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Gear Reviews, Equipment News & More . . .


Here you will find everything from hands-on gear reviews to industry news, interviews, equipment advice and much more.


All the opinions and views expressed in these articles are entirely my own, based upon experience and first-hand use of the featured equipment - hopefully offering an honest insight into some of the latest photographic gear available!


  • Bronzeback in the Branches

Essential Kit: Wildlife Photography


Adequate preparation for your next shoot is essential, whether a three-week expedition or a 3-hour session in a local hide.


Every photographer will have his or her own way of preparing, but a carefully curated kit list should always be the first thing checked. If you’re relatively new to the world of wildlife photography then the sheer array of different options can be a little daunting . . .


Read the full article, written by Aaron Northcott on the Manfrotto School of Excellence blog here.


  • The Lookout

Top 10 Tips: Bird Photography for Beginners


Photographing wildlife as a profession is possibly one of the most difficult genres to break into and make a career from. Many wildlife photographers will supplement their income with additional contracts ranging from travel commissions to weddings and everything in between.


It isn’t a job for those who like to have a reliable income and long term plans, and it takes a heavy toll on your social life too - but if I haven’t dissuaded you yet then...


Read the full article, written by Aaron Northcott on the Manfrotto School of Excellence blog here.


  • Stag at Sunrise

Making the Most of Winter


Though some may dread the coming of Winter; with the Sun sinking low behind the horizon after shedding just a few precious hours of light and cold winds tearing away the last of the amber leaves clinging to the trees – it’s not all doom and gloom, especially if you’re a wildlife photographer (or even enjoy shooting landscapes!).


I thoroughly embrace the change of seasons, and I encourage you to do the same...


Read the full article, written by Aaron Northcott on the Manfrotto School of Excellence blog here.



Drawing from Photography - Introducing Antony Howard Poynton


A few months ago Cheshire-based artist Antony Poynton got in touch and asked if he could create a new piece, based on a photograph I captured several year's ago of a Saker Falcon.


I was honoured of course to have a talented artist like Antony take inspiration from my imagery and the past few months I have been eagerly awaiting the result . . . READ MORE.



  • Green Woodpecker Nest

Focusing on Feathers


Wildlife photography can be difficult at the best of times, and it only gets harder when your subject has the ability to fly up-and-away further than you’ll ever be able to follow! 


I won’t deny that a large part of photographing birds can depend on luck even for the professionals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow these simple tips to really maximise your chances of capturing some incredible images of birds in their natural habitat.


Read the full article, written by Aaron Northcott on the Manfrotto School of Excellence blog here.



SNAPSNAP Camera Strap - Prototype First Look!


I get hands on and explain discover how this new strap works - a first look at the prototype of the revolutionary new camera strap launched by Carsten Hoffmann and the team at SNAPSNAP.


READ MORE . . .


Prepared for Anything: Photographing Wildlife 


Photographing wildlife can be difficult at the very best of times, so why make things harder? 


If you’re planning a trip to photograph animals in their natural habitat, preparation is everything; from scouting good locations to carrying the right equipment – and hopefully some of the tips I’m sharing with you will increase your chances of success!


Read the full article, written by Aaron Northcott on the Manfrotto School of Excellence blog here.


More reviews, news and equipment coming soon!


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