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Photo by Josselin Cornou

Josselin Cornou suffers from an incurable affliction the French-born, Sydney-based snapper himself has termed Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS).

“I use the expression mostly because we – as photographers – always tend to focus a lot of our time on gear and equipment. Choosing a camera is like wearing a pair of shoes, there are many models out there tailor-made for a very specific audience,” the 29-year-old says.

Now earning his living as a Technical Solutions Engineer at Google in Sydney, Josselin began developing an interest in photography during his studies in digital media production.

During the course of his masters degree he was given the opportunity to create new video games and work on the production of special effects for some short films and it was this that helped solidify his interest in photography, he says.

Photo by Josselin Cornou

“I think [my studies] was a turning point photography-wise as we were using DSLR cameras to create videographic content. Following those studies, I started a technical job at Google in Ireland, and this job didn’t involve the same kind of creativity. As such videography, which involves a lot of post-production, became a hobby that turned slowly into photography which allows me to focus more on the creative aspect. In order to take a great picture, you have to slow-down, look at your environment, appreciate what you have in front of you and translate this emotion into a single shot.”

Having now been taking photos for around five years, Josselin’s frequent overseas expeditions during this period has seen him cover all the continents this year alone boarding planes bound for the US, Canada, Antartica, Argentina, Chile, France, England, Netherlands, Greece, Morrocco and Thailand.

Photo by Josselin Cornou

The keen adventurer has spent a small fortune researching and purchasing camera equipment robust enough to accompany him on his regular travels but flexible enough to allow his creative mindset to flourish.

“In my case, photography requires me to get out in the wilderness for days with sometimes limited connectivity. I need equipment that I can carry easily, that can withstand the harsh environment and that I can charge with ease,” he says.
However prior to an upcoming jaunt canyoning recently Josselin was set to purchase an action camera by a competitor company when he came across the Nikon KeyMission 360.

Persuaded to purchase the KeyMission 360 because he says “it was the only spherical 360 degree camera that records in 4K UHD”, Josselin wrote a review for photography blog PetaPixel where he acknowledged his early attempts at adopting the technology were not always successful.

“I have to say using a 360 camera for the first few days was incredibly frustrating. How do you compose? How do you get a decent shot? How to get that full-frame dynamic range?”

Photo by Josselin Cornou

Being a self-professed “geek”, Josselin told My Nikon Life that he has always interested in trialling new gadgets and loves to be considered ahead of the curve when it comes to testing such devices. Thankfully his initial frustrations at conquering the 360 technology were able to be overcome early and he ended up recording 40GB of video and photos during the trip, the results of which he intends uploading to his social media accounts and his Google Maps contribution page.

“Using the device became quick and effective. I started to take the camera with me everywhere, to experiment. It was wonderful, I was a novice again. You know this feeling when you get your first DSLR?

“No need to think so much about composition, this tool is a re-compositing tool on its own I could explore, try, and create creative content. The more I used it, the more I loved it,” he wrote in the review.

While admitting the accompanying software still requires a little additional work, Josselin says he was impressed with the robustness of the device particularly after putting the camera through its paces – the likes of which included leaping into a waterfall and an eight metre vertical jump into a pond.

Photo by Josselin Cornou

Yet while conceding the availability of such technology has forced him to “learn photography” again, Josselin says 360 technology, in particular the Nikon KeyMission 360, offers exciting prospects for those photographers looking to be pushed outside their comfort zone.

“You can simply get some unique shots really quickly. 360 cameras are new in this market, it is a niche market that can potentially take off in the months/years ahead. While it is hard to get decent editing software to render 360° content in a 2D space, this kind of photography/cinematography may become a genre in and of its own. You could shoot a timelapse, then recompose at your will, change perspective, make the scene a new one. Or even create camera movements that are basically impossible in any other way.”

Photo by Josselin Cornou

Published by mynikonlife Dec 23, 2016
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