The Books & Magazines…
I am immensely flattered when people mention some of the books and magazine features on photography that I have been lucky enough to be a part of.
My photographic background, such as working for companies such as Nikon, gave me a solid foundation to call upon.
By combining those with my experiences as a pro photographer years later, it was possible with limited writing skills, to have enough to say for publishers to invite me to become an author. Then others as a technical writer/editor for a number of UK photo press titles.
While I did that alongside my main work as a photographer, I went on as a ‘freelance’ to have technical contributor/consultant/editor roles for such titles as:
British Journal Of Photography (Freelance Technical Contributor).
Professional Photographer (Freelance Technical Contributor).
Photo Pro (Freelance Technical Editor.)
Amateur Photographer (Freelance Technical Contributor).
Practical Photographer (Freelance Technical Consultant).
Nikon Pro (Freelance Technical Contributor).
And many others on an infrequent basis. I think I contributed to a dozen or so titles in photo and computer magazines such as Mac User & PC Pro about digital photography).
As for the books, they covered both product based guides for publishes Hove Foto, plus techniques/post capture for Applied Visual Arts (AVA), and just over a dozen were published.
It gave me a chance to share my ‘reservoir’ of knowledge having been emerged in Nikkor optics, their design and application for Nikon.
I was very lucky in that I had also been able to shoot with most of the lenses the corporation had made both manual and auto focus. Few in fact had escaped me, which looking back was quite an achievement.
I have tried to keep up as much with their continued development as I can since. But that is no longer such a necessity for me, more out of curiosity having spent so long doing so in previous years.
Even today, each year people still come up and say such nice things about that book being a ‘bible’ or ‘go to’ book for its guidance, many years after it became outdated.
It was intended to be updated, but such was the speed at which Nikon started to produce lenses, alongside the publishing world being effected by ‘on line’, that the publishers understandably decided not to pursue that.
I still have an interest not just in ‘Nikkor’ but all lenses of quality, and try to keep up to date in a general sense.
For all the ’theory’, it is the practical use and the characteristics of lenses that I am most interested in. To that end I find many ‘lens tests’ I occasional get to see in magazines fall short of what people really need to know, but at least they point you in the right direction.
As for the Speedlights, well they are the most amazing and useful of tools, so I was glad to join some dots for people long before they became as popular as they are today.
I enjoyed working on all the technique books, particularly the close-up and monochrome titles. At the end of it all, it is not about the kit, but the images we create.
I stopped writing a few years ago, as it was not something I had intended to do long term. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort, and I did want to expand on my workshops and their frequency, so something had to go.
Should a magazine or publisher come along that seems to have a ’fit’ with me and I think I could offer something, then I may do a little more. But if I don’t, I am pleased with what I did do.
You would always in retrospect change a few things go into more or less detail for example. But with the aid of some excellent editors, I think we gave some really useful information and pointers out to help people develop their photography further.