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WILDLIFE BABIES

I’ve been a professional wildlife photographer since 2008 and for all of that time I’ve been trying to take pictures that will invoke an emotional response with people. In my experience, there is nothing that does that quite as well as baby animals. It’s probably got [...]

ANIMAL PORTRAITS

Look this way big fella! It's like herding cats... I tend to think of wildlife portraits as finding the essence of an animal. Just like human portraits, taking animal portraits follows a lot of the same rules with a few major differences. Whilst you'll have the [...]

THE BEAUTY OF BACK-LIGHT

A rufous-tailed hummingbird in Costa Rica Back-light is, as you might expect, where the light on the subject is predominantly from behind. What this does is produce a dramatic effect, outlining the subject in rim light. All the more stunning if that light is warm in [...]

TEXTURE

I don't know how other photographers describe texture, but I always think of it as visually representing what you would feel if you reached into the photograph and touched the surface of the subject. By the way, don't do this to an elephant! Speaking of elephants, [...]

STUNNING SUNSETS

There's something incredibly evocative about the colours at sunset and sunrise. (In fact, I wrote a whole article a while ago about it for Landscape Photography Magazine) In this blog post, I've collected a few thoughts about what I look for when creating a good [...]

By |2019-04-18T18:35:57+01:0011 Apr 2019|Africa, Composition, France, Kenya, Landscapes, Sunsets, Technique, Tips|

CHIAROSCURO

"What's that?" I hear you say. Chiaroscuro is an Italian word which literally means "bright-dark". It's an artistic term used to describe the use of strong contrasts between light and dark areas to enhance the 3D modelling of the subject and create drama. And I love [...]

CLUTTER: THE ENEMY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPOSITION

A good photograph must grab the viewer's attention. That usually means that the subject of the photo mustn't have to fight with a lot of other distracting stuff in the frame. If there's one thing that kills a photo immediately, it's having a cluttered background. The eye likes things [...]

THE WILD DREAM SHORT FILM

Wow, this is excellent. My friend Scotty Shaw's final year film is now finished: The Wild Dream Short Film. I'm delighted to have been involved in a small way, shooting the drone scenes in the Lake District. Nice one, Scotty, Meg and Rahman :) THE WILD DREAM SHORT FILM [...]

By |2019-03-30T14:46:24+01:003 Jun 2018|Filmmaking / Video, Lake District, Newcastle & Tyneside|

FILMING AERIAL FOOTAGE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

I'm a qualified commercial CAA drone pilot and last week shot some aerials for Scotty Shaw's new film The Wild Dream. It was great to work with him and the actors Meg Birley and Rahman Telliam. Here's a short montage of some of the shots: Shooting some drone aerials [...]

By |2019-03-30T14:47:25+01:002 May 2018|Filmmaking / Video, Lake District|

GORILLAS, CHIMPS AND SAFARI ALL IN ONE!

Introducing my new Uganda trip! I'm delighted to be partnering with Penda Photo Tours to offer this 10 day exciting wildlife photography holiday, covering critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as our closest cousins: chimpanzees, and a host of other primates. Not only that, but we've added on a [...]