I am a stock photographer based in Nottingham who specialises in landscape and nature photography in and around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. I also restore antique and vintage photographs and have a small portfolio on my other website at www.bramall.org.uk
At the beginning of 2016 I took the decision to enter the world of stock photography, my thoughts at the time were that as there are no rules on how much you contribute it meant I could do as much, or as little as my disability, I have spondylosis and osteoarthritis, would allow. After doing quite a bit of research I eventually opted for four agencies with the main two being iStock by Getty and Alamy. Photographs from these portfolios have been used by the BBC, Daily Mirror online, Secret Escapes, Camping and Caravan Club, Kinder Chocolate and numerous internet based companies.
Because of my disability I really have to think hard when it comes to buying new kit to ensure that it not only does what I want it to but also that I am able to carry it fairly comfortably. So in June 2015 I exchanged my Canon 6D full frame and 70D APS-C cameras and collection of lenses for Olympus Micro Four Thirds kit which proved much lighter, more compact and provided good image quality. However, while we were staying at the Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa I had to use a fairly high ISO whilst on an evening game drive and was quite disappointed that some of the images could not be used for stock because of a large amount of noise. I had been thinking of changing to either a Sony or Nikon based outfit for a few weeks prior to our South African holiday and had done some research on both systems so I took advantage of the Black Friday discounts and purchased a Sony A7III with a 24-105 lens to be delivered on our return home. Since then the Olympus kit has all gone and been replaced like with like for Sony products. My initial thoughts are that while the system is more bulky than the Olympus the weight is quite similar and I get the benefit of a full frame sensor with all the advantages it brings in terms of image quality and noise control. At the moment, late December 2019, I have not been able to get out with the Sony, apart from a quick walk to Mill Lakes to make sure everything was working as it should, but as soon as I am able and the weather suitable I will give it a good outing and update this post.
The tripod problem was more difficult to resolve, in the end I have had to go with travel tripods which are lighter than their full size cousins but unfortunately not as stable.To try and add some stability I always carry a small empty bag which I can fill with whatever is available and hang on the bottom of the centre column.
My biggest problem has been in finding a suitable camera bag, one that is comfortable, will carry the kit I need and is easy for me to get on and off. Unfortunately as there is no such thing as an ideal bag for me I find myself alternating between two bags, the Vanguard Alta Rise 43 sling and a Think Tank Spectral 15 shoulder bag, depending on the shoot, location and how I feel on the day.