San Francisco, California
Justin Katz is an award-winning landscape photographer, entrepreneur, digital marketer, and outdoorsman. He developed his love for photographing landscapes when he was handed his first film camera at 13 on a trip to Costa Rica, and hasn’t put the camera down since. He learned to develop his film images in the darkroom in high school, which taught him a deep appreciation for the process that goes into each individual photo. He has carried these lessons into his digital high-res photography.
Justin’s goal with his landscapes is to re-create the sensation of what it was like to be there at that location, in that moment and time. People often wonder if the colors and vibrancy in his photos are real, to which he always responds yes, and that he only edits his photos to bring back that sense of awe and wonder of what it was like to be there in person. His photos combine his love for the art of photography, with his love for being outside in the wilderness.
Justin has a Masters Degree in International Affairs, but doesn’t use it except for dinner conversation. Instead he lives in San Francisco and works closely with online photography education company, CreativeLive to bring the skills and lessons of pro photographers to as many people as possible. In 2016 he founded Travelstoked, a website for outdoor, travel, and adventure photographers that brings together the latest in inspiration, tips, and recommendations for people aspiring to enter this field.