Monday 18th May 2020
I don’t get the Monday blues any more.
Since going full-time as a landscape photographer I work 7 days a week so Monday feels just like any other day.
Oh, that and I bloody love what I do! 🙂
Following a comment that was left on one of my recent videos I spent the morning experimenting with Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Spark. Using the images from my recent lockdown project I wanted to see how easy it would be to create a website from scratch.
Turns out it was really easy and I managed to put together a slick looking website for my latest black and white images in just a couple of hours.
Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Spark come free as part of a Creative Cloud subscription. However, I believe very few people make use of these powerful and intuitive tools.
As I am keen to help people get the most our of their CC subscription I would like to host a free webinar demonstrating how I built my ‘monochrome landscapes’ website. If you are interested in attending please leave a comment below.
After a morning in the office I spent the afternoon scouting Ralfland Forest, an area of open moorland to the west of Shap just inside the boundary of the Lake District National Park.
Despite being just a few miles from the M6 motorway Ralfland is overlooked by thousands of tourists that whiz past junction 39 each year.
Over the years I have spent time exploring the area on a number of occasions. I have always found it to be a difficult area to photograph.
I don’t know if it is because I am developing as a photographer or just the recently rekindled love for my local area but I can see a huge amount of potential here.
Back out into Ralfland Forest this morning to film a video all about the impact that YouTube has had on my photography. It has to be my most enjoyable days filming of the year so far. I loved every single minute of it!
I started photographing the cotton grass which is looking particularly splendid this year before making my way to the top of Seat Robert, the highest point in the ‘Forest’.
From the summit you get wonderful views of Ralfland. Since completing the photo essay on the area immediately around Shap I have been looking for a project.
I think I might have just found it.
The weather here in Cumbria has taken a decided turn for the ‘windy’ and so a day in the office was very welcome.
The usual mix of photo editing and managing my various social media accounts was broken with mentoring sessions with clients (I hate that word) in the US.
During the coronavirus crisis I have been developing a mentoring service that allows me to help other photographers anywhere in the world.
I really enjoy these sessions. Conducted over Skype they allow me to help photographers in many different ways, from composition advice and post processing to building a website and a following on social media.
But more than that it is an opportunity to form real connections with other people through a mutual love for photography and for the landscape.
I have been very pleased with the response to the video that I published yesterday about the impact that YouTube has had on my photography.
During lockdown I haven’t been filming outdoors and I have noticed that photography is a lot easier. This I have put down to the fact that I have been able to focus 100% on taking photographs.
When I am out filming I only ever have half my mind on my photography. The other half is on the video side of things.
I have had lots of useful suggestions about how I could change my approach to filming in order to minimise the impact that it has on my photography.
I have a few things that I would like to try and a relatively clear diary next week. I am itching to get started.
I have often believed that with YouTube the real work begins once you have published the video.
With that in mind I have spend much of my weekend responding to comments on my latest video, trying as hard as I can to be as engaging as possible.
It’s not always easy but it is part of the job and I love it.