This week at Desert Island Photos we are joined by club member Ross Cameron.
How long have you been a member of the club?
I joined about 4 years ago. It was a bit daunting at first but I was made to feel very welcome by the members.
When did you first get into photography?
It was about 5 months before I joined the club. My brother had bought a small digital camera that had manual controls, when I seen some of the pictures he had taken it peaked my interest.
How would you describe your Photography?
Mixed – I started with Landscape photography and always swore that I wasn’t bothered about taking pictures of people but as time has passed I probably do more photography including people than landscapes
What was your first camera?
It was a Sony HX50 Cybershot, it was a great camera with manual controls. It really helped me understand camera settings before moving to a DSLR.
What’s been your biggest waste of money on camera gear?
It would be a Sigma 10-20mm Lens, I just couldn’t get to grips with the superwide and ended up moving it on after 12 months. Although I’m a bit of a gear head and have wasted money on a few tripods. If you buy cheap you buy often!
Be Honest - What kind of photography are you bad at?
Street Photography, I always feel like I stand out like a sore thumb and as soon as I raise the camera I can see everyone turning away. There is a special art to capturing a great street photograph, its more than just snapping strangers in the street.
To Crop or Not to Crop?
I don’t have a problem with cropping an image, not every scene fits the traditional ratios.
What’s the thing you enjoy most about photography?
It would probably be that it helps block out everything else that’s going on and makes me concentrate only that moment. Obviously the end product to, especially if your delivering an image to a client, the look on their face is priceless.
What are you shooting with just now?
I have two Nikon's a FX D700 and a DX7200 which I use with a 35 1.8, 17-55 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses. I have just recently gotten the D700 but I’m amazed at the quality it produces even being ten years old.
What advice would you give someone thinking of taking up photography?
My advice would be take your time!
When you first get a camera it’s easy to rush around taking pictures of everything and wondering why your pictures aren’t turning out like the ones you see on the internet. Take your time to learn your camera settings, take your time when setting up for a picture and take your time when editing your picture.
What’s is your desert island camera and lens set up?
It would probably be a Sony A7riii and 24-400 2.8 lens (if they could make one).
Where can we see more of your work?