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Cammingt0n X Spurwaya // 21st Century Explorers

April 28, 2016

Spent is all about living life to the absolute fullest. We caught up with two photographers who's passion fuelled adventures have intrigued thousands of Instagram followers and opened up a new way for them to see the world. Cammingt0n and Spurwaya are QLD locals that take their cameras all over the country in search of the locations that will let them capture their next best images! Check out what they had to say about their craft...

 

When did you first pick up a camera?

C: 1 1/2 ago.

S: About 4 years.

What originally motivated you to start photography?

C: A break up! I needed something to do, and I had already bought a camera with all intention of using it but never made it happen. It was an excuse for me to get out of the house and explore.

S: I started shooting when I first got an iPhone. I downloaded Instagram and was introduced to the world of mobile photography, seeing these amazing images being taken just on phones. That kind of sparked my interest for photography. I guess I started to take it a bit more seriously when my Grandpa gave me a little point and shoot camera, and I guess it just went from there.

Where does the drive to keep doing photography come from?

C: I feel like you have to one up yourself constantly. It's a personal challenge to always find that better shot. And it feels good just to be proactive about something so as long as it keeps me out of the house that's good enough for me.

S: Once I started going out and taking photos I found that was so much that I wanted to shoot. When I first started shooting I only ever shot in Brisbane, and I just loved wandering around finding new places to shoot. I wanted to cover the whole city, then find another city and do the same. While I was doing this I became noticed by a group of guys who had the same interests as me, and we eventually started going out shooting as a group. I guess these people became motivation to get out and shoot as well.

In 2015 my mate started a photography magazine called OzShot Magazine, he hit me up asking if I wanted to help him manage the page and get the word out. I’m currently still going that, I run the page and find images and photographers I find inspiring – it’s definitely something that keeps me driven.

Who has inspired you?

C: @iso100_photography was the very first. More recently it is @hellomillie.. and my boy @spurwaya.

S: So many. When I first started, my photography was mostly urban. I really liked a lot of the urban exploration stuff from a few of the people that were doing it in Brisbane back then when it wasn’t as popular. A couple of names like @rivercity_, @ninetofive and @joshdub. I guess I like a lot of different styles these days. I really like some of the landscape work from people like @jasoncharleshill, @levicaleballan and @benleodavis, and a few urban and street accounts: my mate @dbhl_, @trashhand, @insighting. accounts like that.

What other styles would you like to shoot?

C: I have only just started doing portraits and am enjoying that. I'm pretty happy to explore any styles that I haven't tried before. Landscape is definitely where I am comfortable but when I have creative blocks with it then it's good to try other things.

S: Film (video) is a big one for me. When I first started using a DSLR I experimented a bit with filming, I used to film live bands and I did a few short timelapses but I never really took them any further. I would love to give it another go if I had some time. I've also never really shot portraits so I would like to try that.

3 dream destination to travel to?

C: Canadian Rocky Mountains - Iceland - New Zealand

S: Chicago - Japan - Grand Canyon 

Where would you like to take photography in the future?

C: The dream would to be a travel photographer. If I could make a living while in that lifestyle I would be stoked. Landscape is definitely my passion right now But open to other stuff. I like teaching people as well so that could be an option.

S: To everyone’s surprise it is only a hobby for me. I love the opportunities it brings me but I'm not pursuing it as a career

What's in your kit??

C: Canon 6D, 16-35mm f/2.8, Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4. A whole kit of Lee filters and a Sirui WPS Tripod.

S: Canon 6D, 24-70mm f/4, 16-35mm f/4, 50mm f/1.8, and my trusty old tripod.

Best advice you have been given?

C: Honestly just have fun with what you do - nothing is stopping you.

S: Don't be afraid to put your work out there for people. You won’t get anywhere if you’re not putting yourself out there, it’s the best way to learn and improve.

Best advice you can give??

C: Same thing - just do what makes you happy.

S: Shoot RAW, think about lighting and composition and try avoid cliché stuff like steel wool.

Most common mistake made by up and coming photographers?

C: Being lazy. Not actually planning a shot and thinking about all the factors involved. Don't rush it.

S: Spending too much time worrying about what gear they are using, rather than actually getting out and shooting using the gear they already have with them.

 

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Photo Gallery

Photo: Spurwaya

 

Photo: Cammingt0n

 

Photo: Spurwaya

 

Photo: Cammingt0n

 

Photo: Spurwaya

 

Photo: Cammingt0n