It’s time for another Student of the Month interview.
Every month we choose one of our students who has shown great promise and we sit down with them to learn about how they got started with photography and how they’ve found the art so far.
This month we spoke with Chris Dunnett about their journey. Here’s what they had to say:
‘I have always been a ‘Happy Snapper’, taking photographs of family, friends and special places. However, the start of the road to ‘Photography’ began in January 2013 at the Union Jack Club where I attended the Photoion Photography School’s beginners’ course.
This is when I learnt, during the first (slightly embarrassing) five minutes, that for all those years, I had not had the camera switched on!!…… So, having learnt about the magic of Av, Tv and M, among many other things, the journey began.
Following the beginners and advanced courses, I had a fantastic ‘One to One’ day with Ion Paciu. That’s when I really started to understand that composition, light and planning…. with a strong dose of good old-fashioned patience are the keys to success. Not as easy as you would think, by any means.
So, why did I start this journey? Why do I persist? Well, there is a sense of real achievement when I capture that special picture. Of course, there are many ‘frogs’ along the way but when I captured the lightening over Albania, or a huge pod of Spinner dolphins, the excitement of creating a great shot is just so satisfying.
What really inspires me is a job well planned and well executed. Learning what makes an average picture good and what makes a good picture great is absolutely fascinating. Shooting pictures of deer in Richmond Park proved the point. No amount of technology could make the perfect shot. It was all down to watching, looking for the perfect contrasting background and planning where you had to be to get the right shot. Not easy but great fun, hugely satisfying — and not a bad way to boost the ego!
My ambitions in photography are fairly eclectic. I love visiting new places and experiencing new things. I want to ensure that along the way I can capture some great moments, some beautiful sights… and, of course a few people……oh! and, I almost forgot, some wonderful animals!!’