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Pro Team Neil Burnell

Published on June 1st, 2019 | by Alison Barclay


Pro Team: Neil Burnell

Our Pro Team are a fantastic group of talented photographers, many of whom have used 3 Legged Thing tripods and accessories for several years. Each month we introduce you to a different member of the team.

This month we are shining the spotlight on Neil Burnell. Double winner of Wex Photographer of the Year, Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 and current Amateur Photographer of the year. If his collection of photographic trophies isn’t enough to amaze you, his mystical masterpieces definitely will.



What is your earliest memory of handling a camera?

“I did photography & design at South Devon College when I was 18, so a long time ago. I remember using the college SLR’s and processing film in the darkroom. Looking back now I wish I had chosen a career path including photography but instead I became a graphic designer. I’ve only recently picked up a camera again and taken it more seriously in the last 4-5 years.”

"Stilts" - Neil Burnell's Deep Blue collection

Was there a single event that made you decide to become a professional photographer?

“Firstly I’m an amateur but I have recently started landscape photography workshops and I do sell the odd print here and there. I’ve also had several offers to shoot weddings and product shoots but at the moment I am still in full time employment as a designer and I’d prefer to keep my photography as a hobby and remain passionate about it.”

"Empire" - Neil Burnell's Mystical collection.


What is your favourite location to capture?

“I love the coastline and I’m happy whenever I’m by the sea, I don’t really have a favourite location as such but I prefer quiet locations.”


Social media – love it or hate it?

“Bit of both really, this year I’ve tried to cut back on the social media Monday competitions as I found I was spending way too much time online, I’ll now post an occasional image and interact a little less than I did a few years ago.”

"Reinforced' - Neil Burnell's Deep Blue collection

Favourite camera you have ever used or owned, and why?

“I have to say my new Z7, I absolutely love it so far, especially when paired with the new native S-Line lenses. I’ve always said the the weight of a big DSLR didn’t bother me, but now having gone mirrorless I can safely say I was wrong regarding this.”

"Bluetones" Neil Burnell's Delicate collection. A Common Blue roosting amongst the wild grasslands at Berry Head.

What’s in your kit bag? 

“It all depends on what I’m shooting!

If I’m on the coast then I’d take: Z7, 14-30 F4 S-Line & 24-70 F4 S-Line, on occasion I’d also take my 70-200 F2.8. I also use a Kase Filters 100mm kit.  Tripod of choice is: Winston.

“If I’m shooting woodland then it would be: Z7, 24-70, 50mm 1.8 and 100mm F2 Zeiss Makro. Tripod of choice is: Winston.

“For macro it would be: Z7, Sigma 180mm 2.8, Zeiss 100mm F2 and Laowa 21mm 2.5 – 5x magnification. Tripod of choice is: Brian.”

"Sidelight" - Neil Burnell's Chrome Collection.

Name 5 essential items in your photography bag.

“Hmmm 5 things without naming the obvious… lens cleaner and cloths to clean sea spray off my kit, remote shutter cable, 10 and 16 stop Kase Filters (for long exposures), bottle of water, bar of chocolate, usually a Terry’s Chocolate Orange which is probably the most essential item in my bag!”

"Sea Peak" Neil Burnell's Oneirology series

How would you describe your style of photography?

“At the moment I don’t think I really have a consistent style as I like trying various genres and I’m currently trying to develop a few projects which are on-going.”

"Calm II" - Neil Burnell's Deep Blue Collection.

What is one question you’d like to be asked and never have been?

“I’d love to be asked to work for Nat Geo or the BBC Wildlife team, obviously it would never happen but that would be my dream job for sure.” 

"The Hidden Land" - From Little Dartmouth


All photos: ©Neil Burnell

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