It’s hard to believe we’ve come to an age where what we see with the naked eye can be captured and reproduced in such strikingly different ways. The results may vary across every creator based on what has piqued his or her interest, but can we all agree that the most important takeaway is that one enjoys the process of creation?
With 15 years of photography experience to her name, Dominique Cherry claims the one major ingredient to mastering and loving the craft is to simply relax, follow your heart and focus on expressing yourself.
“I’ve now learnt that it’s OK not to be a technical genius in photography,” she says, keeping her trusty Nikon Z 6 within reach at all times. “I chose it for its low light capabilities, how it feels in my hand, and the price point.”
The art of creation and expression should be as fuss-free as possible, and low light capabilities, for one, is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to unpredictable environments. This is especially so for a food and lifestyle photographer such as Dominique since results are highly dependent on temperamental light conditions.
“Shooting in restaurants most often means low light situations. The Z 6 performs beautifully at a high ISO, (and even in handheld)!” In addition, Dominique raves about the powerful in-body VR and tilt screen of the camera, as it provides additional support and flexibility when lugging around a tripod just doesn’t cut it.
“When capturing a dish overhead, rather than standing on a chair, I can simply extend the screen out and hold my camera high above. The touch screen also helps as I can swipe through the images to show my clients images from the back of the screen.”
One thing most people look out for when it comes to a photography tool is lightweight and portability. A mirrorless camera, the Z 6 has the added benefit of being compact. Like Dominique states, “The fact that it is lightweight really helps when shooting food events and I have to keep the camera in hand for a long time. It’s also great for travelling.”
While the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lends just enough space and context to her food pictures, Dominique’s go-to pairing for travel and lifestyle shots include the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S and NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S.
“I love shooting with shallow depth of field and the 85mm is a gorgeous lens when shooting portraits in a lifestyle setting,” she shares. To top it off, eye detection on the Z 6 further allows seamless tracking of the subject.
While our handy smartphones are convenient tools when it comes to documenting moments, Dominique puts her faith in a full-bodied camera entirely. “The captures [with the Z 6] just feel more intimate and moody.”
At the end of the day, photography is as Dominique puts it, “visual storytelling, capturing moments from everyday.” There’s no time like now to kickstart your storytelling adventure, and we can’t wait to see your version of everyday.
Dominique is an Australian-based, food and lifestyle photographer who has documented life stories for the past 18 years. With an unyielding lust for capturing candid moments, her approach is fresh, spirited and compelling through use of natural light.