Instagram Spotlight – Gordon Mak


JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @gcmak

JOBY headquarters is based near San Francisco; which is what lead us to gcmak. His captivating images of the Golden Gate Bridge and his Instagram videos of fog rolling over the bay had us hooked and following his page.

Gordon Mak | @gcmack |


What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 4s, iPhone 6

CAMERAS: Canon G7 X, Nikon D7100, Sony Alpha A7ii

LENSES: Nikkor 35mm, Tokina 11-16mm, Tamron 16-300mm, Sony 28-70mm, Sony G 70-200mm

ACCESSORIES: JOBY GorillaPod Original, GorillaPod Hybrid, GorillaPod Focus, GripTight Mount, GripTight Stand, UltraFit Sling Strap, UltraFit HandStrap with UltraPlate



When did you start taking photos?

Ever since I was a child but I started getting more serious into photography in 2007 and really began to explore more advanced techniques in 2014.


Why did you start taking photos?

Photography is a way for me to explore the world around me and get to meet interesting and talented individuals. It’s often relaxing and satisfying.


When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

2013 as a way to get inspired by talented photographers and to share my experiences while traveling as well as life living in the Bay Area.


What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

Taken in January 2015 at Ocean Beach near Sutro Baths, this is my favorite image because I was not expecting low-tide and certainly not a “ninja” who would be performing fire tricks during an awesome sunset.



What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

More photos are taken with a smartphone but I’ve started to bring my larger cameras around now.


If smartphone are there any photo apps you recommend?

I use the native camera app in iOS, which has powerful editing abilities if needed. If I feel the need to be more creative I’ve used the app Enlight which is very powerful and beautifully designed.


Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?



Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

When I was a child yes, but now I mostly attend meet-ups, events, Instagram Meets. I will occasionally attend free informational sessions put on by Adobe.



What’s your day job?

I work in Learning and Development within a sales company primarily as a Learning Management System Administrator.


Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

My iPhone


Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?



Any advice to those starting out?

Just go out and shoot. No matter where you live or what your interests are, you can find inspiration from everyday and seemingly mundane locations or subjects.



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Zach Settewongse

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