Nick Adams

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TOTI Me­dia: For­mal train­ing? Nick Adams: “Some … but I would say I am mainly self-trained. I spent lots of time and money go­ing to trade shows and cour­ses with a Bri­tish or­ga­ni­za­tion called MPA (Master Pho­tog­ra­phers As­so­ci­a­tion). My un­cle, John Adams, was a celebrity and glam­our photograph­er in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s. He did more for my pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer than any­one; he was a huge in­spi­ra­tion.”

TM: Tips for telling the best story? NA: “With peo­ple, it’s all about ex­pres­sion. The face will speak a thou­sand words in a pho­to­graph; try­ing to get nat­u­ral ex­pres­sions is a skill that I am still try­ing to per­fect, even after 22 years as a pro­fes­sional photograph­er. With land­scapes, it’s more about putting your­self in the right place at the right time to get a per­fect shot. Gen­er­ally, you need to be ac­tive at sun­rise and sun­set and you need to cap­ture the un­usual, whether it’s a spec­tac­u­lar cloud for­ma­tion or a mag­nif­i­cent sun­set. The same ap­plies to wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy—go to the places oth­ers won’t, work ei­ther end of the day and you will need to have a su­per­hero’s por­tion of pa­tience.”

TM: Bet­ter to let pho­tos hap­pen? NA: “The pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness is filled with dead­lines, in­clement weather and other di­ver­si­ties, so it is not al­ways pos­si­ble to wait. I am a firm be­liever that you earn your money as a photograph­er the most when the sit­u­a­tion is not ideal [which hap­pens to be most of the time].”

TM: Fa­vorite place to shoot? NA: “Any­where new, I like to keep things fresh. When I shoot at a location that I have been to be­fore, I try to chal­lenge my­self to find new and dif­fer­ent an­gles that I haven’t taken be­fore.” Craig Gar­rett is Group Editor-in-Chief for TOTI Me­dia.

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