I live on the Isle of Wight, England, a very photogenic island off the south coast of England. I’m an Adobe Certified Expert in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. I’ve been using Photoshop since version four of Photoshop back in the 1990’s. I also use Adobe Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Audition, and Premiere Pro.

Technical qualifications aside, I’m an un-qualified hobbyist photographer. I mention un-qualified because there are many highly trained photographer’s out there, who have seen their profession undervalued by people like me. So, I am not a photographer. I’m someone who goes out for walks, with a camera.

As far as photography is concerned I’m still on the learning curve. I don’t understand studio lighting, or even flash techniques. But, when it comes to post-processing in Photoshop, I do know my ‘stuff’.

Strictly, I’m a Landscape Photographer, (who isn’t these days), and I do it entirely for fun.

The Isle of Wight is a landscape photographers dream. It has diverse scenery, all contained in a small package.

Landscape Photography on the Isle of Wight is easy, because of the diverse scenery. It’s just a case of passion, commitment, and planning.

There will always be a  risk in Landscape photography it won’t go as planned. The thrill I get when it works, makes me forget the bad days.

Anyway, check out my photographs of the Isle of Wight here.

I remember what it was like to climb the mountain which is Photoshop. With time and a lot of work you should be able to say, “I need this effect, and I know the tools I need to use to achieve my vision”.

Slavishly learning other’s techniques, though useful, will not really give you a real understanding of how Photoshop works.

It will take months, if not years, to reach the point of nirvana where your vision can be created easily – because you know what tools to use. Persevere, it’s worth it, even you think you are not really creative – you are – and Photoshop will help you achieve quite amazing work. Even if you’ve never used a pencil, or brush since elementary school.

Lightroom, though easier to understand, is still a hard climb for new starters.

For most hobby photographers, Lightroom is really all you need. Yet, I still meet many people, with expensive cameras, still only using the JPEG output of their camera; rather than unlocking the huge potential that developing in raw will deliver.

I try my best to be in your shoes, not my current pair.

There will also be some kit reviews. And sometimes blogs about my day’s out in the field, or anything that captures my interest.

I also run a website called Wightway about walking and cycling on the Isle of Wight, again just for fun.