I grew up in the UK loving nature and traveI. I remember my first camping trips in France and Switzerland as a child, and looking back it was probably those holidays that awoke the wanderlust in me. I left England in my mid 20s and since then have lived in various places before settling in Lisbon, Portugal.
A love of travelling has been a constant in my life but a love of photography developed much later when I realised my photographs from my travels weren't really very good. I bought my first digital camera in 2006 and attempted to teach myself how to take better pictures of the places I saw rather than just snapshot records.
As I gained experience in photography I started writing blogs and contributing articles to magazines to pass on what I'd learned, and this led to leading workshops, which combined well with my previous career as a teacher.
Now I focus on shooting landscapes and travelling, teaching photography through workshops and writing. I'm still inspired by visiting new places and new cultures, from the landscapes to the buzz of the cities, from the people to the food, and when I'm not out travelling or taking pictures I can usually be found at home with my wife planning the “next trip”.
I shoot with Fuji X series cameras and I’m proud to be a brand ambassador for Fuji in Portugal and one of their X Photographers. I currently use a Fuji X-T2 along with various Fujinon lenses. Before switching to Fuji, I spent around 8 years using Nikon dSLRs.
I principally use Lee neutral density filters to control the light for landscape work, along with a Gitzo Mountaineer or Traveller carbon fibre tripod. Post-processing is done using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CC and Nik plug-ins.
Recently I've been more and more fascinated by film. Over the last couple of years video technology has reached a point where it's possible to carry a whole array of tools for filming without compromising on my photography equipment or on my philosophy of travelling as light as possible. Cameras like the GoPro Hero 5 are capable of capturing stunning RAW photos and 4k images, the Fuji X-T2 shoots beautiful 4K video on top of it's fantastic still photo capability. Additionally, tools like DJI's Mavic Pro drone and Osmo+ gimbal stabilised camera make it possible to capture a whole range of film and photography and still travel extremely light.
In 2017 one of my aims is to learn how to better harness these incredible tools as well as improving my knowledge of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.
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