Based on the Isle of Arran, I'm extremely lucky to be surrounded by nature and other photogenic subjects. I'm drawn to the creation of images that tell a story, and if I wasn't working in general practice I would want to be a photojournalist.
My interest in photography began in childhood, but since living on Arran I have been keen to take advantage of the wide range of activities, scenery and personalities that offer a ripe stage for photographic discovery. My main photographic interests are events, landscapes and nature, and I like the challenge of using a wide range of technical skills to cover this range of genres.
I'm always delighted to receive feedback on my images, and so please feel free to add a comment. I try to keep my work varied and developing, andI aim to keep this site updated as an active portfolio. You can follow me on instagram, facebook and twitter @davidrhogg. My professional profile is available at http://www.davidrhogg-gp.com .
A word about selling photos...
I do not intend to earn a living from photography. Latterly I have been fortunate to mentor and support others who are keen to develop their skills and experience in photography, and this is something that I find extremely rewarding. Having a portfolio website has opened up the opportunity of enabling products like prints and canvases to be ordered directly from the site, and the prices seem reasonable for the quality offered by Loxley Printing Labs in Glasgow.
As a result of this sales feature I stand to make a small profit on any sales from this website. However, I recognise the importance of opening up opportunities in photography for others, and so any profit gained is intended to be used to help others develop their interest. It's not charity, but I thought I might add a note about my intentions for this.
If you are a local charity or organisation I can make some images available without any charge - please contact me using the form above.
What equipment do I use?
I'm a firm believer that the best camera is the one you have with you. It's important not to get too hung up about equipment, however the technology that is now available at all stages of photographic workflow is impressive and increasingly accessible. I shoot with Canon (7D2, 6D2 and 60D bodies) and have a range of wide angle and telephoto lenses - favourites are the 16-35L and 100-400L. I also have a Fujifilm XT1 for travel and I've really enjoyed working with that, not least for its sharpness and dynamic range. Post-processing is done with Lightroom on a Mac.
I have recently learned more about printing, colour correction, mounting and exhibiting, and I output this to a Canon iP8750 A3 printer.
Why are some of my images watermarked?
This happens for two reasons. Recently I have been collaborating with and mentoring other photographers, some of whom rely on income from their work. For this reason some of the images will be watermarked, but I will leave details on how clean images can be obtained when that is the case.
The other reason is basic protection of intellectual rights. Lots of images seem to be copied or used without appropriate credit and yet portfolio images have often required considerable time to shoot and post-process. Watermarking is one way of ensuring that credit is given when due. I am happy for local charities and similar organisations to use my images royalties-free. Please get in touch if you think I can help.
Want to have a chat?
If you think I can help by shooting your event - especially if you are a group or charity on Arran - please let me know. I enjoy the challenge of working to a brief, and have also been able to open up some opportunities for less experienced photographers on the island, which is something I find very rewarding. Feel free to get in touch: click on CONTACT above.
Other photographers who inspire me...
David Duchemin - davidduchemin.com
Thomas Heaton - on Youtube
Lyndsey Addario - www.lynseyaddario.com
Don McCullin - donmccullin.com
Zoe Hamill - zoehamill.com
Recommended Scottish photographic inspiration...
Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) - www.streetlevelphotoworks.org
Stills Gallery (Edinburgh) - www.stills.org