Favourite Things

A few of my favourite things….

Myanmar is a photographer’s paradise and I love to travel with Belmond on their luxury vessels Belmond Orcaella or Belmond Road to Mandalay. Join me in October 2016 for a 7 night journey “Ayeyarwady Adventure” on board Belmond Road to Mandalay.

I regularly guide wildlife photography trips for Steppes Travel, who offer some exceptional wildlife experiences whilst supporting local conservation and community projects around the world and I’m looking forward to guiding for them again in 2016 in Zambia, British Columbia and in 2017 to the Antarctic.

I'm a great fan of the Bushcamp Company in the South Luangwa valley, Zambia. Mfuwe Lodge has been voted the country’s best lodge several times and their small camps are superb! I lead photo tours here for Steppes Travel and also enjoy guiding private safaris at this location as the wildlife, lodge and people are all fabulous.

I've just been kitting myself out with some great Paramo kit for my forthcoming adventures - which will take me from the tropics to the polar regions

I love my Zeiss Victory HT 8 x 42 binoculars. Bright, light and sharp! I also use some stunning Zeiss lenses, including the Otus 1.4/55mm, and Distagon T* 2.8/15mm.

I’ve use an excellent lightweight but sturdy Manfrotto Professional Roller Bag 70 . Perfect for carry-on at the airport, but strong enough for me not to have to worry if I end up having to gate-check my cameras on some small planes. Plus it holds a LOT, including my 17” laptop. I am a big fan of Manfrotto’s camera bags and use the Pro Light Video Backpack: Pro-V-610 PL or the Pro Light Video Backpack: Pro-V-410 PL - perfect for when I'm on a walking safari, or trekking across the ice to photograph emperor penguins!

I am fortunate to work with the wonderful Stephen Johnson of Copyrightimage Ltd. Stephen is a brilliant editor, retoucher and trainer and I highly recommend him. He edits and prepares my shots for Getty Images, and prepared all my files for my book "Cold Places”.

Gitzo make the best tripods! I use the Gizto Systematic Series 4 carbon tripod GT4552TS with the Gitzo series 5 quick-release ball-head - packs down small, and is super-strong - perfect for my Canon 600mm.

I'm very proud to have been asked to be part of the Manfrotto School of Xcellence. Their website has some great interviews, top tips, profiles of some very talented photographers and more. I'll be doing some webinars for them later in the year so watch this space!

Clifton Cameras are very helpful if you need new camera kit. You can see some of my photo journals here.