Along with most photographers I know, both professional colleagues or enthusiast shooters, the first photography magazine I looked at (back in 1986) was Amateur Photographer. It’s the one thing most photographers in the UK have in common.
I was fortunate that I turned my passion into my career and have covered a plethora of assignments, both here in the UK and internationally. My work has been published in practically every major publication around the world, from newspapers to quality news magazines.
I’ve made the cover of quite a few of these publications too. However, in over 30 years of photography, over 26 years of which have been as a photojournalist and commercial photographer, I have never managed to get the cover of my first magazine; Amateur Photographer!
So, to say I’m thrilled to have my first is a bit of an understatement! Although completely happy to work in the studio or location with artificial lights (be they flash or continuous, for photography or video), my passion is to shoot with available light, and I often dial up the ISO to let me work with the light available to me. This week’s issue is all about shooting with high ISOs, so when Geoff Harris (the deputy editor) contacted me on the off chance that I may have a cover photo at high ISO, I jumped at the chance and started searching through my Adobe Lightroom libraries. I found the perfect image in my 2015 library.
The image chosen, was made on one of my “one to one bespoke” photography workshops, about portraiture and lighting. It was shot with available light using a Lastolite deflector (to bounce back the light onto the model’s face) on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with an Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. ISO 1600, f3.2 at 1/320th shutter speed. The model was the fabulous Sonia Yasmin Ali.
Huge thanks to the brilliant team at Amateur Photographer for putting together a great magazine; one which my colleagues and I regularly read. The issue is in the shops now and also available for online purchase.