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My 5 Favourite YouTube Channels

I’ll make a confession that I watch a lot of YouTube, this is even my first choice before I watch a program on what I call the “Normal Telly”. I thought that I would give a big shout out to some of the photography channels on YouTube that have inspired me to take photographs, and even jump in front of the camera to create my own channel.

The Sights and Sounds of Liverpool Thumbnail

When most people think of cities to shoot in the UK, they tend to think of places like London, Edinburgh and Manchester but to name a few.

I wanted to write to you today about a city I love, a place that is photographed all the time but is often overlooked as a great place to photograph.

Yes, it’s The Sights and Sounds of Liverpool.

52 Assignments Landscape Photography Book

I thought it might be a good series on the blog to share the books I am reading and how they inspire me. The first post I’m going to start with is 52 Assignments Landscape Photography by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer. I’ll confess that I read quite a few photography books and they are one of my most important sources of inspiration. It can be great to look at great images online, but nothing beats flicking through a good book with a brew.

A pciture of a Noon Pinhole Film Camera.

If you have been around the photography internet you have probably seen that there seems to be a massive resurgence in shooting film. There are even some big photography YouTubers who are starting to show their process and why they shoot film. Let’s discuss why I still shoot with a film camera?

I’ll be honest that I wasn’t interested in photography when film was at its peak. My memories of film were shooting 24 or 36 shots, then dropping them off in town, to pick them up a week later with fingers crossed that they were not blurry or underexposed, even double exposed. Yes, I did that and still don’t know how it happened, its called art these days. 😉

An image of Mike Chesworth stood on the edge of Lake Windermere.

If you are a regular reader of this blog and an avid viewer of my YouTube channel, you’ll have been wondering where I have been and why haven’t been posting. In this post explain my reasons for the break and my absence from all things social.

A much needed break from social media.

I have a love-hate relationship with social media, there are days where I love the interaction and the enjoyment of talking to people I have never met or would never meet in real life, that feeling of chatting to somebody on the other side of the world like they are in the same room is always exciting.

Why I don't stick to one genre of photography?

As a person who is looking to turn a photography hobby into a career, you could be mistaken that sticking to one genre of photography could be a good idea. If you look at my portfolio you’ll be able to see that there are images that cover more than an area of photography. So let’s discuss why I like to take images of more than one genre of photography.

A picture of a building in Manchester looking up towards the sky with a plane going past.

If you look at my portfolio you will probably see quite a few shots that are taken in an urban environment. In this blog, I share some of my favourite tips and tricks for urban photography.

I love taking photos in an urban environment, not only due to its accessibility and ease of getting there, but the fact that you’ll never know quite what’ll you get.

Fred and Doris - Two pigeons on my fence

I’ll be the first to admit that the first six months of 2020 has been crazy. If you’re reading this in twenty years time, then you’ll probably remember the Covid-19 lockdown. The world closed down, borders was closed and I spent the last three or four months stuck inside shielding from the virus like many others.

My Olympus EM10ii

If you have watched my vlogs, then you’ll know that I’m an avid Olympus user currently using an Olympus OMD EM1ii as my weapon of choice. This week has been particularly worrying for any Olympus owner after all the news of Olympus selling its camera business to a company called JIP. I thought I would pen my personal thoughts on my future with the Olympus brand.

I have been an Olympus user for just over 2 years having purchased an EM10ii, which was a camera I loved. It was light, intuitive and such a delight to use. It even pushed me into selling my Canon gear and upgrading to an EM1ii. A decision I have never looked back on. If you have been in the Olympus system or the Micro Four Thirds world over the last 6 months, you’ll no doubt read about the rumours of the impending demise of the Micro Four Thirds system.

The importance of a website as a photographer

I often read how important it is to be on social media as a photographer, but the question I always see is “do I need a website when I have social media?”. The obvious answer would be no, but let’s discuss the importance of a website as a photographer.