We’re bringing you another profile of one of the great photographers in the News Shopper Camera Club.

This week the focus is on John Price from Welling.

Who or what inspired you to take up photography?

It initially started with our daughter requiring headshots for her acting and modelling profiles. Headshots can be quite expensive with updates required yearly or even sooner if her hairstyle or colour were to change. I had attended some of her photoshoots and thought I could possibly do this myself. So I did some research online watching numerous YouTube video tutorials on headshots and lighting techniques and bought some light stands, studio lights, a few speedlight flashguns and wireless controllers etc. and set about experimenting. 

From then on I became more interested in other types of photography, and photography more as an art form rather than simply taking pictures.

How long have you been taking pictures for?

I have been taking pictures from a very young age just as a way of recording memories using mostly point-and-shoot cameras to begin with, then I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE1 like my uncle had, and he was kind enough to let me borrow his lenses. Now there is a big box in the loft full of photos and a few thousand digital photos on my hard drive dating back to about 2002.

What is your specialty or what you do enjoy photographing the most, and why?

I wouldn’t say I have a specialty, as I am still experimenting, but would say I am having the most fun trying a bit of macro photography, especially trying to get an insect shot before it flies or scurries away.

Are you trying to express yourself or make a point with your photography, or is it just for fun?

I would say at the moment it’s just for fun, but I have started to make a few pennies by submitting some images to stock agencies.

News Shopper: Wooden lifeguard tower on an empty beach. Photo by John Price

What’s the story behind your favourite photo?

My favourite photo is of a lifeguard tower taken on holiday in Portugal in 2015. This was one of the first photographs I actually put some thought into taking, and also turned out to be one of the first photos I submitted and sold on a stock agency as a royalty-free image.

What equipment do you use?

I have a Nikon D3300, a Nikon D5300, with various lenses, and I also a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 which is easier to carry around when I’m out and about and see something of interest.
What post-production treatment do you give your photos i.e Do you use any software?

I use Adobe Lightroom mostly as I shoot in RAW and the photos appear a bit flat if I don’t process them at all, and sometimes I also use Photoshop if something needs to be removed or cleaned up a bit more.

Do you have any advice for budding photographers?

There are literally hundreds of YouTube tutorial videos where you can get advice and inspiration from, but ultimately you just have to go out take photos and experiment for yourself.

Is there anything you’ve not photographed yet which you’d love to capture one day?

I have recently purchased some ND filters and would like to get some long exposure shots of the sea which I’m planning to do later in July when on holiday.

News Shopper:

The News Shopper Camera Club is a group for people looking to get their photos published online and in print.

Now with more than 600 members, the club invites people to share their best photos from around the area, as well as talk to fellow photographers, join in projects and enter our competitions.

If you’re an enthusiastic amateur snapper, you can request to join the group on Facebook.