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Instagram Weekly Guest #21

Matias Molina

Travel as much as you can not only to take pictures but to experience our amazing world and the amazing people on it!

Tell us about yourself, where you grew up and what do you do?

I was born in Spain (Mallorca). my dad is Spanish and my mom Danish, so we moved a lot when I was a kid. Ended up in Denmark with my mom and sister where we grew up in a small fishing town called Hundested.
As soon as could I moved to the capital (Copenhagen) and I had to find out what I wanted to study, it was between photography or aircraft technician and I ended up as an aircraft technician and been doing that for around 10 years now.

What kind of photography that you do?

I would say I do all kinds of photography. The latest job I had was shooting a huge music festival here in Denmark (Roskilde Festival). That was a big challenge for me since I never did anything similar but it was fun doing it.
My favorite is and always will be travel photography, landscapes, urban and my new thing is portraits, I love capturing people I meet on the road. Love if I can capture there feelings and emotions especially if they don’t know I’m taking the picture, that gives me a great pleasure and love having those images to remind me of the people I met on the road.

Since when you’re starting to derive an interest in photography? What was the first photo you took?

I actually always liked taking pictures. My parents would always yell at me for shooting too many rolls on there old camera because it was so expensive to develop.
I filmed quite a lot of skateboarding and snowboarding when I was a teenager, but never used it for anything.
It was not until around December 2013 I got into Instagram I stumbled upon some profiles that I liked and saw the potential of that media. So I started out exploring Copenhagen with my bicycle and taking pictures with my iPhone, and my profile got popular pretty fast. So I actually spend all my time during that, it made me really happy and started to see how beautiful everything was in my city.

How did you learn about Instagram? Why did you choose Instagram to be the platform to showcase your creative work?

I was on Instagram for some time but I had a private account just for personal pictures.
But I stumbled upon some profiles that I liked and I saw the potential Instagram had so I decided to give it a try and since then it’s been going really fast.
I thing it’s a great springboard to go to the next level of photography I have developed a lot since 2013. Not only because of instagram but the people I met trough it.

How did you find your inspiration?

Mostly I looked at other accounts, and then when you have a mix of all kinds of styles that you see on Instagram or in magazines I just try to give it my own twist. But mostly I just go with it and when I see something I like and think I would look good, I capture it. My text on my profile is “Just the way I see things” and I think that sums it up quite good.

What kind of camera do you use?

I started out with my iPhone 5.
But now I shoot all my pictures with a Canon 5D Mark iii and it’s amazing what you can do with it! It’s with me everywhere I go..

How do you define your style of photography?

Developing style, All around style, I like to challenge myself style.

What does the photo mean to you?

A photo can mean a lot to me but in general I love when a photo catches me. You know the goose bumps feeling. The latest one I had was in Berlin airport my plane was delayed and I was looking in photo books. There was a photographer that had caught this amazing portrait of a young girl from Afghanistan and you could just see the emotions in her eyes I don’t  know, it was just perfect and so beautiful to me. Ended up staring at that picture for 10 minutes. so inspiring.

Based on your Instagram account, you seem to travel quite much. Do you think it helps you to define your style and showcase your creative work?  

I have always loved traveling and I do it as much as I can. I feel lucky that have a flexible job that allows me to travel so much.
It helps a lot because travel photography is definitely my favorite!
After I started taking pictures I see places I visit so much more different than before, I seek the not so visited places and I look so much more into the destinations. I always try to get in contact with local photographers so they can show me the local secrets.

Give us 3 things you’ve learned since you join Instagram?

  • skills in photography
  • to see things differently
  • that the community on Instagram is priceless!

 

You have numbers of valuable followers on Instagram. Does it impact you in real life (like widen your opportunity to channeling your creative work)?

It does. A lot of the people or profiles that I saw as great inspiration and still do are actually my friends in real life now and I travel with them to different destinations around the world and that is something that I really appreciate a lot and love about this community.!

Do you think creativity matters and why?

creativity is crucial, anybody can buy an expensive camera and take pictures. But for me I need something different or a twist like a personal signature on a picture.. Can’t really explain what it is I just see it when I see it.

Do you think community is important and why?

Community has been great for me both here in Denmark but also a lot when I travel.
Community can help you in many ways, you meet great people around the world and they show you there home town and for me it’s much better than any guidebook you can buy!

Can you give us tips for grabbing the perfect shots?

That’s a bit hard for me since I don’t really see myself as the “great” photographer.
For me it helps just to get out there, having my camera with me and off course I think about what inspires me and I know a bit what I like.. Good light, sunrise or sunset is always good..

Which is more challenging portrait photography or landscape photography? Any memorable story during the photo shoot?

I’m quite new to portraits so for me it’s definitely more challenging!
It’s challenging in many ways, you have the photography side, that I can do but you have to be good at pre adjusting your camera. For me the biggest challenge is asking people for the portrait, I’m better at it now but it took me time to learn that part of it.

What application do you use to edit your photo? Do you always try to maintain your tone on your feed? If yes, why is it important? 

I manly use Snapseed, vscocam and instagrams own editing which is getting quite good.
I had a long period where I tried to maintain the same style of editing because it looks good and I still think so. But now I just edit the picture as I like it, the style of picture if it’s a building a person or a landscape.

Is it important to have technical skill in photography to be globally recognized on Instagram?

yes and no.. You see a lot of profiles of famous people or models that are globally recognized. but in general a big YES or at least the profiles I like are very skilled photographers.

Do you have any advice to say to starting photographers out there?

just have fun and shoot what you like. To start with you don’t need any fancy equipment just use your phone.
Don’t be in a rush just do what you feel for. Gather inspiration I think that is very important not that I’m saying to copy other people just get inspiration everybody does it and it helps you in many ways.

Any parting words? 

Travel as much as you can not only to take pictures but to experience our amazing world and the amazing people on it!!!

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