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Books

 When I’m teaching, I believe in KISS – keep it simple, sweetie. Photography is a highly technical subject – but I don’t want that to be a block to the enjoyment of the craft. It is a thrill to create a beautiful photo and I want other keen photographers to experience this. It can be accomplished at each stage of the learning process: beginner, intermediate, advanced. 

Technology plays an important part, it’s true, but I’ve found a way to make it very straightforward. My book, The Nature Photography Cookbook, is devised as a recipe book, where each lesson is a clear, step-by-step process. I place a high emphasis on aesthetics because if you just rely on technology alone, well then, you haven’t created “art”. 

You can download some sample chapters here and purchase a copy here.

Recent Blog posts


Outdoor photographers – why we do what we do

I can understand why outdoor photographer Matthew Dwyer got blown off Bluff Knoll. I’ve been to the peak twice myself. At the top, the winds are fierce, as this tree can attest. I tend to take risks myself, but it’s nothing to what my ex-husband, Jean-Paul Ferrero used to do. In this photo, he had climbed out to photograph a … Read More

Making great people photos

There are so many factors that go into good “people” shots. People photos for geographic magazines are a bit different from standard portraits. Sometimes they are raw photojournalism, but usually they fall into a genre called “environmental portraiture”. I’ve done this for so long now that I’ve come to really love it. The essential elements are: a) the lighting, b) … Read More

Ambient “lighting” is easy

Sometimes you don’t have to work at creating a background because you are blessed with the colours of nature. Or you’re just smart enough to go out at sunrise or sunset. Both of these pictures are pre-dawn. The colour in the sky at this time is called “afterglow” and I especially like this twilight time for the two-tone effect.  However, … Read More