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Shanna June

Shanna June

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Photographer Feature | Sean Byrne

We’re very excited to present our next featured photographer Mr Sean Byrne! Sean is a chilled out, super honest yet sharp as a tack, mega talent from the UK… And we’re extra pumped, cos he’s our first featured LANDSCAPE photographer! We asked Sean what advice he has for somebody who wants to pursue photography.. His response was so touching we thought we’d kick off the interview with it. ENJOY!

“If their is any advice I can give to people who want to pursue photography, its always to take pictures of things that you enjoy and love, it will always come through in your work if you know it or not. Be opened to try new things and techniques, because their is so much to learn in the photography world and different techniques can sometimes help you out when you least expect it. Search for inspiration, as a picture of one place can be viewed differently by every person. Inspire and be inspired as its never to late to follow your dream”.

Good vibes and endless inspiration,
Preset Shop Team

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Who is Sean Byrne?

Sean Byrne is a semi-pro photographer from the UK, married with 2 kids and hoping to one day become a fully professional photographer.

What is your current state of mind?

My current state of mind is very positive at the moment, but I’ve always been someone that is very optimistic. My life is changing very quickly, as my photography is being noticed by more people.

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What do you love the most about your job?

As my main photography is generally landscape. It means it can take me to some amazing places where the views are so magical, especially during the silent hours when their isn’t many people about and you feel so blessed and spoilt by experiencing it all by yourself but also wishing more people could see what I’m seeing. But I guess they do in the end when I process and download the image for people to view.

What is the best advice you have received so far about photography?

The best advice I’ve received is to always make sure your composition is right before creating my shot.

How would you describe your style?

I would described my work as dramatic and atmospheric. Or at least I hope that’s what people can pick up from my work.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a luxury. But when I’m feeing smart it makes me feel more positive and confident.

As you look through the viewfinder, what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?

As a landscape photographer, the majority of time I have the luxury of time itself. So long exposures give me time to asses my image and try again. But when looking through the viewfinder I make sure my composition is the best it can be. 

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What photographers from the past or present have influenced you the most?

I’m inspired by the great talents of Charlie Waite, Sean Ensch, Elia Locardi and Stian Klo.

What’s the most important thing you want potential clients to know about you?

I like clients to know that I try most things when it comes to photography, as I believe it makes you more skilled in a lot of situations.

What has been your favourite photo location or session?

My favourite location to date has been Hartland Quay, North Devon, UK. Its right on the coast, the rocks protrude from the sea and give the seascape a very dramatic, prehistoric look.

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What type of cameras do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Canon 5D MK III and a Canon 550D.

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

It has to be my Lee Big Stopper Filter and Lee Graduated Filters.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

It would have to be my trusty Canon 24-105mm. The lens is so versatile.

What is your favourite computer/editing accessory, other than your computer?!

Lightroom 5

Cos we just have to ask…!! 😉 What is your favourite +PS preset/tool?? And how has it improved workflow time?

So far for me it has to be the presets. To simply add a preset to my photography reduces the time I have to spend on the computer and more time looking for more beautiful locations.

Do you play music whilst shooting? If so, what are you digging right now? 

I don’t normally play music when I’m shooting as the sound of nature is better than any music. But when I’m editing I do listen to music. My taste is very varied but I do enjoy mellow and chilled out tunes from Cafe Del Mar.

Three photography pet hates and why?

Sensor dust, noise in images and bad compositions.

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Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

ICELAND, the mecca of landscape photography.

What five words would your friends use to describe you?

Ambitious
Funny
Optimistic
Loving
Honourabl
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What lies ahead for you ? 

I’ve been receiving many request to photograph locations on behalf of tourist companies. So I’m guessing traveling is going to be a key part of my life as my photography takes me worldwide in some great adventures.

Website: byrnephotography.co.uk

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