A simple tool that changes the game

Lens filters are a great tool when it comes to shooting photo and video. Filters allow you to control light in order to get the shots you want, whether that’s using an ND filter to block light out, or a polarizer to eliminate reflections coming off of water.

While filters are great, quality filters can run you a pretty penny. If you’re shooting with a variety of lenses with different lens diameters, you have to make the decision of what filters you need for what lenses or you have to buy multiples of the same filter just so you have…

How to find the right tool for shooting images from the sky

Photo by @alexlostak on Instagram

Flying drones is one of the newer additions to my photography repertoire. While I’ve flown them since the DJI Phantom 3 Pro back in 2015, it wasn’t until 2018 that I got my own and started to fly on a regular basis.

Since getting my first drone, I’ve used it to capture some of my favorite images. The image for my first print sale was shot on a drone, the print I have above my bed is a drone shot I took in Norway, and the next photo project I’m working on will largely be shot on drones. …

Selling my images for the first time

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Last year, I decided it was finally time to follow through on hosting my first print sale. Selling prints was something I had wanted to do for a long time, and for various reasons never executed on. In December, I completed my first sale and shipped out my prints in time for Christmas. In hopes of helping anyone looking to do the same, here are my biggest learnings from my first time selling prints.

Selling Prints Takes Work

One of my biggest takeaways from this for print sale was the amount of work that went in to making it happen. Since it was my…

Seeing small moments in an epic new way

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At the beginning of 2020, my girlfriend gifted me a point and shoot as a gift for our five year anniversary. Over a year later, this tiny little camera has single-handedly changed my perception of what photography is, and brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined.

My Historic Relationship with Photography

You can do better than email

Screenshot of Pixieset gallery

If you bring your camera with you while traveling with friends and family, you’ve inevitably gotten the question “you’re going to share these photos with us right?” Naturally, you say yes, but one week later when you’ve finished editing, the task of actually sharing your images with your travel companions isn’t as simple as it may seem.

Going Through Your Options

For the process of sharing images, let’s go through the problems with the options you have at your disposal. If you want to deliver your photos at a decent quality, email and text won’t work. iMessage will but shared albums can often be…

Backpack, messenger bag, grocery bag, you name it

Photo by @alexlostak on Instagram

You see that bag up there? I love that bag. It is one of my favorite and most dear possessions. Since my girlfriend originally gifted it to me in 2016, I’ve taken that bag to almost thirty different countries, over mountains, through jungles, you name it. Like the adult equivalent of a kid’s favorite blanket, I take this backpack with me everywhere.

There’s a lot to love about this backpack. It’s handmade, high quality leather, I would deem it to be “cool”, and it’s got a unique look. It’s got the vibe of another era. It’s great. One thing you…

Battling my stomach, waves and 20 Yellowtail off the coast of the Florida Keys

Photo by @alexlostak on Instagram

Every year my dad and I make an annual pilgrimage to the southernmost point of the United States. Like birds migrating with the seasons, we board planes from our separate cities and start the journey to better weather and open water.

Our destination is Key West. The logic for our trip is simple, a weekend in a place steeped in the history of freedom and bad decisions is the perfect location for an annual mental reset. This year (2019), we’re starting our trip with a morning of fishing. …

An exercise in finding the right tool for the job

Photo by @alexlostak on Instagram

When I went on safari in 2017, it was my first time photographing wildlife. I knew that the lenses I had at my disposal weren’t enough to get the shots I was hoping to capture. My objective was to get portraits of the wildlife I saw on safari. I wanted to capture the details in their faces and the things that made them unique.

Knowing that I was going to have to either rent or buy a lens, I started researching to find what would be the ideal solution for my problem statement. I needed one lens that could provide…

Six ideas to make the best of this unique time

Photo by @alexlostak on Instagram

It seems really easy right now as a photographer to make the excuse that external events are putting you in a state of stagnation. It’s not a good time to try to sell yourself. It’s not the time to be traveling. It’s not the time to go out and network. I think when this happens, the lazy part of our brains acts with a new sense of authority. It convinces us that now is the time to sit still, not do anything, and put our lives on pause.

While there is a great deal of value in taking time to…

A few ways to get the creative juices flowing.

Being stuck at home during the chaos caused by Covid-19 can easily be viewed as a time for your photography to take a break. A time to sit back, edit old photos, watch a few tutorials and free yourself from the grind. While that may seem like a valid approach, another angle is to view this slow time as an opportunity to explore types of photography you haven’t tried before, to expand your knowledge and get creative photographing things you previously haven’t.

In order to help get those creative juices flowing and give you a little inspiration, I’ve put together…

Alex Lostak

Adventure and travel photographer based in Austin, TX. lostakphotography.com

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