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Travel Photographer Tips and Advice – Interview with Limpers

December 16, 2016.happynfull.0 Likes.0 Comments

Travel Photography Tips Through an Interview with @Limpers

Today’s interview is with a special person near and dear to my heart. Yep, you guessed it, it’s with Christian (@limpers), my one and only fiance!

A lot has changed since 3 years ago when we first started dating. For the first time in my life when people ask, “Where are you going to live? When are you guys getting married? What are you guys going to do?” I have followed up with an, “I don’t know.”

Read more: Why We Decided to Stop Traveling Halfway Through our Adventure Year

I remember when we first dated, I asked Christian if he enjoyed what he did (the recruiter inside of me couldn’t help it). He took a long pause, “No. I like the money and the 4-day work schedule. That’s it.  We both did what conventional Americans do: graduate high school, graduate college, get a salaried job, buy a house. In Christian’s case, he followed the mold to a tee with his entire adulthood spent graduating from UCLA and putting in a decade of service as a Civil Engineer for his local government.

I followed up with, “If you could go back, knowing what you know about yourself, what would you do instead?” I don’t recall the answer coming out right away. But over the years, it became more and more clear Christian’s passions were in the arts of writing and photography. Can I just add he’s damn good at it, too? I hate him for being able to churn out inspiring and entertaining posts within 30 minutes, something that would take me close to 2 hours! And the photos? Well, just look at my Instagram feed to see how many photo credits he has. =P

Transitioning Careers: From Civil Engineer to Travel Photographer

These past 7 months of our lives have been the most stressful and trying to our own self development. Both following our entrepreneurial spirits, we have run into circles of self-doubt and fears, having gray days where it just leaves us questioning, “Did we do the right thing?” But we are confident that years and decades from now, we will remember this time in 2016, and we will laugh at how worried we once were. After all, nothing good in life comes easy, right? 🙂

Christian has been working very hard on moving from a hobbyist to a landscape photographer, and I couldn’t be more proud of him for following through with what he loves. He’s 100% self taught and I am inspired by how far he has come in such a short amount of time. From building his own website, to learning new techniques, to editing in Lightroom, to gaining new fans on Instagram, I hope the world can enjoy the images and stories that he captures through our adventures together.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”Steve Jobs

Ok. Enough of my rambling. Here are 10 Q&As with Christian. By the way, he just launched his new portfolio where prints will be available for sale in the near future! 🙂 Check out his website Limpers here and his Instagram here: @Limpers.

Travel Photography Tips and Advice through Q&A Session

Q: What are you shooting with and why did you choose this camera?
A: I shoot with a Sony a7R II, and for a number of reasons. First, it’s a mirrorless camera, which means that it’s lighter and more compact than a DSLR. The camera has a whopping 42 megapixels which is rather incredible for a mirrorless one. But most of all, the overall performance of this camera from its low-light capability to its high dynamic range is why, for someone who travels and primarily takes landscape photos, I use this camera.


Q: If you could travel anywhere to photograph a place or its people, where and why?
A: Wow, there are so many places that I haven’t gone to! Places like Machu Picchu or Venice, Italy immediately come to mind as popular destinations for people who like taking pictures, but at the moment I would have to say Iceland. From all I’ve read and seen, it’s a photographer’s dream, and we are going together soon!

Q: What is your favorite place or person you have photographed so far?
A: I actually have two: McWay Falls along the Central Coast of California and the Eiffel Tower. The Pacific Coast of the US is one of the most beautiful locations in the world with McWay Falls being a highlight, and the Eiffel Tower really does live up to its reputation as one of those iconic landmarks in the world.

Travel Photographer Tips - Interview with @Limpers

Photo captured by @limpers of the Eiffel Tower during the day

Q: For someone starting out in photography, what is your biggest advice to them?
A: Take out your phone and start shooting away! In this day and age, virtually everyone has a decent camera at their disposal, and the only way to know your potential as a photographer is to take photos, and lots of them. Photograph anything and everything, and eventually you’ll start seeing what makes a good photograph as well as your own stylistic preferences.

Q: What did you find the most difficult technique to master and how did you improve in that area?
A: I would say in the beginning, taking photos with consistently strong composition took a while to learn. I would spend a day taking dozens of photos only to go home that night and realize that I hated them all, and it was mostly due to my poor composition skills. I had to constantly remind myself what exactly am I shooting and how everything else in the frame fits relative to the subject.

Travel Photographer Tips - Interview with @Limpers

Notre Dame Cathedral from the back of the building, captured by @Limpers


For example, I took this photo of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris from the back. The boat riding through the Seine River provides a foreground and the clouds in the sky give the picture depth. I personally like shooting the cathedral from here as opposed to the front of the building, which is the more popular spot to take photos, because I can render a better composition from this vantage point.

Q: Do you have any favorite resources or people you learn from?
A: My favorite resource to learn about photography has to be YouTube. I’m pretty sure you can learn how to perform open heart surgery on YouTube; they have an unlimited supply of tutorials on pretty much everything. Since I’m a Sony user, I also like going to Alpha Universe for news and tips. Basically, the Internet has everything and it doesn’t take long to find something that can help you.

Q: When did you first realize you had a passion for photography? Was there a defining moment?
A: Honestly, there was no defining moment. I’d say the rise of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram made me conscious of the fact that I liked viewing and taking photos. It wasn’t until I bought my first mirrorless camera, a Sony a6000 (hand me down to Emily! woohoo!), in 2015, and started taking photos of it everywhere, that I realized I loved photography.

Q: What do you find the most frustrating with photography?
A: As someone who takes landscapes, I would definitely say poor lighting conditions. You can spend a whole day, let alone days and weeks of travel and planning, to get to a certain location to photograph, and Mother Nature may not cooperate with you. Rain, snow, excessive cloud cover, or too much sunlight can kill the idea you had in your mind for a photo. Oftentimes, when traveling you’ll only have one window of opportunity to take your photo, and if the lighting is terrible you’ll be shit out of luck.

Travel Photographer Tips - Interview with @Limpers

Evening photo taken of the London Bridges, captured by @limpers with the Sony a7R II

Q: On the flip side, what is the most rewarding?
A: Conversely, it’s a pretty awesome feeling to take a photo when the lighting is just perfect. Seeing the sunset sky light up in beautiful purple, red, and orange hues can be breathtaking to see in person, and as a photographer I’m trying to capture that moment and feeling and convey it through a photo. I feel the most gratification when I can accomplish that.

Q: What are the top three Instagram accounts you follow these days?
A: There are so many great Instagram accounts. Chris Burkard, being an awesome photographer, naturally has a great Instagram account (@chrisburkard). National Geographic’s account (@natgeo) as well as Instagram’s own account (@instagram) are great too because it’s really about the stories you tell through your photos that resonate with people.

I hope you enjoyed reading more about Christian and learned something new about photography in this post!

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