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Q&A

A few days ago we invited you to ask us anything for a Q&A.  Thanks so much for all the comments and messages asking so many questions!  We will do our best to answer as many as we can now.

 

What is @canon_photos? / Who is behind it, what is behind it, why did it start?

Back in 2012 Henry Nathan (@henry.nathan), started the account with the goal of creating a community of photographers who wanted to get their name out there and share the work they had created using Canon cameras.

Fast-forward five years, and now there is a creative agency behind the page (@xpocreatives) as well as this website aimed at sharing blogs and enabling people to buy the photos they love.  Moreover, Henry has added Ian (@ianharper_) and Piers (@piersnathan) to the management team as well as different photographers with the aim to build the community further as we grow.

 

How old are you? / Where are you from?

Henry is 20, but 21 later this summer!  Henry is from Sussex, just south of London, UK.

 

How much money do you make?  Is this your full time job?

@Canon_Photos is Henry and Ian’s full time job and we are fortunate to be able to make a living working with tourist boards, hotels and brands.  And we are now excited about opening this website to offer more information and opportunities to our community.

 

How can I get featured on @canon_photos?

Although #Canon_Photos now has over four million posts, this is still the best way to get featured.  Also tag @canon_photos and make sure you have an awesome image!

 

Favourite photo on @canon_photos?

Ian’s (@ianharper_) shot of Barcelona from above!

BarcelonaArielShotForPrint.jpg

 

What inspires you?

Helping others with their photography, and encouraging others to try new experiences and be adventurous for photography.

 

Summer plans?

Henry and Ian are heading to New Zealand very soon, which is very exciting.  The rest of the summer is very busy but we will keep it a surprise for now!

 

Best camera for beginners?

Canon 1300D

 

Best mid range camera?

Canon 70D

 

Best high end camera?

Canon 5D Mark IV

 

What equipment do you use? Favourite lens?

Henry started taking photos on a Canon 550D, but is now very fortunate and uses the Canon 1Dx Mark II.  Our favorite lens is the 16-35mm, which is our go to lens for traveling.

 

Any recommendations for apps to edit photos?

VSCO

 

Sunrise or sunset?

Sunset!  Don’t need to get up too early that way!

 

Favourite country?

New Zealand!  And we are excited to be heading back there very soon.

 

Favourite place to shoot?

Oregon

 

Advice on being a travel photographer?  Advantages and disadvantages of the job?

Really think about if you actually want to do this job.  And why you want to.  The advantages are fairly apparent, the experiences are unforgettable.  Traveling the world, visiting new cultures and seeing amazing places.  However, there is no such thing as the coolest job in the world.  The job is not perfect and it can be hard being away from family and friends for long periods of time.  Moreover, there is always a lot of pressure to consistently create the very best content on every single job.

 

Tips for beginners?

Go out and practice every single day!  Practice shooting and editing as often as you can.  Try and recreate styles on Lightroom and really get to know your camera and editing software.

 

Do you pay for your flights to the places you go?

This often depends what trip we go on. Frequently, when working with companies or tourist boards, all our travel and expenses are covered, as we are working in partnership with them. However, we believe it is important to travel for non-work related reasons in order to allow you to unwind. Henry goes to Jamaica at least once a year, as it is a place he loves and this is a trip completely for leisure. Therefore, all these flights would not be paid for.

 

From where do you get your inspiration and what makes you work hard?

The primary source of inspiration and work ethic is to love what you do. Photography and travelling is something we have a genuine passion for. I think if anyone creates a situation where their job and income is through something they love doing, then inspiration and work ethic is a natural progression. 

 

Do you sell any Lightroom presets?

This is one of the main features of our new site, we have launched selling a few preset options but we will be constantly updating them over time from many different photographers. Presets are a fantastic way to really change the quality of a photo, I would highly recommend people looking to get some great edits to purchase them. Available here.

Barcelona

Day 1:
After a quick flight down from London and an easy Aerobus into town, we were in Barcelona by lunch time!  It was just as well as we were hungry to eat and explore the city.  A place worth checking out is Veggie Garden, which is a very popular vegan restaurant in the middle of Barcelona.  The restaurant offers a three course meal, with wine and bread, for under €10!

After a fairly relaxed afternoon strolling around the Gothic Quarter and picking up a gelato on Las Ramblas, we had rooftop drinks at Barcelona Raval Hotel.  Although I had previously lived in Barcelona for a year, we had no idea about this hotel bar.  The hotel is blessed with amazing 360 degree views of the city.  Such a great place to watch the sunset and a great end to a first day in Barcelona.

 

Day 2:
Another realisation we had visiting Barcelona this time was that it is possible to ascend the Columbus Monument at the bottom of Las Ramlas!  It is a small elevator and a small viewing platform from the top, but it offers a different 360 degree of the city and a great perspective of the trees along La Ramblas.
Barcelona is such an easy city to navigate and it was great to get a cable car up Mont Juic and in just 25 minutes we were enjoying a coffee overlooking the city.
Another highlight from the day was getting the hop on and hop off bus towards Tibidabo.  Tibidabo really does have the most stunning views of the city.  It is a great location to capture sunset and also take in the scale of the city as it spreads in from the coast.  There is also an amusement park at the very top, which is the coolest place for a theme park!
On the way back down we ate at my favourite restaurant in Barcelona.  My favourite restaurant in Barcelona is a vegan and vegetarian pizza restaurant called Dolce Pizza & Los Veganos.  It has loads of options for vegetarians and vegans.  Including pizza, burgers and pasta dishes; I always had the chorizo pizza though with a nice cold Estrella after a nice warm day!

 

Day 3:
After a lazy start to the day, we headed to Poblenou to look at some street art, which is not so well known and so isn’t too busy, but still very impressive.  Some of the art is over 5 metres high and over 20m long and full of vivid colours.
In the afternoon, we enjoyed the highlight of the trip; a helicopter tour of the city.  The helicopter tour goes along the coast from near the W hotel to Poblenou.  Then it goes inland near Sagrada Familia and then to the Camp Nou.  We had great weather and the 12 minute helicopter trip was over before we knew it!  It is the best way to appreciate the grid design Barcelona has, which is just so visually pleasing from the sky but hard to appreciate from the city level.  Barcelona has a strict grid pattern, crossed by wide avenues, designed in the 19th Century. This visionary design by Catalan urban planner Ildefons Cerdà, considered traffic and transport along with sunlight and ventilation in coming up with his characteristic octagonal blocks!

 

Day 4:
In the morning we headed to a bakery for breakfast.  There is a vegan bakery in Gracia, which is really good.  It is a bit expensive, but the food is very nice.  Gracia is a lovely part of Barcelona, which is not quite as tourist as Gothico but has so many stunning squares with lovely cafes and bars.
In the afternoon we had a bit of a surprise and ended up doing a Ferrari experience of the city.  It was a lot of fun, ridiculously fun, even from the perspective of someone who isn’t mad on cars.  And the tour drives up to the top of Mont Juic and so we got out and enjoyed looking out over the city once more, from the Ferrari!
In the early evening it was then home time again after such an amazing time in Barcelona.  Hopefully we will get a chance to visit again - when Messi is playing and the sun is shining!

 

Photography | @ianharper_

Canon 5D Mark III & 24-70mm