Corner Member Close Up: Danielle Tunstall

It's Friday, which means it's time for another 'Corner Member Close Up!' This week we meet photographer/photoshop artist Danielle Tunstall (Danielle_T) from the UK. Check out her unique style with a dozen+ photos below.

Name: Danielle Tunstall
Username: Danielle_T


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Danielle, I'm 32, I live in the UK and I'm a full time mum.

What does your username mean?

It means my name is Danielle and my surname name begins with T.

How old were you when you took your first picture with a camera; any camera? Was it any good?

Probably about 8 or 9, a disposable camera, very creative but not very good!

What was it about photography that made you want to become a photographer? Why do you take photographs?

I started taking photographs as have no time and space to paint, now I'm hooked it not only saves on space and time but makes a lot less mess (some times) and is a million times more accurate.

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

I have all ways been artistic but my love was for sculpture and painting, (I used to take photos to document art but not great photos purely for recording purposes) photography has been a proper passion for just over 2 years.

What is your background/training in photography?

15 years ago I did a course on learning how to use the dark room, I didn't enjoy it at all in fact found it a nightmare. I did pass and learn the techniques but what I learnt I have, to this day, never used. If anything it put me off photography. Every thing now is digital I have completely trained my self to use camera and computer. When I was at school we didn't do computers - I think there was only one in the school. Two and a half years ago I didn't even know what Google was let alone how to process photos. I have spent 3 to 5 hours every night for two years (minus only a couple of days) teaching my self Photoshop. I don't do tutorials either (as I can't follow them).


What was your very first camera?

Sony Alpha A-100.

What equipment is in your camera bag now? What pieces of equipment will be added to the collection next?

Canon EOS 500D, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, lens cleaning cloth, spare battery and 16GB sd card. Next I desperately need lighting due to bad weather and short days.

You are asked to choose one lens from the following group: 14mm wide angle, 50mm prime, 200mm telephoto, 105mm macro. You could only use one of these for the rest of your photographic life. Which would you choose and why?

50mm prime lens because I love being close to my subject and getting best detail and quality I can.

Bonus Questions

Have you ever Photoshoped/edited a photo but told others you haven't?

No I have only ever produced one photo which was totally unphotoshopped, the rest are all photoshopped and I'm honest about it.

Do you like your photos most of the time or dislike them most of the time? Why do you think that is?

I like them most of the time but am never ever 100% happy with fished results.

Do you think that photographers take photos because they can't paint; or do painters paint because they aren't good photographers?

You follow your passion if you're really an artist and use which tools you feel comfortable with and are passionate about.

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

Faces, because people are strange!

You are given a dream assignment to choose one person in the world that you can photograph. Who would you choose? Where would you photograph him/her? Why that person and setting?

I would love to photograph Björk, some one suggested that to me when commenting on one of my photos and haven't got the idea out of my head since. I would love to photograph her on a plain backdrop with an amazing outfit and crazy makeup.

What are your goals for your photography?

To ridiculous to say.

What photo did you take that you are the most proud of up to this point in your photographic journey?

I was asked to do a portrait of a man called Tim Andrews - he was a lawyer in Hampshire. He found out he had Parkinson's Disease and gave up his job and is going on an artistic journey getting photographed by different photographers at different stages of his illness. I was so pleased he asked me to do his portrait and it was an honour and an inspiration to meet him and to be a part of the project. He said if tomorrow he could go back to his old life and get rid of Parkinson's Disease, he wouldn't - he has never felt so alive and happy. I have, for obvious reasons, had to shorten this story! The photo I took will be used to promote an exhibition along side Rankin and Harry Borden. For my photo to be chosen to be used along side theirs is amazing for me I have never even step foot inside a studio before, so for this to happen I'm in shock.

What was the most dangerous thing (or worst thing) you ever did to get 'The Shot'?

Well it wasn't dangerous for me but my camera: I went fairly deep into the sea with camera to get shot of my daughter pretending to get eaten by a shark whilst a storm was coming. My camera made it out in one piece. I wouldn't be so stupid or desperate to get a shot again (maybe).

The Corner

What initially drew you into Corner?

The competitions.

What keeps your hanging around the Corner?

The people. Due to having to work at night on my processing, website and selling my work, I don't get as much time as I would like to spend here. But the people are so friendly, great for intellectual and honest comments and advise on work and camera equipment. I even met my best friend who I talk to almost every day at the Corner! (Hey Doug!)

What section of the Corner is your most frequented or favorite?

Photo Sharing Corner, but again not there as much as I would like! And if I had more time, the Premiere Projects is great place for learning and progressing.

What advice would you give other members of PhotographyCorner?

Photograph any thing and everything until you find what your passion is in photography. Once you have found what your direction is, stay true to your self, don't follow others, be original and your work will no doubt be very impressive.

If you could meet any member of the Corner, but could ask them only one question, who would you want to meet and what would that question be?

I would like to meet Doug Hagadorn. My question would be "do you want to go for a drink and talk about photography?"


What thing about yourself as an artist do you want to be remembered for?

For being original, creative and slightly disturbing.

If you knew it were your last day with your equipment, whether it be by choice or not, what would you photograph and why?

I would photograph my children for obvious reasons.

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–06–10 15:24