Paweł Uchorczak

The low morning sun casts its rays over a snow-covered alpine meadow in a photo by Canon Ambassador Paweł Uchorczak.

Morning snow in Alpe di Siusi, a large high-alpine meadow in the Dolomites mountain range in Italy. "Sometimes golden hour is so beautiful that I'll be conflicted as to whether I should take the photo or just be present in the moment," explains Canon Ambassador Paweł Uchorczak. "More often than not, however, I remember that the moment won't last forever and a photograph will allow me to hold onto it for longer." Taken on a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM lens at 141mm, 1/320 sec, f/8 and ISO 200. © Paweł Uchorczak

"My adventure with photography began in 2007, when my grandfather bought me a compact camera to take pictures of fish we caught together," says Polish landscape photographer Paweł Uchorczak. When the fish refused to bite, Paweł turned his attention and newly acquired camera towards a different subject: "I was fascinated by the whole environment during those fishing trips," he recalls. "The meadows and fields were the places where I first learned the art of landscape photography."

Paweł received his first DSLR – a Canon EOS 350D – as a gift a year later, and this is when he started to take his hobby more seriously. After a few years learning his craft as a hobbyist, Paweł entered a photo into the Panoramic category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – and won. The prize was a two-year scholarship to the ROE Art School in Wrocław to study photography. "After graduating in 2015, I decided to start my own photography business," he says. "I gave myself a chance to try my hand at professional photography; after eight years, it's clear that I made the right decision."

Paweł has gone on to win more awards for his photography, including a gold medal in the landscape category of the Trierenberg Super Circuit photo art contest, but recognition isn't what drives him. "My work is my passion – I do what I love," he says. "Meeting new people and spending time outside is what keeps me motivated. There's no feeling quite like waking up on a mountain at sunrise and taking my tripod and camera out to shoot serene, beautiful landscapes before anyone else is even awake."

A headshot of Canon Ambassador Paweł Uchorczak.
Location: Opole, Poland
Specialist areas: Landscape, Travel
Favourite kit:
Canon EOS R6
Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM
A double rainbow over a seascape backed by snow-capped mountains, taken by Canon Ambassador Paweł Uchorczak.

Dramatic skies and a double rainbow over Stokksnes Beach on the southeast coast of Iceland. "Some of my favourite seascapes have been taken in Iceland and Norway, in the harsh weather conditions of Northern Europe," says Paweł. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III (now succeeded by the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV) with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens at 16mm, 1/3 sec, f/16 and ISO 50. © Paweł Uchorczak

In addition to hunting for beautiful landscapes, Paweł is always on the lookout for dramatic weather. "My work is characterised by unusual weather conditions," he says. "Storms and lightning are exciting, and I love big, foreboding dark clouds and beautiful, vibrant rainbows." On dark, clear nights, he also likes to experiment with astrophotography, and in 2015, Paweł was lucky enough to capture the aurora borealis outside his home in Opole, Poland.

He is often commissioned by tourist boards to shoot mountains, forests and skies in remote places around the globe, and also shoots weddings for couples who want natural landscapes to feature heavily in their shots.

Mist swirls around the twisted branches of ancient laurel trees in a photo by Canon Ambassador Paweł Uchorczak.

Mist swirls around the twisted branches of the ancient laurel trees in the mysterious and fairytale-like Fanal Forest in Madeira. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens at 31mm, 1/160 sec, f/8 and ISO 200. © Paweł Uchorczak

When Paweł isn't on commission, he runs landscape photography workshops for small groups of enthusiastic students. "I love spending time in great company and in beautiful places," he says. "It's a privilege to be able to share my knowledge with people and watch their passion for landscape photography develop." In addition to teaching camera skills and techniques, Paweł also makes a point of immersing his students in local culture, which he believes adds authenticity to their work. He plans to devote the rest of his career to chasing dramatic landscapes and weather conditions – and bringing students along for the journey.

What challenges are unique to landscape photography?

"A landscape photographer must be flexible and prepared for new journeys and challenges. I know that appropriate preparation for such trips is the key to success, so I prepare interesting places to photograph and arrange complex logistics in advance so that I can devote my time to getting the shot when I'm in the field."

What are your favourite scenes to shoot?

"I enjoy shooting wide-angle seascapes, using ND filters to extend the exposure time. I also like to play with perspective using a telephoto lens such as my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, particularly where there are rolling hills such as in Tuscany, Italy or in the Czech Republic. More generally, I am passionate about good light. I love the golden hour – that fleeting moment that changes the landscape around me for a short time."

What does the creative process look like for you?

"I plan my trips meticulously, but I still do a recce (reconnaissance) on arrival. I always take a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, and a Canon EOS R6 with a Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM lens. This combination means I am prepared for all situations and that I don't waste time changing lenses. Sharp images are essential in landscape photography, so I use a tripod and carefully select my aperture."

How much time do you spend editing your images?

"I hunt for the right light rather than trying to add it in later, which means the better the weather, the better the shot. After post-processing, I like to print my work. Physical copies bring my work to life in a way that digital photos can't match."

One thing I know

Paweł Uchorczak

"Light is the essence of landscape photography. Learning how to understand light was a breakthrough for me, and I now plan all my shoots around the light conditions. A great way to learn is to look at the work of other good photographers – once you know a little bit about light, it's easy to tell the time of day each photo was taken and the effect that has had on the final image."


Paweł Uchorczak's kitbag

The key kit that the pros use to take their photographs

Paweł Uchorczak's kitbag containing Canon cameras, lenses and accessories.


Canon EOS R6

Whatever you shoot, however you shoot it, the EOS R6 lets you be creative in ways you never thought possible. "This camera is easy to carry around with me on outdoor adventures, and the autofocus is super fast," says Paweł. "The tilt screen is an additional asset as I love to take shots from a low-to-the-ground perspective."

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

No matter what you're shooting, be assured of uncompromising image quality and a thoroughly professional performance. "I value this camera for its reliability and weathersealing," says Paweł.


Canon RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM

An essential compact and lightweight L-series telephoto zoom lens, perfect for travel, sports/wildlife and portraits. "I like to use a telephoto lens to flatten the perspective, bring the background and foreground closer together," says Paweł. "The stabilisation that this lens offers when paired with my EOS R6 means I can get sharp results even without a tripod."

Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

A high-performance L-series ultra-wide-angle lens with integrated Image Stabilizer technology. "This is my go-to lens thanks to the wide field of view it provides, allowing me to show places from an interesting perspective," says Paweł. "It's also lightweight and weathersealed so I can rely on it day in, day out."

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

A high-quality zoom with innovative lens display and Nano USM, great for wildlife and sports photography. "I always have this lens fixed to my EOS 5D Mark IV, and I like to keep the focal length fixed at 300mm," says Paweł. "Despite being a zoom lens, it's light and portable, allowing me to take it on mountain expeditions with ease."

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

A light, bright and fast lens. "This is my favourite portrait lens, but I mainly use it to capture beautiful details in nature, such as flowers and animals," says Paweł. "I like the bokeh it creates around whatever subject I'm pointing it at."


Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT

A powerful and portable flash with radio triggering. "I rarely use this flash in landscape photography, but sometimes it's worth having with me if I want to illuminate a subject such as a person in my scene," says Paweł.

Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch

An 80cm remote release for EOS cameras featuring an N3-type socket. "I mainly use this remote shutter for reducing vibration, and it's particularly useful when shooting long exposures in bulb mode," says Paweł.

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