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Front cover of Gavin issue 1

Front cover of Gavin issue 1

Over the last few months I have been working on an exciting project which combines many of my creative skills. And this weekend just gone I released Gavin magazine. Gavin is a showcase for my photographic, written, and design work and has been published online on the issuu platform. There is a link to the magazine at the bottom of this blog post.

I have opted for a soft launch rather than a grand fanfare as I am just finding my feet with online publishing. I have been involved in the publishing of hundreds of magazines over the years, but this is the first time I have used an online platform such as issuu, so I wanted the first issue to be stunning, yet reserved.

More issues will follow and they will include both personal projects that I have worked on in recent years and commercial work I am able to publish. Some of my work I am not allowed to use for certain reasons, which I always respect.

As always when creating a magazine I used Adobe’s Indesign and worked hard on choosing complimentary fonts, I hope you like what I’ve chosen. I decided many of the images needed to have the background story, which is so difficult to do on a portfolio website, which is another reason for working on the magazine. So some of the images have a caption, but others are part of a much larger story. This is fairly limited in the first issue, but the articles will increase as the magazine grows in popularity.

Since my first job, I have always been involved in photography and magazine creation, so this is a logical step for me. I have the writing, design and photography skills needed, but the process has been a learning curve.

At the moment the magazine is just online, but I am looking at offering a hard copy (although this will be a paid for service as buying any magazine) and as the readership grows I will possibly offer advertising opportunities for business looking to advertise their services and wares alongside my editorial (The adverts in the first issue were donated to companies who have helped me obtain images or offered advice).

I hope you enjoy reading it and please let me know what you think and also if you have any questions, comments or requests for areas of my work you’d like to see included in the magazine let me know.

You can find Gavin magazine at:


There’s a wonderful tool for photographers I found recently, which may revolutionise the reduction of copyright theft on the web. Up until recently I used to put a description of my most copied pictures into the Google search engine and see what came up. More often than not, I’d find at least one case of theft.

Sometimes these are hard to pin down as I sell through picture libraries as well so websites can buy the rights to the images legitimately, but it doesn’t hurt to send an email to check that out.

However, I’ve recently been introduced to the Google image search widget called a bookmarklet which will do all the hard work for you. Simply follow the instructions on the page which is a case of dragging the bookmarklet to your bookmark’s browser in the top of your screen and then open up a page of your images – could be on a picture library, Flickr, facebook, Google+ etc and click on the icon.

That will cover your images in a weird looking double question mark icon. Click on that and the Google system searches the web for that picture and pictures similar in make up.

For photographers everywhere it gives you the opportunity to see who is using your pictures. Get it, install it and search. Then nail the people who think stealing from photographers is ok.

In many forms of photography shooting from the floor is advantageous. In wildlife, getting to eye level with subjects creates a much better result and taking images of people can add an interesting perspective.

However, there is a problem with seeing how low you can go. Yes, laying on the floor. Dust, dirt, mud and lots of other substances you don’t want to even think about infest the ground and if you want to look through your viewfinder you need to get down and dirty. Or do you?

I spent more years than I care to remember getting odd looks from passers by or disparaging comments about the state of my clothes when I got home so I started to look around for solutions.

A very simple solution is always carry a small tarpaulin around and it can be laid on the floor, thus stopping the photographer  from grubby clothes syndrome (or GCS as its called in out house). But that’s not always practical, especially in a woodland when photography fungi in a confined space.

Then a few years ago I hit upon a handy little gadget called the ZigView S2

It basically puts a flip out LCD onto an SLR camera. so the camera can be on the ground and you don’t have to be. I’ve photographed all sorts of things from ground level including fungi, insects, floawers, birds.

They aren’t cheap, but they are effective.  To prove it, below is a selection of recent fungi images taken with the aid of the Zigview and when I got home GCS wasn’t even an issue.

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