About

A Bit About Me

Based in Manchester I’ve been involved with photography since I was a young man. Over the years I have used film SLR’s, medium format cameras, video and now digital. Throughout all this time one thing has been a constant to me… and that is to try and capture the best image I can that does justice to the subject.

 

What I Do

Some photographers choose to specialise in certain subjects. Personally I like architectural, landscape, portrait, street and event photography as each of these requires you to flex your creative muscles differently to achieve the desired results.

I have been recently been covering event photography and have been working with the Anime & Cosplay community in capturing the passion and enthusiasm for their hobby at the many conventions around the country. They are a fantastic group of people coming from all walks of life to share their creativity and passion for the characters they portray.

 

What I Use

Even though the last 20+ years have seen great advances in digital imaging, it is still just a medium to capture light. Just like artists can choose between watercolours, pastels, acrylic and oil paints they all do the same thing and can be used to create images albeit different.

Having cut my teeth shooting film in the beginning I still think that there is a place for it in every photographer’s repertoire. There’s something almost intangible about the film look and the dreamlike images you can capture which is why I like to still shoot film when it suits the subject or mood.

 

What’s in My Bag?

After spending some 18 months using the Micro Four Thirds format I decided to sell of the Panasonic Lumix GX80 kit and migrate to full frame. I am particularly interested in portrait/fashion and as such I am looking for new lenses that fit my requirements for improved low light work as well as shallow depth-of-field, hence the move to full frame.

My new kit is as follows:

  • Nikon D800 DSLR (36.3 Megapixel)
  • Nikon 50mm f1.8 FX Lens (90% of my event work in the last year was done using the “nifty-fifty”)

I will be looking at adding the following at some point:

  • Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 Lens
  • Sigma Art 85mm f1.4 Lens
  • Godox AD200 flashes

My ultimate aim is to get a balance of equipment that allows me to get the job done without any unnecessary items cluttering up my day bag and allowing me to concentrate on capturing great images.