How I do it and what I use. / by Felix Russell-Saw

Recently, I've been getting a lot of questions regarding the type of gear I use to shoot and the software/process I use to edit my photos, which has been super flattering. I love giving advice and tips to other photographers because asking questions is an important part of learning, however the style I have may not suit everyone and I strongly believe that it's important to find your own path with things like this.

I started photographing about 9 years ago when I first left school and decided I wanted to take it up at college (I didn't get in because they said I wouldn't do well, suck it Farnham College). My dad went out and bought me an entry level Canon 400d which was a simple crop sensor with kit 18-55 f3.5 lens. Although it was terrible in the grand scheme of things and I hadn't a clue what I was doing, it was still the best camera I have ever owned and it got me to where I am today. I've done things the wrong way for years, and looking back I think how much of a fucking idiot I was doing things those way, but again, it's all part of the process and you're never going to get better if you don't make those stupid mistakes.

From my roots in music photography it's taken me a long time and a lot of experimenting to actually work out what my style is, and to be honest I'm still not even sure today. Im often not fully content with everything I shoot, but I've got solid friends and clients that tell me otherwise which is what's important I guess - constructive criticism and honesty are incredibly valuable. I spend a long time, probably a few hours a day, just going over old photos and re-editing them to see what I've done wrong or how I could improve them and again, I kick myself quite a lot, but it sure helps in getting better.

What's important is that you probably have to do your own thing and do dumb shit like I did and then you're going to work out your own style. This isn't a dig at people trying to copy me or want to buy the same things as me because I straight-up don't believe in that. I probably copy a lot of people; when people inspire me I often see how I can emulate their look. But again, it's part of the process. AAAAND, if you really really want to know what I use, you can probably work it out from the EXIF data in my images or just drop me a message. Finding your own path is what makes you the photographer you are at the end of the journey, and really, the journey is never over; there's always room to improve, grow and excel at what you do. The best camera there is, is the one you have on you etc, etc.