Photography Talks – Tony Chambers

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012|Interviews|by HernanVales

Salford Quay Bridge - Tony Chambers

Self taught and frequently published, Tony Chambers’ photography shows us powerful details of the city but also the quiet peace of the rural landscape. We decided to ask him a few questions about himself.

Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy.

When did you first start taking pictures and why?

When I was growing up, my dad always took the family photos…and they were great. Except none of the people had heads! So when I got older, I seemed to get handed the camera more and more. And from then, well, I just went on.

What’s your background as a photographer?

Although I’m not professional, I am a published photographer. My images have been used in local newspapers and magazines. As far as training, I’ve not taken any courses – everything I’ve learned has come from lots of reading, experimentation and practice. There are really good magazines available for photographers these days, such as Digital Photo, where you can learn about taking good pictures, buying quality equipment and such.

What camera kit do you use?

Body: Sony A65; Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Sony-alpha

What’s the best advice you’ve received that’s made a difference to your work?

Always have a camera with you. You can’t take decent pictures if you don’t have a camera with you. You don’t know when an opportunity will come along, so you have to be prepared.

Forth Road Bridge - Tony Chambers

What makes for a good photo?

It’s what you see the picture being, not necessarily what it is. It’s what you bring to the forefront, what you choose to highlight, which point of view you take. Up to 70% of the success of an image lies in the editing process. And that’s not just  the technical editing process, e.g., using software, it’s also your vision for what you want to show, what you want the image to be.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring photographer?

Take as many photographs as you can. With digital photography now, there’s no limit to how many shots you can take. So keep shooting, even when you think you’ve made the shot you want. It’s a bit of a numbers game. If 1 in 20 pictures are great, then better to have 200 to choose from, right?

I started shooting when photography relied on film so it was expensive passion to pursue. Now that’s not the case. So take advantage of the new technology.

What would you like to learn from an aspiring photographer?

I think up and coming photographers have a real enthusiasm and can be more experimental than older photographers. I would learn from their example.