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Professional Mountain Photographer

Drakensberg Nov. ’18 pt.2

Ever since my first visit to the Mnweni Valley I’ve been planning to return for an extended trip. Finally in the early Drakensberg summer of 2018 I planned a trip and invited a couple of South Africans along, Janik Alheit […]

Drakensberg Nov. ’18 pt.1

In the spirit of my last blog post I thought I would put up a quick review of a couple of weeks I spent in the Drakensberg this November/December.  The first week of the trip was a new workshop going […]

Iceland 2018: A Brief Review

Iceland was awesome this year! I know that sounds like some terrible marketing pitch for my workshops WHICH ARE OPEN FOR BOOKING IN 2019! (see what I did there) but this year just worked out great. I’ve thought about blogging […]

NORTHWEST Book Blog #1: The Images

In early 2015 on a hiking workshop in The Great Wilderness, I first voiced an idea that had been rattling around my head for some time to my hiking companions Sean and Harsharn. I wanted to make a book of […]

Backpacking & Photography Pt.2 – Camera Equipment

If you are reading this article you probably have a camera already – you don’t need to buy a new one. Don’t spend £1000+ to save a kilogram on your back; that’s crazy when you are starting out! With that […]

Backpacking & Photography Pt.1 – Why?

Wild camping is a fundamental part of my approach to photographing mountain and wilderness areas. I have camped in a wide variety of landscapes from the snow covered Scottish Highlands, to the high Drakensberg Escarpment. Without exception these trips have […]

Scottish Landscape Photographer 2017 Runner-Up

Apparently this is my year! I just came overall runner-up in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017. Whilst many awards can be won by one ‘killer’ image this is a portfolio award and that does mean something to […]

ITN Interview

On the back of winning the mountain category at the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017, I was contacted by ITN to see if I would be interested in doing an interview for the evening news. It was obviously […]

International Landscape Photographer – Mountainous Award

I’m excited to announce that I won the ‘Mountainous’ category in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards. After several years of falling in and out of love with competitions it’s great to get a bit of recognition. As […]

Photoshop Shortcuts for Photographers

Below I’ve compiled a graphic (for both Windows and Mac) showing my most commonly used shortcuts. I come from a landscape photography background but these shortcuts should be useful to those working in other genres as well. Learning these shortcuts […]

Drakensberg – Winter in Summer

Topping up the fuel of my hire car in Bergville I was keen to get inside and buy a cool drink. I checked the temperature gauge – 37 Celsius. Inside in the air conditioned building I picked up a guava […]

Senja – A Packraft Loop in Norway

It’s noon on Day 3 of a packrafting route in Senja, Norway, and I’m tent-bound with Harsharn. Wind and rain have been battering the tent for the last 20 hours. Pools have formed around us and a small stream is […]