FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some answers to some of the most asked questions I get! If I haven’t answered a question that you might have, shoot me a DM or email me!
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I’m from the wonderful city of Ottawa, Ontario in Canada, and my background is Chinese (my parents are from Hong Kong)! Fun fact, Ottawa is the capital of Canada, NOT Toronto (Toronto is the capital of Ontario though…confusing, I know).
wHAT’S YOUR GEAR SET-UP?
I shoot with a Canon 5DmIV and Sony A7iii, and I usually carry a 16-35mm and 70-200mm! For editing photos, I use primarily Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and for film, I use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects (if necessary).
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
how many countries have you been to?
I have been to 25+ countries and counting! I have revisited a lot of countries over the past couple of months. I also have “requirements” for what counts as visiting. You must a) chat with locals, b) experience culture + food, and c) stay longer than 24 hours. With these criteria, I’ve been to Canada, The United States of America, El-Salvador, China, Hong Kong, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, The Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, the U.A.E., Thailand, The Philippines, Iceland, Indonesia, Rwanda, South Africa, Mozambique, DR of Congo, The Vatican, Turkey, India, The Bahamas, England, and Japan.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DESTINATION?
Oh boy, this a hard one! There are MANY places I still haven’t been. But for now, my favorite nature locations are Canada, Iceland, and Scotland. New York, California in the US are my go-to for city life, as well as Dubai in the U.A.E. and Japan in Asia. If you want to take a tropical vacation, I’d suggest Indonesia or The Philippines.
WHAT’s a day in the life of elliott?
If it’s a shooting day, I would usually wake up before sunrise (sometimes 1-2 AM) to make sure I am at the best location for shooting when the sun starts to come up. I’d then head back to my accommodation for breakfast/relax, followed by a nice nap. Then it’s work work work. Emails, clients, editing, branding, writing, you name it. A lot of time goes into planning trips and connecting with my followers on Instagram. I’ll repeat the sunrise process for sunset, and afterwards, either relax/edit more before heading to bed.
how do you afford to travel?
Funny enough, I work! It just so happens that my career involves travel and photography. I shoot weddings, events, create content for brands and services, run this blog, vlog (sometimes), post on social media, sell presets, etc. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
I WANT TO DO WHAT YOU DO…BUT HOW?
I’ll keep it simple: learn, make, repeat. Learn from others…this is so so so so valuable. Next, put your learning into practice. You can learn as much as you want but until you go out there and press that shutter, your learning is useless. Lastly, you’re (probably) not going to be successful on your first try. Or your first month. Or year. Be patient, and repeat. Another suggestion is to learn about passive income and networking. Learn what it means to connect with brands, agencies, and what not. Don’t expect someone to babysit you to success. Learn, talk to people, fail, and keep going.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I began taking photos in high school for a class that I thought was going to be a breeze. I ended up getting lower marks than I expected, thus pushing me to become better. I took a break as I went into university, and then picked it up again as I quit my program and changed into digital media. Earlier in 2018 I decided to do some travelling, brought my camera, and ended up making a living as a travel photographer.
DO I NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
No. I personally did go to college for a diploma in photography, but everything that was taught can be learned online. However, schooling does provide things that online classes can’t offer and that is character building. This, in the long run, is more important than just technical skills. You will also be able to have a network of other creatives that could be a great launching pad for your business. Online platforms such as Skillshare are great examples of how you can learn. YouTube is also great (check out Peter McKinnon).
WHAT PLACES ARE ON YOUR BUCKET-LIST?
So many haha. Patagonia, Cappadocia in Turkey, Switzerland, Maldives, Hawaii, Sri Lanka, Peru, Bolivia and Vietnam are on the top of my list so far.