"I have been able to utilize the Sony's cutting edge technologies to create pictures with impact and dynamic energy."
Photography has always been a passion for me. This is true whether it is a professional commission to create the Art Director's original vision and concept, or a personal level, striving to make the impossible possible. I often combine both natural and artificial light to create a style recognizable as mine, whether shooting in a studio or on a mountainside.
I was formerly a club photographer for Tottenham Hotspur and worked with leading motorsport teams, extensive cycling and snow sports. My work, both commissioned and un-commissioned, has been published in national and international publications. I have worked with global corporations and businesses for advertising campaigns, editorial and promotional use.
Exclusively a Sony user since 2009, I have been able to utilize the company's cutting edge technologies to create pictures with impact and dynamic energy. Currently I am using both D-SLT and A7-series cameras coupled with Zeiss and G optics, I can take assignments with the confidence that I have everything required in my artillery to get the shot I need.
About / Biography
Nick Webster has been working professionally in the field of sports since the late 90s, having been recruited as a regular commissioned photographer on the UK's leading Football magazine, Match. Nick was also taken on by a small race team and allowed a free reign to photogaph their motorsport season. Without the restrictions imposed by agencies, Nick was able to capture moments both at the track and away from the circuit and create images which stood out from others. His relationship has remained in tact to this day, plotting the highs and lows of a sports team.
While sport is the main focus of Nick's photography, he is also happy to shoot fashion and endeavors to combine the two fields wherever possible. "Shooting fashion helps me approach sports photography in a different way and shooting sports allows me to approach fashion with a unique style."
Nick's work has been published across the globe in both magazines and books, with his pictures used to illustrate articles and promote brands, events, and ski resorts. His fashion photography featured in books is taught to every fashion student in higher education. Nick has also regularly written for the photographic technique on sports and lighting technique.
Having used the Sony system since 2009, Nick utilizes the new technologies regularly arriving in the new Sony system models to elevate his creativity.
Describe the moment you knew photography changed your life
I was working as a motorsport engineer and didn’t really enjoy the work or the long hours. I had a camera, but I wasn’t passionate about taking pictures. It wasn’t until I started getting unrestricted access to Formula 1 test sessions in a garage with cars revving and having trackside access without being kept behind a wire fence. This ignited a spark and I knew then I wanted to make a career in photography.
If you could sum up your work in one word or one sentence, what would that be?
Simple, but full of impact.
What is the most remarkable person, place or thing you have ever photographed and why?
It’s almost impossible to give an answer to this. I have worked in international football, motorsport, cycling and even shot bands I grew-up admiring. My approach has always been to treat everyone as a human and by doing this it takes the remarkable element out of the equation. The two people I would have loved to have spent time with and photographed are both dead (Bob Carlos Clarke and Ayrton Senna) and few people have measured-up in my eyes since then, but who knows who I may be asked to photograph tomorrow who blows my mind?
Talk to us about your bucket list... what is on the top of that list of things to photograph?
I really can’t decide on which would be the top of my list. It’s down to a choice between unrestricted access with a squad during the Winter Olympics or a season covering the cycling Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España). It would always have to be as part of a team in order to earn the trust of the athletes and staff, as it always gives something extra to a picture.
If you had not become a photographer, what might you be today
I have a background in motorsport and aviation engineering, but I’d probably have moved-on from that by now. I’d like to think I would be something like a Head Gardener somewhere. Somewhere I could stand back and admire my work. Having said that, if I was told tomorrow that photography did not exist and I had to choose any job, it would be to run cycling events and holidays.
Give us your thoughts about the Global Imaging Ambassadors program.
I think it is an excellent program. It gives me the opportunity to push myself to create images I probably wouldn’t take or even conceive of if I simply worked to my client’s briefs. I have had links with Sony since 2009 and the support network available to me since then and now with the Global Imaging Ambassador program helps me grow both as a photographer and a creative.
What is your favorite Sony camera of the moment (explain why)?
I really love the α7. The α7-series cameras have re-written the way I look at cameras. The range are all compact and simple, yet the α7 gives me the performance I demand and rarely misses a shot. I can’t wait to get my hands on the α7ii.
Sony FE SEL2470Z
Sony FE SEL70200G
Sony FE SEL55Z
Sony 1.4x Teleconverter
Bowens Gemini GM500Pro x 2
Bowens Gemini GM400R x 2
Bowens Limelite Masaic LED panels x 2
Bowens Lighting Adapters