ICELAND SUMMER WORKSHOP TRIP REPORT

ICELAND SUMMER WORKSHOP TRIP REPORT

Earlier this summer I spent a week or so in Iceland leading a summer workshop there with fellow photographer Andrea Livieri and we had some spectacular conditions. We had a fantastic group of six people, none of whom had visited Iceland before and spent our first evening in Reykjavik getting to know everyone over dinner.

TUSCANY IN MAY WORKSHOP

TUSCANY IN MAY WORKSHOP

When I first got interested in landscape photography I started to come across images from Tuscany taken by Charlie Waite and it was always a place I wanted to visit. I made my first photography trip there ten years ago in 2009, returning many times over the years to lead workshops, and it never fails to inspire. This year's workshop took place, as usual, in early May when the hills are lush green and the flowers are in bloom and the changeable spring weather brings dynamic light and a good chance of mist in the mornings.

THE FAROE ISLANDS IN APRIL

THE FAROE ISLANDS IN APRIL

Back in April I spent ten days in the Faroe Islands with my good friend and workshop co-leader Andrea Livieri as we scouted out some locations for our workshop there next year. The Faroes are an incredible place situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean midway between the Shetland Isles and Iceland, they have a little of both culturally, but the landscape is completely unique.

RETURN TO LOFOTEN

RETURN TO LOFOTEN

Less than two weeks after returning from Lofoten I was heading out there again for a second workshop. As soon as I landed at Oslo it was immediately apparent that a lot of the snow from earlier in the month had disappeared, and then when I arrived in Lofoten, after a pretty windy final stage of the flight, I was amazed at how different the landscape was

LOFOTEN WITH VAGABOND EXPEDITIONS

LOFOTEN WITH VAGABOND EXPEDITIONS

This winter I did two workshops in Lofoten, the first in February with Jonas from Vagabond Expeditions. I love Lofoten in Winter, it’s an amazing place and I was really excited this winter to be going there twice

A WEEK IN THE DOLOMITES IN WINTER

A WEEK IN THE DOLOMITES IN WINTER

I love the Dolomites. The jagged spires and peaks are my favourite landscape to photograph and every time I’m back there I find new inspiration. Photographing these same mountains blanketed in winter snow was something I’d wanted to do for a long time

MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY - CAPTURE TO EDITING

MOUNTAIN PHOTOGRAPHY - CAPTURE TO EDITING

Last month I spent a week or so in the snowy Dolomites mountains and put together this video about shooting an image from capturing the scene to my complete image editing workflow. We weren’t that lucky with the conditions, either having too much wind and driving snow, or completely clear skies with no drama, but landscape photography is usually about taking the scene as you find it and working out how best to shoot and edit a scene to fit the mood of a place.

CREATIVE EXPOSURE INTERVIEW

CREATIVE EXPOSURE INTERVIEW

Earlier this month I spent 10 days in Lofoten running a landscape photography workshop with Jonas Paurell from Vagabond Expeditions. Jonas gets to work with lots of incredible photographers like Thomas Heaton and Morten Hilmer and has started a film series where he interviews each one about photography and the creative proces

ICELAND - THE HIGHLANDS WORKSHOP

ICELAND - THE HIGHLANDS WORKSHOP

Early in the summer I was in Iceland running a couple of workshops. The first was around Iceland’s famous ring-road but the second saw us switch to a modified Land Rover Defender and head into the depths of the Highlands.

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

7 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

There are certain tips and pieces of advice that I find myself giving more than anything else during workshops or in response to email enquiries, and in this video I've tried to put them all together.

ICELAND - LAND OF FIRE & ICE WORKSHOP

ICELAND - LAND OF FIRE & ICE WORKSHOP

Back in June and July I ran a two eight day workshops in Iceland, home to some of the most dramatic and photogenic landscapes on the planet.  It's always a pleasure to return to Iceland, and showing it to people on a workshop for the first time, seeing people just go "wow, what an amazing place" is  one of the best parts of my job.

NEW ARCTIC CIRCLE & NORTHERN LIGHTS WORKSHOP

NEW ARCTIC CIRCLE & NORTHERN LIGHTS WORKSHOP

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be teaming up with Jonas Paurell of Vagabond Expeditions to run a photography expedition to the Arctic Circle in February next year.  We'll be using dog sleds, snow-mobiles and snowshoes to explore Swedish Lapland, meeting the semi-nomadic reindeer herding Sámi communities and experiencing the northern lights in this incredible winter landscape.

TUSCANY IN SPRING WORKSHOP

TUSCANY IN SPRING WORKSHOP

Earlier this month I was one of the co-leaders on the Light Explorers' Tuscany In Spring workshop.  We spent five days at a fantastic hotel just outside San Quirico d'Orcia with an awesome group of people shooting amongst the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany

WORKSHOPS ON LISBON'S WILD COAST

WORKSHOPS ON LISBON'S WILD COAST

I’ve just returned from leading a workshop in the gorgeous rolling hills of Tuscany and next month I’ll be in Iceland to lead two workshops in some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.  However, when I’m not travelling I often lead small or 1-to-1 workshops in my home city of Lisbon and on the coast here.

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 2

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 2

Pretty soon into our  trip to Lofoten we realized the sunrises were oftern something special there.  The high latitude means that the sun rises quite slowly above the ocean casting it’s light almost horizontally onto the snowy peaks and bouncing off the bottom of any clouds.  It really is wonderful.

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

USING LIGHT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY - VIDEO

Light is the raw material of photography and “good light” is something all landscape photographers seek.  In this video I take a look at the quality of light at different times of day and in different weather conditions, focusing on the golden hour, the blue hour and overcast light.

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 1

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: PART 1

Back at the beginning of March I headed to the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway with Kostas and Konstantinos, my colleagues from Light Explorer Photography Workshops, to spend some time shooting in this incredible place. There’s something about snow covered landscapes that’s so incredibly evocative, especially since where I live in Lisbon winter just means grey clouds and rain.

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

VIDEO - 6 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A TELEPHOTO LENS FOR LANDSCAPES

Wide angles are the obvious choice for a lens when shooting landscapes, but there are plenty of times when you really need to have a telephoto lens in your camera bag to get the most out of a scene.

FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR

FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE YEAR

Kicked off 2018 with my first workshop of the year the other week. It’s going to be an exciting year with workshops in Tuscany, Iceland and Italy, as well as trips to Lofoton, and possibly more, planned so far. I always enjoy meeting new people and sharing locations and photography tips with workshop participants is one of the best parts of the job. This time it was a local workshop with some time spent shooting on the west coast, a sunrise at Vasco da Gama bridge and then some street shooting around the old neighbourhood.

THE DOLOMITES PART 2: TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

THE DOLOMITES PART 2:  TRE CIME AND CIVETTA

After leaving Val Gardena we headed east, first through Passo Sella which sits between the peaks of Sassalongo and the cliffs of the Sella towers, then following the hairpin roads twisting down the valley, then up again to the Passo Pordoi and down to the village of Arraba