Travel Photography can be one of the most straightforward genres for a photographer to get started, during a family vacation or a business trip. But to master it, requires a lot of hard work, continuous learning and persistence.
In this interview with Olivier Costier – travel and landscape photographer, we asked him everything you might want to know. From planning to equipment, accessories, settings and all the tips he can share on how to get “that photo”
Could you please start by introducing yourself to our readers?
Hey there, I’m Olivier Costier, I’m a French guy who fell in love with the art of photography in August 2016. Mechanical engineering is my day to day job and photography is my passion.
I’ve been around photography for almost a decade as I bought my first compact camera in 2011. It was during my expatriation in New York city where I lived for two and a half years that I got addicted to the art.
This city is a perfect playground for someone who wants to explore different styles of photography and that’s precisely what I did.
I’m now back in Paris – France since January 2017, and through photography, I’ve enjoyed rediscovering this city and many other places around the globe.
Which of these passions started first, Travel or Photography? In other words, do you travel with the purpose of photographing new places, or on the contrary, is the camera just a tool for capturing all your adventures, the countries you visited and the people you met?
Travelling was the reason I grabbed a camera in the first place. I was lucky to have been able to not just visit places but live in many places, other than my hometown, for several months or years either for my studies or work.
In the beginning, the camera was just a tool to keep memories but as I dove deeper into photography, I started visiting places to feed my hunger for a more graphical understanding of those places (what graphical stories can those places express?).
From the places you visited, could you describe those you particularly remember and that impressed you the most?
New York City holds a big place in my heart as a photographer. The scenes the city offers are as diverse as you can imagine and those allowed me to experiment with so many ideas and inspirations. New York kickstarted my love for photography. Another place I really love is the Dolomites mountains in Northern Italy, it was my first time hanging in the mountains in summer and the landscapes were strikingly beautiful.
What about your dream destination, the place for a trip that you haven’t done yet?
I would love to go deep in the Chinese countryside and discover its landscape diversity. South America is also on my bucket list and probably more reachable in the near future.
I would love to be able to speak with the locals and experience their culture without feeling like an intruder. This might be inevitable but seeing a foreigner putting the effort and trying to connect is always welcomed. So South America seems to be a more reasonable destination in this aspect.
When you finally decide on a new destination, what are the next steps in terms of planning?
Once I choose a destination. I usually create a map with all the points of interest I would like to visit, I try to do this indiscriminately. I eventually end up with a map that gives me the main areas/regions I should visit and the ones that might be out of reach regarding the time available for my travel. I use many resources to find the spots: Blogs, traveler websites, social media and personal recommendations are usually my main sources of inspiration.
Could you describe what do you usually carry inside your camera bag?
Only for Premium Subscribers!
To access these articles you must be a PREMIUM subscriber to Olympus Passion.
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get instant access to all Premium articles, all prior and upcoming magazines, all special editions, all previous videos, discounts and offers. If you are seeking relevant information about this camera system, or useful tips from photographers using the Olympus system, this is the most valuable place for you.
BASIC Plan subscriber? Upgrade to PREMIUM!
- Access your account HERE and sign in with your email address and password as always
- In this step click the ‘Subscriptions’ tab and then ‘Change plan’
- Now you can change from the BASIC plan to the new PREMIUM PLAN
- Finally, the system will only apply a proportional value to the remaining charge and change the plan immediately.
Already a Premium Subscriber?
“Hello, my name is Olivier Costier…as you already guessed. I am a mechanical engineer based in Paris, France. I also lived in New York City for two years. It is during my expatriation in the US that I fell in love with photography. The beautiful scenery I was seeing everyday encouraged me to get out and try to capture those great looking photos. New York being a perfect playground for photographers, I kind of fell in love with this art and began shooting more and more… honing my craft.
I am now back in Paris and am rediscovering this city. I realize how beautiful it truly is now that I have learned to fully see. With an open eye, I can enjoy its beauty to its fullest.”