My names Josh, I’m a civil engineer working on some major infrastructure around Sydney! If I’m not taking landscape photos I’m usually riding my bike or walking my puppy. These two other hobbies help me explore all round Sydney and scope out new landscape locations
What gear do you use to take your photos?
- Sony A7iii Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 & Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 for landscapes
- Fujifilm X100F for casual photos
What type of photography are you into?
I’m mainly into landscapes and seascapes however I have a lot of fun taking street photography when I’m overseas. Recently I’ve been really getting into pet photography as well, which poses new challenges but always has cute results.
How did you start photography? What/Who inspires you?
I started photography at the end of 2018 when I bought a secondhand Fujifilm XT20 for my upcoming trip to Japan. I fell in love with capturing cool moments as well as being able to preserve memories in a really beautiful way. When I got back to Sydney I dived head first into landscape photography. With a huge selection of seascape locations I found myself going out every weekend to capture the sunrise of our east coast. I feel like we’re very fortunate to have so many nice beaches and coastal locations and I find it very inspiring to take photos of them in all their glory. There’s a very unique feeling I can’t describe but I love it; waking early before everyone else, before the sun comes up and its just you, your camera and nature. A big inspiration for me has been the guys from the Ozscapers instagram group, as well as the group of photographers I take photos with on Saturday mornings.
Top 3 photo locations to shoot?
1. Japan for street photography
2. Northern Beaches for landscapes
3. Darling Harbour for portraits
Top 3 photo tips?
1. Work on your editing. So much work goes into each photo, whether it be planning the location, travelling there or waiting for the right moment. Give your photos the justice they deserve by taking your time in your edits and perfecting the look you are trying to achieve. This is something I used to be lazy on, and then I realised sometimes I would spend hours on a landscape shoot but not give my edits much thought. Re-visiting some old images can give you good practice and breathe new life into your photos.
2. Go out and take photo’s even if you don’t think the conditions are good. A lot of the time as landscape photographers we can be discouraged if the weather/cloud forecast is not ideal, but you miss every opportunity you don’t take. Even if you don’t walk away with an amazing photo there’s always something to learn or a new composition to explore and you never know, sometimes the forecast can be wrong!
3. Find other photographers to shoot with regularly. So many of my photos can be attributed to inspiration I’ve gotten from people around me, it gives me that extra motivation to improve myself and helps me be more consistent about going out to shoot.
What has been your most memorable experience?
The photo I took at North Curl Curl. This shot had been on my bucket list for a long time, and capturing the perfect moment of water spilling over the sides with a huge wave in the background has been a dream for me.
Josh’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshkwanphotography/