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Each month, we showcase a Northern Ireland-based landscape photographer and go behind the scenes to find out what makes their photography click. So, as we kick off 2019, let’s hear from Paul McFarland of Picturskew Photography.
I turned the big 50 this year!! I live in Dromore, Co Down, and from my teens I had a passion for photography. I had an old Pentax film camera and my first digital camera was a Kodak DC 290 1.3mp!! I always had an instamatic camera about me as a teenager. I grew up in Lisburn.
I don’t honestly know. No-one I knew was into photography. I just love taking and looking at old photographs
No, I’m a part-time pro. I actually drive an ambulance for a living.
I enjoy my landscape work and low light/night photography, usually of cityscapes, but I do enjoy a good wedding.
Friends mostly. I have seen a lot of professional photographers work but Don McCullin would stand out for me.
A Kodak Instamatic, and I had a Kodak 230 Instamatic too. Now I have a Canon 5d Mark IV.
I use Photoshop – it’s fairly industry standard now.
Just finished editing a wedding and a baby shoot, along with Humphrey the St Bernard.
Mainly weddings for 2019.
Everywhere you look there is a photograph. That’s the easy bit though, the hard bit is shooting a different perspective, something that you don’t always see. Different angle/different direction break from the ‘normal’ shot.
Be different/be yourself. Look at other photographers’ work and ask yourself ‘How can I do that differently?’.
Shoot wide, crop tall. Cant crop wide if you shoot tall – Scott Kelby.
Many thanks, Paul!
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