Photographer Taras Semchshyn: 5 Things Anyone Can Do To Take Stunning Photos

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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5 min readMar 9, 2021


Light. You need to learn how to use light and its cousin the shadows to create the perfect tone and texture for your subject. Too much light and the image is blown out, too little and you lose detail. There is a reason photographers love the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon for outdoor shoots as the light is soft and the sun casts shadows which create great contrasts.

As a part of my series about “5 Strategies To Take Stunning Photos” I had the pleasure of interviewing Taras Semchyshyn.

Taras Semchyshyn is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. His focus is on landscapes, lifestyle and portraits. His work has been used on several product campaigns and is now currently repped by Artlita Gallery where his fine art pieces are now available.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

No, thank you for having me and pleasure to share. My love of photography came as a child from sifting through pages of National Geographic, old photos of my immigrant family and probably from my uncle Taras who is an avid photographer. It was only four years ago that on a bit of a whim that I picked up a DSLR and started shooting “seriously” . I was in a rough patch and shooting became meditative and gave me the creative outlet my soul had been craving for some time. Shooting still is meditative as I’m always where I want to be when I do.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

I’ve had many great moments and connections and a few crazy ones too. The most impactful happened this past year. I had logged off work, and had been WFH due to the pandemic, walked down into my neighborhood to take a walk and saw a friend at a restaurant having drinks with someone and I joined them. Turns out her friend owns a fine art gallery, named Artlita, and happened to be looking for an LA based photographer. So I shot…