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July 20, 2012 /Lightroom /

Lightroom Team Travel Spotlight: Sharad Mangalick and David Auyeung

Yesterday we announced the Around the World with Lightroom Photo Contest, and we’re excited to see all of the incredible places you’ve been traveling to. In the coming weeks, we’ll share the team’s thoughts and stories about travel photography. This week, Lightroom team members Sharad Mangalick and David Auyeung are in the spotlight to share stories about their recent trips to China and Japan.

Sharad Mangalick – Lightroom Product Manager

Where have you traveled recently?  Any good shots?
Last month I was in Beijing, China.  I have a number of shots from the Great Wall.  The one that I’m the happiest about is one I took in Tiananmen Square.  When you think of Tiananmen Square on a Saturday, it’s usually really crowded, you wouldn’t think that you’d be able to get a clean shot.  I ended up shooting this panorama, and for some reason things just worked out and no one was blocking the shot.

What is your most important piece of photography equipment while traveling?
Sharad: In terms of gear I like to travel light.  I’ll just bring my camera and a lens or two, I expect that that’s probably going to change…I just ordered a tripod and that got delivered about an hour ago, so that’s going to become a lot more pivotal in my photography.  If I had to pick something, the 50 mm prime lens is probably the most important piece of equipment I have right now.  It’s super sharp and fun to play with.

If you could go anywhere in the world for purely photographic purposes, where would that be and why?
Sharad: I’ve never been to Tokyo; I think that’s where I’d probably go.  Tokyo is such an ancient city, but it’s also so futuristic, I’d like to try and find places in the city that have that old samurai background and gadgets that won’t hit the US for another couple of years.  It’d be really interesting to find these places and try to capture the contrast.

Why is travel photography so important to you?
Sharad: When you travel it’s natural to have a camera with you at all times.  You end up taking so many shots, that you realize it’s totally okay to try different things.  Traveling just gives you so many opportunities to experiment with style and technique, especially if you’re just starting to get into photography.

David Auyeung – Lightroom Product Marketing Manager

When you travel, what is your favorite subject to capture?
I try to capture the feel of a place which usually entails a little bit of everything.  When photographing architecture, I love to shoot with an ultra-wide angle lens and it’s always great to include people to give a sense of scale.

Where have you traveled to most recently?  Any memorable shots?
David: I recently visited the Adobe team in Tokyo, which is a fantastic city to photograph.  The cityscape image with the clouds was actually shot from my hotel room.  The sun rises very early in the morning this time of year so being a bit jet lagged, I looked outside and saw the sun shining through the clouds over the city.

If you could go anywhere in the world for purely photographic purposes, where would that be and why?
David: I would probably pick Paris as I have never been there before, and it has so much history and texture.  I think it would be a wonderful place to photograph.

Why is travel photography so important to you?
David: Travel photography is important to me because it actually makes me more present to the place I am in.  Going through the process of looking for an image, paying attention to a scene, composing, and creating a photograph helps me to really slow down and take in the beauty of a particular area.

We are looking forward to seeing your travel photos and hearing the stories behind.  We’ve also rolled out a series of YouTube videos to help you get started with using Lightroom 4 for importing, organizing and editing your travel photographs. Check back in the future for more stories from the team!



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