Interview with Capitaland Inside Magazine - Sean Gallagher - Photographer & Filmmaker | Beijing, China

Interview with Capitaland Inside Magazine

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Contests, News | No Comments


A quick post today to let you know of a recent interview and article with Capitaland Inside Magazine. I’m one of the judges on their upcoming ‘Building People‘ Competition. In this interview we talk about photo-tips and ways to improve your photography.

“Photographers are people-watchers. We watch people to anticipate how they might react in a certain situation, where they might come from, or when they might walk into your frame,” reveals six-time Pulitzer Center grant recipient and National Geographic Creative Photographer, Sean Gallagher.

In truth, the British enviromental photojournalist and documentary film-maker is much more than a just a people-watcher. He is a master story-teller, drawing you into his narrative with every click of the shutter.

His is certainly a compelling story, that of man’s lifelong relationship with his environment. And he tells it beautifully and often, his works appearing in notable publications like The New York Times, National Geographic News, CNN, The Atlantic, and BBC News.

A self-taught photographer, Gallagher shares five photography tips he has gleaned from his many years in the field.


1. Change Your Angle

“Don’t be afraid to experiment,” he says by way of his first piece of advice to aspiring photographers

“The obvious angle is at eye level. But there are so many different ways you can approach something. Crouch, stand on something, go to the building opposite, shoot from a bridge, get up close – it’s all about using your imagination.”

The man who has a degree in Zoology from England’s University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne shares a story of his experience photographing endangered alligators in Central China.

“I had been looking at them at a low angle as they swam in the water. So, I decided to try and find an elevated place so I could look down on them. I managed to get a shot where the alligators were in focus but the water around them was blurred.”

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