Over the past four weeks, we have enjoyed seeing your submissions to the Around the World with Lightroom Photo Contest on our Facebook page. We have received over 2,000 photos from Maui to Machu Picchu, Bali to Budapest, and hundreds of other global destinations. The submission deadline is quickly approaching on August 23rd at 11:59 EST to win a photo expedition to Thailand with photographer and photojournalist Steve McCurry.
Some of you may be looking for inspiration so you can take the perfect picture. We have introduced you to Lightroom team members such as Eric Chan, Kelly Castro and Benjamin Warde. Featured this week is our Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop, Julieanne Kost. We had a chance to sit down with Julieanne as she shared her favorite photography subjects, equipment tips and much more about travel photography.
Julieanne Kost – Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop
When you travel, what is your favorite subject to capture?
Julieanne: The most common recurring theme in my photography would probably fall under the category of abstract or minimalistic landscape. When making a photograph, I am interested in creating order from chaos, which I try to accomplish by removing any unnecessary or distracting elements from a scene. I’m currently working on three personal projects and am always trying to add to those bodies of work when I travel: Window Seat (aerial photography), The World in Motion (abstract blur), and Moments Alone (a personal journal).
Where have you traveled to most recently? Any memorable shots?
Julieanne: Flying into Salt Lake City last month, I was struck by the rich colors and patterns of the salt flats. Historically, my aerial photography has been captured on commercial flights, on which (as you can imagine) I have very little control. So, in order to control the lighting, altitude and flight path, I rented a helicopter – very challenging for someone like myself, who is afraid to fly. Overcoming this fear turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life and I was very pleased with the results.
What is your most important piece of photography equipment while traveling?
Julieanne: Various projects require different equipment, so I would be hesitant to choose one lens or even camera for that matter. The majority of my aerial and motion images are captured with a Canon 5D Mark II with the 24-105mm lens, but I also frequently use the 100mm macro, and 70-200mm. Most recently, I have begun exploring with a tilt shift lens for a new still life project, and the Moments Alone (personal journal) project has been shot entirely with my camera phone.
If you had to pick one place in the world right now (that you have not been to before) to visit for purely photographic purposes, where would that be and why?
Julieanne: I would choose to drive across the United States, spending the majority of time in our national parks. I have been fortunate to travel to many major cities, but it’s the land between them that fascinates me. Can you imagine taking a year to visit Death Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, Great Smoky Mountains, Badlands, Arcadia and the Everglades? That would be enlightening!
Why is travel photography so important to you?
Julieanne: All photography, including travel photography, can provide an essential means of communication. Images have the potential to expose people to new locations, diverse lifestyles and wide-ranging ideas. They can help educate, raise awareness, and provide insight into an unfamiliar world. The making of a photograph is a process of discovery and self-expression. They can reveal relationships between events that might otherwise go unnoticed, and they are one of today’s most common chronicles of mankind.
We look forward to seeing your submissions, and make sure to check out other photos submitted on our Facebook page. Also, don’t forget to check out our travel photography playlist on YouTube to get tips and tricks for creating professional photos. We hope you enjoyed meeting Julieanne Kost!