Tristan Quevilly

Tristan, our French guide, has been living in Colombia for years and has a passion for the Sierra, performs some magic tricks, which result to gently pull them out of the shadows where they were lurking. Their eyes sparkle with joy, smiles appear. I'm taking some pictures quietly. Rare opportunity for an almost relaxed face-to-face with a Kogi family...” – Photojournalist Franck Charton, Grand Reportages, France

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Tristan Quevilly is an award winning French travel photographer and guide with vast experience, who’s been living and working in Colombia since 2015. For a dozen years prior to Colombia, he travelled, photographed and worked as a guide in several different countries. He speaks fluent Spanish, English and French, and also his quite adept at performing magic tricks as a means of breaking the ice with shy locals. Trust us, this can come in quite handy when it comes to opening doors that might otherwise remain closed.

It was about 5 years ago that Tristan decided to take his photography to the next level. He studied intensely, worked hard in the field, mastered processing, and soon found himself attracting quite a lot of attention. On his way to garnering 50,000+ fans on social media, he caught the eyes of various publishers and exhibition curators, as well as those seeking his photographic knowledge and inside access to Colombia.

As a photo tour leader Tristan has all the qualities Luminous Journeys holds high. He is extremely knowledgeable, personable, fun loving, respectful and respected by locals, hard working, and has a wonderful generosity of spirit. Included in that generosity is never putting his own photography above his participants, as happens all too often with the competition’s leaders. He’s honored by being entrusted by you to deliver a world class photo tour experience, and that is precisely what he does.

Tristan’s publications include a 12 page calendar spread for Amnesty International, featured photographer in DigifotoPro, Geo Magazine, Wild Planet, (cover), Entortono Caribe (cover), Semana, Maldita Cultura, and many more. His awards and exhibitions include Best Photograph, ColomBIO Diversidad, Colombia; Quais Du Depart, Lyon, France; Le Grand Bivouac, Paris, France; Regards Croisés, Paris.

What’s in Tristan’s Bag?

My bag is a trekking bag and to protect my gear I use "Camera Cubes" so I have the advantage to have more space than in conventional camera bags, a better bearing system, and I can switch bag to bigger are smaller size regarding my needs and the distance I'll walk. Below is a list of what I have, but of course I don’t carry it all on shoots. I select what I need most for any particular trip or shoot. Generally I carry two camera bodies and two or three lenses.

  • Backpacks:
    • Decathlon Backpack TREK900 90 Liters
    • Decathlon Back Pack TRAVEL500 50 Liters (I use it to carry all my gear)
    • Peak Design Everyday Sling (If I only take I body with me
    • Colombian Indigenous Mochila (my favourite daily bag 😉 )
  • Camera Bodies : 
    • Canon 5D mark IV
    • Canon 5D mark III
    • DJI Osmo Pocket (for 4k Videos, Hyperlapses and Timelapses)
    • Insta360 OneX (for 360° pictures and videos)
    • DJI Mavic Pro 2 for aerial pictures and Videos
  • Lenses :
    • Canon 70-200mm 2.8L II USM
    • Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II USM
    • Canon 24-70mm 2.8L II USM
    • Canon 50mm 1.8
    • Canon 80mm 2.8 Macro
    • Samyang 14mm Wide Angle

--> I don't take all these lenses with me but I generally go out with 2 bodies and 2 or 3 lenses max.

  • Filters : 
    • UV Filter
    • Hoya NDX 64 ND filter
    • Hoya PL - Polarizing Filter
  • Tripod :
    • Feisol Tournament CT-3342 1,17kg (one of the lightest and sturdiest on the market)

Apart from this I use Peak Design system, which is a brand from California. I love their stuff, which are crafted and designed with the finest quality. So In my bag there are:

  • Peak Design Camera Cube size M
  • Peak Design Tech Pouch
  • Peak Design Lens Kit
  • Peak Design Slide
  • Peak Design Range Pouch
  • Peak Design Field Pouch
  • Tenba Tools BYOB 10 DSLR

Praise for Tristan Quevilly

“As a good travel photographer you have to be at home in all markets. Among other things, you should know how to capture a landscape in an impressive way, make beautiful portraits of the locals and photograph street life well. Tristan Quevilly can do this like no other.

During his travels Tristan knows how to capture all aspects of the unknown places. He takes tight architectural photographs in black and white, captures the wildlife and makes beautiful portraits. Nowadays Tristan has settled in Colombia, but also travels regularly to other countries all over the world.” – Digifoto Pro


“From the very first communication Tristan was responsive and helpful, receptive to tailor making a travel and photographic experience that was exactly what I was looking for. As a passionate photographer himself, I knew I was speaking with a like-minded soul who understands the specific needs and wants of a fellow photographer.

The tour itself was brilliant. As well as being a capable and professional tour organizer, Tristan is great company and an interesting travel companion. The special relationship he has built up over the years with the Kogi people and local guides enabled a very special opportunity to visit and photograph them, both culturally and photographically interesting, and a rare, much appreciated opportunity.

Combine this with Tristan’s ability to speak several languages fluently including the local one, and you’re onto a winner! Working creatively with Tristan was really fun and fruitful, being able to discuss our photography ideas together in the field was both enjoyable and helpful. He’s a very talented photographer and happy to share his knowledge and ideas.  Even after the trip, Tristan followed up with communication and feedback and further resources. I wouldn’t hesitate to do another trip with Tristan and can highly recommend him to anyone with similar interests.” - Clare Rowntree 


    • A musician of light - Oscar D.
    • The True essence and simplicity - Marcy Saunders
    • MacGyver instinct along with Van Gogh's creativity - Jamie Sarkett
    • Never fail to show heart power in creativity - Chuck Rickman
    • Just shows the quality some of us beginners have to rise to - Stephen Shaffer
    • Not often happens to see photos like these ones...! It seems to be wonderful paintings by a great Artist...! - Gino Recchia
    • They say that the light moves in a straight line ... Lie! You make it spin, curves and loops! M.T. Morrison
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