Andy’s Photography Page – Favourite Photos, Kit Used and My Background

Hi, I’m Andy Nicholson. I am 54 years young and have been passionate about digital photography for the past 5-6 years. I am a keen amateur photographer, not a professional. I use mid-range equipment, not high-end professional kit. That said, today’s mid-range can often out-perform professional cameras from a few years ago.

I am an experienced trainer and coach – being a former IT trainer, sailing instructor and currently a personal development trainer/mentor/life-coach. So can readily teach, inspire and mentor beginner and intermediate photographers. For advanced and experienced photographers, I can guide, chauffeur and share my passion for the Highlands and the amazing and varied photographic experiences that are here on our doorstep.

Below is a gallery of some of my favourite photographs, followed by a little history and background to my photography and lastly a list of equipment that I use – which you can try out too.

Andy’s Photography Page – Favourite Photos Gallery

Here’s a random selection of some of my favourite photographs – ones I have taken over the past 4 years.

Andy’s Photographic Background

Before I started taking digital photography more seriously, I just used to take a few snaps with various film cameras – pretty much point and shoot (and hope for the best). As digital cameras started to become half-decent and affordable at the domestic end of the market, I started to dabble… (click on any image to enlarge it); these three below are from 2002 with a Fuji Finepix 6800 zoom:

pylon  pylon2  longhirst postcard2



On trips out I took a couple of ‘satisfying’ half-decent pictures with a lovely pocket digital camera, the Ricoh R10 (left) – that got me hooked. Here’s a picture of the Ricoh R10 and a couple of my favourite shots that I took with it in 2011 (below):


Here’s a link to more pictures that I took with the R10 mainly back in 2010-2011.

Andy’s Current Photographic Equipment

In May 2011, I decided to invest in a digital SLR (DSLR) camera, choosing the Canon EOS 550d. This was my main camera until the end of 2015. Also in 2015, I acquired a second hand Fuji X100 and I am rarely far from my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone camera (or is it really a camera smartphone?). Here they are:
Canon-eos-550d             Nokia Lumia 1020a

Fuji-X100     Fuji-X100

At the end of 2015 I bought a Canon EOS 7D mkii DSLR (digital SLR) camera and the fabulous Canon EOS 100-400mmL f4-f5.6 IS mkii zoom lens.

Recently, I added a medium sized all in one, versatile bridge camera, a Panasonic FZ330. Being versatile makes this a compromise camera, worth getting for lots of good reasons…

  • It is all in one. No lenses to add. The built-in lens has an equivalent zoom range from 28mm to 600mm, at a constant f2.8 aperture (which is great, as the lens lets in lots of light).
  • It is weatherproof (rain and dust proof) making it great for outdoors photography.
  • It has a high-speed video capability, which is great for sports photography (i.e my golf swing!).

Other kit that I own and you can try out includes:

  • Speed lights (for on or off camera flash)
  • LED light rings for macro or portrait photography
  • Various tripods, a monopod and lighting stands
  • 2.9m x 6m vinyl studio black or white backdrop (to shoot portraits against)
  • A variety of reflectors, diffusers, soft boxes and light benders
  • Two different infrared filters to use with the Fuji X100
  • Sekonic Litemaster Pro Light meter
  • Various wired and remote triggers (for syncing off camera flash)
  • Wireless remote timer for Time lapse and long exposure photography

Plus editing software:

  • Adobe Lightroom 6 and Photoshop Elements 11
  • PhotoMatrix Pro (HDR)

Plus a variety of Canon-fit lenses for the eos 7D mkii and 550d camera bodies:

  • Canon 100-400mm f4 to f5.6 L IS mkii zoom lens – superb for sports and wildlife photography
  • Canon 70-200mm f4 L zoom lens
  • 1.4X extender for use with the above lenses
  • Canon 24-105mm f4 L IS zoom lens – a versatile all-rounder
  • 50mm ‘prime’ lenses: Sigma 50mm F1.4 plus Canon ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm f1.8 lenses
  • Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 zoom lens (great for landscape photography and night skies)
  • Tokina 100mm f2.8 ‘prime’ macro lens (great for portraiture and also macro photography close ups)
  • Samyang 8mm f3.5 fisheye lens (great fun)
  • Samyang f2.8 10mm wide angle lens (also great for landscapes and night skies photography)