Melvin Nicholson - landscape photographer
Melvin Nicholson – Landscape Photographer

I live, breathe and sleep landscape photography and to be able to share my passion, enthusiasm and knowledge with others is for me, a dream come true. Providing photography workshops, tours and courses both here in the UK and also in Iceland allows me to indulge in the very thing that fulfils my life beyond imagination.

I spent three years training at UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) in Preston to become a General Nurse 2008-12 because my love for helping people steered me in that direction however my love for landscape photography took over and now I like to think that I continue to help people just in a different way. Seeing the enjoyment of life improving for my clients through developing their skills behind a camera fills me with immense satisfaction, pride and pleasure.

Since turning professional in early 2014, I have been very fortunate to mix landscape photography with another of my passions, travel. My landscape photography workshops take me all over the UK and also internationally such as New Zealand, Iceland, Lofoten and the Dolomites and I continue to visit, explore and photograph new places around the world in the pursuit of taking people with me the next time I visit. I want people to experience what I do and enjoy being part of the landscape.

My Background

I bought my first digital compact camera back in 2002 before moving on to a bridge camera two years later. My first DSLR (Konica Minolta 5D) was purchased February 2007. I moved to Canon the following year and have stayed with them ever since. I currently shoot with a Canon 5D MK4 and their latest M50 mirrorless camera.

I use to judge competitions for camera clubs and societies within the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union but these days I hold the position of Expert Judge on the hugely popular competition website Photocrowd. Being involved with judging online allows me to continue assisting people as well as allowing me access to thousands of images to critique. This process help develop my own photography too.

Seeing my work in print has led me to enter several national landscape photography competitions for the past few years. I am delighted to have been shortlisted for several of them during 2016 and 2017 including Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year, The Royal Meteorological Society/Royal Photographic Society Weather Photographer of the Year and as well as receiving two Commended images with the UK’s most prestigious competition, the Take-a-View Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017.

But aside from all that, the only thing that really matters is that I get to do what I am most passionate about for a living. In fact it is more than a living, it is a lifestyle and one that I am hugely thankful to be able to live and be able to share it with others is what drives me on each and every day. I hope that I can do the same for you.

Many thanks for reading and continued happy shooting.