Choosing photography equipment and accessories can be overwhelming. Alter-View photographer Alex Mazurov shares tips on gear, editing tools and visual inspiration. Learn from the best and check out @alter.view to see more of his work - Alex is our Instragram host for yet another week.

1) Technology and Gear Camera bag is the center of universe for every working photographer. On a journey from an amateur to a pro, finding tools of trade which suit you is crucial. For his poetic shots Alex uses 36.3-megapixel Niko D810. Having the right lenses is vital: Alex uses the 20mm f/1.8G ED, the AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G. And if you’re wondering how Alex makes his aerial landscapes, here it is - with DJ Phantom 3 Pro.

2) Editing Tools and Accessories You might be thinking that the life of a photographer is all exploring, fiddling with drones and taking shots of fashionistas on the streets of European capitals. We hate to disappoint you, but being a photographer means spending lots of time in front of a computer. Alex confesses to sometimes working through the night, then taking an hour-long nap and going to a photoshoot in the morning. Alex sticks to the classics and edits his images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroo, Adobe Photosho and Cinemagraph Pro for living photos.

3) Visual Inspiration Creative slumps can happen to anyone, but looking at works of talented others often helps unlock creative potential. In his photography Alex mostly focuses on northern nature and looks for inspiration in adventurous and experiential shots by Alex Stroh - a Madrid-born French photographer, and breathtaking Icelandic landscapes by Reyjavík-based Benjamin Hardma.

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