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Canon pro shooter Guy Ed­wardes talks about the perks of the pho­tog­ra­phy in­dus­try

Guy Ed­wardes talks to David Clark about run­ning a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, his favourite lo­ca­tions and the gad­get he couldn’t do with­out

Serene land­scapes, dra­matic wildlife ac­tion, del­i­cate plant stud­ies and mind-blow­ing pho­to­graphs of the Aurora Bo­re­alis: in a ca­reer span­ning 20 years, Guy Ed­wardes has pho­tographed an ex­tra­or­di­nary wealth of sub­jects that mother na­ture has to of­fer.

Com­bin­ing tech­ni­cal pre­ci­sion with nat­u­ral his­tory knowl­edge, he is con­tin­u­ally look­ing for fresh an­gles, new per­spec­tives and in­no­va­tive ways to cre­ate eye-catch­ing im­ages. Speak­ing over the phone from his Dorset home, Guy re­flects on how dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has changed his busi­ness, the kit he uses, the im­por­tance of cal­i­brat­ing your lenses and the one type of pho­tog­ra­phy he’d like to avoid at all costs…

Did your in­ter­est in the nat­u­ral world be­gin in child­hood?

It de­finetely did, yes. That’s re­ally what got me into pho­tog­ra­phy. Af­ter school I stud­ied na­ture con­ser­va­tion for about three or four years. I was plan­ning on do­ing it as a ca­reer, but as I came to the end of the course it was ob­vi­ous that there were no real ca­reer prospects. But I was still in­ter­ested in work­ing within that spe­cific area.

Were you al­ready into pho­tog­ra­phy at that point?

I took up pho­tog­ra­phy at around the age of 14 and bought my first SLR, a Canon EOS 650, soon af­ter­wards. I was al­most ex­clu­sively pho­tograph­ing birds to be­gin with, but I grad­u­ally de­vel­oped more va­ri­ety and in­ter­est in my se­lec­tion of nat­u­ral his­tory shots. Land­scapes didn’t come along un­til later.

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