I’m a firm believer that a camera is just a tool, your eyes are your camera. It’s how you see things, thinking differently to everyone else. You can have the latest, most expensive gadgets and yet if you can’t think outside the box, if you can’t see things differently, your photo will be just a photo at the end of the day.
Take for example my photo of the London millennium bridge, close to St Paul Cathedral. It’s a very famous bridge, it has been photographed endless times, if you google it, you will find hundreds and hundreds of photos. I didn’t go to take a photo of a bridge. I went because I wanted to catch the spirit of London life. This bridge in the morning gets walked by thousands of city workers going to work, instead I went late at night, I think it was 1am. This is because I wanted to show the emptiness of London late at night. It’s like having two different cities in one, in the morning London’s busy and buzzing, late at night it’s calm, quiet and empty.
Most of my life I’ve been around cameras, memories from my childhood are carrying my Dad’s camera bag, helping him with lens and films, spending my weekends at weddings. I’m currently using a canon 5 DII camera, all manuals and I don’t use a flash. This is because I like working with the lights that are around me. I’m definitely more a night traveller, cities and country sides look so much better late at night and usually places are quieter than in the morning which gives me more freedom to take my photos.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3 5-5.6 IS Lens
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Prime Lens
Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod legs
Manfrotto MN-498RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Release Plate
Lowepro Flipside 300 Photo Backpack
My recommendation to someone that wishes to start taking photography more seriously is to start with a 550D Canon, enroll yourself in a week long course and learn how to use it manually and go for it! Get out there, travel the world and start clicking, doesn’t matter how it comes out at first, as long as you click and experiment you will get there. Don’t try to copy others, get inspired and find your own way.
People have asked me many times why Canon and not Nikon. I personally think they are now very much at the same level, they are both excellent cameras. I simply got a Canon because that’s what we have always used in my family.
– Canon 550d
– Canon 5 DII
– Never use ISO auto. Use your eyes first, think what light would be best for this shot and set your ISO
– Once you have your ISO set play with your f and be adventurous, don’t always try to get your ISO and f in the middle & balanced. Think outside the box.
Photo attribution: Edo Zollo http://www.edlondonphotography.co.uk/
Edo Zollo is a London photographer, his work can be seen across the internet, thousands have viewed his photos, both through the power of the internet and recommendations. Be sure to visit his website for more photos and information. www.edlondonphotography.co.uk