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Inspiration and information to help you make the most of your travel and photography




Fabulous field guides for my favourite destinations. Full of rich detail to help you make the most of your photographic opportunity on location.

Punakha Sunrise

Punakha Sunrise

A rare opportunity to welcome the morning rays of sunshine as they break across Bhutan. Here’s your guide to one of the most beautiful photographic experiences in the land of the Thunder Dragon. Sunrise over Punakha in the Himalayan winter.


Uluru for Photographers

Uluru for Photographers

This magnificent monolith in the heart of Australia's Red Center is one of the world's most inspiring locations for a photographer to visit. Be warned however, it is also a subject that demands care and respect.


Sunbirds in the Carpark

Sunbirds in the Carpark

If your goal is to catch great photos of birds, your best opportunities might be easier to access than you imagined.


The art of photography is not about the camera, it's about what you do with it. Change your attitude to change your photography.

Priorities

Priorities

In the space of a fortnight I've had the same story told to me by two different people, both of whom are very talented with a camera. They went to a workshop to learn new skills and came away with less control over their camera and creativity. They were forced to shoot fully manual and ended up moving away from their best creativity instead of towards it.


The Photographic Paradox

The Photographic Paradox

Each photograph is a stepping stone on a journey. We think of photography as freezing time and capturing the moment. But what are we really holding onto and where do all those pixels end their journey?


Why We Ask First

Why We Ask First

Asking permission before taking photos of a stranger is not just a matter of respect, it’s also the path to better portraits and a more rewarding experience for you and your subject.


Very selected features on the hardware, software and extra wares that help me get the job done.

Hard Lessons with Hard Drives

Hard Lessons with Hard Drives

This is the 2020 update to my popular article on why and how to make sure your backups are sorted. Cloud storage is not always the answer when big RAW files and big photo collections are at stake. I spend more on hard drives than cameras, so read on to find out why.


The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal

The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal

Very rarely a new lens comes along that changes how I think about photography. This is one of those lenses. My priority for glass is always quality over convenience, but this time you get enough of both to make it a hard one to walk past. The newly released "DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH" by Panasonic+Leica is not only a great lens for MFT systems, but may well be good enough to tempt full frame owners to look seriously at adopting the smaller mirrorless format of the Lumix G series.


Lumix G9 in Kenya

Lumix G9 in Kenya

Review of the new Lumix after field testing for two weeks on safari, chasing big game and small.


There's more to photography than just the camera. Looking at the bigger picture is good for your development.

Free Advice for New Beginnings

Free Advice for New Beginnings

If you've suddenly found yourself in the freelance market, or have a very small business that needs to be online instead of on-site, then starting up a web presence is key to your future. I'm offering my time and expertise to help strangers get started on this journey. No charge, I just want to be helpful to other people who are struggling.


Behind the Feathers

Behind the Feathers

I started trying to write a thankyou list for all the people who helped make the "Feathers of the Dragon" exhibition possible, and was quickly overwhelmed by how connected the world really is. Both the world of galleries with their images on the wall, and the world of wild spaces where birds exist in harmony with the Himalayan mountains. Apologies in advance that it took 1800 words to say my THANKS.


Every Little Step

Every Little Step

Every little step you make towards enriching the world we live in is worth while. You may not feel like you’re having a huge impact, but don’t stop trying.




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