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I am a professional photographer specialising in Landscape, Architectural and Outdoor photography. Based in Bristol. I am mainly employed with freelance and commission work in addition to teaching.

I was given my first camera at the age of 13 and have hardly been without one since. I know film very well and how difficult it was to get the right composition without spending a fortune on the stuff. So, I had to learn quickly to be economical and efficient with each exposure and eventually I learnt how to look and see.

In other words, a larger intellectual investment on each shot and a smaller one on film. Having little or no money at that time teaches you photography. With digital cameras it's the opposite. Little or no intellectual investment and click-away at no cost. Everything is relatively easy at quite a low cost but a camera is still only a tool. It's still about what you do with it that counts. Getting great pictures takes time and practice and I've had lots of that. It's not about taking pictures, it's about making pictures.

My pictures have been published in countless magazines, including Country Life, The Dalesman, The Countryman, Cumbria, RIBA Journal, Landscape, Architecture Today and too many pictorial articles to include here. They are also available in the major photostock libraries including Getty Images, iStockphoto and Alamy and are also on show in several galleries.

I have had dozens of exhibitions and have won several major awards including Nikon Cover Star. I am currently fully active with commercial work, mainly architectural subjects and of course teaching photography.

I currently teach The Armed Services Investigation Teams & Forensic Departments.

Successfully teaching photography requires patience, a touch of empathy and not surprisingly enough knowledge and passion to enthuse students. Oh, and some interactive communication skills too. I sincerely hope I have these qualities; but let my students be my judge! Please take a look at just a few of my students comments - Click here to go to Course Comments

What's in the bag?

Nikon D800 & a Nikon D300
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF (Ultra Sharp)
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 AF (Ultra Sharp)
Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8 AFS
Nikkor 24-85 mm (AF-S)f/3.5-4.5 (a great little lens overlooked by many)
Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8 AF (big, fast and sharp)

Hoya Circular Polarisers
Hoya Graduated and solid neutral density

Manfrotto O55XPROB & Redged TC-425 Carbon Fibre Pro tripods, with spiked and rubber feet
Manfrotto RC488 & Redged RN1n ball heads.

Nikon SB 600 Speedlight Flash (on & off camera).
MC30 remote shutter release & Wireless.

Hot shoe spirit level
Sandisk 16GB class 10 Extreme + spares
2 x Spare batteries for each body

iPhone 6 Plus with the following apps
TPE (The Photographers Ephemeris). Gives accurate angle of sun and moon.
Adobe PS Express
Tide times
Met Office &
Google maps

I always carry a good compact point and shoot:- Panasonic Lumix LX5 (24-95 mm Leica lens) just in case I need to catch something I'm not prepared for.

A famous photographer says it all.

I see what I think
I see what I feel because I am what I see
If there is nothing to see and I still see it,
That's poetry
If there is something to see and everybody sees it
That's photography.

—Inge Bondi,

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