Alex Von Kalckstein Drone and Travel Photographer

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein


Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?

  • I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, I moved to Australia when I was 11 years old.

  • I have been lucky enough to travel to 60 countries around the world.

  • I am pretty OCD when it comes to preparing for a trip as I tend to be the kind of person who packs my bags a week before I depart.

  • I always wanted to be a videographer before I transitioned into photography.

You have an inspiring portfolio of work. Can you tell me how you got started in drone photography?

I decided to see the world and go backpacking for six months in 2012, I purchased my first SLR camera, a Canon 1100D, which instantly sparked my fascination with photography. From there on I was hooked, it wasn't until early 2015 I had my first drone encounter, I met a famous photographer by the name of Craig Howes on a trip to Canada.

Craig had been shooting with a Phantom 3, from seeing his incredible shots from an aerial perspective absolutely blew my mind. I just knew I had to get a drone. As soon as I got home to Perth, I purchased my very first drone and been addicted to drone photography ever since.

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein

Can you tell me about your drone setup and why you selected it?

I'm currently using a DJI Phantom 4 Professional drone, I love the fact it's so portable for, and the image quality is so sharp.

What time of day do you prefer to shoot at and why?

Sunrise and Sunset for sure, I love shadows cast over objects or people in my shots, it creates such a unique element.

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein

What would you say inspires your creative vision?

Capturing a moment, whether it be travelling or home in Western Australia. I look back on my shots as a memory that will last forever, looking back on my shots brings me back to the moment, which creates gives me a massive sense of satisfaction and nostalgia.

What do you look for when taking a photo?

I always look for an object that will stand as my focal point in the shot, something unique that viewers will instinctively look at first.

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein

Among all your work, what is the most memorable moment you have captured?

Shooting the stunning Turquoise Bay in the North West for sunrise, having one of the most stunning beaches in Western Australia entirely to ourselves.

How do you continue to educate yourself to become a better photographer?

I enjoy shooting with other photographers, not only are they great company to shoot with but I feel as though a lot can be learnt from other peoples perspective, experiences and styles.

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Do you have a favourite destination?

After travelling through 60 countries, it's so hard to break it down to one specific destination. However, I will say my recent trip to the Maldives was mind-blowing and could probably say my new favourite.

Is there somewhere you have been dying to shoot but are yet to capture it?

French Polynesia, I will get there one day, hopefully very soon!

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein

Who are your greatest photography inspirations?

Without a doubt the local WA boys Michael Goetze and Jampal Williamson (@saltywings) from the early days of droning I was always amazed by their content. Another few honourable mentions would be @from.miles.away, @craighowes and @ninjarod. These guys all have a unique and inspiring style of their own.

What do you like to do when you are not taking photos?

When I'm not taking photos, I will more than likely be at the gym, adventuring or chilling with mates.

Interview With Alex Von Kalckstein

Finally, do you have any advice for people just starting out in drone photography?

  • There's no need to go super high when shooting with a drone, some of my most successful shots have been at no more than 20-30 metres altitude.

  • Don't compare yourself to other photographers, you will find your own style.