INTERVIEW WITH TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER @robertovolta
Can you tell me about yourself?
My name is Roberto and I am a 25 year old Italian photographer/videographer. I was born in a little city called Parma, where all the magic food like Parmesan cheese and Parma ham come from. I picked up a camera back in 2015 and I didn’t know what I was doing, but something was clear in my mind. I wanted to escape normal life and live my dream life. I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by travel photos and cameras as both my Grandad and my Dad were photographers. My Grandad was actually a real traveller back in the days. I now know this is my calling and I will continue pursuing my dream…Which is to capture art that resonates with people and invokes emotion.
When did you first get into photography?
In 2015 me and my ex girlfriend @francescamichaud were dreaming of a life without bosses and without limits. After being inspired by people like Jay Alvarrez and others we decided to start shooting photos and videos. Unfortunately we parted ways, when I decided to go to Australia back in 2016. This was when I started to get more involved in photography and upgraded my equipment to my current camera.
How would you describe your current photographic style?
My style varies with my mood a lot. I love travel and nature photography, that gives you shivers and has the ability to make you feel something when you look at the image.
What inspires your creative vision?
I am inspired by new adventures, new places and by the people around me. I love crazy experiences and try to shoot in a unique way.
Can you give a breakdown of the equipment you use to create your images?
I use Nikon d800 as my main camera and DJI Mavic Pro as my drone.
I’m going to change to sony in a matter of weeks since in order to focus more on videos.
My lenses are: Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6, Tamron 35mm 1.8 and the Nikon 85mm 1.8.
What would be your favourite lens and why?
This is a really though question… I would say 12-24mm for the incredible creativity it gives me, but also the 85mm is just perfect.
Where is your favourite destination for photography?
So far considering that I haven’t been traveling this much, I would say Indonesia. It’s incredible for what I’m doing and I can’t wait to keep on traveling around the world and exploring more!
Among all your work what is your most memorable capture?
Definitely the temple Pura Lempuyang in Bali. Long story short: I met this crazy model @rachel_bowler and we drove three and half hours in the rain. We found out on the way that we were born on the same day of the same year and once up there we had the most incredible sunrise I have ever experienced.
What methods do you use for editing? Can you explain your workflow?
I mostly use Lightroom to edit and if I really need to change something I would go on Photoshop. Each of my photos is edited from scratch, I will sometimes use my own presets. However, I would rather start from the beginning and edit it from raw.
How do you educate yourself to become a better photographer?
I watch shitloads of YouTube tutorials and videos about editing, photography techniques as well as photography documentaries.
Who would you say are your greatest influencers and inspirations?
Definitely Jay Alvarrez. He pulled the trigger inside me and made me realize I could have the same life. And here I am now, not to far from that!!
Lastly, what advice would give someone starting out in photography?
I would say just start, watch YouTube tutorials and go with the flow. Surround yourself with likeminded people, that will help your growth process and make everything so much easier!
Thank you Katherine for this incredible opportunity of sharing my story.