Viewpoints

Short articles on topics that interest me, ideas and a few hints and tips.

Visualisation

18/02/2020

Thoughts on the visualisation step of the photographic process ...more

Inspiration in photography

19/11/2019

Finding the inspiration to make new images is the challenge every photographer (in fact every artist) ultimtely faces. Can inspiration be created? ...more

What is a photographic process?

12/11/2019

A short summary of my own photographic process ...more

The GFX Cambo Actus

06/11/2019

The whys and wherefores followed by a few pointers ...more

Seed images: escaping the tyranny of the masterpiece

21/10/2019

What to do when an alchemy image happens... ...more

Organising Abstract Photography

15/10/2019

Borrowing from music’s sonata form to help structure abstract portfolios ...more

Developing black and white for scanning

10/02/2015

Some thoughts on my process given the demise of Aculux 3 my preferred developer ...more

The future of film

27/08/2012

Musings on the recent fallout from the inevitable restructuring of the film industry ...more

On Landscape Interview

24/07/2012

An audio interview I did with Tim Parkin, the editor of UK photography magazine On Landscape ...more

Keeping Going

20/05/2012

Balancing work and play ...more

Close Focus with LF

11/03/2012

Technique when getting up close... ...more

Bellows Factor

10/03/2012

A simple table for calculating bellows factor ...more

Strategies for longevity - the value of investing time in photographing the landscape

13/01/2010

An article I wrote after considering what 'productivity' really meant in photography ...more

A Sense of Place - Connecting with the Landscape

09/12/2009

An article I wrote following a Photography Workshop in the Lakes ...more

Reflected Light

25/04/2009

An article exploring one of the most fasinating and rewarding areas of photography ...more

Patterns in the Landscape

05/04/2009

Following a trip to Northumberland, I reflected on a fantastic day of detail images and put together the following article. ...more

Perspective Control in Landscape Photography

10/02/2009

An article I wrote following my recent experimentation with deliberate use of perspective control ...more

Staggered Grads

15/12/2008

Analysing an image from Saltwick Bay triggered me to develop and adopt a better technique for making those tricky pre-dawn images ...more

UK Locations

09/11/2008

A list of my favourite UK photographic locations. ...more

Large Format Movements Explained

20/09/2007

In this article I try to explain and demystify some of the common Large Format View Camera movements and their effects. ...more

What makes a great location?

04/06/2007

A trip to Saltwick Bay got me reflecting on what makes a truly great location for photography. ...more

Exposure Part VI - Bringing all it together ***Updated 28/10/10***

20/05/2007

In the final part I summarise the process and talk through some real life examples. ...more

Exposure Part V - Accurate Midpoints

06/05/2007

In the penultimate article in my guide to exposure I cover how to refine the midpoint exposure using an incident light meter ...more

Exposure Part IV - Adjustments

05/05/2007

In the fourth part of my guide to exposure I cover some of the final adjustments you need to make – for filters and (on large format) bellows factor. ...more

Exposure Part III – Graduated Filters

04/05/2007

In the third part of my guide to exposure I discuss how to use a graduated filter to help ensure highlight and shadow detail is retained in your image. ...more

Exposure Part II - Highlights

28/04/2007

In part II of my guide to exposure I look at how to handle highlights and shadows. ...more

Exposure Part I - Metering for a Midpoint

24/04/2007

Modern electronics are a wonderful thing but leaving the camera on automatic is giving up control to a machine of one of the most critical and creative aspects of your photography. But how do you take control? Read the first part of my guide to metering with a spot meter. ...more