Southsea Snapper

The feature photo for Southsea Folk comes from The Southsea Snapper whose style of snapping parts of Southsea and Portsmouth has won the hearts of the city!

I caught up with Carlos to grill him a little on photography and that photo I chose for the feature.

How did you get into photography?

I have always been interested in photography, but this has always been just a self-taught hobby. As a teenager, I learned basic edition skills and started to carry an entry-level camera everywhere. I always preferred street photography, keeping an eye for unusual scenes or random incidents within public places.

How did you take the featured photo?

I spend a lot of time walking around Southsea and I’m constantly snapping away, experimenting with different angles which can make my photos more interesting.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to take scenery shots like the promoted one?

Keep an eye out for beautiful scenes that may make a good photo and snap as soon as you see something cool. It’s worth investing in a good camera but I started off with just my smartphone and got some good photos from that.

So, even if you are not quite ready to invest in a camera, you should still have a go with a phone. It’s all about capturing as much as possible when out and about.

Have you always used the same photographic equipment?

A few years ago, I decided to sell my camera and lenses, and use exclusively my smartphone for snapping, editing and sharing. There are so many things happening around, but some scenes only last a few seconds. That’s what I am most interested in capturing. Most of the shots are captured, edited, and uploaded within minutes. Some will think they’re over-edited and too unrealistic, others will find the style interesting and unique. This town is full of amazing photographers so luckily there are great accounts to follow to suit everyone’s taste!

Where do you want readers to find you? 

Readers can find me on Instagram. My handle is @southseasnapper


By Louise O’Brien