Dan............    Curtis

Who is Dan Curtis?

A 17 year old student from Surrey, England.


Local at Brockham Trails.


Photographer of anything that looks good through the lens.



Years shooting:

About three years.



What got you into taking photos?

I used to use my parents point and shoots when I was younger on holidays and have always been interested in photography, so I decided to buy my first ’proper’ camera back in 2012 (Lumix G10).



Best photography experience:

The Brockham Trails trip to Barcelona in 2014.


Although I bailed from my bike mid air and landed on my feet and ran down the landing, I somehow broke my finger. This was on the second day making me unable to ride for almost the entire trip, however it gave me the opportunity to take a load of photos of the others riding at some amazing spots; A few of which were featured in Dirt Magazine’s Snap section.


Or non-riding related:


2am sitting on a jetty by Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park in Canada on a perfectly clear and still night when the stars and Milky Way were in the sky.



Worst photography experience:

Whenever you realise you’ve forgotten any kit when opening your camera bag; this happens quite a lot, unfortunately.



Advice for taking a great photo:

First things first is knowing what each setting and button on your camera does.


Re-creating the ’famous’ or well-known view points that everyone takes photos from can be good in some places, however, the best photographers in my opinion are the ones that find a unique angle at a well known place.


Also try to avoid relying on Photoshop or Lightroom to fix your mistakes, find the right settings and plan the photo before taking it.



Three favourite photographers:

Recently studied:

- Joel Tjintjelaar

- ’Trashhand’

- Luke Gram



Photography highlight/achievement:

I haven’t really had many achievements or commercial shoots yet. However, I have had a double page ’Snap’ section in Dirt magazine, and some photos in Dirt magazine again when they did an article on Brockham Trails.



Why do you take photos?

The same answer as most other interviews on here; I enjoy taking them. I wouldn’t if I didn’t enjoy it!




Instagram: instagram.com/dancurtis12/

Facebook: facebook.com/dancurtisphotography/



Top photos:

Jonathan Faulkner cruising through Leatherhead Trails


Canon 550d with EF-S 18-135mm Kit Lens

Brockham Trails trip – Lost Trails


Although breaking my finger on the second day was s**t and made me extremely jealous of the others riding, it gave me a chance to get some of my best photos that I wouldn’t have taken had I been riding.


Canon 7d with Samyang 8mm Fisheye lens

Bob Manchester – Leatherhead Trails


Canon 550d with Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens

This is what riding trails is all about; the good times sitting around the fire after riding all day.


Canon 7d with Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens

Lost


Jonathan Faulkner during one of the many golden hour sessions at Lost Trails.


Canon 7d with EF-S 18-135mm Kit Lens

Abandoned Lamborghini Aventador in a London car park. It was left there for months, gathering dust.


Canon 7d with Canon 50mm f/1.8

British Columbia, Canada


Like something out of a horror film


Canon 550d with EF-S 18-135mm Kit Lens

Pyramid Lake – Jasper National Park


An example of one of the photos taken during the ’Best Photography Experience’ answer.


We stayed in the area for one night and I made a last minute decision to go out and take photos; luckily I did, as it was a perfect night for it.


Canon 550d with Samyang 8mm Fisheye Lens