Sunrise at Fish Tail Mountain, Annapurna region of Nepal.

Sunrise at Fish Tail Mountain, Annapurna region of Nepal.

A lot has changed since the last time I wrote a post here. We are now living in the UK, and I have started my Master of Art in Photography. The move was an adventure that anyone who has ever moved more than a few hours drive away much less overseas, can understand. We have settled in nicely so I won’t go into too much about that. The new adventure I have started is what I want to talk about, the MA in Photography.

Getting a Master’s Degree has been something I have been thinking about for quite some time. I hadn’t given it much thought until an email came from the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). It said the Falmouth University has an MA Photography program and if I was interested, as an RPS member I would receive a discount if I took the course. I think the universe and photography were giving me a gentle nudge, letting me know that maybe it was time to get a Master’s Degree. Well, without going into a lot of details about applying, I’ll just say that I got in and the course started Monday, 4 June.

One of the requirements of the course is to post regularly to a blog as part of a Critical Research Journal (CRJ). Over the next two years, you will see posts about my MA work and some of my thinking behind it. If you have ever wondered what it would be like going back to school parttime, you will get a glimpse here. I’m looking forward to the next two years, and I hope you will join me on this new adventure so let’s jump right in!

Rock The River FXBG!


Rock The River FXBG 2017 will be the biggest and best RTRFXBG yet! On Saturday, June 3rd I’ll be there at the Create Photographics booth giving lighting demonstrations throughout the day. I’ll also have a limited number of prints available for purchase. Make your plans to visit Rock The River today. For more info visit Rock The River FXBG. I hope to see you there!

A Change of Plan


I have decided to change some of what I post about here on this blog. There is a good reason why and it has to do with one of my biggest pet peeves. Everyone has pet peeves and I certainly have a few of my own. One thing that really peeves me is the misinformation that can be found all over the interwebs that concerns photography. Things like:

ISO controls shutter speed – asked by several different people in classes I have taught, I tracked this one down to a book by a well known author of photography books. ISO never controls shutter speed. It can’t, never has and never will.

Neutral density filters control depth of field – I saw this recently on a well known blog about photography. Wrong! Again, they can’t, never have and never will. This title is misleading and doesn’t have to be. Why do they do this? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s a kind of clickbait enticing people to read because they know that ND filters can’t control depth of field. The problem with this tactic is new photographers will read this and the title of the post will get stuck in their heads.

I will try shine a light on this misinformation when I find it and post that information here to help correct or clarify why it is incorrect. I will still be posting tips and tricks but not here. That information will be posted on other blogs. I’ll post links when I have everything sorted out.

I’ll be looking for things to post about so if you have heard of anything misleading or just need some clarification on a topic please let me know. I hope I can help. Thanks for bearing with me. I have some ideas for posts, including the list above, in the works and you should see them posted here very soon!

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