A specialist in travel and digital photography, he is the author of 30 books on photography and video including the best-selling Digital Photographer’s Handbook
published in twenty languages and sold over half a million copies. His Digital Photography Masterclass
was named ‘The Crème De La Crème of the Top Digital Imaging Books of 2008’ by Shutterbug and ‘Best How-to Book of 2008’ by Library Journal.
Other books include How to Photograph Absolutely Everything, and Fundamentals of Photography, with total world-wide sales of over 2 million. He won the ‘Thomas Cook Award for Best Illustrated Travel Book’ for his book on the Marco Polo Expedition.
He presented two ground-breaking six-part series ‘A Digital Picture of Britain’ and ‘Britain in Pictures’ for BBC and an eight-part photography series ‘Scene City Singapore' for Channel News Asia, Singapore in 2009 (which won Bronze at the New York Film & TV Awards).
He was technical editor of Camera
magazine, editor of Ag+ Photographic
, editor of Photography
magazine, and picture editor of The Sunday Correspondent Magazine
. He held the post of Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster for 12 years, as course leader of various courses and teaching on under-graduate and masters programmes.
He was a pioneer of academic links between the United Kingdom and the Former Soviet Central Asia,raising funding for accountancy training in Uzbekistan, leading a Know How Fund project for journalism in Kyrgyzstan and working on the founding of the Westminster International University in Tashkent.
He is a founding member of the World Photographic Academy of the Sony World Photography Awards, and was for many years the photography chair for the Royal Geographical Society’s Expedition Workshops. He is a judge for the Hamdan International Photography Award. He was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand.