INTERVIEW WITH JOSHUA FOO @joshuafooo
I first came across Josh’s work on Instagram. I was immediately drawn to his style. Josh travels the world capturing some really unique places with his partner @five.feet.seven and manages to do it on a shoestring budget. His images take you on a journey and it's hard to believe he only began his photography career a year ago.
Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
I was born in Penang, Malaysia. When I was 17, I moved from Malaysia to Australia for University and have stayed here for thirteen years.
I fell in love with Australia and call it home now!
When did you start your photography journey?
I started photography (seriously) on the 19th of March 2017.
I made a commitment of uploading to Instagram daily, to challenge myself and the rest is history.
What is something people don’t know about you?
Hmmmm… I’m an Engineer and I’m afraid of flying! I know I have to do it to travel but I don’t enjoy it. Haha :D
What kind of equipment do you use?
Canon 70d camera, 10 – 18mm f4.5 kit lens and 18 – 55mm f3.5 – 5.6 kit lens, tripod is Manfrotto, filters and camera bag are from Polar Pro. I used to have a DJI Mavic Pro. However I lost it in Hong Kong and I’m currently droneless.
What is your favourite lens and why?
The right lens for the shot is my favourite lens.
When you travel what equipment do you take?
The bare minimum for every travel photographer is what I have. A drone, a DSLR with a 10 – 18 and 18 – 55 (for APSC) 16 – 35 and 24 – 70 (full frame) & a tripod. These are necessary to get the most basic shots and I couldn’t function without them. The rest are all additions that I’ll be adding as I go along !
Among all the photography equipment you own is there something you purchased that you wish you hadn’t?
Not at the moment, I’m usually on a shoe string budget so I am very careful with what I buy.
Do you prefer sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise for sure! Why? Because if sunrise wasn’t good you still have sunset to look forward to. When I travel I shoot both sunrise and sunsets. Do not waste ANY of them.
What methods do you use for editing, Can you explain your workflow?
Nothing special. I just work from top to bottom on the light room panels! You can’t go wrong with it. Photoshop to clean up the photo !
Among all your work what is your most memorable capture?
Phi Phi Islands! I was so looking forward to photographing them but when we went on the boat, It started pouring like crazy and I was super disappointed. I only had half a day left on the Island so on the second day, I woke up at 5 am to shoot it. I was greeted with an amazing sunrise !
How do you educate yourself to become a better photographer?
Self awareness is the most important asset I would say. I am constantly judging my work with brutal honesty. I have people that inspire me a lot and I will compare the “quality” of my work to theirs. What’s missing in my photo? What can I do on my part to produce similar quality etc. Reverse engineer and execute till I get the result that I want.
What advice do you have for people wanting to grow their Instagram following?
Post daily, post your best work (probably the most important), use relevant hashtags, have a signature style, and engage with everyone.
What is the most memorable country you have visited?
Without a doubt CHINA.
What country are you dying to shoot in but haven’t yet?
None. Can’t wait to head back to CHINA again!
Who are your greatest photography influencers?
@jordhammond, @karl_shakur, @emmett_sparling ...too many the list goes on!
What motivates you to continue taking photos?
Seeing progress with my imagery.
What is one thing you wish you had known when you first started your photography journey?
I have never actually paused to reflect on this.
Ask me again in a year haha.
You take a lot of drone captures, what do you enjoy most about using a drone?
The sheer EPICNESS of landscapes from above that just can’t be shot on a DSLR !
What is one piece of advice you would give someone starting out in photography?
Shoot everything until you find what you truly enjoy shooting!
All photos are courtesy of Joshua Foo and remain the property of. Check out more of his work on Instagram. @joshuafoo