It was a huge pleasure for me to interview Aurelien Minozzi, a landscape photographer from France, who shows absolutely breathtaking landscape photographs. Make sure to read the whole interview to learn more about Aurelien, his camera equipment, techniques, and landscape photography in general.
1) Tell us about yourself, where are you from? How, when and why did you get into photography?
My name is Aurélien Minozzi, I’m 24 years old and I live in a village near Reims, in the North-East of France. I started photography in 2013 by buying my first camera, a Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm. Also doing a lot of hiking I naturally cumulated both, despite the weight of my backpack…
Always in search of beautiful images, I never stopped and I even ended up stopping my studies to devote myself solely to photography and go professional in 2017.
2) How much time do you spend on photography on average?
I do not pay attention, I live photography. Being at the beginning of my business creation, photography comes first. I organize photographic trips, treks as soon as possible.
3) Which gear do you mainly use / What is typically in your camera bag? (Camera body, Filters, Lenses, Tripod, Accessories, etc.)
I use a Nikon D750, coupled with quadriptyque fixed focal 24, 35, 50 and 85mm, and a 90mm for macro photography. I also have two zooms, a wide angle Tamron 15-30mm and a Nikon 70-200mm. But apart from my activity as a social photographer, you will usually find in my bag during my walks, my wide angle and my macro that meet most of the time to my needs. Not to mention my tripod, mandatory.
Lack of financial means after my recent move to full format and the purchase of new optics, I have not yet renewed my filters ND, GND, Polarizer … I manage so as possible by means of bracketing to bypass the GND, and post-processing to simulate ND.
I have recently bought an equatorial mount, compensating the movement of the Earth, allowing much longer exposure time without fear of having stars spun.
4) Do you have guiding principles that you follow when you’re taking pictures?
Having several years of drawing behind me, the rule of thirds or the respect of the general harmony, “the golden ratio (1,61)” are part of me, I respect them (or not) unconsciously.
I use the stacking to atro-landscape and the macro-photography, the light painting to illuminate the foreground at night, and bracketing as already mentioned, to simulate GND.
5) How important is post-processing for you?
You have to differentiate between art and reportage photography.
I allow myself only light development; saturation, contrast, brightness during reporting and I absolutely allow myself everything in artistic photography; from color change to sky change. I adapt myself.
6) What’s the favorite photo you took and why?
Emotionally it’s the strongest, but it’s also the one I hate the most.
It represents despair and human darkness.
The real purpose of a zoo is of course profit at the expense of animal welfare…
Even if the safeguarding they advocate must take place well before the prison cells, there are much more respectable alternatives like the parks of vision, or the animal evolves in a reconstitution of its natural habitat and not on a ridiculous ground marked by their incessant come and go.
7) What’s the most challenging part of being a nature/landscape photographer?
Stand out, make the difference, have the little something that the neighbor does not have.
But also, the most important thing for me is to have a naturalistic spirit. Know your subject, study it and share it.
8) Do you have general advice and tips for other landscape photographers?
I am new to the vast world of photography, it would be too presumptuous. Go out, discover, learn, and take pictures.
9) What are your future photography goals?
In France, we have excellent landscape and animal photographer known internationally for the beauty of their photographs but especially for the values and the commitments, they carry by denouncing a living but extremely fragile nature.
I would like later, in my future goals, to turn to a conscious and denunciatory photograph.
10) Where can we find your images?
You can find me everywhere, on my website to start: