Hi and welcome to my little corner of the internet.
I have come to photography via a fairly unusual route. It was my first iPhone that really got me into photography and started me out on the path that I now find myself on. In 2009 during a cycling trip around the Lake District I took a photograph of Buttermere using an HDR app. It was my first well-composed shot and from that moment I was hooked.
I have always loved exploring the countryside of the UK whether on foot or by bicycle and it is this sense of exploration that I attempt to portray in my photography. I always try and capture a moment rather than simply a scene and I try to express how it felt to be at that place at that moment. Having trained as an engineer, subsequently becoming a software developer I love the technical side of modern cameras and post processing and I revel in the cool new features such as HDR, Liveview and wi-fi control and transfer that modern mirrorless cameras offer.
The locations I shoot are not always the most stunning or well-known but I always try to find interesting places that the viewer may be inspired to visit as a result of my photography.
I shoot digital and reproduce my prints in both colour and black and white depending on the location and the situation. I have never shot film which puts me in the minority as far as “serious” photographers are concerned, but I see it as a positive that allows me to embrace the latest technologies without pre-conceived ideas of how photography should be. Let’s face it, there will come a time in the not too distant future when no-one will have started out with film.
If you’re interested in the equipment I use please check out the Equipment page.
If you are looking to improve your photography and the images on this website have inspired you then please take a look at the Tuition page for more information on how I can help you get the most out of your photography and improve your skills. I also give away a lot of tips for free via my YouTube channel, particularly editing techniques. You can see all my videos on the Video Tutorials page.
Techniques taught include:
- Identifying the scene and seeing the shot
- Understanding composition and compositional techniques
- Understanding light and it’s effect on the shot
- When and how to use filters and other exposure control techniques such as HDR
- Long exposure
- Understanding your camera
- Leaving Auto mode behind
- Understanding Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and their relationship
- Using the histogram to ensure your exposure is correct
- Understanding focus and depth of field
- Why you should shoot RAW
- Post processing and why it is essential