Perth is an amazing city with lots of beautiful landscape. I know because I spend 1 year there. Today's guest, Dylan Fox, is an Australian landscape photographer who base in Perth.
Dylan has been selling his award winning prints to homes and commercial spaces not only in Perth, but all around the world.
Let's welcome Dylan.
I always loved having a camera in my hands. I remember being maybe 10 years old and using my Mum’s Canon SLR and not shooting anything in particular. I really took up my interest in photography in 2006 and did my first landscape shoot in 2007. That was when I fell in love with it. Since then the passion has only grown stronger and my next photograph is always on my mind!
Do you start photography as a landscape photographer, or you later changed into one and what do you like most about landscape photography?
I was fortunate to find that passion very early on. From then on it was all landscapes. I have never cared too much for shooting anything other than nature.
I love photographing nature and am so often left in awe at the beauty of any given location. The scenery that Mother Nature has created are often unbelievable… you couldn’t design them better if you tried.
That awe and feeling I get when I am in this places is what drives me to shoot them. Capturing that place and how I felt about it is what I love.
Creating that visual of a place and then seeing it hanging on a gallery wall, in an office or in someone’s home is just incredible. Seeing that moment in print is always special too.What inspires you to take landscape photography and how do you find new location to photograph?
Wanting to see more of the natural world and it’s untouched beauty is a big is a leading factor, but also being able to capture those moments and creatively express myself is also important. I am so driven to make my next significant photograph better than my last. I want to see something more stunning than what I have previously.What is typically in your camera bag?
I try to keep it pretty simple but there are still a few things I would like to add. At the moment two camera bodies, 2 lenses, extra batteries and memory cards for both cameras, and cleaning equipment.
What equipment do you use now? And what do you start with?
I started on my Mum’s Canon SLR film camera, but not too long after got my own Canon 400D.What equipment are you looking to upgrade next?
I wouldn’t mind getting the Zeiss 16-35mm that is native to the a7r. It is smaller and would eliminate the need for the adapter so that would be nice. I really need to buy 70-200mm lens at some point.
Im not 100% sure yet but I might end up moving to the Zeiss lenses for the Sony as I am loving it for landscape work. Sony are also rumored to be announcing a new body which will be interesting.
Do you have any formal training in photography?
In 2006 and 2007 I took it as a class in high school, other than that it is all self taught.Is there any challenges you face being a landscape photographer, and what are they?
The biggest one I think would be the weather. If the light isn’t good the photograph wont be good. It is that simple. Great light makes all the difference and makes those moments of epic light even more memorable.
Other than that I don’t see too many challenges as anything involved is just something I am happy to do to get that next photograph. If you want something bad enough, in whatever aspect of life, I think you will just do whatever you need to do to get there.
How do you prepare before going for a shoot?
I’ll clean my camera equipment, check the weather maps, check an application called The Photographers Empheris to know where and when the sun/moon will set/rise. Other things may be wind and swell conditions for coastal shoots and where and when the milky way will be if I am planning a night shoot. Other than that it’s just a matter of getting out there and seeing what I see.
Do you have a post-processing workflow?
Kind of…. I guess I often use similar techniques and that’s why my photographs have the look that they do, but ultimately every photograph is different and I just approach them post processing based on what I want the finished piece to be.
What is the most important thing you think of before you press the shutter?
Trying to capture that moment. Ensuring my composition is spot on and capturing the best available. I think it is important to just see the scene and capture what you felt in that moment.Lastly, what tips/advice do you have for other aspiring landscape photographers?
Just do it for the love of it. Shoot to please yourself not others. Create photographs that make you happy. If your doing it to please others you are in it for all the wrong reasons!
Follow the work of photographers whose work inspires you. Just because it is popular does not mean you have to love it. You may find inspiration from photographs of photographers who are relatively unknown.
Practice, learn from your mistakes, try new things and have fun!
Once again thank you Dylan for doing the interview with me. If you want to know more about him, simply go to his website here.