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Photography tips from photographer Andrew Semark

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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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Shoot Like a Pro: Photographer Maïder Oyarzabal Recommends

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Shoot Like a Pro: Photographer Maïder Oyarzabal Recommends

Behind most of great shots there are hours of hard work, craft secrets and photographer's talent, of course. Maïder Oyarzabal, Alter-View photographer, travel writer and ambassador for Nikon and GoPro, shares some of her favorite tools, accessories and sources of inspiration, that help her make such amazing photos. For more of her work, click to here!

1) Technology and Gear

I work mainly with Nikon D750, but consider lenses the most important part. Even though I love to shoot with prime lenses like the 35 or 50 F1.8 for the quality, beauty and creativity they bring into my pics, I often use zoom, as it fits my style the most: 24-70 f2.8 or even 24-120 f4. When I am in the outdoors, I need to have a lense that allows me to shoot wide landscapes, moving people or zoom in to get details like mountain peaks.

2) Editing Tools and Accessories

I definitely need a good laptop, as I spend a lot of time on it editing and writing! I only use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as I never had the patience to learn how to work in Photoshop and I don't really need it because I like to keep my editing quite natural. I often use the VSCO presets as a base and then give it the look I want.

3) Visual Inspiration

I love the online magazine iGNANT, because there you can find some great photography and discover new talents.They also feature design, fashion or architecture projects, which is perfect for nourishing your creativity. It's really arty and a bit weird, just the way I like it ! As for fellow-photographers whose style I like - I’d say Adrienne Pitts, London-based travel and lifestyle photographer and art-director, her Instagram @hellopoe is yet another source of inspiration for me.

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