We have interviewed Marina & Alberto from @viajaentusofa, a travel couple from Granada, Spain.
Marina and Alberto are two incredibly talented travel photographers, especially when it comes to creating viral Instagram content.
In fact, it seems they know all of the tricks of the platform as they have been able to hit the explore page in the most consistent way we have ever seen so far.
Hola Marina, hola Alberto, thanks for doing this interview with us! It's a pleasure to meet you!
Gear first: what's in your camera bag?
We try to travel as light as possible because we carry our backpacks everywhere we go. We usually travel with Nikon D750, a 50mm and a 16-28mm objectives, a tripod and a shutter release. If allowed by local regulation, we also bring our Zazuki drone with us.
Nikon D750, 28mm, 1/500 s, f/3.5, ISO 100
You are currently one of the travel couples with the highest engagement on your photos, and certainly, 2 of the 3 most liked posts ever on our Instagram page are yours. What's the secret behind so many 'successful' photos?
All there really is behind what we do is a lot of work and willingness to keep improving. Our work is the result of a great deal of practice and study. Each day we set out to take pictures we face new challenges that require the best of us. We also believe many people relate to the message our pictures aim to convey: complicity as a couple, subtle romantic gestures… Our goal is that viewers of our pictures can mentally teleport themselves to the place where we are and connect with the experiences we live when we travel.
When and how did you approach photography? Is it something you have always liked or it came naturally to you with travelling?
When I was six my parents gave me a film camera. In most of the memories of my childhood I see myself taking pictures with a camera, even if I didn´t really know what I was doing back then. My fondness for photography kept growing during my teens. I taught myself basic notions of picture editing, but it wasn’t until I started Fine Arts studies that I didn’t fully become an expert in photography. That was the time when I learned how to use reflex cameras and understood the importance of lighting in photography.
Nikon D750, 28mm, 1/250 s, f/13, ISO 125
You are always together in your pictures, even when far away from the camera (like in the Batu caves pic). How do you take those types of shots?
Our pictures are usually taken with a tripod and a shutter release. If we are too far from the camera we might set it up to take pictures periodically or we might use the doubleexposure technique and combine both pictures later on.
Nikon D750, 50mm, 1/125 s, f/6.3, ISO 500
What is your favourite photo so far?
The pictures we took on top of Bai Tho Mt. in Vietnam are my favorite ones. Each time I look at these pictures I see myself experiencing a flurry of emotions. The danger related to reaching the summit combined with the vertigo and the mind-blowing view made for an unforgettable experience. When we work we try to let loose our emotions, and this time was no exception. We chose a composition we liked, we set up the camera (f5,6. 1/320) and then we allowed ourselves to enjoy the moment. We believe having fun while working is key to producing work that really conveys emotions to the viewer.
Nikon D750, 28mm, 1/250 s, f/5.6, ISO 125
What's the secret behind your edit? You guys love the saturated look, which may often look very amatorial. How do you make it look so good?
Every time I edit a picture I try to make it unique. I like Instagram accounts that truly value the quality of their pictures. That said, I would not use the same tonal range for all our pictures. For instance, pictures in Marrakech should not have the same tonality as the ones we took in Indonesia. We always try to keep in the picture the essence of the places we visit.
Nikon D750, 28mm, 1/200 s, f/8, ISO 125
It's time to give back. What is your piece of advice to someone who wants to take photos like you?
Never give up! There is a steep learning curve ahead. You have to be self-disciplined and trust that with dedication and practice you will achieve great results. It´s always good to benchmark best practices carried out by top photographers so you can accelerate the learning rate.
Your images are always so pleasant to watch. What do you look for in your composition?
We like our pictures to be as symmetric as possible, at the same time the composition is focused on nature surrounding us. We try to have each picture tell a story, and we aim to convey emotions using different tonal ranges.
What are you going to focus on in the next future? Are you trying to become better at any type of photography?
We strive to improve the quality of our pictures. Our current focus is on making pictures look closer to reality by reducing saturation, and perhaps by even adding some mystery around the message. We have a few trips in mind for the near future—the goal of those trips will be to experiment with long exposure and increase the complexity of the lighting we use.
Thanks so much for reading!
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