What was your path to becoming a Landscape Photographer & What was your first camera?
What was your favourite Landscape Adventure Story since becoming a Photographer?
What was your worst in-the-field experience as a landscape Photographer?
Sunrise or Sunset & Why?
Where is your favourite Location in Ireland to Photograph & Why?
What is your favourite photograph, that you’ve taken to date, & Why?
What equipment / Setup are you currently using?
Top Tip for anyone starting out?
Get out shooting as much as you can and critically examine your shots afterwards. You learn from making mistakes, so it’s never a bad thing to make them. Workshops are a great way to improve, especially when starting out, and there are some wonderful photographers running them in Ireland. Editing is important; your camera can not capture what your eyes can see but avoid overediting. When I first started and found the dehaze slider in Lightroom I committed some of the most brutal crimes against photos that exist, but I hope I will look back on some of the things I do now and shudder as well in a few years, it will mean I’m making progress. If you use an online platform like Instagram, try not to get sucked in to caring about ‘Likes’ and instead focus on developing your own style. Online platforms can be inspiring but also can kill creativity as people try to shoot what they see is popular or get their most encouraging feedback from. Never stop learning.
Best Advise you’ve personally been given?
Get to your location early and give yourself time to stop and take a scene in, then consider what the best compositions might be before setting up your tripod and committing to a spot. This wasn’t said to me personally so I’m cheating here but it’s something Nigel Danson says in his YouTube videos that makes sense. I think we sometimes get so excited by conditions that it’s easy to become snap happy, taking loads of photos hoping some will be good, but you improve your chances of getting a good photo if you take your time to take in the scene first, decide what you like about it and how best to capture it.