Photographic Field Guides

Fabulous field guides for my favourite destinations. Full of rich detail to help you make the most of your photographic opportunity on location.

Inspiration and information to help you make the most of your travel and photography

Photographic Field Guides

Competing for Attention

Competing for Attention

There are two distinct goals in my bird photography. The first is just to get a damned shot of the bird. The second is create a little art in the process. The two objectives are typically at odds with each other, yet one does follow the other.
June 2018
Punakha Sunrise

Punakha Sunrise

A rare opportunity to welcome the morning rays of sunshine as they break across Bhutan. Here’s your guide to one of the most beautiful photographic experiences in the land of the Thunder Dragon. Sunrise over Punakha in the Himalayan winter.
June 2018
Flying Tripods

Flying Tripods

Drones are not just for videographers. Small and easy to manage machines now offer a respectable 12MP RAW image and bigger sensors are on the way. The promise for stills photographers is to enter a new era of technology where landscape photography can trade the tripod for a drone.
April 2018
The One Essential Food Shot

The One Essential Food Shot

Most food shots you see in travel magazines were taken far from the controlled confines of a studio, and having the ability to add a great looking dish to your folio of photos is essential for any aspiring travel journo. Here's a quick primer on how to setup that shot and make it work wonders.
February 2018
Uluru for Photographers

Uluru for Photographers

This magnificent monolith in the heart of Australia's Red Center is one of the world's most inspiring locations for a photographer to visit. Be warned however, it is also a subject that demands care and respect.
August 2017
Moonlight and Auroras

Moonlight and Auroras

Mixing in the light of the moon can bring a new world of possibilities to your aurora photography.
February 2017
Trails in the West

Trails in the West

This is the third evolution of my star trails guides, a small refinement but one I plan to use quite a lot in future. This feature adds onto the previous two guides which go deeper into the technique of capturing and stacking a star trail sequence.
June 2015
Chasing the Northern Lights

Chasing the Northern Lights

Your guide to chasing the Aurora Borealis and capturing the moment on film. She is an elusive mistress, one that tempts you out into the freezing cold and darkest nights. She or gorgeous though, a mere glimpse worth travelling across the globe.
February 2015
Slow Shutter Basics

Slow Shutter Basics

Beginners guide to shooting long exposures, with the help of a very good tripod and some ND filters.
January 2015
Crazy Times in Kathmandu

Crazy Times in Kathmandu

Few names evoke the imagination like Kathmandu. To armchair travellers this destination conjures a romantic ideal of a gateway to the Himalayas. To seasoned travellers it's a necessary hub for journeys deeper into Nepal. For photographers the city is a vibrant explosion of cultures where inspiration is always around the corner.
April 2014
Spinning Stars

Spinning Stars

An update to last year's feature on shooting star trails. By combining a "bright frame" with the trail you can achieve a smoother and more pleasing look to your trails.
June 2013
Light and Lovely Macro

Light and Lovely Macro

Few people take full advantage of extension tubes, but they are affordable, light and easy to use. Turn your telephoto zoom into a macro lens within seconds and explore the world of all things small.
May 2013

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