Julian Baird – Friends with Vision

Personal Bio: I’m a landscape photographer living in the beautiful county of Devon in England.  I did however grow up in the highlands of Scotland and this is where the seeds of my passion for the outdoors took root.  It was an idyllic location to grow up surrounded by mountains and lochs.

 

After school I moved to a big city and lost my connection with the outdoors.  It wasn’t until another decade had passed that I rediscovered my love for the outdoors.  I soon discovered that digital photography allowed me to capture the beauty I was seeing and share it with the world.

 

My passion for photography is only outweighed by my love of the great outdoors.  I love being outside, and despite the misery of those 3 am alarm calls, sometimes there is nothing better than photographing the start of a new day. My joy for photography extends past the camera and I am passionate about creating prints and sharing my adventures on my YouTube channel.

 

Photography Type: Landscapes

 

How did you get your start in photography?
My move into photography was a very gradual process which developed as I increasingly became interested in the outdoors. My first camera was a simple film camera which I used to document my travels.

 

 

When I started walking the hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands I progressed to my first digital SLR. It was at this point I really started to take an interest in the art of photography. I was seeing so many amazing natural sights that I wanted to document them properly and share them with the world.

 

About 5 years ago I decided that I was going to take my photography seriously and so I started to work hard to fine tune my craft. The hard work has paid off but the simple pleasure of capturing beautiful images of the great outdoors still drives my photography to this day.

 

What type of photography are you shooting and what motivated you to focus on that genre?
My focus is very much on landscape photography.  Over the years I’ve been inspired by many landscape and outdoor photographers.  Not only did they motivate me to explore the natural world but to photograph it as well.  It is now my hope that my photography will inspire other people to explore their natural environments.

 

 

What has been your biggest achievement or obstacle along the way?

My biggest achievement so far was being placed in the Scottish Landscape Photographer of Year competition.  I grew up in Scotland and so having one of my Scottish landscape photographs appear in a book all about the Scottish landscape was hugely satisfying.

 

Who and/or what inspires you most?
Landscape photography can be hard.  Lots of early mornings or late days, but what keeps me inspired is the excitement of it all.  You can check the weather forecast all you like but there is always the unknown element that can change a dull shoot into something spectacular.  It’s the sense that the next shoot will be a magical one that keeps me inspired.

 

What is your approach?
Is there anything in particular you try to achieve during a shoot (for example triggering certain feelings, etc.) or are there any specific techniques you use?  I’m constantly looking for good light.  This comes in many forms, not just dramatic sunrises.  Without good light even the strongest of compositions will not deliver a great photograph.  Light can really add depth and contrast to a landscape photograph.  I spend almost as much time planning a shoot as I do taking photographs.

 

 

Why is accurate colour important within your workflow?
Colour has always been important to me.  Even before I started publishing my work I wanted to make sure the colour in my photographs was accurate.  Colour accuracy has become even more important to me now that I make prints and my images are published in magazines.

 

Any tips or advice for photographers just beginning their career?
Practice! Practice your photography as much as you can. Even if the weather stinks, get out there with your camera. Photography is a skill, and like any skill, you need to practice it. When you are presented with the ideal conditions for a photograph you don’t want to be trying to remember how to use your camera. Keep your skills sharp.