Photography Q&A of Stephen Mitchell

Photography on Redbubble Flickr

Why do I enjoy photography?

People - Portrait/Pose

Capturing the true and actual skin tone is always a pleasure, without resorting to post-production/manipulation of the image. I enjoy posing and shooting models using both both sun-light and white-light to ensure the outcome within camera meets their specifications, thereby reducing post-production time. Consequently the results are worth the effort


To capture a specific moment to tell the full story, thereby preserving history for future generations to see. I enjoy seeing the ambience of a location, watching changes in a series of moments, capturing each a unique way.

When did I first get into photography, and with which equipment do you now shoot?

Since my teenage years in the 1980's. My earliest camera was a instamatic-Polaroid. In early 2000 we invested in quality digital equipment, and now we upgrade when necessary.

I currently predominately shoot with a Canon 7D because it also has video functionality. My backup is a Canon 50D.

Using quality lenses, we can capture most situations. When shooting people, I prefer my Canon 70-200 f4 for shooting from a distance and my Canon EF 85mm f1.8 for portrait and close-up photography. The 85mm produces quality skin-colouring without resorting to photo-manipulation! I have equipment to shoot in wet weather - but prefer to avoid it.

Where did I learn photography?

I am self-taught over the last thirty years, applying knowledge learned from books and short courses mixed with the best way to learn - testing every feature & function of my camera and equipment.

Utilising the internet I enjoy watching and reading equipment knowledge so I can trial&test alternative/new styles and results.

That said: I have no preconceived notions about the perfect methods: I capture scenes the way I like them, not because tutorials say what looks best.

Have I photographed casual or corporate functions & events?