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

Developing black and white for scanning

10 February, 2015

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

The future of film

27 August, 2012

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

On Landscape Interview

24 July, 2012

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

Keeping Going

20 May, 2012

Balancing work and play ...more

Close Focus with LF

11 March, 2012

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

Bellows Factor

10 March, 2012

A simple table for calculating bellows factor ...more

Book 'Vision and Craft' is published

5 November, 2011

With a foreword by Joe Cornish and after 6 long years my first book is finally published... ...more

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

13 January, 2010

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

A Sense of Place - Connecting with the Landscape

9 December, 2009

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

Reflected Light

25 April, 2009

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

Patterns in the Landscape

5 April, 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 February, 2009

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

Staggered Grads

15 December, 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

9 November, 2008

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

Large Format Movements Explained

20 September, 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?

4 June, 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 May, 2007

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

Exposure Part V - Accurate Midpoints

6 May, 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

5 May, 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

4 May, 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 April, 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 April, 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