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 peoples enjoyment of life improve through developing their skills behind a camera fills me with immense satisfaction and pleasure.

Since turning professional in early 2014, I have been so fortunate to mix landscape photography with another of my passions, travel. My workshops and tours take me all over the UK, Ireland and also Iceland 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.

Background. My love for photography started back in the late 1990’s when while working for the now defunct household electrical goods chain Comet. Digital cameras had not long been out and were very much in their infancy but the technology and the fact that you were able to view the image you had just taken on the back of a screen was intriguing and exciting. I was hooked.

I bought my first digital compact camera 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.

I joined a camera club in Preston in September 2007 and over a period of six years, took on various roles on the committee until taking on the President’s position in 2013. I learnt my craft through being part of a camera club network and I would recommend it to anyone who is starting out. Some of my closest friends came have come from my involvement with the camera club. I left in November 2015 to solely concentrate on my business but I still visit camera clubs all around the country to present lectures on a regular basis.

I was until recently, a competition judge for the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union for two years. They are the umbrella organisation that provides judges for almost one hundred camera clubs and photographic societies within Lancashire and Cheshire. I felt very privileged to be in this position and in giving constructive feedback on peoples work. I felt that I had a responsibility to assist people in developing their skills in all genres of photography while also understanding that critiquing other peoples work allowed me to remain mindful of my own and to this extent, being a judge allowed me to develop too. 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 helps me in my own photography.

Printing an image is also a passion of mine as to my mind, this is the final piece of the jigsaw and to see an image printed and framed on a wall, fills me with an enormous sense of pride. As such I am very lucky to have various permanent exhibitions of my work feature both in the Lake District and also in Scotland. I also sell prints of my work to members of the general public via this website. I print using my own absolutely brilliant A2 Epson SC-P800 printer using a range of Fotospeed papers. As someone who works with Fotospeed as an approved partner, I am absolutely delighted to be using their range of quality papers and indeed did so before working with them.

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 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 being 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.