Gavin Mawditt

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Where’s home? What are your hobbies (apart from photography of course)?

I live in a place called Newthorpe in Nottingham which is a lovely rural area. If I’m not photographing something, I love films, theatre and travel.

How long have you been a photographer?

Four years ago I took my camera off auto for the first time and shot a long exposure of Staithes in Yorkshire. Fair to say from that moment on I was hooked. 

Have you studied photography? Attended seminars or workshops?

I’m self-taught with the bonus of having a few professional photographers as friends that are always on hand to lend me some advice.

What or who got you started in photography?

My friends Dan Lord, Clare Harris, Craig Newson and David Wayman are the people I would credit for getting me off and running. Dan Lord particularly for helping me with advice to get that first shot off of auto!

How would you describe your style?

I try and be as versatile as I can but from a style point of view I like a lot of my pictures to be people free so there is a stillness to the shot. I try and imagine being able to step into a picture.

What type of cameras do you use?

I’m predominately still use my trusted canon 60d but for trips abroad I take my Sony A6000.

 

What is your favourite photography accessory or tool, other than your camera?        

Second to my camera my most trusted piece of kit would have to be my tripod… whether it’s my manfrotto heavy duty or the simpler travel version.

If you had to choose just one lens, which one and why?

If I had to choose just one lens then it would be my tamron 17-55mm as it is so versatile.

What is your favourite computer accessory or software?

My most used piece of software without doubt is lightroom.

How important is photoshop in your work?

I try not to use photoshop unless really required as I want to remember the scene as it genuinely was on the day, however for my model work then it is a must.

Are you a Mac or PC man?

I’m a pc man.

 

Is there any new gear that you have your eye on at the moment?

I’m now looking to upscale my camera and have my 60d as a back-up and I’m looking at the 7d… it’s not quite full frame but handles low light better than the full frame 6d which is really handy for me as I do a lot of theatre photography now.

What is it that captures your attention, what do you find photograph worthy?

Hmmm what do I find photograph worthy. Well. I like a lot of things, colours, vista’s… I like a scene that tells a story or could be imagined as a painting.

What’s your favourite image you’ve shot recently?

Of recent photos I would say that there are two I really like. One is of a lighthouse I took whilst in on the Isle of Anglesey last month and the other is of a Loch in Scotland at Glencoe.

 

Are there any particular photographers that inspire you?

Photographer wise I get inspired by loads of shots all the time whether by my friends or more well-known photographers so I’m unable to select just one for this.

What website or blog to you visit often?

The site I visit the most for inspiration is actually good old Pinterest…particularly if I have a plan in mind for a model shoot.

If you could be invisible for a day with your camera, what would you shoot?

If I and my camera were invisible I would take more candid photos of my beautiful tortoiseshell cat Izzy… she is a shocker when it comes to being in front of my lens, very camera shy.

Finally, any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into photography?

Words of advice? Well… I would say firstly, get that camera off auto and learn about that exposure triangle. Secondly a photograph is like a film; one person could love it, but another could hate it. Neither are right or wrong the big question is, do you like it?