I’d like to think after 24 months that I was a well established Peak District Landscape Photographer.
How it all began
I first got into Photography in 2001 when I did a 2 week course in “low light and shooting though cover” course at the “Joint School of Photography” now renamed to the “Defence School of Photography” as of 2003.
It opened my eyes into what was possible with camera’s and up to that point in my life I merely owned a typical house hold point and shoot camera for the usual family happy snaps.
My life changed for the better in 2006 when I left the forces and started my own small web design business and I saved for a Nikon D200, the only reason I went for Nikon by the way is simple, its what I was trained to use, so I knew where every function was and how to use the camera, I also purchased a Nikon 80-200mm F2.8 lens and a 50mm prime lens.
I started taking family photos as my daughters were extremely photogenic!! I didn’t really find a niche as such with my photography I just took memorable photos of the kids, in 2008 I decided to sell all my camera kit to do the “Family Garden” for the kids as you do, and at that point I only really got the camera out on special occasions anyway so I couldn’t justify have £3000 worth of camera kit in the cupboard just for special occasions.
I then missed my photography for several years…but you find other things to occupy your spare time.
In 2011 I purchased a D7000 and have slowly been building my kit back up much to the wife’s complaints because we all know camera kit isn’t the cheapest of kit to buy, camera, lenses, filters, flashes, tripods, tripod heads, camera bag, memory cards, backup facilities, software… and the list goes on and on.
At the end of 2011 I started to notice amazing landscape photography on the internet and wondered how on earth do they do that, and began to ask myself why don’t my photos look like that, so I set out a challenge to learn landscape photography.
I booked up on a days tuition with James Grant who shoots in the Peak District in March 2012 and have not looked back since.
In April 2013 I stopped trading as self employed and went back into full time work, which I’m loving being “normal” again, however the only downside is that I can no longer go on adventures when I want to go, only when I get time to go. I still go out when I have the time but time is precious with my family and that always comes first.
My Time Line
- 2 Week Photography Course – 2001
- Purchased Nikon D200 my First DSLR – 2006
- Sold Nikon D200 For Home Improvements – 2008
- Purchased Nikon D7000 – August 2011
- Started Landscape Photography – January 2012
- Installed www.jamespictures.co.uk – July 2012
- Started Social Media Sharing – November 2012
- Sold my first Print!! a 18×12 Lustre Print of “The Abyss” – January 2013
- Opened my on-line shop selling Prints and Mounts – February 2013
- Sold my Nikon D7000 and switched to Sony Nex 7 – May 2013
- Got my first image published in Decembers 2013 issue of “Country Walking” Taken on a winter walk in the Dove Dale
- Sold my Sony Nex 7 and switched back to a Nikon, a Nikon D800 – November 2013
- Purchased a Sony A6000 for use as a travel camera – March 2015
|Item||Cost||Review / Product Link||Remarks|
|Main Camera:||Nikon D800||£1900||Review Product||My Main Body|
|Lenses:||Nikon 24-70 F2.8 FX AF-S G ED||£1450||Review Product||Wide Angle Lens|
|Nikon 16-35mm f4 G AF-S ED VR||£830||Review Product||Wide Angle Lens|
|Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||£500||Review Product||Zoom Lens – Perfect for Landscape Long Shots|
|Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G||£149||Review Product||Prime Lens|
|Tripod:||Benro C3580F||£400||Product||Carbon Fibre Tripod,
With an easily 6′ 3″ (190 cm) height.
|Tripod Head:||Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head||£170||Review Product|
|Tripod Extras:||Arca Base Rail (Nodal Slide)||£50||Tutorial||Used for Panoramas|
|Duel / Double Arca Swiss Head Clamp||£50||Tutorial||Used for Panoramas|
|Benro L Bracket MPU100||£50||Review Tutorial||Used for Panoramas & Switching from Landscape to Portrait fast.|
|Filter System:||Lee Filter Starter Kit||£200||Review Product||Kit Contains
|Filters:||Lee Resin ND 0.9 Grad Soft Edge||£90|
|Hi-Tech Reverse ND 0.9 Hard Edge||£100||Review Product|
|Lee Big Stopper||£200||Review Product|
|Lee Little Stopper||£100||Product|
|Heliopan 105mm Slim Circular Polarizer||£220||Product|
|Lee Adaptors Rings, Cases, Lens Caps||£100||Store and protect the above Lee Filters.|
|Camera Bags:||F-Stop Satori EXP + 1 x ICU||£310 + £100||Review Product||Main Camera Bag + 2 x ICU (Internal Camera Unit)|
|Camera Strap:||Black Rapid RS-5 Cargo||£60||Review Product|
|Computer Software:||Photoshop CS4||£450|
|PhotoMatrix Pro||£50||Used for HDR Images|