I’m John Quintero a journey and documentary photographer from Colombia and based mostly in London. I’m an architect, however my ardour for travelling and images was too robust once I was younger.
I began working as an intern for a number of newspapers and magazines whereas learning on the College of The Arts in London. That is the place I gained expertise and learnt from different photographers, studying books and experimenting with my Nikon D70 digital camera each time I had an opportunity. I used to be additionally taking pictures movie with my beloved Nikon F100, which I nonetheless use.
Finally, I obtained a job for the BBC as an image editor the place I stayed for a number of years; an unbelievable expertise that made me see images otherwise; nonetheless, my actual ardour was on the market, in distant areas of this world, documenting tribes, rituals, celebrations and traditions and no behind a desk.
After leaving the BBC, I purchased a single ticket to South East Asia and it was among the finest selections of my life. Since then, I’ve travelled to greater than 45 international locations and I’m not stopping but. I’m packing for my subsequent journey to Colombia, Turkey, and Kenya as I write this, main my subsequent photographic expeditions.
In addition to main images excursions and workshops, I additionally work as a lecturer for various images golf equipment, festivals and establishments.
My photographs have been revealed in main newspapers around the globe reminiscent of The Instances, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Instances, Dier Welt, and in campaigns for American Categorical, Nike, a number of airways magazines and Nationwide Geographic Traveler UK, Digital Digicam, Picture Professional, and many others.
I’ve additionally received some images exhibitions such because the second place skilled within the Sony World Pictures Awards in 2014, IPA, PX3 and lots of extra. Just lately, I received the World Water Day Pictures Competitors which is presently exhibited in Italy.
Concerning my gear, I’ve been a Nikon shooter for a very long time. Among the finest cameras I’ve had is the Nikon D3s, a workhorse that now belongs to a buddy and it’s nonetheless working completely.
For the final 4 years, I’ve been utilizing a Nikon D850 and I find it irresistible. Nevertheless, I’ve been contemplating shifting to a mirrorless system, to not comply with the traits however as a result of my again is paying the toll of a few years of carrying heavy gear.
I really like taking pictures movie for private tasks, so I all the time journey with the Nikon F100, an incredible digital camera that permits me to make use of the identical lenses I exploit for my D850.
Concerning lenses, my first selections when travelling are the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lenses. Relying on the task, I add the 14-24mm f/2.8 or the Nikon 105 mm AF-S f/2.8mm Micro Nikkor lens which I really like for portraits greater than for macro images.
I lately purchased the Nikon 80-400mm VR f/4.5-5.6 however I’m occupied with upgrading to a Sigma 150-600mm quickly.
I even have the 60mm AF-S f/2.8 mm Micro Nikkor lens to make use of with a Nikon ES-2 digitizer hooked up to the D850 digital camera to digitalize my movie negatives however I ended up utilizing it for portraits as effectively and I really like the outcomes!
For lighting, I exploit 2 Nikon Speedlights, the SB-900 and the SB-800, triggered with Pocket Wizard Plus III transceivers radios. I additionally use a Manfrotto Speedbox 54x54cm Softbox with the Nikon Speedlight.
I additionally use fixed lighting and my favorite is the Yongnuo YN300 Air II LED Gentle, which is nice as a filling gentle or to make use of indoors producing very natural-looking gentle.
I’ve been utilizing GoPro cameras nearly since they appeared available in the market. They’re nice for BTS movies and even to take photographs when a giant digital camera isn’t perfect. My newest one was the GoPro Hero 6 Black however now I’m contemplating shopping for the Hero 9 Black.
I additionally carry a Macbook Professional 15’ laptop computer with me and several other 5TB Seagate Moveable Arduous Drives. Concerning modifying, I exploit Lightroom and Photoshop.
I’ve had a number of digital camera luggage from totally different manufacturers, however the LowePro Whistler 350 BP AW II Backpack is my favorite.
I additionally personal a number of tripods in several sizes, however my favorite is the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 and the Manfrotto 808RC4 3-ways head.
Moreover, I by no means journey with out Zeiss Pre-Moist Lens Wipes, a primary support package, robust Gorilla tape, carabiners in several sizes, an Anker 20000 mAh energy financial institution for my cell and mosquito spray.
That’s all for me, thanks and good luck along with your images, bear in mind to take your digital camera all over the place you go! If in case you have any questions, please be at liberty to contact me.