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.