February 4, 2019

Interview With Viewbug Photographer Luke Mackenzie

Today I’m pleased to introduce my readers to Photographer Luke Mackenzie. Luke features some of his great landscape photography on ViewBug. One of his landscape shots is above, and a couple more are shown at the end of this post. (You can see his ViewBug profile for more examples of his work.)  Luke has some great wave photos!

Here is the interview I had with Luke:

1) How did you start in photography? What got you involved?

I was in the Navy for 4 and a half years and when I started to travel overseas with work the best advice I got was “take a camera”.

I had a point and shoot, but when I got over to the Middle East for the first time my little camera just couldn’t do the amazing scenery justice. Nor had I any idea at the time how to take a photo.

A couple of years later when I went again, I bought a better camera which was my first SLR (Canon 600D) and started to take more and more photos.

When I returned to the Middle East, I kept taking photos. People seemed to be like the photos. At the start of 2015 I really started to take my photography seriously. I upgraded to a Canon 7D Mk II and began taking a lot of photos.

2) Is there something that attracts you specifically to landscape photography?

When I started traveling I wanted to be able to capture what I was seeing and bring it back home or post it online for people to see.

I love the challenge of trying to get a shot and making it appear how I saw it at the time.

3) What is your favorite lens and camera?

My favorite camera is definitely my Canon 7D. I also recently purchased a 14mm f/2.8L II lense. The difference in that compared to my other lenses was insane! When you take the same photo on that lens then another lens you can straight away see the difference in the colours, lighting & crispness of the shot.

4) Can you offer any tips to other photographers for a great landscape shot?

Take your time! Walk around the area, look at things from a few different angles then set up your shot and use the rule of thirds.

Also, I’ve realised lately how important good lighting is for a good photo. Going out at the golden hour at sunrise and sunset just makes the photo so much better.

5) What is your typical photography workflow? What software do you use for post-processing?

The software I use for my post processing is Lightroom and also a program called Affinity for the Mac.

6) What is your secret to the curling wave photos?

No secret really, I have a pair of fins, a wetsuit, and a housing for my camera. I swim out and get in the right spot where the wave will break over my head.

It takes a lot of practice though. When I first started out, I kept getting waves to the face and thrown over the falls. But it’s what made that type of photography more fun and challenging.