Featured Photographer – Nathan McNeil

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Nathan McNeil

Tell us about yourself. When did you first start in photography and what other things do you enjoy doing apart from photography?

I picked up my first DSLR in May 2014 and quickly found myself indulging in all thing photography ever since. What started as a simple idea for a bit of fun quickly turned into a passion which led me to leave my full time employment and try to peruse a career in photography.

I have been rock climbing for about 4 years now and it is the combination of climbing and photography that I love. I am striving towards becoming an adventure sports photographer but am picking up anything on offer in order to gain the experience necessary to shoot in a variety of environments.

I have spent the last 12 months really focusing on my photography and gaining exposure for my work. I work as a casual for an outdoor retailer and am earning barely enough to pay my bills but i haven’t been happier since I decided to try and make this dream a reality!!

Nathan McNeil

What is your camera and brand of choice? Why do you use it and what do you most like about the product and brand?

I use Canon equipment and currently shooting with a 5D MK III. I like Canon because when starting out, everything felt simpler and easier to learn with and now that I am getting into the pro series equipment, I think it looks pretty stylish compared to some other brands.

What’s your favourite lens? 

The Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II
It’s a super wide lens that is great for capturing rock climbing in beautiful landscapes.

Nathan McNeil

Is there a camera bag your could recommend? What’s so good about it? Does it have any advantages or disadvantages?

Giving the fact that I am on a role shooting a lot of the time, my Lowepro Stealth Reporter D300 is the business. It works well as a waist pack and I can access my gear inside without having to flip the lid. Great for when you really can’t afford to drop anything!

We’re all on social media these days, but which one do you use?

I really like Instagram the most because of how engaging it is with your target audience

Nathan McNeil

Whose work or personality really inspires you to go out and take photos? How did you first come across their work?

Jimmy Chin, Renan Ozturk, Krystle Wright, Simon Carter… All these people have pushed the limit of photography in the outdoor world during their career. I have had the pleasure of meeting 3 of 4 of my photography idols.

When was your favourite moment? What happened? Did you manage to take a photo or experience something? Tell us about it.

I Went out for an overnight shoot on a cliff just because I haven’t seen many photos taken from this particular place and after entering one of the shots into a Canon photo comp, I ended up winning! Crazy right…

Nathan McNeil

We’ve all been there, but when was the last time you had a bad day? What happened?

Abseiling off the end of my rope after a shoot and destroying a lens as well as fracturing my Sacrum in 2 places and ripping my knee open.

If you could go anywhere in the world to take photographs where would you go? Does this place have any significant meaning to you?

No exact place in mind, I just want to be out there shooting everything! Would love to experience Switzerland, Utah, Alaska and everywhere in between.

Nathan McNeil

Last book read? Well it could be a magazine, ebook or any other written form, but what was the book about? Would you recommend it?

Outdoor Photographer Magazine.

Coffee or tea of choice? Spill the beans we want to know!

Double shot skinny flat white.

Food of choice?

Chicken and salad wrap.

Finally any advice to others? Everyone has a little bit of advice to give, so what is it?

Go out and chase your dream. Just give it a try, you will be surprised what you can achieve!

Nathan McNeil

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