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  • Gearing up For Wet Weather

    Gearing up For Wet Weather

    As I write this, I’m sat in my car overlooking one of the many footpaths that line the south coast. On a fine day, this route is one of my favourites; you can follow it for about 2.5 miles, camera in hand, stopping for lunch at one of the local pubs overlooking the water before [...]

  • Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014

    Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014

    This week: I’m giving a quick rundown of my activities at this year’s Outdoor Trade Show. One of my more recent trips up-country was my annual visit to the Outdoor Trade Show in Warwickshire. At the event, I get the chance to catch up with colleagues from many of the brands whose products feature in Test/Review [...]

  • TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London

    TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London

    This week: I’m talking through the first of two shoots recently undertaken for a long-standing corporate client. On this occasion, the requirement was for a range of posed, studio-setup shots as well as unposed candid images captured during a meeting. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Test/Review – Peli 1510 Case Nikon D3 [...]

  • This Is NOT #Microadventure

    This Is NOT #Microadventure

    A quick heads-up – this is going to be something of a rant piece, I’m afraid. I generally don’t write many highly-charged pieces, instead preferring to deal with topics in a more level-headed (usually, offline) way. But on this occasion, I feel compelled to say something more publicly – because a recent experience really… well… [...]

  • Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was

    Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was

    This week: I’m giving an insight into a photo shoot which, for one reason or another, didn’t happen. Last week, I caught up with young adventurer, Alex Staniforth, for what was supposed to be a wild camp and photoshoot. In the days leading up to that, I headed out to scout our chosen location and make [...]

  • Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing

    Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing

    This week: I’m talking about how to build a story, either for a series of pictures or a short film. When I set out to capture pictures for a client, I always tell them that the more information I have ahead of a shoot, the better. When I’m writing a feature, especially if it’s photo-heavy, I [...]

  • Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit

    Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit

    This week: I’m talking about the importance of kitting out your vehicle to be as comfortable as possible. When it comes to selecting the equipment we use, immediate thoughts inevitably turn towards choosing the right cameras and lenses, etc. But it surely makes sense to also give some proper thought towards the vehicle you’ll be spending [...]

Gearing up For Wet Weather
[ 0 ] October 10, 2014

Gearing up For Wet Weather

As I write this, I’m sat in my car overlooking one of the many footpaths that line the south coast. On a fine day, this route is one of my favourites; you can follow it for about 2.5 miles, camera in hand, stopping for lunch at one of the local pubs overlooking the water before [...]

Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014
[ 0 ] October 6, 2014

Episode #155 – Outdoor Trade Show 2014

This week: I’m giving a quick rundown of my activities at this year’s Outdoor Trade Show. One of my more recent trips up-country was my annual visit to the Outdoor Trade Show in Warwickshire. At the event, I get the chance to catch up with colleagues from many of the brands whose products feature in Test/Review [...]

TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London
[ 0 ] September 8, 2014

TAP #154 – Stealthy Corporate Portraits In London

This week: I’m talking through the first of two shoots recently undertaken for a long-standing corporate client. On this occasion, the requirement was for a range of posed, studio-setup shots as well as unposed candid images captured during a meeting. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Test/Review – Peli 1510 Case Nikon D3 [...]

This Is NOT #Microadventure
[ 0 ] September 5, 2014

This Is NOT #Microadventure

A quick heads-up – this is going to be something of a rant piece, I’m afraid. I generally don’t write many highly-charged pieces, instead preferring to deal with topics in a more level-headed (usually, offline) way. But on this occasion, I feel compelled to say something more publicly – because a recent experience really… well… [...]

Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was
[ 0 ] September 1, 2014

Episode #153 – The Photo Shoot That Never Was

This week: I’m giving an insight into a photo shoot which, for one reason or another, didn’t happen. Last week, I caught up with young adventurer, Alex Staniforth, for what was supposed to be a wild camp and photoshoot. In the days leading up to that, I headed out to scout our chosen location and make [...]

Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing
[ 0 ] August 18, 2014

Episode #152 – Storytelling, Planning And Preparing

This week: I’m talking about how to build a story, either for a series of pictures or a short film. When I set out to capture pictures for a client, I always tell them that the more information I have ahead of a shoot, the better. When I’m writing a feature, especially if it’s photo-heavy, I [...]

Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit
[ 8 ] August 11, 2014

Episode #151 – Considerations For Basic Vehicle Kit

This week: I’m talking about the importance of kitting out your vehicle to be as comfortable as possible. When it comes to selecting the equipment we use, immediate thoughts inevitably turn towards choosing the right cameras and lenses, etc. But it surely makes sense to also give some proper thought towards the vehicle you’ll be spending [...]

Episode #150 – Research Walk At Kingley Vale
[ 0 ] August 4, 2014

Episode #150 – Research Walk At Kingley Vale

This week: I’m taking a walk around Kingley Vale on the South Downs, doing a spot of research for some forthcoming features. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Pre-Test/Review Video: Lowepro Rover Pro 45L AW backpack Test/Review: Manfrotto Compact Photo-Movie Kit tripod TAP article: How To Select A Set Of Sticks (tripod buyers’ [...]

Video: The Writer’s Tarp
[ 0 ] July 30, 2014

Video: The Writer’s Tarp

A lot of you will be aware that whenever I head out on the hill or into woodland, I always pack my lightweight tarp. It is such a versatile piece of kit and offers great protection from the elements – whether that be sun, rain, wind, snow, whatever. I’ll be writing in greater detail about [...]

Episode #149 – Always Carry A Camera
[ 0 ] July 28, 2014

Episode #149 – Always Carry A Camera

This week: I’m in conversation once again with photographer/writer Hugh Graham, who was one of my lecturers when I studied photography at University. We’ve heard it all before – you should always carry a camera. But which to choose… and does it really matter? Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: TAP article – [...]

Test/Review: Mountain Warehouse Merino Explorer Socks
[ 0 ] July 23, 2014

Test/Review: Mountain Warehouse Merino Explorer Socks

When it comes to choice of footwear, including socks, it never pays to cut corners. Whether you’re a casual weekend walker or someone who is on their feet from first thing in the morning until last thing at night, poor selection of kit will only end in tears (often, quite literally if your blisters are [...]

Episode #148 – In Search Of Star Trails
[ 0 ] July 14, 2014

Episode #148 – In Search Of Star Trails

This week: I’m trying a new process for capturing the sky at night… Or at least that’s the plan! Just for fun, I recently caught up with a couple of fellow photographers, to shoot a local night time scene featuring star trails. Some quick links to things mentioned in this show: Stansted Park, Hampshire StarStaX stacking [...]