The trials and tribulations of launching the SLPOTY

[I recently did an interview for the Herald Magazine about the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. In this blog post I expand on the article.] I’m not a famous photographer, and I’ve never sought the limelight, but since launching the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition I’ve found myself kind of thrown … Read more

Lee Big Stopper vs HiTech Firecrest IRND

When the Lee Big Stopper came out around 4 years ago, it took the photography world by storm. Incredibly positive reviews did the rounds followed by absurd waiting lists as demand outstripped supply, but for the early adopters amongst us, the Big Stopper meant new possibilities for photography and in my case, new possibilities for … Read more

Fuji Neopan Acros 100 exposure and development cheat sheet

Fuji Neopan Acros 100 is one of my favourite black and white films. It is a fine grained iso 100 film similar to Kodak T-Max or Ilford Delta, but why I like Fuji Acros so much is it’s excellent (low) reciprocity failure characteristics, making it superb for long exposures. Reciprocity In my experience, Acros needs no … Read more

Vandals and drunk campers strike at iconic beauty spot

I write this with a mixture of heavy heart, sadness and disgust at the act of vandalism I have just witnessed at a breathtaking and unspoilt location on the banks of Loch Doine.  An iconic view has been ruined forever. I’m not exactly sure when I first started photographing this tree, but I’ve been coming … Read more

Black and white photography tips for digital photographers

Black and white images are evocative and timeless in their appeal. Their absence of colour is like a magnet that draws you in to explore or question the image and may leave you with an impression of an era gone by. And if you think this only applies to old images taken on film then … Read more

Forest photography tips – finding compositions

Forests are brilliant places to capture great images, yet for many photographers they are challenging places and they often struggle to capture the essence of what they saw in their final images. In this article, I’ll show you a few simple techniques for capturing good compositions that can be used as a starting point to … Read more

What is the best lens for landscape photography?

Which is the best lens for landscape photography? This is the question I’ve been asked more than any other since I’ve been a landscape photographer. And it’s a question that’s hugely important because choosing the right lens will determine what you want to capture and will eventually define your style. In landscape photography, there’s a … Read more

Using lead in lines in composition

Lead in lines are a simple yet powerful technique to engage the viewer with your photos. They provide an easy path for the eye to follow and allow the viewer to go on a visual journey through the different points in your image. Lead in lines are all around us where ever you look in … Read more

How to choose a photography workshop or course

If you’re considering booking a course in photography, then chances are you’ll be searching the internet for the workshop and photographer that meets your needs. The problem however, is the myriad of courses on offer, and the vast number of photographers now offering tuition. It’s a daunting task that can make your head spin but … Read more

Reciprocity Charts for Black and White Film

When shooting negative film, it is always better to err on the side of over-exposure and in low light, this means long exposures. However, when shooting film at exposures greater than 1 second, film is prone to something called “reciprocity failure” resulting in under-exposed images. Whilst your light meter is giving you the correct exposure … Read more

Photographers and the Massacre of Glen Coe

Long before Glen Coe was famous for photography, it was better known for the massacre of the MacDonalds in 1692. Thankfully there have been no massacres since, but we may be witnessing a new modern day assault on the land by photographers and tour groups. Whilst photography tour groups provide a welcome boost to the … Read more