Interview with Dalton Perry
To kick off our interview series, we asked Dalton Perry, or @daltonmperry on Instagram, a few questions about life, travel and photography and had him share some of his favorite photos from his travels with us.
Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from Maryland but have been in Spartanburg, South Carolina since 2011!
What got you into photography? Traveling! My wife and I travel a good bit and I just wanted to start capturing those places so we could remember them well.
What gear do you shoot with? I shoot with a Canon 60D and most of the time with a Tamron 10-24mm Lens, wide angle baby!
Do you have a favorite place to shoot? Linville Gorge Wilderness for sure.
Do you have a favorite photo you've ever taken, and if so, what is it? I’d probably have to say sunrise at Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand. Favorite morning I’ve ever experienced and to this day the most incredibly rewarding hike I’ve done so far.
Where are some of your favorite places you've traveled to and why? First and foremost New Zealand. Everywhere you turn looks like a post card. The scenery changes from more tropical on North Island to more Alps-like on the South Island. On top of that the people are some of the nicest I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and the food is amazing! There’s so much feeling of freedom and adventure in that country and I love it so much! After that would have to be Switzerland - the Alps speak for themselves! And then Iceland, so rugged and wild, so many times we truly felt like we were the only ones around for miles. They were very kind people as well!
If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be? I’d have to say the next places I’d love to visit would be Norway, Argentina, and Kazakhstan.
If you have any tips for using Instagram or just becoming a better photographer, do you care to share any? For Instagram, just be real. Engage with people. And then take that further and go hang in real life. Doesn’t even have to be about photography or hiking or whatever. Grab a coffee, go to a show. I’ve made a ton of friends through this app and that’s when you can really enjoy IG for what it is.
For Photography: Just shoot a ton with the gear you have. Make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people when you have questions. There’s a common misconception that you have to have all this incredible gear to take great photos...it’s just not true. Gradually upgrade your gear as you feel more comfortable with photography in general and build upon that organically.