Chase Rubin is a seasoned travel photographer with interest in technology and real estate. At just age 8, Chase received a gift of a camera from his mother. The event changed his life forever as it inspired subtle moves that culminated in him becoming a respected travel photographer. He currently operates a photography studio in his native home of Philadelphia. During his school days, Chase participated in many photography contests that earned him acknowledgement among fellow students and teachers. Due to his beckoning celebrity status, Chase’s photographs now grace the walls of several galleries and homes of prominent personalities.
He attributes his success to self-discipline and in-born creativity. Over the course of his career, Chase has traveled widely across America and the world. The countries include France, Italy, Brazil and China. Outside the realm of photography, Chase is involved in several community uplifting activities. He has established a scholarship program to support students attending college and university. The $1,000 annual scholarship is offered to a student who submits a winning essay on the chosen topic. In his tireless efforts to shape the destiny of the youth, Chase also runs a mentorship program that guides and chastises young people about career choices.
What was your inspiration to become a photographer?
My youthful imagination was instrumental in giving me a head start. However, since the art of photography is ever evolving, I find myself being inspired by such unpretentious acts as walking to the coffee shop, creating a photo essay and taking random images of people and places.
How did you break into the tough travel photography industry?
Armed with passion, an eye for a great shot and patience; I spent a lot of time building a substantive travel portfolio. I then used my blog to pitch my travel photography credentials and the efforts paid off. I currently have several sponsors and niche websites promoting my work.
How would you describe your career?
The decision to pursue travel photography as a career arose from the passion for photography and desire to travel. Travel photography is mostly a solo job. Besides posting encounters on the blog, my travel stock images have appeared in numerous travel magazines and promotional materials.
What photography equipment do you find essential when traveling?
When I am traveling, I always carry equipment’s that will help me cover as much ground as possible. The must have gears include: camera tripod, SD memory cards, prime lens, external flash, camera cleaning kit and extra batteries and charger. I have a compact, Canon Powershot camera for light assignments. The camera houses a powerful sensor and long zoom.
How would you advise someone approaching people to take a photo?
Asking people, especially strangers to take a photo can be daunting if not outright intimidating. However, you can relieve the pressure off your back if you have the right social skills. For instance, when asking for a photo opportunity, be pleasant and personable. The other tips include walking the streets with a friend and following your gut feeling whenever the situation demands. In this case, if you feel the situation is unaccommodating simply quit and move to another stop.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced to get a desired photo?
There are many artistic and technical complexities that can cloud a photographer’s path. The biggest in my experience is dealing with fast changing lighting conditions and finding motivation when not in action. To overcome the problem of changing lighting conditions brought about by alterations in sunrise, sunset or shades I chose to be spontaneous in my actions. When my spirits are low, I usually gloss over the photo albums to rediscover the magic and up my game.
What tips would you offer amateur travel photographers eager to take better photos?
Although photography is a fun activity, you need technical skills to capture better travel photos. If you want to prevent blurry images, try to match the shutter speed with the focal length of your lens. Secondly, learn to utilize the golden hour window, which occurs briefly before sunset and after sunrise. This lesson is important because light can dictate elements of photography like contrast and texture. I also suggest using a fixed or prime lens to enhance creativity. The lens may force you to inch closer to the subject, thereby helping you find a more creative perspective.
What attributes must a travel photographer possess?
You obviously need to master your camera and have the passion. If you are passionate about what you do, you will definitely work harder to be good at it. The other important characteristics include patience and flexibility. A professional with these characteristics will do everything to achieve quality. Flexibility, on its part, makes it possible to work under different conditions.