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Photography tips from photographer Andrew Semark


Photography tips from photographer Andrew Semark

Smart people learn from their mistakes, geniuses learn from others. Here at Alter-View we’ve got a stellar team of photographers you can learn from. We asked Andrew Semark, a photographer and surfer from Western Australia, to talk about his favorite tools, accessories and sources of inspiration.

1) What Technology and Gear do you use?

I shoot with Canon gear mainly. I use the Canon 5d mkiii with a mix of canon L series Lenses. I have been trialing a new Sony setup for some of my landscape and surf work and the camera is producing some nice quality. I think staying focused for me personally it's a mentality, my gear is just a tool to help me produce the images I see in my head and bring them to life.

2) How do you Edit and what Tools and Accessories do you use?

I don’t edit to much on the go, I have a little system at home that I like to shoot and come home to my office and work away at my images. I think the comfort of my home office helps with my images. Love my Wacom tablet to help with finer details.

3) Where do you get your Inspiration from?

To be honest, I am still trying to focus on perfecting what I do, so I don’t visit many blogs or websites. There are so many amazing photographers going around it’s easy for me to get distracted so I try to keep my mind focused on what I'm doing. I use social media quite often so it’s easy to log on and see some amazing crew shooting some mental images. When I was asked to be a part of Alter-View, they sent me a couple of links of the other photographers and it blew my mind how good some of the crew I'm lucky enough to be included with.

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5 Tips for Lifestyle Photography from Maïder Oyarzabal

5 Tips for Lifestyle Photography from Maïder Oyarzabal

Lifestyle photography is arguably today’s most in-demand genre. While it might seem pretty effortless from the outside, there’s much more to lifestyle photography than simply taking impromptu shots. We asked Alter-View photographer Maïder Oyarzabal to share some tips, that’ll help you get that lifestyle feel.

1. Always Have a Camera with You

You never know, what’ll happen in a second  and you don’t want to miss something worth shooting. Sometimes you’ll have that great light or a very inspiring moment that you’ll want to to capture, so bring your camera with or at least have your phone with a camera feature out and handy.

2. Zoom In

While you might be tempted to literary look at the big picture, sometimes it really pays off  to focus on little details. I have nothing against wider shots - they tell their own story, but very often it’s the little things, that make a photograph special.

3. Look for the Light

The right light is what makes the main difference between a good image and a very special one. Try to let things unfold organically as much as possible, but don’t be afraid to change your shooting position or angle of your camera.

4. Stay Weird

Stay true to your weird side - that’s what makes your picture unique and personal. Don’t limit yourself, because you never know how things will unfold. Connect with you inner child, it will give sensitivity to your work and special style to your images.

5. Always be Ready

The key to great lifestyles is avoiding posed pictures, and to do that you should always be alert. If you want to take a great portrait you need to be spontaneous and capture the right expression without imposing anything. Also, if you manage to build a connection with the person you’re shooting, your photos will come out great.

To see Maïder's work click here!

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