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Posted September 12th by Design Splat in Photographers

Luke Dixon is a Photographer based in Hampton, London. He specialises in music and theatre, photography, fashion, portraiture and events photography. His portraiture work captures the personalities of his subjects beautifully! 


Hello and Welcome to Design Splat Luke!

How did you get into Photography?

I always loved taking pictures, even as a child, but digital photography really got me hooked.  I got my first digital camera in 2003 and since then I have rarely been without a camera.  It started to get serious after I began taking my camera to more gigs and then to music festivals. Before too long I had to get my hands on a proper DSLR and then it was only a matter of time before I wanted to do it professionally.

What aspect of Photography? 

I’m interested in all kinds of portraiture and fashion photography, and also performance photography, be that bands on stage and in the studio as well or any kinds of theatrical production.  My main goal is to capture great moments, spontaneously.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I hope I’ll be taking great pictures of great bands and artist, and mixing that with fashion and portrait work.

Freelance photographer/Own business or working for a company? 

I’m a freelancer working as Luke Patrick Dixon Photography.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything? 

It has to be purely the love of taking pictures and the pleasure that I get when others enjoy them.   

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

The first is lack of money!  Establishing yourself seems to mean doing a lot of things for nothing; which nobody likes but appears to be hard to get around.  Once you get a bit more established, some clients begrudgingly admit they have to pay you. The second is getting yourself known; so much seems to depend on how you publicise yourself on the web that I think I spend more time doing that than out with my camera.

Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?

This goes all the way back to when I was seven or eight and I first took a camera on holiday to Corfu.  I took a picture of the sunset which, when I got it back from the developers definitely made me go WOW!?  I think my fascination with the cameras and photography started back then.

If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be? 

I’d love to get some good shots of Radiohead, live or otherwise.  They put on a great live show, and I’m a big fan of their music, so it would be huge thrill.

Does fame attract you? 

The pitfalls of fame seem to far outweigh the benefits.  I’ll be happy if I’m recognized for taking good pictures, but I would rather leave fame to those that want it.

How do you feel about photo manipulation? 

Some processing is now necessary if you want to get the best out of your images and this kind of manipulation is no different to the various tricks that were available to film photographers in their traditional darkrooms.  If you’re a photo journalist and you manipulate images to mislead or tell lies, then that is not acceptable, because photography should be a medium that tells the truth; but if your goals are purely artistic then I reckon anything goes . . . provided your not just hiding poor camera skills!

How do you rate yourself as a photographer? 

I’m better than some, worse than others but I aspire to be up with the best.  I just have to keep learning all the time.  The time to worry will be if I ever think I have nothing new to learn.

What makes a good photographer? 

You must have a good eye, with the instinct to know when just the right elements are on your frame; and you have to have timing, particularly with music photography.  Passion for great images is also a must; and of course if your working with a good DSLR you must be a bit of a nerd; instruction manuals are getting thicker and more complicated all the time.

Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?

Yes and no, there is competition in any creative industry and you just have to be better and rise above.

Three words to describe yourself? 

Passionate, aspiring, driven.

Hobbies and other interests? 

I write and produce my own music, play the guitar, love to cook, love going to gigs and festivals; and I should include looking after my son as he’s very interesting.

Favourite photographer? 

Venetia Dearden, not just for her wonderful Glastonbury project which, for me, has captured the true spirit of the festival better than anyone else has managed, but also for her other portrait work which are warm, intimate and beautifully lit.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers? 

Just one tip; keep at it.  The only way to be successful in this business is to keep going and going until the less enthusiastic and committed give up and go do something else instead, eventually you will be able to prove that your worth employing, and paying, but it’s going to take a long time.

Tools of the trade? 

I use a Nikon D300S along with either my 18-200mm or my 50mm lens.  I also use a Giotto AA1253 tripod, Nikon remote shutter release and a Sekonic L308S Flashmate.

Best and worst photo you’ve taken? 

I don’t know about best, but my favourite at the moment is a photograph of my friend Martin relaxing in the stone circle field at Glastonbury; the sun is shining, the stones are reflected in his mirror shades, and for me, the image embodies the spirit of the festival. The worst would be any of a band I photographed in Camden earlier this year; the lighting in the venue was so bad          that there was really nothing that I could do to get a good picture.

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