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

Simplifying Composition in Landscape Photography

If there is one thing I say to all students who attend my landscape photography workshops, it is – keep it simple. But keeping it simple seems to be one of the hardest thing for digital photographers to do. Let me explain. About 5 years ago, the majority of students attending my workshops would turn … Read more

The Joe Cornish Boulder (JCB)

I’ve just come back from my weekend workshop in Glencoe where I had the pleasure of teaching a wonderful group of photographers. Their enthusiasm was infectious. Along the way we had some great light, some pleasant weather and as you might expect, a few meetings with the landscape papparazzi. What I’d like to share with … Read more

The sport of Landscape Photography

I remember a time when it was a rare thing to meet a fellow landscape photographer in the field. Indeed, on the few occasions that I did, it was a pleasant experience. A meeting of minds that extended courtesy and respect towards each other. But thirty years on, such encounters are rarely pleasureable. Take my … Read more

Shooting snow scenes

If ever there was a time to capture winter wonderful landscape photographs in winter, it’s when there’s a blanket of crisp white snow covering the land, but it’s important to make sure you use the right techniques to capture snow scenes at their best. Which gear? As with any classic landscape, the aim is to … Read more

Elements of composition

Composition is literally the art of “putting things together” in your photograph. It is one of the fundamental principles of not only photography, but also art, and good composition can be the difference between a mediocre or a stunning image. You can think of it as “design” or “visually ordering” what you see in front … Read more

The Rule of Thirds

The “rule of thirds” is to all intents, a simplified version of an ancient design principle known as the “Golden Mean”. The rule of thirds is not so much a rule as more of a guideline to aid composition, and it is particularly favoured in the field of landscape photography. To apply the rule of … Read more

Pan Ha’ CD cover shoot

I love a challenge, I really do. “We need some pics for our CD covers and we like your style! Just go out an shoot something cool and landscapy” When faced with a brief to use as much of your own creativity but carry through your own style, you can do one of two things…try … Read more

Canon 5D MKIII – why I won’t be buying one (yet).

When Canon launched the first of the 5D series DSLRs back in 2005, it was an instant hit with amateurs and professional photographers. It’s appeal was a full frame sensor dslr in a compact body at an affordable price. Canon were obviously on to something good and 3 years later we were rewarded with the … Read more

Photoshop CS6 blurring the boundaries

With early adopters and review websites waxing lyrical about the new blur features in Photoshop CS6, I’m already witnessing a wave of faked bokeh and lens blurred images flooding the likes of Flickr and 500px. Is this just a fad or is it where the future of the photograph is headed? Every year or two, … Read more

If you go down to the woods today…

you’re in for a big surprise (boom tish). Well, not a big surprise but perhaps the odd little surprise if you look hard enough. You see, for the past 20 years or thereabouts, I’ve been taking my negs and prin ts back to the same places I captured the image first time round. I can’t … Read more