Pro Team: Neil Burnell
Pro Team: Neil Burnell
Our Pro Team are a fantastic group of talented photographers. This time we introduce you to Neil Burnell.
This time 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 SLRs 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.”
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.”
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.”
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 weight of a big DSLR didn’t bother me, but now having gone mirrorless I can safely say I was wrong regarding this.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
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.”
All photos: ©Neil Burnell