The Art of Amazing Travel Photography: Travel Photographer Filip Kulisev
The Art of Amazing Travel Photography:
Travel Photographer Filip Kulisev
Do you love travel photography and great photos?
Let’s meet Filip Kulisev, traveler, explorer and European Landscape Photographer of the year 2012.
You will learn:
– Who is Filip Kulisev
– How did he get started with travel photography
– What are the most photogenic locations
– How is he traveling
– The hardest to get photography
– What kind of technical equipment he is using
– What are his tips for people starting out with travel photography
– If he is using post-processing
– And how many countries he will travel this year
Who is Filip Kulisev?
Filip is a talented photographer from Europe and Master Qualified European Photographer (52 top European photographers have already received a Master degree for their supreme quality).
Filip’s photos have been part of more than 180 individual exhibitions in Slovakia, Monaco, Sydney, Vienna, Washington, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Prague, Budapest, Brussels, Vancouver, Rome, Moscow and Malta.
How did you get started with travel photography?
When I was a small child, I loved geography.
I was painting maps and I had studied all mountain ranges, river systems, and world capitals, it was something that caught me (fascinated me) so strongly.
But first, I started with simple traveling; I mean vacations after I finished school with a specialization in Tourism. So I took my first photos while traveling the world.
After some time, photography had become my hobby, and it was only question of time before my hobby grew into my “job.”
What kind of traveler are you?
Honestly, I spend at least 6 months per year traveling. I do not travel constantly, so I always come back home and after some time I hit the road again.
I don’t want to position myself as a backpacker or any other kind of traveler; everything from a tent to 5-star hotel is great.
My biggest interest as a traveler is nature and natural sceneries and less about culture, cities or people.
I prefer exotic locations and remote places that are hard to reach.
I travel only individually and always with my wife, Zuzka. I need time for my photos, so I do not hurry while traveling.
I always start to travel like this:
Depending on the country and location, once I arrive at the airport I pick up an Off-Roader or Caravan.
I often need a local guide that can help me get to the places that are hard to find or require special permits to visit.
What are the most photogenic locations?
Here belong the most notoriously known places like Alaska, Hawaii, western USA and Patagonia that are absolutely fantastic.
In Europe it is Iceland; every time you travel here, you will find something new and interesting.
Australia and New Zealand offer some amazing places.
I love the Pacific Islands, like Polynesia and Melanesia and remote islands that make you feel like you are the only one there.
The desert areas of Namibia should be also mentioned.
What was the hardest location for amazing travel photography?
Many people will think about some special remote location, but mostly these are the places where you can get really easy.
The hardest places are the places like Yellowstone Park, which are hit by massive amounts of tourism and where you are not allowed to fly over in a helicopter. Places where you need special permits or where you are generally not allowed to take photos.
These kinds of photos are unique and I like to photograph these places from different angles.
It took me two years to get a permit to fly over Yellowstone Park and I was not successful, but I knew that some aerial photos already exist and also BBC and National Geographic made some aerial videos over the Yellowstone.
So the next 9 months, I kept trying to get this permission until I found the right person and finally I got a green light based on the work that I had done already.
I was hanging out of the Helicopter and taking wonderful panoramic photos.
What kind of technical equipment are you using?
I grow up with diapositives, photographic films, Linhof, medium format photography and Linhof medium format panoramic camera.
I always think about what I want to photograph and take small amounts of photos, likely because I was used to the time before digital photography.
Basically, if you used 220 film in Linhof, you were only able to take six photos, so you were really thinking a lot about whether it is worth taking this photograph.
This mentality has stayed with me even though I have moved to digital photography.
Now I use Canon with solid glass from Carl Zeiss.
I keep cameras and all technical equipment in my bags and my wife Zuzka carries all necessary cables and charges and I always carry two tripods, but I try to minimize the amount of techniques based on the trip we make.
What are your tips for people starting out with travel photography?
First of all, you should love it, and make that your primary goal – do not just do it for money.
You need to have your own process and signature style (Filip makes nature photography), so you create a brand with your name.
Photographic techniques depend on the photographic genre (Filip uses Carl Zeiss and Canon)
What about image post-processing?
I am not a big Photoshop expert, and I do not have a lot of time to research how to get the best form of each image that way.
I make sure that I have enough time to concentrate and to take a great photo.
It all depends on each individual and how much time they want to spend on the computer; I choose to spend my time in nature, I have other priorities than to take challenges about what software to use to maximize the improvements of each of my photos, I am also a little bit old fashioned in this way.
I also used the advantage of being an “amateur” photographer, I made photos for myself not for someone else and I do what makes me happy and have no pressure from the outside, only the pressure to get the best of me in order to create travel photo collection for my exhibitions that people will love.
Where will you travel next?
I will travel to Russia and Scandinavia in August, then to Monaco for a few days. In September, I am in USA and Canada, and finally, in October I am flying to Australia and Pacific.
Do you want to see more of Filip’s travel photos, check them out here – Amazing Planet