Interview with travel photographer Giuseppe Milo

Giuseppe Milo is an Italian travel and street photographer based in Dublin, Ireland.

Giuseppe Milo

What is your background? 

I’m Giuseppe Milo, an Italian travel and street photographer based in Dublin, Ireland.

I’ve always had a strong passion for photography. Since 2013, I have been taking photos for hotels, magazines and travel destinations. My travel photos have been featured in many websites and magazines namely Lonely Planet, Timeout, Matador, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Discovery and many more.

I’m a self-taught photographer using many online resources over the years. I continue to read and watch online videos as I believe that learning never stops.

What makes a good photo?

Light and composition: with great light and good composition any subject can be a good one. If you want to take the perfect picture, master the technical aspects, but also pay attention to the story you want to tell.

What gear must you pack?

I like to take long exposures so I always carry a tripod and nd filters. Lately, I have seen a rise in full frame cameras, but at the moment I shoot with a micro four-thirds camera (Olympus OM-D E-M1 II). With regards to lenses, I generally use an Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 or a Laowa 7.5mm f2 or a Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8. I don’t really think the camera matters, just buy the gear you feel comfortable with.

What is your editing workflow?

I only use Adobe Lightroom. My workflow is very straightforward as I import my pictures, apply basic light adjustments and then apply sharpening, and noise reduction (if necessary). I often make HDR pictures with bracketed shots or panoramas. Lightroom makes it very easy to do both. I also play with contrast as I like my pictures to have good contrast. I always use the histogram to get the correct exposure.

What do you enjoy in your free time?

I like to hike, gym, swim, play and watch football (mainly Napoli matches as this is the team I support). I also like to play ‘Battlefield’ on my Playstation.

Who has influenced you?

My good friend and great photographer Alessio Michelini gave me a lot of tips when I started to take pictures seriously. In terms of street photography, I admire the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alex Webb and Thomas Leuthard. In terms of landscape photography, Ansel Adams, Elia Locardi and Thomas Heaton have also influenced me.

What motivates you?

Passion motivates me to go out, shoot and then come home to see the pictures that I have captured. This, in turn, leaves me with a good feeling. With photography, you can freeze a moment in life and share it with people. In this frantic society, photography helps us to stop, relax and maybe think about what we’re doing and where we’re going.

Do you follow the latest trends?

I’m not really into fashions and trends. I like to go out, explore and take pictures of what fascinates me. It’s difficult to be original nowadays, but if you avoid the beaten paths and train your eye then you can always bring home some good pictures.

Do you have advice for others?

I think that the key to good photography is to learn to see light in the scene and not worry about which camera you own. I see too many people paying too much attention to the gear and none to technique. Let us rather buy photography books, not lenses.

How would you sum up your style?

I would say my style is genuine, unique, natural, authentic and fun (for me at least).

If you would like to see more, follow Giuseppe via his website, Facebook or Instagram sites.

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About the author

Jennifer Venter

I am a passionate trained photographer currently living in China. I love travelling & meeting new people so my photos tend to fall into those categories. I love coffee, fashion & Christmas. The only thing that makes me run away in horror are scorpions. Contact me via email ([email protected]) or Instagram (@fleetingtimephotography).

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