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Instagram Pix Storyteller – Micktographer

Author: The Printique Team

Every person has a story to tell of how they capture the magic they see before them with their photography. We are celebrating this with our Instagram PixStorytellers. Each week, a new photographer will join us on Instagram sharing their ideas, tips, and tricks for getting the best shot. This week we introduce you to Mick Gow aka @micktographer on Instagram who specializes in seascape photography.

How did you start in photography?

My career has spanned graphic design and product design and I’ve been stuck behind a computer for many years. I felt a need for a creative outlet that forced me away from my screen. I picked up photography seriously about 5 years ago as an excuse to spent more time at the beach and by the ocean. I found an attraction to capturing the beauty around me and starting refining my skills specifically around seascapes.
bora bora landscape photograph by micktographer

How did you find your photography groove?

It wasn’t really until about a year ago when I really stopped and questioned what my true passion was and what I felt make my best photos stand out. I focused on my seascapes and started paying particular attention and refining my process to emphasize light and color. It was only then when I refined my editing style and decided that storytelling the light and colors of seascapes was my niche.
 bora bora landscape photograph by micktographer

What’s in your camera bag?

I shoot with a Canon 6D, and switch between a 16-35L f4 and the super-wide 12mm Loawa. I mostly shoot really wide but get super close to my foreground. I use a variety of ND and ND-Grad filters to get the most dynamic range I can out of a shot given most of my shots are high contrast light.
bora bora landscape photograph by micktographer

Advice for others starting out?

Once you feel like you’ve learned enough versatility in understanding your camera, focus on a niche. Define who you are as a photographer and be consistent but get really really good at it. Nobody remembers the photographer who shoots the same shots as everyone else, but that one photographer who has a consistent theme and consistent style will be memorable.
bora bora landscape photograph by micktographer
Thank you, Mick!  Make sure to follow us on Instagram for his takeover. Click HERE to follow along! And give him a follow on his Instagram account  @micktographer and check out his website HERE for more inspiration!