Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land’s End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn’t the coast, there’s the … Continue reading Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Photographing My Way Through January

I’ve set myself three goals for this year (I don’t really want to call them “resolutions”). The first I’ve already discussed, which is to continue to pursue options to get my novel Salmonweird published The second is to get better at promoting my business and products on social media. I’ve taken steps towards this already … Continue reading Photographing My Way Through January

See More of My Photographs at Twenty20

This is the week I start a photography course to improve the handling of my camera and get to grips with all its complex settings. I already have a portfolio at Alamy with around 125 images to date. As I look to build photography into my business through 2019, I’m exploring other avenues of promotion. … Continue reading See More of My Photographs at Twenty20

I’ve Been Shooting Big Cats and Wolves For Fun

…with my new 300mm lens. As autumn descends and we try to make the best of the good weather, my other half and I took a trip to Dartmoor Zoo Park last weekend. Visiting Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium two weeks before, we noticed a special discount on offer. Visit either DZP or NMA, and with … Continue reading I’ve Been Shooting Big Cats and Wolves For Fun

I Now Have a 300mm Lens!

One of the first investments I was keen to make quickly when I bought my first DSLR in the spring was a zoom lens. I must have spent months looking at the various options: do I go up to 200mm or 300mm? Would that be enough for what I wanted to use it for, as … Continue reading I Now Have a 300mm Lens!

My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)

While I’ve only lived in this stunning county for two years, three years short of neighbour and tourism rival Devon, I’m already hooked on the stunning landscapes and green spaces. It was a fatal attraction, really, for somebody with a master’s in landscape archaeology largely unable to separate the concept of green space from environmentally-engineered-over-thousands-of-years-space. … Continue reading My Favourite Cornish Photography Spots (So Far!)

First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor

When I got my new DSLR earlier this year, it gave me the opportunity not just to learn how to take high quality photographs, but also develop some basic photo editing and manipulation skills. I learnt early on that modern photographers edit images as a matter of routine. In fact, those who refuse to do … Continue reading First Impressions of GIMP Photo Editor

Never Work with Children or Animals (Photography)

Or so the saying goes, but who says? As I develop my photography skills through this year, I’m quite adamant that I’m not particularly interested in photography that involves people – promotional events, weddings,  etc. But animals are a different story. The weekend before last, I went to Newquay Zoo for the first time. It’s … Continue reading Never Work with Children or Animals (Photography)

I Have Now Officially Branched Out Into Photography

At the beginning of the year, I never imagined I would even consider branching out into anything beyond the written word. I’ve always enjoyed photography but only as an interested bystander “ooh that looks nice, I’ll get my camera” was about it. I didn’t think about composition, lighting etc. But mild disappointment at some naff … Continue reading I Have Now Officially Branched Out Into Photography

Photography Through Northumberland Part 2

Holidays come and go far too quickly, don’t they? Why do they always feel shorter than a working week despite being longer? Anyway, part 1 of my photography through Northumberland a couple of days ago covered Alnwick Gardens, Holy Island, and a visit to Newcastle United’s home ground. In this second part, we’ll visit a … Continue reading Photography Through Northumberland Part 2