FAQ

Below are the most frequently asked questions that I receive from people. I’ll be updating this page as new questions arise. Feel free to use this for your quick reference.

If you have any questions that hasn’t been answered below, feel free to contact me and I’ll answer them.

About Me

Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: My name is Andrew Suryono, a passional travel photographer. I am best known for my iconic shot of “Orangutan in the Rain” picture below.

World's Most Famous Orangutan Photo by Andrew Suryono

This picture has won me several prestigious international awards, most notably 1st place in Sony World Photography National Awards and Honorable Mention in National Geographic Photo Contest. It has also been featured in many prestigious international news sites like CNN, Daily Mail, Huffington Post and more.

There’s a good chance that you’ve seen this picture somewhere before coming to this page. If you love the picture and would love to get a print for your house, you’re welcome to do so by visiting this link.

Other than travel photography, my passion is teaching. I love to inspire people through my photographs, seminars and workshops.

Q: I heard you won some awards, what are some awards that you’ve won?
A: Yes. I feel thankful and honored to have won some international awards, notably from National Geographic, Sony, World Photography Organization and Nikon. You can see the complete lists of my award and publication here.

Me with My Trophy and Prizes

Q: Where do you live?
A: I spent a good amount of 6 years living in North California, USA. Then I moved to Beijing, China and spent 2 good years there. Now, I currently live back in my hometown, Surabaya, Indonesia.

Below is an iconic shot of the Sura and Baya statue, the symbol of the city.

The Iconic Sura and Baya Statue in Wonokromo, Surabaya

Definitely let me know if you ever stop by this city and maybe we can meet!

Q: How did you start learning photography?
A: Completely by accident. You can read the full story here.

Q: I wanted to follow your steps! What do you recommend me to do?
A: I would say start learning photography and developing your own vision. Don’t focus on getting the latest and greatest photography gear. Start by buying a good DSLR or Mirrorless camera that you can afford to learn photography.

Q: Do you teach photography?
A: Yes! I frequently give out photography tips through this site. If you’re ready and serious about taking your photography to the next level, I offer a photography workshop that I frequently run in Bali. Click here to learn more about my photography workshop.

About PhotoSeis and My Photos

Q: Why this site and what can I get from here?
A: I created this site as a way to channel my photography passion, inspire other people through my photos and to share what I’ve learned. You can get many insights on photography technique, equipment considerations and many more here.

Q: Your photos are cool! Where can I buy some prints?
A: You can buy them through my SmugMug gallery. Simply click the green “Buy” button, choose a size and they’ll take care of everything.

About My Cool Photography Toys

Q: What camera do you use?
A: This will change from time to time. To see the complete list of my gear, see this page.

Q: What lenses do you use?
A: Again, this will change from time to time. To see the complete list of my gear, see this page.

Q: I’m looking to buy camera model “X” – is this the right one for me?
A: The answer will largely depend on your budget and current photography skill. If you’d like to chat, drop me a message by using this contact form.

On My Photography Preferences

Q: What’s your favorite photography brand?
A: I used Nikon as my primary camera. I recently switched to Sony mirrorless camera. Those are the 2 brands that resonate with me thus far for my primary use. I also use Leica 109, GoPro and Lytro cameras for fun.

Q: Do you shoot RAW or JPEG?
A: RAW. I always shoot RAW. I never shoot anything other than RAW. This also affect my camera buying decision. If a camera doesn’t have RAW shooting capabilities, I won’t buy it.

Q: Do you UV filter on your lenses or not?
A: Never. I never use UV filter on my lenses. They’re costly, degrade image quality and can be dangerous for your lens.

Q: What are your favorite places to photograph?
A: Hmm… I have plenty! If I have to name the top 3, it will be Bali for its diverse photo opportunities, New Zealand for its gorgeous landscape and friendly people and Tibet for its deep rooted culture.

Q: Any tips for photography beginners?
A: Dedicate yourself to learn photography, not buying and drooling over expensive equipments.

Q: Do you have any photography tips to share?
A: Yes! There are plenty on this site. You can get started by visiting this page.