Meet The Photographers Who Write For Digital Photography School ~ Matt Dutile
You’ve been reading their articles for months or years, have you ever wondered “Who are the photographers who write for DPS”? We thought it would be a good time to introduce them to you through a series of interviews. No worries, Darren will get his turn too.
Today meet travel, lifestyle and hospitality photographer Matt Dutile.
1. How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been shooting for just over four years now. I picked up a camera in 2008 on a whim while bored in a desk job, and it just started to click for me. I poured myself into it, advancing my technique, honing my perspective and building a business.
I’ve been a full-time photographer for a little over two years now. I’m on the commercial side of the business shooting primarily travel, lifestyle and hospitality images for various editorials, ad agencies and in-house corporations.
3. If you had to limit yourself to one genre of photography, what would it be and why?
Travel. It’s my real passion and I’m fortunate that it takes me all over the globe to meet many amazing people, discover new landscapes and generally marvel at the world’s diversity.
4. When did you start writing for DPS and why?
I started writing for DPS in late 2009, about a year after I picked up a camera. It was all rather serendipitous. Back then I used to share some images on the forums and they would be highlighted by Darren in the newsletter as posts by members. After that happened a few times I wrote Darren a thank you note and expressed interest in adding some tips. It worked out well and as I continued to learn and refine my craft I was able to share those thoughts with DPS readers.
5. What do you shoot with and what’s your favorite lens?
I rotate between the Nikon D4 and D800. I enjoy the ergonomics, color set and image quality out of those cameras – particularly the large file sizes can be great for big prints with the D800. I don’t have a favorite lens per se, but I’m often using the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 for my travel work. It allows me the flexibility I need to make shots on the go in any space/environment. I always have packed a 70-200 and few primes as well depending on the nature of the assignment.
6. What would be your number one tip to any new photographer?
Be an art director for yourself. Always be working to improve your craft and hone your eye. Know what makes a good image and what doesn’t – curate your work and it will help you to improve. Be ruthless in your personal honesty.
7. What’s your next big project?
Well I don’t want to announce it quite next, but I’ve been working on a few cool photo projects that tie together an idea from images across the globe. Aside from that I’ve got Belize, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland up on the travel schedule – and we’ll see where else my clients would like to send me. Always an adventure!
8. Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?