An Interview with Professional Photographer Deion Campbell. (King Legend 757)
Name: Deion Campbell
Date of Birth: October 28th, 1993
Birth City: Hampton, Virginia
Brand: King Legend Photography
Role: Photographer, Videographer, Director
How did you find portrait photography to be right for you, and what can you recommend to other photographers trying to find their niche?
I fell in love with photography as a whole. I love everything about it. Especially the way it makes people feel. Moments, when you capture a beautiful smile, are priceless. Those moments last a lifetime.
Were you formally educated in photography, or are you self taught?
I learned the basics of photography at Phoebus High School. There I was taught proper composition and the use of studio lights along with photoshop. More importantly, I learned that I had fun taking photos and it became a passion.
Favorite film to shoot on?
Although I learned a little about the film in high school, I don’t use film in my photography today. If we are talking lens, my favorite is 35mm hands down.
What is it that makes shooting on a DSLR better for you?
It eliminates the long-time put into film photography. Let’s face it, we are now in the digital age.
How would you define your personal style of photography?
I like to create an image where you can’t tell if its photoshopped or real. I enjoy keeping the organic look and feel to my images.
Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?
A professional photographer understands the basics and how to shoot on manual mode. I also take pride in editing my own work. You pay for what you get. A hobby photographer doesn’t do photography for a living. It’s just for fun and a good time. Just because you know how to take a photo, doesn’t make you a photographer. You have to have an eye and can tell a story with your work.
My biggest inspiration comes from Photographer/Director Joe Moore who is currently the personal photographer of Celebrity Rapper 2chainz.
Top tip for any aspiring photographers out there?
JUST GO SHOOT. You get better when you are actually in the field practising. Don’t let your camera collect dust on a shelf while your busy researching how to learn photography from YouTube.
And finally, please write a short message to anyone who looks up to your style, with a few words of wisdom.
If you want to do photography or are interested in trying to get into it.. just go do it. You will never know how far you will go until you take the first step. Also, remember after you establish your portfolio, get your service off of the clearance shelf. High-end clients, believe you pay for what you get. Lastly, KNOW YOUR WORTH!! It is ok to say no...