Martijn Kort is an international award winning landscape photographer, traveler and pilot from the Netherlands. He shoots a lot of travel, architecture, cityscapes and aerial photography. Kort’s work has been featured in various magazines such as: National Geographic, Digital SLR Magazine, Rough Guides – Travel Guides, Camera Pixo and others.
LAA : Hi Martijn! Tell us about yourself.
Martijn : Martijn Kort, 32 from the Netherlands. Since I was young I was taking photos. But really started photography some 5 years ago and studied hard to understand the technical part of photography. Both in camera and post processing wise. About 2 years ago I made the decision to put more effort in it and I tried to create photos that are closer to my heart.
I do architecture, landscape and aviation photography. With my job as an airline captain I can share some unique views of the world and give some insight into our life as a pilot.
Architecture photography brought me to Zeiss. Since 2016 I’m a brand ambassador for Zeiss Netherlands.
Since I work a lot with filters, I got in contact with NiSi and we are working together since September this year.
LAA : How did you become a commercial airline pilot?
Martijn : As a young kid I was always busy with aviation, because my dad and grandad were hot air balloon pilots. I was hooked to being in the air at a young age.
When I was 17 I started my aviaiton school and at the age of 19 I landed my first job.
Now 16 years later I’m a captain and enjoying every bit of the job.
LAA : How Photography made an entry in your life?
Martijn : I was always interested in photography. It started with a simple camera with film. Understanding ISO and when to use which and a bit of composition.
I didn’t do photography for a long time, till about 6 years ago I got a entry level DSLR from my wife. That kickstarted everything again and I began to study photography. Learning about all the aspects as well as post processing. I’m completely self taught.
LAA : What major tools and instruments you are using to click the perfect snap?
Martijn : Camera wise I’m currently using a Nikon D610., full frame 24mp. The lenses I own are: Nikon 16-35 f4, this was my main landscape lens. Nikon 70-200 f4, Samyang 12mm fisheye (love this lens) and Zeiss Milvus 21mm f2.8. My main lens is the Milvus 21mm. It produces razor sharp images with great contrast. I really love it!
Apart from the gear I use my iphone in combination with triggertrap for the remote release and photopills app for the position of the sun, moon, milky way. Planning wise I use both photopills and google maps.
For my long exposures I’m using NiSi ND filters. 6, 10, 20 stops and a 2 stops Grad ND.
LAA : You received any special training in photography?
Martijn : No, I’m completely self taught. Learning by reading tutorials and books.
LAA : How is your experience so far as a photographer? Do you plan to become a full time photographer?
Martijn : I’d love to be a fulltime photographer, but the financial situation is holding me off at the moment. It’s hard to earn a good income with photography, especially fine art architecture.
So for now I’m flying part time and using my spare time to take photos. In the near future I would like to travel to capture the most beautiful architecutre of the world in my own style.
it means a lot to me that Zeiss and NiSi see that my work is good and that they are supporting me. It gives me the oppurtunity to put some extra effort in delivering quality work and try to find my way in photography.
LAA : How it feels when people appreciate your work?
Martijn : It gives a fantastic feeling when people appreciate your work and give good feedback. Both positive and negative feedback is something that I like to receive. It gives me the oppurtunity to evolve my work and become better.
I’m proud of what I have accomplished in a realtive short period and can’t wait to see what the future will hold for me.
LAA : What would you suggest to budding Photographers?
Martijn : Take photos of the things that you like. Often people tell you that you should focus on one thing only. But I don’t agree with that. Do everything you love!
Over time you will find your niche and find your style. Go out as much as possible becaue practise makes perfect.
Have a look at other photographers work. Try to find out why and how they achieved that photo. You will learn a lot by just looking at photography and then try it for yourself.
Make sure your portfolio is a collection of your best work.
Let people see it, share the love for photography.
Image credits: All photos by Martijn Kort and used with permission.