Brian Kowalczyk


Brian Kowalczyk (@dudewheresmycamera) is a nature photographer who has captured the beauty of almost every national park. Brian shares with him community everything from mystic mountains to arched boulders. His profile not only inspires but makes us want to get outside and explore.

Q: What made you want to become a photographer? 

A:  It kind of just fell on my lap. I started using a GoPro with me on my travels and people started liking the pictures I took with it. So one day I bought a Sony A6000 and went out on a long road trip where I learned everything about photography. From there I fell in love with photography and take a camera with me everywhere I go now.

Q: How and why are you using Lume Cubes in your work?

A: I use them mostly to light up my foregrounds in night photography. I like how they spread the light wide and evenly compared to flashlights that I have used in the past.

Q: Who are you inspired by? 

A: I love nature documentaries. Shows like Planet Earth get me super motivated to go out and shoot.

Q: If you weren’t a photographer? What would you be instead?

A: I’d love to be an outdoors guide

Q: You have done a ton of AMAZING outdoor and landscape work, have you ever considered doing a different type of photography? 

A: I have done some portrait photography for friends and family, but outdoor photography is what I love doing the most.

Q: If you could only shoot with ONE lens-type for the rest of your life, which would it be? Fisheye, wide-angle, prime, zoom, macro, or a telephoto lens?

A: Definitely wide-angle since I mostly do landscape and astrophotography.

Q: What is your go-to camera?

A: Sony A6500

Q: Any advice for new photographers?

A: Practice makes perfect. Get out there and keep shooting. And don't over-edit your shots. Keep things as natural as you can.

Q: How do you keep your photos fresh and new? 

A: I don't stick to one style. I go into every photo open-minded.

Q: What is the best part of your day? 

A:  Waking up in a beautiful location.

Q: What’s your favorite photo you’ve taken and why? 

A: It was a night shot at one of the arches you pass through near Bryce Canyon. It was a night shot where I was capturing the stars but also I waited for cars to come by so I could get the front of the arch lit up by the cars and at the same get the light trails of the car passing by.

Q: What is one thing that you plan to try this year for the first time? Why? 

A:  Travel to a continent I have never traveled to before.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Photography? 

A: Capturing epic moments I can always look back on.

Q: What is your least favorite thing about Photography? 

A:  Carrying all my camera equipment with me on strenuous hikes.

Q: Where is the next place that you want to shoot with Lume Cubes at and how would you use the Cubes? 

A: I would love to shoot in Iceland with Lume Cubes. Lighting up some foregrounds like the ice blocks at Diamond Beach would make for some epic shots.

Q: Describe your photography style in 5 words.

A: Inspiring Creative Epic Adventurous and Outdoorsy 

Q: If you could go on an adventure-photography trip anywhere in the world with one other person… where would you go and who would you take (you don’t need to know the person… celebrities are fair game)? 

A: I would love to go to Patagonia. So many beautiful amazing spots there to hike and shoot pictures of. I’d take one of my adventure friends.