Samuel Taipale

Samuel Taipale

Instagrammer, Norway

Please share a bit about your background as photographer.

I have worked as a professional photographer for the past 7 years throughout the global field. Raised in the land of a thousand lakes, I fell in love with the outdoors and picked up a camera along the way to document the world around me, specializing in landscape, outdoor, and adventure photography. Inspired by my parents travels, I have also been fortunate to spend a good amount of time on projects around the world while collaborating with amazing people and commercial clients such as Canon, NatGeo, Red Bull, WWD, Hilton Hotels, Warner Music, Toyota, Europcar and Vodafone to name a few. I am a hunter of glorious, unique moments that I can capture on my camera and being able to bring the viewer along for the experience.

What type of photographer are you?

I have done all sorts of different types of photography throughout the years, from baby shoots to weddings to big commercial campaigns, but I can say that along these years outdoors has captured my heart. Being adventurous and trying to capture that along the way is something I love shooting.

What are your favorite motives?

I think my favourite motives to shoot at are often times during adventures when the surrounding weather turns unexpected and the light and clouds form something stunning. I often times try to have a person in the photo, so that the scale of these moments could be understood.

Which products do you use today?

I am currently using Canon 5DmIV body. I have a few different lenses:

14mm f2.8, 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.2, 16-35mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8

Can you tell us about a photo moment which you will never forget.

I think I have few of those “photo moments” that I have experienced throughout the years, but one of the most amazing ones happened last year in Jordan. We had been traveling through the country for few days and seen already so many beautiful sceneries and things that are unlike anywhere else. One of the days we visited Petra and the beautiful Monasteries they have found from the site. Over one of the Monastery you find this marvellous spot, overlooking all the surrounding mountains. We followed the sound of this bedouin man playing his flute and found him right by the cliff on his donkey. There was about 150 meter drop right in front of him and his donkey was standing totally chill just 20 cm of the cliff. One of those moments you could not believe it was real. And luckily I got a shot of it.

Can you give an advice to someone who wants to develop in photography.

Few things that I always say to people who is starting a photography or asking for advice to get more out of their shots: Make an effort to create your shot. Don not prefer the easy way out. It is not always enough to just take a quick shot and pack your camera away. More than often you need to be patient waiting for the perfect light, weather, right time of the year etc. to get that glorious shot you can be proud of. Know the basic guidelines of photography (rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and pattern, viewpoint etc.) Try to capture something that can have an impact emotionally