Gary Arndt is what you might call a professional traveler, as well as being a photographer. He spends most of his time away from his home base and has been to over 175 countries, all seven continents, all the states in the USA, every Canadian province, and over 300 Unesco World Heritage Sites.
He lives a dream life many people may envy.
But let’s see what you can learn from Gary that you can apply in your own life and photography, regardless of whether or not you travel.
I met Gary a few years ago at a conference in Las Vegas where I was giving one of the lectures. He attended my talk and we connected afterward, we even met up in my own home city of Edmonton when he was my area. Listen and watch as we talk about photography and life, and see what you can learn.
(Apologies for the jumpy video quality, thanks Google Hangouts!)
Gary’s three photography tips:
- Spend less money on gear and more on travel.
Gain experiences, that will make you a better photographer.
- Have goals and make a plan.
This applies to travel and photography. Know where you want to go, and takes steps to get there.
- Make your work public.
When you start sharing your work and putting it out there you force yourself to cull diligently, and put out images you’re proud of. So it forces you to get better. You’ll also get feedback on them you don’t get in your own bubble.
Links to articles mentioned in the interview:
- Shooting in early light – time of day matters
- How to Create LONG exposures with a Neutral Density Filter (to remove people from your shots the easy way)
- Serge Rameli’s Photoshop tuturial for removing people from crowded locations
- Shooting with a high ISO
- How to Overcome Your Fear of High ISO and Take Sharper Photos
- 5 Tips for Creating More Interesting Photographs
- Top 15 Photography Accessories Under $25
Where you can find Gary online:
- On his main site Everything Everywhere
- See more of his travel photography and portfolio here
- On Twitter @EverywhereTrip
- On Facebook
- On Instagram @everythingeverywhere
I hope you can take away something from our talk that you can use to help you with your photography. Tell me in the comments below, do you agree with the tips? Have you tried them yourself? Please share your thoughts. If you have any questions for Gary please ask and I’ll try and make sure he sees them.