Lives in United Kingdom Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Works as a Designer
Has a website at
Joined on Jul 4, 2009
About me:

It all started in the 1970s when my parents bought me a Boots Instamatic film camera. I can remember doing what most children do when first getting their hands on a camera, they walk around the house photographing just about anything, from a wall socket to the floor. Things took a turn for the better when I won the annual photographic competition at my school 2 years in a row - using same Boots camera!

Later, grandparents gave me a (faulty, double exposed sometimes) Konica range finder before I bought a Minolta X-700 SLR. My father would scold me every time I pressed the shutter with "Alexander! That's 40p!" Was so happy when it all went digital and I could blow raspberries to that!

Being a UX person in my day job, I believe handling and responsiveness to be the most important aspect of a camera, and no one has got it right yet, although Fuji, Olympus, Pentax and Panasonic come closest to 'getting it' when it comes to position of controls and dials, the tactile feel and the way it all comes together. (I would put Pentax at the top for ergonomics in general.)

Although I do once every year or so get paid to shoot photos or video by clients of my business if we become involved in their web presence, photography and video is mainly a hobby. My focus is 'recording' our family in a fly on the wall manner (I often leave camera on tripod recording over a meal or during Christmas present unwrapping) and also making a historical record of my business and the development of it's technical innovations.

I believe (and Panasonic are executing on this) that video is the future of photography - no matter how some purists may react. As I type this on January 10 2016, having just been on a photographic walkabout in Savernake Forest, and shot some 4K video using my new GX8 plus Olympus 12-40 f2.8 M.Zuiko Pro, and then viewed it on my Dell 27" 4K monitor, the evidence is in: Hit Pause on the keyboard during playback (or grab a frame from a video editor) and the IQ of the still image (from 4K video) is now equal to that of a high end prosumer camera or mid level DSLR of not long ago.

Of course, we will ALWAYS shoot stills (only way to get creative per shot), but for events, quote me on this, a few strategically placed Panasonic GH6's will capture the event in glorious 8K, and then later, the 'videophotographer' will pick frames from the various feeds, or even allow the client to do this.
(Samsung's amazing T1 and T3 pocket SSDs now make it practical to 'carry' high def video with you.)

And no doubt, VR will become part of the capture process too, although I have concerns about the technology's impact on society. (A topic beyond the scope of this DPreview bio!)

Anyway, back to the bio bit, I may considering releasing for sale some of my more creative photos.

Dear reader may be interested to know that I never do any post processing. I either don't have time or prefer things left as they are.. Only exception is to get creative or fix a photo that is priceless but needs tweaking, perhaps when underexposed or corrupted.

Update: April 20 2017 - I no longer have a camera, by choice. I sold the GX8 and now have a Samsung Galaxy Note5, that includes a Pro mode for manual exposure control. For video, even the Note 4 could shoot footage that in good light was hard to discern from that shot on my prosumer cameras. As they say, the best camera is the one you have on you. Exactly.
(I know, no viewfinder, and the lack of tactile controls makes phones a casual tool, but I no longer have the time to 'manage' a real camera. The only one I'm thinking I would consider is the multi lens LIGHT camera that looks like it will be as pocketable as a phone, making pro level images more practical - assuming it lives up to it's hype and can shoot DSLR quality. I worry it may become another Lytro though.)

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Subject Forum Last post
In praise of the LX100 Panasonic Compact Camera Talk 1 day ago
Why is my 4K MP4 24fps video only 1080P on YouTube? Digital Video Talk 2 days ago
How do you join .mp4 files split by LX100 on a continuous shoot?? Panasonic Compact Camera Talk 3 days ago
Are You Buying an A7III Sony Alpha Full Frame E-mount Talk 4 days ago
Pana 100-400 - Any advantage on Panasonic cameras (e.g. G9)? Micro Four Thirds Talk 2 months ago
G80/85, GH5 or G9 And Panny or Leica 12-60? Micro Four Thirds Talk 2 months ago
Teen + G80 (G85) -- first images, and a couple of questions Micro Four Thirds Talk 3 months ago
Panasonic GX8 Silver - Lenses optional For Sale and Wanted 11 months ago
Is a live/streamed scenic video portal a good idea? Digital Video Talk 11 months ago
Great lens! Micro Four Thirds Talk Nov 21, 2016
Sony A6500 puts the heat on Oly and (especially ) GH5.. Micro Four Thirds Talk Oct 9, 2016
The future of m43 hangs on sensors Micro Four Thirds Talk Jul 27, 2016
GX8 VS GX80/85 Micro Four Thirds Talk Jul 21, 2016
4k video GX8 vs G7 vs GH4 Micro Four Thirds Talk Jul 11, 2016
NX1 body only kit in John Lewis for £680 approx Samsung Talk Jul 11, 2016
EX1 still cutting it Samsung Talk Jul 10, 2016
TELESERENITY - SLOW TV Channel Digital Video Talk Jul 3, 2016
What is "bashing" anyway? Pentax SLR Talk May 12, 2016
GX8 Video Auto Focus Micro Four Thirds Talk May 11, 2016
Amazing photo-essay by M43 shooter in Siberia Micro Four Thirds Talk May 2, 2016
McCafe (EM1+Nocticron) Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 12, 2016
MILC market penetration Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 10, 2016
GX80 Vs 6300 Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 10, 2016
Panasonic GX8 - Is it too big? Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 7, 2016
Birds really sell gear, don't they? Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 7, 2016
The new Panasonic GX80 is coming Micro Four Thirds Talk Apr 5, 2016
Coffee in forest GX8 & 20mm Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 28, 2016
People were right about GX8 Exp Comp dial Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 25, 2016
Some LX100 rock gig photos Panasonic Compact Camera Talk Mar 23, 2016
Is Micro Four Thirds Dead? Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 22, 2016
control dial feel on gx8 Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 21, 2016
GX8 4K Video shot with Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 12, 2016
Wireless microphone for mobile phone? Digital Video Talk Mar 11, 2016
Why is GX8 4K video saved as multiple files? Micro Four Thirds Talk Mar 7, 2016
Venice carnevale GX8 & 12-35mm Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 29, 2016
4 months old GX8's dial randomly broke Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 29, 2016
Leaving m4/3 (hope temporarly) Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 25, 2016
Panasonic GX8 Silver + lens choice For Sale and Wanted Feb 25, 2016
Walking around lens for the GX8...or something else? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 24, 2016
How's the LUMIX G7 kit lens? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 24, 2016
Bargain GX8 sent straight back ! Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 21, 2016
Poll: Why do you shoot m4/3? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 19, 2016
Picked up a Pen F today at Glazers in Seattle and already listed my GX8 for sale on Amazon... Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 16, 2016
DPReview why so much hype about Pen-F ??? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 14, 2016
The 12-35 or 12-40 for an EPL1? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 11, 2016
FS: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO Hardly Used For Sale and Wanted Feb 10, 2016
Panasonic GX8 hit the floor from 1 meter Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 9, 2016
Bias against Panasonic. Did you notice? Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 8, 2016
GX8 Ergonomics Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 8, 2016
GX8 and Pen F just got some real competition Sony A6300! Micro Four Thirds Talk Feb 6, 2016