Published on January 26, 2016 by Thomas Heaton
How old are you?
My DOB is 26/4/84
Where do you live?
I live in a small coastal town in the north east of England, called Whitley Bay.
That Manfrotto Ball Head.
Yes, I made a terrible mistake & showed my incompetence when using my own kit. The knob pulls & rotates. I take back all that I said about my tripod head.
**Update** I now have a new Manfrotto Arca-Swiss Ball Head, which I love: Here it is on Amazon and I now have an “L” bracket, which has changed my life! Best £20 I’ve ever spent Here
What camera should I buy?
I don’t know. I use my Canon 5D IV and have recently purchased a 4×5 large format film camera. There is a wealth of information on the web and I certainly can’t tell you anything new. One thing I do know is that your camera is not as important as how, where & when you use it.
Why don’t you do post processing on your videos?
The main reason I steer clear of PP videos is because I find them so dull & I can’t get excited about making a video showing my editing process. Most of the time, I do very little; simply adjust the highlights, shadows, contrast, vibrance & WB to push the RAW file to a nice finish. I believe that every user & every image is different, therefore my editing would be irrelevant and inconsistent. For me, it’s all about the journey & being in the outdoors.
What kit do you use?
For more info check out my Kit Blog, but here is a summery:
Canon 5D MK IV
Zeiss Distagon 21mm Lens
Canon 24-70L f2.8 MKII
Canon 70-200L f4 (None-IS)
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 (New Version)
My New Arca Swiss Manfrotto Ball Head
An “L” Bracket for above Head
Garmin Fenix 3 (For navigation)
LowePro Pro Rover 45ltr Hiking Camera bag
LowePro Filter Pouch
Lee Foundation Filter Holder
A Heliopan 105mm Polariser
A 105mm Attachment Ring for it to fit on to my Holder
HotShoe Bubble Level (Love this)
A Waterproof Camera Cover always comes in handy
As Does my Leatherman Skeletool
I Always Take a Head Torch
What do you do for a living?
I am a full time photographer with a studio. I shoot landscapes for Visit England, sell images to the national press, shoot events & write occasional articles for various magazines.
Can you critique my work?
I am sorry, but to critique work takes a lot of thought and time, which I am unable to offer at the moment.
Can you make a tutorial on…?
Nooo. My videos are about the journey, they are about inspiration, they are about my process and what I’m thinking when looking for a shot. Although I do offer tips & techniques, I do try to keep well away from actual “Tutorials”. It’s not why I make videos, I make videos to inspire & to entertain.
Why didn’t your dog go with you?
Sadly Monty has been diagnosed with Elbow Dysplasia, which means he can’t join me on long walks up big hills. We are working on building up his stamina & hope that he will be able to come on longer journeys as he gets a little older.
Can we shoot together?
I love meeting fellow photographers & Youtubers. The main obstacle is my schedule. I have a full time business, a dog, a fiancé and I live & shoot in the UK whereby the weather can put a halt to a trip at a moments notice. With all of this, planning is difficult so most of my photography is planned at the last minute depending on what the weather is doing the next day.