Danny Irvine - Custom SLR Pro Team

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How did you get your start in photography?

I had my first taste of photography back in 2008. My daughter was only a a few weeks old and I decided to get a ‘real’ camera and learn how to take nice photos of my children. I purchased a bottom-of-the-range Canon DSLR and proceeded to take some very average photos.

It took a little while but I was surely caught by the bug and I started to consume all sorts of information from books, YouTube and other websites. I even attended a few basic photography classes.

I think the biggest factor in how quickly my photography skills grew was the fact that I was obsessed with photography. It was only a few months after getting my camera that I turned my interests towards landscape photography. I was hell bent on re-creating some of the amazing landscape and seascape photos that I had been seeing in books, online and in some beautiful galleries.

It was only two to three years after buying my first camera that I started sharing and teaching what I had learned. From there I starting running workshops locally and around Australia. Within a couple of years I had teamed up with friend to offer overseas photo tours/workshops to some amazing places like New Zealand, Bhutan and Kamchatka. It has been a wild ride and I'm sure it will continue to be in the future. I’m now working on a new chapter of my photography journey and hope to announce it early in 2017.

Which accomplishments are you most proud of?

I think I’m quite a modest guy when it comes to celebrating accomplishments. As far as I’m concerned, you work towards a goal, you get there and then you move on to the next goal or project.

I think being a photographer is an amazing thing and you are constantly striving to improve your photography but you also have to grow your business. For me, I don’t think that I can put my finger on one specific thing that I am proud to have accomplished. I love when I receive emails from clients regarding a workshop they attended or a print that they purchased and about how happy they are with the results. That to me gives a real sense of accomplishment, to know that people love what I do so much that they are willing to part with their very hard-earned cash. It's a huge honor and I get a huge sense of gratitude when I know that people get value from what I do.

Which Custom SLR products do you use?

I use a couple of different products religiously. I use the Camera Hand Strap, the Glide One Camera System and the Dual Camera Strap. I also love the ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade too.

How does using these products improve your photography and/or comfort? What difference can you feel? 

As you know I’m a huge fan of the Camera Hand Strap. I use this a lot when I’m shooting events or commercial work. I use it pretty much all of the time when I’m not using a tripod. It really makes the camera feel much more comfortable in the hand and after a long day of shooting, my hands used to ache quite a bit.

I find using the Camera Hand Strap, I’m much more relaxed in the way I hold the camera. Not to mention the extra comfort you get from knowing that you can’t drop your camera. It’s really a great tool for me when I’m using my camera a lot.

I use both the Glide One Camera System and the Dual Camera Strap. I find that these camera straps are an awesome addition to your everyday camera kit. I use the Glide One Camera System on a daily basis and when shooting an event where only one camera is needed.

The Dual Camera Strap comes into play especially when I'm shooting aerial photography. I don’t particularly like changing lenses when I’m 1,000 feet in the air with the doors off. I have a freaky fear of dropping a lens when changing it. So I always have two cameras in the helicopter and the Dual Camera Strap is the perfect camera strap for this.

I find that these camera straps are very well made and are very comfortable to use. They truly make life easier for a professional photographer. As mentioned before, I also use the ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade. It's such a clever little thing. I find that it does indeed help to make your shutter button very sensitive and really reduces that risk of camera shake when it's important.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I think I would have to choose the superpower of flight. It would be amazing to be able to fly whenever you want. I love aerial photography and aside from the cost of using helicopters on a regular basis, it's just not possible to get up in the air at the drop of a hat. It would be so amazing to be able to grab your camera and go for a flight whenever you felt like it or whenever you looked up and saw some nice conditions forming for some great photography. The idea that no matter where you were in the world, you can simple fly above the very spot where you stood and capture it from a new and interesting angle. Yes, I think this would have to be the best superpower for a photographer that spends all of his time capturing photos of the world around us.

"I find using the Camera Hand Strap,
I’m much more relaxed in the way I
hold the camera. Not to mention the
extra comfort you get from knowing 
that you can’t drop your camera."


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