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July 9, 2014 Posted by Tahir in Travel

Photojournalism, and which type of equipment I use

DSC_3397aMany thanks to those of you were able to attend my Reddit AMA live. For those who were unable to attend, I’ll be sharing a selection of questions and answers over the next couple of weeks. To view the entire AMA, please click the above link.

Q. Any advice for a photojournalist student whose dream is to work for National Geographic?

A. Develop a body of work that is original. Never ever ever follow the pack. And remember that most people in their teens and early twenties (not sure how old you are) don’t go out and do stuff. They often sit about, waiting for someone to give them an idea, a ticket, a job. Well that’s wrong – -you have to get out and set yourself goals, challenges, find work and then sell it. And don’t expect Nat Geo to take you on round one… spiral upwards towards it. You WILL get there. Don’t listen to anyone who holds you back or suggests you can’t. Because you CAN!

Q. What kind of camera and equipment do you have in your arsenal of shooting? Just wondering because all Nat Geo movies are always beautiful shot and I want to know what it takes!

A. Until very recently we were shooting on Ariflex Super-16. Film… and doing some video. I LOVE film because as a presenter it gets you concentrated because it’s so expensive, and because it looks so wonderful. With video — most people these days are using SLF cameras or high end video cameras (like RED). We’ve just shot something on a Nikon D800. The great thing is that you can change the lenses, and they are of such high optical quality.

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