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Jamie Oliver Interview

Jamie Oliver's well known for his cooking but he's also a keen photographer as you'll find out here.

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie, you are a keen photographer yourself, how have you found using the new Nikon D3100?
Jamie: Yes, I have had a keen interest in photography since I was about 18. I created books of work but I never felt I was very good – if I owned the D3100 15 years ago I might be a photographer now rather than a chef!

What I love about digital photography is that you can instantly capture all those important moments and have them immediately available to look back at. The D3100 is ideal for this because you can get great quality images and videos using an affordable, new generation camera that is really easy to use, has lots of extra features and gives you high-definition movies. It’s a brilliant camera.

Interviewer: Have there been any features of the D3100 that have really impressed you?
Jamie: The Guide Mode is great: it took me 10 years to discover the photography techniques that this camera can teach you in a few hours with the step-by-step guide. It helps you understand everything from depth of field to how to use the camera’s lens, how fast the shutter speed should be to create the look you want and even how different light can affect your images.

To make it even easier, you can also see example pictures on-screen depending on which scenarios and settings you have selected so you know what you are likely to get before you even take the picture.

Interviewer: Cooking is all about being creative – do you find there is a natural connection between this and photography?
Jamie: Yes, without question. Recipe books are a big part of what I do and photography is an essential element of my books. It is also one of my favourite disciplines - cooking something and then using photography to tell the story of the recipe and show the taste of the food.

As with cooking, you can read all the manuals and do your research and create an amazing picture by the book but sometimes, if you just experiment and have fun with the camera, you can still create something special almost by accident. Some of my biggest mistakes in cooking have been my best recipes and I think it is exactly the same with photography.

Jamie Oliver in the garden

Interviewer: What or who do you enjoy taking pictures of most?
Jamie: I have four kids now, and I really enjoy taking pictures of them as they grow up. For me, capturing the memories is the most precious thing. I do not just use a camera at home though, I always have one with me for work as well.

Interviewer: Tell us about how photography fits into your work.
Jamie: Because you can capture full HD movies with the D3100, and the level of quality is of such a high-standard, it does come in very useful during filming for the television series.

Also, if I go to a market and see interesting ingredients or I’m abroad and want to capture a cooking technique or a local dish, I can take a picture or video and show my team back at home. This can then provide inspiration for my recipes, books or the television series.

Interviewer: What do you think is the best thing about photography?
Jamie: I think the best thing about photography is letting other people have a go. For example, the other day I gave my eight year old daughter the camera to play with and she started taking pictures of things that were interesting to her. I flicked through the pictures and there was a picture of our pet bunny rabbit, a picture of the bunny’s food, a picture of my other daughter Daisy being naughty – it was like seeing life through my daughter’s eyes.

Jamie Oliver

Interviewer: Any final words?
Jamie: Capturing beautiful moments in time is so important. Nothing is forever and everything changes constantly - capture as much as you can so you have lots to remember and share with friends and family for years to come.
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11 Oct 2010 2:43PM
Sorry Nikon, but how much did you pay for this over-rated chef to advertise your consumer camera! Just make sure that strap has been folded correctly. Boy, that looks good on your Hasselblad Mr Loftus…
User_Removed 13 718 9 England
12 Oct 2010 1:48PM
He looks like a GWC holding that, any images from Jamie available?
SteveCharles 19 2.3k 18 England
12 Oct 2010 1:57PM
Less 'interview', more 'advert', methinks...
User_Removed 13 718 9 England
12 Oct 2010 5:56PM
That last photo "at arms length" really increases Olivers "hit me face" factor.

On his website there is barely a mention of photography and so far the only mention i have found is this "my team and I are able to send photos directly from our mobile phones up to my website"

Wow, you absolute pioneer Jamie, now go bake us a nice cake sweetheart.

Next, Gordon Ramsay reveals his passion for fine art still life subjects.
Bowline 15 28 England
13 Oct 2010 3:00PM
Blatant advertising.
Point and click.

If they had developed the micro wave and the frozen-meal concept in my youth I might now be a retired Chef, instead of a retired labourer!
shulverp 16 3 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2010 10:50AM
Nothing wrong with Jamie Oliver ,He's a great bloke and a pretty good cook .
But Photography ? I have never seen him with a camera in his hand on any of his programs in the past.

I think this is a case of..We give a famous bloke a free camera and of course he will say lots of good things about it!!

PS. I have nothing against Nikon cameras .I own 3 of them
jackitec 14 16 Spain
10 Feb 2011 8:15PM
When does he get the time for photography, he is to busy making tv programs, writing books doing adverts and cooking plus I think he is great, I watch his 30min meals every night on chan.4,

dandeakin 15 209 3 England
23 Jan 2014 4:57AM
nikon nation.....

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