FAQs and other stuff

What do you mean by “fine art” prints?
A very small selection of my best photographs, and those that not have been used for other purposes, get produced into fine art, giclee, chromaluxe (a revolutionary new output), deckle-edged, or aluminium prints. Using the most advanced technology and in partnership with the industry-leading Genesis Imaging based in Putney, London, we select the best medium on a photo-by-photo basis. There is no one-size fits all solution, nor is there any cheap, canvas-based output. All orders can be placed by email or discussed over the telephone – so feel free to get in touch. Always remember, what you see in the online galleries are those currently available in that format. If you want your own, one-off image, then simply get in touch to discuss a private commission.

What does it mean by “limited edition”?
This dictates the maximum number of that particular image that will be sold. Once the last in a particular run is complete, then only the original photograph will remain, and no further outputs will be permitted. All my fine art prints are limited to a maximum of 25, with some being as low as 15 or 10. This is a truly collectable piece of art.

Can I book you for wildlife and photography talks, or after dinner speaking?
Yes, whether you are a school looking to inspire a new generation of conservationists, artists or photographers, a photography club looking for an evening of escapism and entertaining discussion or a company looking for a fun insight into the world of the wild as an after dinner speaker at a lunch or evening function, , then please feel free to contact me and discuss your requirements. I am passionate about wildlife, conservation and the capturing of those experiences in a digital form, so let me share some of that knowledge and experience with you…as well as have a bit of fun 😉

All my talks are freshly written and relate to experiences in the field. My aim is to inspire and entertain, rather than lecture….after all, who wants to listen to someone preaching what f-stop they used to get a picture? I am privileged to do what I do, and love to share that passion and enthusiasm!

Do you offer photo-licensing?
In addition to the limited editions and private commissions , other purchase options are also available.  Depending on the usage, you would be able to purchase full sole-use rights to a single picture or sequence of images. I would work with you to determine the type of pictures that would best fit your needs, and then if you wish to further use them in corporate branding, a rights agreement would be signed, and the hi-resolution file(s) passed to you for subsequent usage. Full rates for magazines, media and other widespread usage are available on request.

What body do you use?
I have always been a Canon-man. That’s not to say that Nikon or any other makers come to that are any less or any more in terms of capability, but photography is all about getting used to a particular type of gear and then being effective in using it. My advice to people is that you don’t have to aim for the best camera body you can afford, save that more for the lenses! Instead try out all the major brands and find the one that you find the most intuitive for you to use. There are so many factors in choosing your camera body – not least of course what you are setting out to achieve with your photography per se! So, test drive a few, find the one that you can feel you can master and choose that route. Usually, particularly with a marquee brand, once you have embarked in one direction it is a costly process to switch later in life, so do bear that in mind…unless of course, you’re dripping with money and can afford to flirt between brands as the mood takes you.

When you’re out taking your shots, the most important thing is that you have a feeling of being in control: that you know the camera, and can flick between menus and settings without, in theory, taking your eye from the viewfinder. The camera body that lets you do that is the perfect one for you.

For reference, I currently carry a pair of 1Dx bodies MkII around with me.

What about lenses?
This is where I would always advise people to part with the lion’s share of their budget. There is little point – and I have seen it so many times in the field – of having an all singing, all dancing camera body and then letting it down with a cheap, optically poor, slow-to-focus lens. Think of it this way. When you’re on top of a mountain, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a 5 star hotel, or a cheap temporary cabin, the view will still be the same, and if the windows on the hotel are all dirty, then all those mod-cons in the room, the comfy chairs, minibar, cable tv etc are not going to matter one little bit – you’re still not going to see anything. Conversely, if you’re in the cabin and the glazier has put in the most expensive glass he could find to ensure you have a floor to ceiling outlook, then, well, you get the general idea!

So what do I take with me?
At risk of stating the obvious – something of a talent of mine I’m afraid! – your lens choice is going to be determined by what you are setting out to photograph, and also – just as importantly – the conditions in which you are likely to be operating.

The current lenses I have occupying a pair of Lowepros are (all Canon):
600mm; 200-400mm with built in 1.4 extender; 24-70mm; 11-24, 70-200mm and a 1.4 stand-alone extender (purely to add to the 600mm in extreme cases.) If I can, and that can greatly be influenced by the airlines (some are, shall we say, a little “retentive” when it comes to baggage), I will take most or all with me on a trip, as it always pays to be as prepared as possible. That said, if I’m solo on a trip, and weight and logistics is going to be an issue, then I’ll take a view on what I’m seeking to get from the shoot and choose appropriately.