Spotlight On: new Friends with Vision photographer Chris Dalton

How did you get your start in photography?


Architecture has always had a big influence on my life from childhood, and so taking photos of buildings became a big draw for me as a student. I got my first DSLR camera 10 years ago, initially experimenting with facade photos before expanding my frames to wider cityscape shots.


What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?


My interest in buildings has provided a solid grounding, but these days I’m keen to shoot a much more gritty, urban style of photography. I love capturing photos that the standard city-goer wouldn’t see, whether that’s from low-down angles of roads, long exposure bus trails or rooftop locations.


What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?


I’ve found that one of the hardest obstacles for me has been standing out from others and trying to find unique perspectives in one of the worlds most photographed cities.



Who and/or what inspires you most?


There’s no singular person that inspires my photography, but I gain most my inspiration from fellow photographers in the online community or people I shoot with in London.


What is your approach? Is there anything in particular you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?


These days I try and convey a sense of motion to a lot of my photography work, whether than be through long exposures or clever composites involving people.


Why is accurate color important within your workflow?


I’m a big believer in making sure the tones and atmosphere of the original location are captured correctly in my final image. Having an accurate monitor ensures that I can keep a photos colour faithful to that moment I pressed the shutter button.


Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?


My biggest advice would be to keep going as it’s a career that can take a lot of perseverance to make work. Keep looking to improve your skills, go to workshops and learn from the best people out there.

Chris is using a SpyderX Elite for his monitor calibration


About the Author – Chris Dalton


Chris Dalton is a professional photographer and architect based in London. He specialises in cityscape and portrait photography, with a growing body of work combining the two disciplines in artful ways.


A self-taught Photographer, Chris first began taking photos of buildings as an architecture student before moving into a more urban style of photography. His photographs bring viewers a unique and fresh perspective on London, with unique compositions and stunning cityscapes. His work is familiar for its vivid colours, perfect symmetry, and artistic use of slow shutter speed. He can occasionally be seen lying down on the ground taking artistic shots of manhole covers!


Chris has gained acclamation from many organisations across the UK, including Time Out, Visit London, The Metro and Transport for London. He is currently an ambassador for Samyang Lenses, a Mi Creator for Xiaomi Studios, and runs workshops in London for those looking to learn how to use their cameras.


Genres: Cityscape


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