UK Landscape Seascape, Architecture and Commercial Photography Blog & News

What's in the camera bag?
09th February 2014 - 0 comments
Compared with many landscape photographers I use a relatively small collection of camera equipment, aiming to work with a range of lightweight gear that is capable of recording high quality images with a limited kit bag. Here is a short article which I have written for a new photography website aimed at exploring some of the gear that photographers around the world have in their kit bag.
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New Year Photography Trip to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands
10th January 2014 - 0 comments
Over the new year period I was lucky enough to spend the week in the Scottish Highlands
staying in Glencoe giving me easy access to a number of excellent photography locations. The weather wasn't great for most of the week but I did manage a couple of trips out to take photos of Glencoe, Glen Etive, Glen Orchy and the surrounding area when the weather permitted concentrating on some of the amazing waterfalls in the area.
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River Coupall - from RAW file to finished image
03rd January 2014 - 0 comments
It is always an interesting discussion with another photographers regarding the differences in the digital RAW file which comes straight from the camera and the final processed, re-sized and polished version which will ultimately end up in the public domain on websites and in print. The discussion often centers around how touchy many photographers can be about their processing techniques and the amount of processing that has gone into the image to make the final presented image file.
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Looking back at 2013 – A review of photography trips and favorite photographs
29th December 2013 - 0 comments
It seems to be a theme these days to do a review of the previous year once we have entered the new year. 2014 is looking to be a busy year with lots of trips planned including a 2 week tour of Iceland along with trips to Ireland and back to the Scottish Highlands. 2014 will also be the year that I take on more freelance work (both landscape and digital imaging/marketing work) so plan to dedicate more time to the business side of my photography and continue on the growth within 2013.
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North Tyneside Coastal Photographs and Viewpoints
15th December 2013 - 0 comments
During my time in Newcastle I made many early morning trips to the glorious North Tyneside coastline, the beaches are some of the best so close to any city in the UK. Running from the mouth of the Tyne up to Whitley bay the coastline forms a photographers playground with rocky outcrops, man made harbors and piers, the historic Tynemouth priory, glorious sandy beaches and to top it off the famous St Mary’s Lighthouse just north of the beaches at Whitley Bay.
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Photographs of the River Avon in and around Stratford in Warwickshire
10th December 2013 - 0 comments
A few years ago my daily commute involved driving from Warwick to Stratford through some of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Working flexi time meant that I could combine the drive with some photography at various times in the morning so I was able to take the camera in the car and stop and shoot when the conditions were favourable. Here is a pick of my favourite photographs featuring the River Avon at various places in Warwickshire.
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Deadline for Christmas Calendar Delivery – Monday 16th December
05th December 2013 - 0 comments
As Christmas quickly approaches it is time to pick up your remaining Christmas presents and be ready for the festive break. My 2014 calendars have proven to be excellent Christmas presents in the past, the last order date to make sure that the calendars are with you in time for Christmas day will be Monday 16th December for guaranteed delivery.
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Photographing Christmas Lights and Festive Outdoor Christmas Scenes
22nd November 2013 - 1 comment
With the nights getting dark so early during December the opportunities for photography can be limited, especially if you are at work during the week. However December offers a few different chances to capture photographs of places that you would not normally think about shooting. With the Christmas light switch on seemingly happening earlier each year there is normally a good 6 week window to get out into the town or city centre and capture the beauty of the Christmas season in its full glory.
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Photographs of Historic Warwick Castle
19th November 2013 - 0 comments
Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved and most visit castles in the country. The castle was developed from a wooden castle built by William the Conqueror around 1068, I have taken a few photographs of Warwick Castle but being a commercial venture access to the actual grounds and other viewpoints is much more difficult than with other castles in the UK particularly at times when the conditions are best for photography.
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2014 Landscape Photography Calendar Update
14th November 2013 - 0 comments
Now that we are moving into mid-November and the Christmas adverts begin to appear on the TV I thought I would write a quick update on my 2014 calendar. I have received very good feedback from early purchasers of this years calendar; I have now sold over half of my stock of calendars and have around 40 remaining so if you are wanting to purchase one or a few calendars please don’t leave it too late.
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North Landing at Flamborough Head - Yorkshire Coast Seascape Photography
11th November 2013 - 0 comments
On Saturday I headed out in a rain storm to try and capture the seascapes around Flamborough Head on the Yorkshire Coast. The weather conditions were very dramatic with lovely cloud and some beautiful light but typically this was not anywhere near where I was so I had to contend with the reflections from the sunset and moody skies over the beaches at Flamborough. The tide had just turned when I arrived and was about as far out as it will go, so had to contend with an incoming tide and slippery rocks.
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Star Photography in the Peak District
09th November 2013 - 0 comments
On Thursday last week the weather forecast was looking positive showing clear skies and cool temperatures, I made the decision to head out into the Peak District after dark to try and capture the night sky. Star photography is not something I have tried many times in the past, I have captured a few longer exposure star trail shots but have not tried to capture a clear view of the sky with much shorter exposures.
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A morning photographing Padley Gorge and Higger Tor in the Peaks - October 2013
28th October 2013 - 1 comment
A relatively free weekend meant that I was able to plan to be out in the Peak District for Sunrise on Saturday morning, the weather forecast kept changing throughout the week but would seem to look dry if a little cloudy. The alarm went off bright and early and we were out on location well before sunrise hoping to catch the early morning light around Carl Wark. For the second time in recent weeks we've driven out of Sheffield with clear skies only to arrive on location to be greeted with thick cloud and zero opportunities for photography. We took one look at conditions and decided to descend down into the valley to try and get out of the low cloud and shoot some details in the woodland at Gridleford as the wide views would not be possible.
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Sheffield Street Art and Mural Photography
16th October 2013 - 1 comment
After a failed sunrise trip to Higger Tor due to zero visibility in the low autumn cloud with AMP Photography, we headed back down the hill into the centre of Sheffield to be greeted with some beautiful early morning light hitting the architecture of the City. We concentrated on the area around Sheffield Hallam University and made our way down from the Cheesegrater Q-Park down past the SHU union teapot building. Alongside more traditional architecture photography we were on a mission to capture some of the relatively new wall Murals which feature David Attenborough, Charles Darwin and Harry Brearley.
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Landscape Photography at Wast Water and Wasdale Head in the Lake District
26th September 2013 - 0 comments
Wasdale is has a very different feel to many areas of the Lake District and is different in many ways, the difficulty in accessing the area means that there are far few visitors than to other parts of the Lakes making it an unspoilt naturally beautiful area with a great sense of escape. You can walk around the hills and valleys here and see very few people (the exception being the main paths and climbs to Scafell).
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Understanding camera histograms and the importance of shooting to the right
18th September 2013 - 0 comments
The histogram is a tool in most DLSR cameras and photo editing software which at a basic level shows you a graph of the range on tones throughout your photograph. The term 'Shooting to the right' gets thrown around photography forums usually without any kind of information or guidelines showing what this actually is and why it is such a useful thing to know. The technique of shooting to the right is incredibly useful when you are hoping to get the absolutely best quality in the RAW file
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Understanding Social Media and its uses for Professional Photographers - 10 Top Tips
15th September 2013 - 0 comments
The social media boom is far from over, it is becoming more important every day to be on the numerous social channels and to generate interest through good content and regular updates. Finding time to be so active on these sites is the main hurdle faced by so many people, but updating your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks can be very rewarding.
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Android Tablet Review - Gobstopper Tablet by Sweet Tablets
12th September 2013 - 0 comments
I’ve been looking at various tablets for around a year but have never found one that I thought would be able to do everything I wanted it to without too much messing around and at a price point that is acceptable. I’ve been looking for a tablet that I could use to show off my photography on the go and to look after all of my emails and social media from home without having to sit at the computer. I stumbled across the Sweet Tablets website by chance, here was a UK based company offering tablets with similar specs and designs to the Samsung tablets at a much lower price point, I assumed there would be a catch but there hasn’t been one so far.
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Full day photography tour of the English Lake District | Derwent Water and Buttermere Loop
09th September 2013 - 3 comments
The same question comes up on many photography forums throughout the year - "I've got a day to spend in the Lake District, where shall I go?". I tend to suggest a loop starting from Derwentwater outside of Keswick and taking in Borrowdale and Buttermere where you can find a while variety of Lake District photography locations including lakes, waterfalls, fells, mountain views, stone circles, rivers, becks and wildlife.
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Image in the September Edition of Countryfile Magazine
06th September 2013 - 0 comments
My latest published image appears in the September 2013 edition of Countryfile Magazine which has one of my images from Wentworth Village just south of Barnsley as part of their feature on 12 must-visit British villages, it's nice to get my name alongside the picture with the image credit.
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