The Blog

Some of my ramblings about photography.

Welcome to the blog? Come back weekly to see my thoughts and ramblings on photography, gear and techniques.

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. 😉

A picture of Mike in front of Lake Windermere. Taking a break from Social Media

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.

Manchester Looking up

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 - Tow 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 a 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 a 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. 

A few things to do as a photographer during lockdown.

As you may know, we are in very strange times at the moment with what is going on with the Coronavirus pandemic and that we are all in lockdown. One of the positives that we can take from this, is that we all have more time to catch up on those photography tasks that we have been putting off for a while now. Let discuss a few things we can do during these unusual times.

The Story Behind the Shot - Llandudno Pier

In my second post in this series, I talk about one of my favourite images from my portfolio. An image from Llandudno which is situated on the North Coast of Wales.

Social Anxiety and Photography

If you are on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook and a photographer, you have probably seen a number of videos or articles on the benefits of Photography on mental health. I wasn’t sure to post this blog, as I didn’t want to be seen to be jumping on the bandwagon, or using mental health as a way to promote a website or YouTube channel. After much thought, I decided I would share the way that photography helps me to deal with my mental health.