

I post on Instagram when there is something beautiful to show. I love to interact with other people, with you in Slovenia (I can keep in touch with your beautiful country and I see places I do not know yet!), but also here in Italy. Let me give the people my personal advice: Use hashtags on Instagram – to find best accounts that you will enjoy following and to show your photos to the Instagram world.

IMG_0037

Do you also use Instagram in other (not only personal) projects? What about other social media?

I try to promote the use of Instagram also in my municipality. I created two profiles for my city; @psgculturaeculture (cultural events) & @portosangiorgiomeet (for tourism). 

I also use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+, tumit (that is an Italian social network for events). Occasionally I post on Flickr and Pinterest too. I am going to have my own web site and I’m just starting a new blog project.

It is not a social network but one photo-project I undertake for my city is “Virtour” (80% of the photos and texts are mine), a virtual tour in our city. 

Slovenia? How & when did you decide to visit? Why? What are your favourite places here? What would you say to a first time visitor – what is ‘a must see’ place in Slovenia?

The first time I came to Slovenia was 20 years ago! I had just finished my high school graduation exams (it was the first week of July) and I came to Kranjska Gora for a group tour. I was in a hotel in Gozd Martuljek and I saw many green and beautiful views.

However, the thing that really amazed me was your language: So few vowels, such beautiful sound. That is why I decided to try to learn it; I found a grammar and a dictionary and I started. It is not easy to do it on your own and it is not enough to spend just 10, 15 days a year in Slovenia. But, it was a start. During last year and thanks to Instagram,  – I made some progresses!

 I always come to the mountain region of Gorenjska: it is beautiful and there, I feel like being at home. From there I go to Ljubljana. It is so lovely, so beautiful, so… “Mine”! Your capital is one of my favourite places to take photos and to visit, but Kranjska Gora (and lake Jasna), Mojstrana, (I do not remember if I ever visited Dovje), Triglav, Bled, Brezje, Radovljca, Škofja Loka, Jesenice and the other  places are amazing too!

While staying in Slovenia I feel like home. And I do return every year! I will be back but until then;  Un saluto dall’Italia / Pozdrave iz Italije! / Greetings from Italy!

kranjska gora

Instameet in Maribor was … fuuuuun:)

The idea of Igslovenia instameets is to discover places in Slovenia & connect Instagramers from Slovenia & around the world that are (or were) visiting our country. Instagram connects people and Instagramers promote new places. Everybody wins!

Amazing Drava River.

Amazing Drava River.

So, this time we met in Maribor. To be honest we weren’t quite sure what to expect. When we had our last Instameet in Ljubljana it was all about: ‘Oh, why? Why Ljubljana? Why always Ljubljana?’ And this time? ‘Maribor!? Are you kidding us? It is soooo far away!’

IMG_3054

Blue beauty.

We can not make everybody happy but we can be happy meeting people from all over Slovenia and (belive it or not) – from USA, who don’t think Maribor is to far away to visit and explore 🙂

We started the day with ‘poison of choice’ as the mastermind behind the #instameetmb, @multikultivator would say. We will not tell you what it was we can just say – it made it easier to meet all new people and make the plan how to discover Maribor.

Waiting for the others.

Waiting for the others.

Our guide – @Igorunuk – took us for a great photo-walk and showed us places we would hardly find on our own & we also saw some places everybody knows.The magic of instameet usually happens there; Everybody looks at the same thing but all the photos are different. So were ours. See for yourself , on Instagram under the hashtag #instameetMB, on @Igorunuk‘s Instagram Novi Maribor blog or to check something new &  experimental – Edgar Storyfeed wall.

Photo-walk.

Photo-walk.

Because (as Instagram will tell you) it is all about sharing the experience: “Since the earliest days of Instagram, people have been meeting up to take photos and videos together. As the community has grown around the world, so too has the occurrence of InstaMeets: gatherings of people coming together to connect, explore, and celebrate their creativity.”

IMG_3057

Three hours of walking, talking & taking photos killed us so we were quite happy that @visitmaribor kindly invited us to the oldest wine in the world (we repeat; the oldest wine in the world!) to taste some really good local wine. After that it was ‘čevapčiči & lepinja’ time and the time to say … see you next time, Maribor!

@sanya_lt