Feautured Photographer – Brian Kerr


Brian Kerr - 210A landscape photographer from Dumfries but now living in Carlisle. I still work in Dumfries so am able to benefit from being able to take images from around Dumfries and Galloway as well as Cumbria and further afield. I have been taking photographs for the past 7 or 8 years, but originally got into photography due an interest in prehistoric rock carvings which are numerous in Galloway. The photography of the carvings then developed into taking images in a wider landscape context.

In Dumfries and Galloway I have a real love for the coastal areas, which give you the chance for beautiful sunrises and sunsets. My areas are around Rockcliffe, Palnackie and Kirkcudbright. Then you have the many lochs with Galloway, such as Clatteringshaws and Loch Ken. We have so many possible locations to photograph that I could spend so many years visiting new locations.

In this day and age, the possible photographic equipment you can get is endless. For the past couple of years i have been using Canon, firstly a Canon 5D Mk2 full frame camera, and more recently a Canon 6D full frame camera. I always try and get the best lenses i can, which are a mixture of Carl Zeiss or Canon. I was tell people to try and get the best lenses they can afford. I also use Lee filters, both Neutral Density and Graduated type. These are the best filters you can get and help to balance out the sky and foreground to achieve a more balanced shot. A good quality tripod is always required, again i use both Manfrotto and Giottos tripod to achieve the most stable results possible and for doing those long exposure shots.

I would classify myself as a self taught photographer, gradually learning over the years as i grew in ability. Learning how to compose shots, looking for well balanced shots, using the available light to create special images. It doesn’t always work, but as i got to learn my skills i realised what worked. Once you take the images you then new to process them, any photographer will always shoot in raw, giving you the ability to get the most out of each shot. I will normally process my images in Lightroom and Photoshop CS5. The processing side of things is also very enjoyable and is another skill that takes time to learn.

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