My 10 tips for iPhoneography

I have put together my top 10 tips for iphoneography below because I have a lot of people who say apologetically that they just have an iPhone or camera phone and don’t have a proper camera. But if the image is powerful, does it really matter what it is taken on? There are some limits…

Photography, mindfulness and therapy

Turning negative emotions into a positive through photography We are currently experiencing an understandable increase in mental health problems. These are uncertain times. With worries ranging from finances to health, social isolation, and lack of routine. This is leading to many, if not most, of us, experiencing some form of anxiety. But actually, the world…

5 tips for building an audience on Instagram

I wanted to share with you today some of the things I have learned during my time on Instagram, in terms of building an audience on Instagram. I have used Instagram to find like-minded people. Using Instagram has helped me open up and find my path. I have found my voice and along with that,…

Introverts and the creative advantage

“Introversion is not defined by lack. Introversion, when embraced is a wellspring of riches”. Laurie Helgoe Many introverts are told they are too quiet, parents tell them to stop spending so much time in their bedroom, teachers tell them to take part more. Introverted children get the message that there is something wrong with them…

Creative photography and the Cyanotype process

Cyanotype is a creative photography printing process. Producing a cyan-blue print from anything you wish to print with. Often used for negatives or with natural objects. Engineers used to use this process as a low-cost way of producing copies of drawings. Known as blueprints. In this time where we are all housebound and creativity is important…

Night sky photography tutorial

I have always been interested in photographing the night skies so I decided to write this night sky photography tutorial. There is something about standing below the stars, feeling that wonder at the world. It is a similar feeling of awe and uplift I get when I watch big waves. Peacefulness and quiet in the…

Photographing intimate landscapes; my 5 top tips

In this article, I wanted to share my 5 tips on photographing intimate landscapes. We don't all have access to the big wide sweeping scenes in our day to day life. Particularly now with the lockdown and limited outdoor activities. And it would be a shame not to use the time we have been given…

Fujifilm GFX Photography with 250mm lens

  Photography in nature with Fujifilm GFX, 2500mm lens and macro extension tubes Continuing the theme of shooting intimate landscapes, or details within nature. I wanted to write about how I photograph using my Fujifilm GFX in close-ups today. This is something that l love and is completely different from the seascape work that I…

Safety on photography workshops in Scotland

I wanted to write a few thoughts on safety on photography workshops in winter in Scotland and how I approach this within Quiet Landscapes. Scotland is beautiful, and never more so than in the winter months. The light is low, the ever-changing skies can be simply glorious. The weather brings with it conditions that make landscape…

Seascapes photography workshop in Cornwall

I have just returned from leading an incredibly successful Cornwall seascapes photography workshop. This run in collaboration with Mark Dobson of Wild Seascapes. We headed down to Cornwall just in time for Storm Ciara to hit. It was possibly the best timing as it brought with it huge waves, wild conditions and interesting skies. We…

Isle of Harris landscape photography Workshop

Last November I ran an Isle of Harris landscape photography Workshop based at Scarista beach. I have been visiting the Isle of Harris for 12 years now and it has become almost like a second home. Last year I travelled back and forth almost every fortnight during the summer months. I have photographed elopements and…

Orkney Landscape photography workshop

I ran an Orkney landscape Photography workshop in March 2020. It was so successful that it sold out and I have another photography trip to Orkney in 2021.  As with all my workshops, I always ensure I get to know each location well before taking groups. So I spend as many weeks as possible in…

Fujifilm GFX 50s camera

Switching from Nikon to Fujifilm GFX 50s camera I've been looking to make the switch from my Nikon cameras over to Fujifilm for a while and the Fujifilm GFX 50s camera seemed to be the right fit. For me, it isn't so much about the technicals as the emotive in an image. However, the right…

Osprey backpacks

I've spent many years carrying around one Lowepro backpack that is simple and easy to use. It has lasted about 12 years so far so that's pretty good going. But it's a different matter when it comes to hiking in the hills or even walking any distance with kit. I trekked through Slovenia into Italy…

Beach Bothies on the Isle of Lewis

I'm always on the lookout for amazing places to stay on the Scottish Islands. On this occasion, I spotted these amazing beach bothies being built at one of my favourite locations on the coast of the Isle of Lewis. Nestled into the dunes at Kneep, you can almost touch the turquoise waters from the doorstep.…

Healing through being outdoors

A couple of years ago The Guardian ran with a headline “Three-quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates“.  When adults do go outside, most often they are lost in the devices in their hands and they no longer look up to see the sky, the trees, the beauty of clouds passing…

“Quiet” solo exhibition at The Bosham Gallery

I am delighted to announce the upcoming solo exhibition at The Bosham Gallery. To be asked to follow on from the incredible exhibition by Michael Kenna is truly an honour. The opening evening will be from 6.30 pm at the Gallery and I will be there for the evening, so if you'd like to pop…

Landscape photography tuition in Scotland

I am delighted to be offering landscape photography tuition in the beautiful landscapes of the Highlands of Scotland. I live in Drumnadrochit which is the ideal base for teaching landscape photography in Scotland. So I decided to build a tinyhouse at my home in Loch Ness. It is a small and comfortable cabin style accommodation. Built…

Where to eat & stay on the Isle of Harris

Where to Stay on the Isle of Harris Na Bothain Wigwams Sandy Bay Croft Wigwams® are located on a working croft on the West coast of the Isle of Harris.  Two Wigwam cabins sleep up to four adults.  Each cabin has its own picnic table as well as a mini Broch, where you can light…

Slow art photography workshop in Garve, Highlands

I ran two short workshops in conjunction with Ffordes Photographic last week. All based around the idea of slowing down in the landscape – both in the physical taking of the photograph and also in the sense of slowing down and really embracing the environment whilst outdoors. Soaking up the feeling of being outside and…

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop 2019

Last year’s Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop was a great success – with 5 participants staying close to Scarista beach and within minutes from stunning scenes on Luskentyre, Seilebost, Northton and Hushinish. I spend about a third of my year on the Isle of Harris so it is like a second home to me…

Mindful photography workshop with Paul Sanders

Just back from a wonderful week leading Mindful photography workshop on the Outer Hebrides with Paul Sanders. What an incredible week it was! The weather was very kind to us in that we were treated to all seasons every few hours. From hail storms to huge swells, rainbows and blue skies. These kind of weather…

Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop 2019

The Outer Hebrides photography workshop with myself and Paul Sanders  The group arrived at Mangersta one day to be confronted by 20 foot waves and gale force winds. We proceeded to be hit by horizontal hail whilst walking down to the beach. There are only a few memorable times in life that we really truly let…

1-2-1 workshop on the Isle of Skye

I had been chatting with Vikki for many months about a 1-2-1 workshop on the Isle of Skye before we finally met up in January. She had been looking to arrange a surprise for Leisa, her partner who loves photography. So, first up I helped her with some options for buying a camera for Leisa…

10 tips for iPhoneography

My 10 tips for iPhoneography I have put together my top 10 tips for iphoneography below because I have a lot of people who say apologetically that they just have an iPhone or camera phone and don’t have a proper camera. But if the image is powerful, does it really matter what it is taken…

Photography, mindfulness and therapy

Photography, mindfulness and therapy Turning negative emotions into a positive through photography We are currently experiencing an understandable increase in mental health problems. These are uncertain times. With worries ranging from finances to health, social isolation, and lack of routine. This is leading to many, if not most, of us, experiencing some form of anxiety.…

5 tips for building an audience on Instagram

5 tips for building an audience on Instagram I wanted to share with you today some of the things I have learned during my time on Instagram. I have used Instagram to find like-minded people. Using Instagram has helped me open up and find my path. I have found my voice and along with that,…

Introverts and the creative advantage

Introverts and the creative advantage “Introversion is not defined by lack. Introversion, when embraced is a wellspring of riches”. Laurie Helgoe Many introverts are told they are too quiet, parents tell them to stop spending so much time in their bedroom, teachers tell them to take part more. Introverted children get the message that there…

Creative photography and the Cyanotype process

Creative photography and the Cyanotype process Cyanotype is a creative photography printing process. Producing a cyan-blue print from anything you wish to print with. Often used for negatives or with natural objects. Engineers used to use this process as a low-cost way of producing copies of drawings. Known as blueprints. In this time where we are…

Night sky photography tutorial

Night sky photography tutorial for you to follow online! I have always been interested in photographing the night skies so I decided to write this night sky photography tutorial. There is something about standing below the stars, feeling that wonder at the world. It is a similar feeling of awe and uplift I get when…

Photographing intimate landscapes; my 5 top tips

Photographing intimate landscapes; my 5 top tips In this article, I wanted to share my 5 tips on photographing intimate landscapes. We don’t all have access to the big wide sweeping scenes in our day to day life. Particularly now with the lockdown and limited outdoor activities. And it would be a shame not to…

Fujifilm GFX Photography with 250mm lens

Fujifilm GFX Photography with 250mm lens   Photography in nature with Fujifilm GFX, 2500mm lens and macro extension tubes Continuing the theme of shooting intimate landscapes, or details within nature. I wanted to write about how I photograph using my Fujifilm GFX in close-ups today. This is something that l love and is completely different…

Safety on photography workshops in Scotland

Safety on photography workshops in Scotland I wanted to write a few thoughts on safety on photography workshops in winter in Scotland and how I approach this within Quiet Landscapes. Scotland is beautiful, and never more so than in the winter months. The light is low, the ever-changing skies can be simply glorious. The weather brings…

Seascapes photography workshop in Cornwall

Seascapes photography workshop in Cornwall – February 2020 I have just returned from leading an incredibly successful Cornwall seascapes photography workshop. This run in collaboration with Mark Dobson of Wild Seascapes. We headed down to Cornwall just in time for Storm Ciara to hit. It was possibly the best timing as it brought with it…

Isle of Harris landscape photography Workshop

Isle of Harris landscape photography Workshop   Last November I ran an Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop based at Scarista beach. I have been visiting the Isle of Harris for 12 years now and it has become almost like a second home. Last year I travelled back and forth almost every fortnight during the…

Orkney Landscape photography workshop

I ran an Orkney landscape Photography workshop in March 2020. It was so successful that it sold out and I have another photography trip to Orkney in 2021.  As with all my workshops, I always ensure I get to know each location well before taking groups. So I spend as many weeks as possible in…

Fujifilm GFX 50s camera

  Switching from Nikon to Fujifilm GFX 50s camera I’ve been looking to make the switch from my Nikon cameras over to Fujifilm for a while and the Fujifilm GFX 50s camera seemed to be the right fit. For me, it isn’t so much about the technicals as the emotive in an image. However, the…

Osprey backpacks

I’ve spent many years carrying around one Lowepro backpack that is simple and easy to use. It has lasted about 12 years so far so that’s pretty good going. But it’s a different matter when it comes to hiking in the hills or even walking any distance with kit. I trekked through Slovenia into Italy…

Beach Bothies on the Isle of Lewis

I’m always on the look out for amazing places to stay on the Scottish Islands. On this occasion I spotted these amazing bothies being built at one of my favourite locations on the coast of the Isle of Lewis. Nestled into the dunes at Kneep, you can almost touch the turquoise waters from the doorstep.…

Healing through being outdoors

Healing through being outdoors A couple of years ago The Guardian ran with a headline “Three quarters of UK children now spend less time outdoors than prison inmates“.  When adults do go outside, most often they are lost in the devices in their hands and they no longer look up to see the sky, the trees,…

” Quiet” solo exhibition at The Bosham Gallery

I am delighted to announce the upcoming exhibition at The Bosham Gallery. To be asked to follow on from the incredible exhibition by Michael Kenna is truly an honour. The opening evening will be from 6.30pm at the Gallery and I will be there for the evening, so if you’d like to pop along please…

Landscape photography tuition in Scotland

I am delighted to be offering landscape photography tuition in the beautiful landscapes of the Highlands of Scotland. I live in Drumnadrochit which is the ideal base for teaching landscape photography in Scotland. So I decided to build a tinyhouse at my home in Loch Ness. It is a small and comfortable cabin style accommodation. Built…

Where to eat & where to stay on the Isle of Harris

Where to Stay on the Isle of Harris Na Bothain Wigwams Sandy Bay Croft Wigwams® are located on a working croft on the West coast of the Isle of Harris.  Two Wigwam cabins sleep up to four adults.  Each cabin has its own picnic table as well as a mini Broch, where you can light…

Slow art photography workshop in Garve, Highlands

I ran two short workshops in conjunction with Ffordes Photographic last week. All based around the idea of slowing down in the landscape – both in the physical taking of the photograph and also in the sense of slowing down and really embracing the environment whilst outdoors. Soaking up the feeling of being outside and…

Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop 2019

Last year’s Isle of Harris landscape photography workshop was a great success – with 5 participants staying close to Scarista beach and within minutes from stunning scenes on Luskentyre, Seilebost, Northton and Hushinish. I spend about a third of my year on the Isle of Harris so it is like a second home to me…

Mindful photography workshop with Paul Sanders

Just back from a wonderful week leading Mindful photography workshop on the Outer Hebrides with Paul Sanders. What an incredible week it was! The weather was very kind to us in that we were treated to all seasons every few hours. From hail storms to huge swells, rainbows and blue skies. These kind of weather…

Outer Hebrides Photography Workshop 2019

The Outer Hebrides photography workshop with myself and Paul Sanders  The group arrived at Mangersta one day to be confronted by 20 foot waves and gale force winds. We proceeded to be hit by horizontal hail whilst walking down to the beach. There are only a few memorable times in life that we really truly let…

1-2-1 workshop on the Isle of Skye

I had been chatting with Vikki for many months before we finally met up in January. She had been looking to arrange a surprise for Leisa, her partner who loves photography. So, first up I helped her with some options for buying a camera for Leisa and advised her to ring Ffordes for further advice.…

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My 10 tips for iPhoneography

I have put together my top 10 tips for iphoneography below because I have a lot of people who say apologetically that they just have an iPhone or camera phone and don’t have a proper camera. But if the image is powerful, does it really matter what it is taken on? There are some limits…
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Photography, mindfulness and therapy

Turning negative emotions into a positive through photography We are currently experiencing an understandable increase in mental health problems. These are uncertain times. With worries ranging from finances to health, social isolation, and lack of routine. This is leading to many, if not most, of us, experiencing some form of anxiety. But actually, the world…
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five tips for building an audience on instagram

5 tips for building an audience on Instagram

I wanted to share with you today some of the things I have learned during my time on Instagram, in terms of building an audience on Instagram. I have used Instagram to find like-minded people. Using Instagram has helped me open up and find my path. I have found my voice and along with that,…
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introverts

Introverts and the creative advantage

“Introversion is not defined by lack. Introversion, when embraced is a wellspring of riches”. Laurie Helgoe Many introverts are told they are too quiet, parents tell them to stop spending so much time in their bedroom, teachers tell them to take part more. Introverted children get the message that there is something wrong with them…
Read Post
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Creative photography and the Cyanotype process

Cyanotype is a creative photography printing process. Producing a cyan-blue print from anything you wish to print with. Often used for negatives or with natural objects. Engineers used to use this process as a low-cost way of producing copies of drawings. Known as blueprints. In this time where we are all housebound and creativity is important…
Read Post
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Night sky photography tutorial

I have always been interested in photographing the night skies so I decided to write this night sky photography tutorial. There is something about standing below the stars, feeling that wonder at the world. It is a similar feeling of awe and uplift I get when I watch big waves. Peacefulness and quiet in the…
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Photographing intimate landscapes; my 5 top tips

In this article, I wanted to share my 5 tips on photographing intimate landscapes. We don’t all have access to the big wide sweeping scenes in our day to day life. Particularly now with the lockdown and limited outdoor activities. And it would be a shame not to use the time we have been given…
Read Post
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Fujifilm GFX Photography with 250mm lens

  Photography in nature with Fujifilm GFX, 2500mm lens and macro extension tubes Continuing the theme of shooting intimate landscapes, or details within nature. I wanted to write about how I photograph using my Fujifilm GFX in close-ups today. This is something that l love and is completely different from the seascape work that I…
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Stormy coast photography workshop

Safety on photography workshops in Scotland

I wanted to write a few thoughts on safety on photography workshops in winter in Scotland and how I approach this within Quiet Landscapes. Scotland is beautiful, and never more so than in the winter months. The light is low, the ever-changing skies can be simply glorious. The weather brings with it conditions that make landscape…
Read Post
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Seascapes photography workshop in Cornwall

I have just returned from leading an incredibly successful Cornwall seascapes photography workshop. This run in collaboration with Mark Dobson of Wild Seascapes. We headed down to Cornwall just in time for Storm Ciara to hit. It was possibly the best timing as it brought with it huge waves, wild conditions and interesting skies. We…
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