Where do you get your inspiration from? I love taking pictures but never feel like there is anything to take pictures OF. Do you look for opportunities, or do you let them find you?
I get inspiration from books, movies, tv and past experiences in nature. I’m always looking for opportunities and always have a destination. More often than not, the experiences that find me on my journey to a destination are more rewarding than the destination itself. When you go out and do things, stuff just happens and opportunities will come to you but you need to have an open schedule to not miss out.
Hi! I want to start off by saying i'm a huge fan of your photos. They're all superb! I'm so interested in this lifestyle you've chosen, how did you stop and decide this is what you wanted? I just graduated high school and I'm not sure college is right for me (not now, at least) My main priority in life is to travel (backpack) but I obviously need means to do so. Any advice?
It started with wanting to see more land which became an obsession and it just morphed into this lifestyle of living on the road.
I really don’t know how to give advice in starting out in this area unless you’re doing what I’m doing and selling travel pictures as you travel. I can say though, your wish to travel & backpack will be well worth the cost it will take to get you there.
Awesome photos, Kevin. I have one of your bison-in-the-road photographs hanging on my wall - a bit of inspiration. The idea that you primarily use an iPhone is amazing, because I can't truly grasp that you can capture the shot with such clarity with such a low res camera. Do you use a lens attachment on your iPhone? Like one of those cases that have attachable mounts for DSLR lenses?
Thanks for the support.
I don’t use any lens attachments or mounts. I shoot with the iPhone the exact same way millions of others do all around the world.
i always have a small idea in the back of my mind that the world is an ugly place filled with lots of terrible things. but when i look at you photos, i truly feel that idea fade away. thank you for reminding me how easy it is to find beauty in everything around me. thank you.
Hey Kevin! I admire not only the moments you capture, but your boldness to go on this adventure of traveling the world all while living out of your car. I was wondering, what's your process when capturing photos of animals?
Since I’m shooting with a phone most of the time, which has a semi wide angle lens, I try to get as close as possible. Every animal is different and often times they just run away. If you see enough though, you’ll run into some friendly ones and it’s easy to get some good pictures.
do you reduce the size of your images before you publish them?
Most of the images on here are shared from Instagram which appears to resize them to 612x612. For uploading to iStockphoto, the standards can be a little strict so I usually downsize the iPhone photos to 1600x1200. Any images uploaded to the Getty/Flickr collection, I usually keep full size. For Society6 I usually keep full size as well unless it looks pretty bad at 100%. If so, then I resize so only the mini or small prints are available for purchase.
Hi Kevin, I really admire your work. And thank you very much for the VSCOcam editing tutorial. Can I ask you your workflow at afterglow app? And what do you think about afterglow app cropping down our image to 2048? Does the cropping down affects your image quality? And also how to handle the noise in iphone shots? Thank you very much Kevin.
Thanks and you’re welcome.
In Afterglow, I scroll through the filters and pick my favorite one just like anyone else.They work well and most of the time I don’t do any other adjustments. I know the app creator, Simon, has put a lot of time into tweaking his filters and it shows.
I just saved an image from Afterglow in 3264x2448. I’m not sure what cropping down you’re talking about.
I don’t do anything to combat the noise in iPhone photos except downsize the image.