Rick Nunn spends his days drinking coffee and enjoying his career, as both a British photographer and a creative manager for a digital tech company. He loves cats and comics, as well as exploring woodland like he once did as a child. What we like most about him, is his dedication to various different photography projects, both his own and for his clients. Find out more about Rick’s journey as a UK photographer.
What was it that got you interested in photography?
I got into photography after a skateboarding accident left me unable to be as reckless with my hobbies. I’ve always been interested in technology and had an eye for visuals, so photography seemed like an ideal place to channel my creativity. I still climb places I shouldn’t, of course.
What was your first camera?
A Canon 450D with the 18-55 kit lens, but my dad had a few 35mm SLRs that I used to play with growing up.
What are your influences?
Rather than a specific influence, I like to push myself with new project ideas. Setting myself challenges has allowed me to grow my skillset in my own way.
How did you get from amateur photographer status to a professional photographer?
Being paid to do something I love has always just been a bonus for me. I still only ever take on projects that interest me, which allows me to keep it feeling like a passion instead of a profession.
When did you decide to make the plunge and make photography a profession?
I’ve got a really good balance between two of my biggest passions, design and photography. My full-time profession is actually as a creative manager of a digital tech company. I’m lucky enough that my job offers me the flexibility to take on the projects I want.
When did you know it was the right time?
When a project was offered to me that I felt would fit my style, I thought that would be a great place to start.
What did you find most difficult?
Working for someone else’s brief was the biggest challenge. I was very used to setting my own brief, so making sure I pleased everyone was a new concept for me.
What did you find most rewarding?
Seeing my work in the wild; somewhere other than my own online portfolios, was pretty cool. I got a few of my photos printed on 20 foot tall boards at CES in Las Vegas last year!
What type of photography would you say is your speciality?
I’d say “strobist photography” which is more to do with the lighting setup. It’s definitely something that changed the way I look at composing photos and using light.
What has been your favourite project so far and why?
This is a tough one. I see good and bad in every project I’ve done, but my favourite so far is probably my Fifty Two Weeks project, which I completed in 2013. It gave me more freedom than other projects because it was one photo a week instead of one a day.
What makes a shoot enjoyable?
Good weather, good company, and a lot of coffee.
Have you ever been involved in any really exciting, dangerous, or memorable shoots?
I really enjoy photographing motor sport, which can be pretty dangerous when you get close to the track. But the most memorable shoot for me, was being my own wedding photographer, for sure.
What is your favourite photograph of all time?
If I let other people decide, it would probably be this one of Danbo.
What do you look for when capturing your shots?
I’m a big fan of location photography, so I look for an environment that really suits my subject. I give myself extra bonus points if I find somewhere that I can light in an interesting way.
What’s in your base kit?
Cameras: A Canon 5D Mk iii with the Canon 135mm F/2.0L lens is my go-to combination, it’s almost impossible to beat. I also take the Canon 50mm F/1.4 USM everywhere too (I shoot almost exclusively with prime lenses).
Triggers: I generally pack at least 2 Canon 600EX-RTs and a Canon ST-E3 for some off camera flash action.
Cards: Alongside running a large CF memory card in my camera, I always run an EyeFi card in the SD slot. That means I can be transmitting the photos straight to my iPad for reviewing while I’m on location, or straight to my iPhone for social sharing.
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What would you like to see on the market that would make your job a lot easier?
I would like to see voice controlled, drone mounted speedlights, how cool would that be! I’d be able to fly some lights into some really interesting places! Maybe in a few more years that will be a reality. For now, I’d settle for a better way to hold my camera, a cheeseburger and a coffee at the same time.
If you could offer some words of wisdom to budding photographers, what would it be?
I would say, take on some personal projects that make you work hard and that take you out of your comfort zone. I’m someone who learns by doing, instead of asking questions. I find that is the best way with photography; learn what your camera can do and then push yourself to make the most of your options.