When did you first become interested in photography and what sparked your interest?
I first became interested in photography when I travelled to compete in International gymnastic competitions. I wanted to capture the places I visited but I only had a small
What did you do in your life before shooting travel stock images?
How many photo trips do you do in a year and how long do you spend on the road?
I tend to do shorter trips these days so I am not spending too long editing on the computer when I return. Trips vary in length from maybe a week to 10 days on a city shoot but could be up to a month if I am shooting somewhere further afield, I guess an average trip would be around 3 weeks. Usually about 6 trips a year. I tend not to shoot in the summer as the
What have been your favourite destinations you have photographed and why?
That’s a hard question,
Do you have a favourite technique or piece of photographic equipment?
I enjoy shooting long exposures at dawn or twilight especially images of buildings reflecting in
What do you find most challenging shooting travel stock images?
The most challenging thing is to find an angle that is different from the norm. It is increasingly difficult to find places to shoot where tripods are not banned! Particularly annoying if you have found the perfect place to shoot from and at the critical moment some security guard appears from nowhere!
What’s your favourite image or images, and what do you love about them?
Camel herders arriving at Pushkar Camel Fair:
This is one of my favourite images I think it has a lot of
DM01399 Playa Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana
I love tropical beaches and spend a lot of time searching out my idea of a perfect palm tree – of course with a soft white sand beach, for his shot I waited till a boat came into the frame for added interest
Have you had a situation where it all went wrong and you didn’t get the shots you planned
Whilst working for an overland company on an Africa trip our group got held up by armed bandits in no-mans-land between
Is there any advise you’d give to a young person thinking of getting i
You have to be absolutely dedicated to the job – passionate and totally self-disciplined. These days it is harder than ever to make a living from stock photography and for a young person entering the market, I think it would be advisable to have a plan B!
Do you specialize in a particular subject, geographic area or style?
I used to love shooting people especially tribal people but the demand for model releases has taken all the pleasure away. I don’t have a particular subject although I like to shoot archaeological and religious sites, actually anything that I find inspiring. As for the geographic area, new destinations are always more exciting for me than somewhere I have visited previously
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