The Photographer Interviews: Cam Stables

Posted by Michele Hamparian

Snow capped mountains surrounding a lake

What drew you to photography?

Photography and Cameras have always been present in my life. Although I never really found the passion for it until I started traveling. Once I started seeing more and more of the world, I found myself wanting to capture the beautiful things that I witnessed, and share them with people, in the hopes that it would encourage them to venture out and explore more themselves.

I have always been a visual person, so telling stories though photographs has been a no brainer. It has encouraged me to seek places that I wouldn’t usually look for, as I search for unique perspectives on our planet.

Seal on the shoreline

What do you think is a good starter camera for your type of photography?

Your phone! Just about everyone has a reasonably good smartphone in their pockets now days, and has the ability to take fantastic photos if they put their mind to it. Before I really got into landscape photography, I used to spend a lot of time overseas backpacking, and made it a priority to travel as light as I could. Therefore my iPhone became my only way to capture my travels.

I would encourage challenging yourself to take great pictures on your phone, as you will quickly discover the limitations of your equipment organically. Instead of spending a whole bunch of money on a flashy new camera, without really knowing what anything does, you will instead be looking for specific upgrades to the gear you already have, which will make transitioning into more expensive equipment much simpler.

crescent moon glowing behind mountain

What subject draws you to take a photo of it?

There is something about the mountains that has always given me inspiration. Perhaps it’s the alpine environment, and the unique colors and shapes that come with snowy mountains and landscapes. I’ve always been a fan of the cold, so getting out in the early hours of the morning to catch a vibrant sunrise over the peaks is always a treat.

Equally the thrill of watching the colors bounce off the snowcapped mountains in the evenings, has also provided me with some of my favorite images. I am also equally fascinated with wildlife. I have always been in love with animals, so any opportunity to get a photograph with a wild creature is a buzz.

man walking in snowy mountains

What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing a career in photography?

Finding a style. Photography is everywhere, and it feels difficult to stand out when there is so much talent all around you. I sometimes get overwhelmed with the amount of amazing work that I see on my social media, and it can be disheartening, when you compare it to your own. I have found that building my own style, has helped me to be more satisfied with my own photographs, and compare my work less with other artists.

Everyone is working as hard as each other on their own skills and building at their own pace. So don’t feel pressured or like your photos aren’t as good as someone else’s. Look for the elements you like about an artists work, and take inspiration. Figure out what it is that makes their images so good and learn from it, maybe even speak with other artists and ask for advice. Most fellow artists relish in the opportunity to connect with others and exchange knowledge.

Mist and fog in nature setting

What’s the secret! Are there specific types of equipment for taking these kinds of photos?

You can buy as much camera gear and equipment as you want, but if there is anything I have learnt from the photographers and artists I admire, it’s that you will only take good photographs if you go out and shoot. No matter what your niche or style is, the subject is key.

Nature can put on an incredible show, so get out amongst it and capture it. The more you explore the world, and take photographs, the more you will learn what to look for, and your images will benefit from it.