About Us 2017-04-16T08:31:44+00:00

Alister Benn was born and raised in Scotland and coming from an outdoor family grew up with a profound interest and respect for the natural world and the environments around him.

By pure chance he met his wife in Beijing in 2000 and since then Juanli Sun has joined Alister in his travels. For 7 years they dedicated the majority of their time to extensive exploration of the Himalaya region and in 2011 they published a free eBook combined with Juanli’s Poems and a collection of images they took of  The Sacred Mountains of Tibet – Free Download to celebrate this special journey.

Since 2011, Alister has developed a series of learning courses in landscape photography, now available for sale on iBooks.

In 2012, Alister and Juanli began running their unique style of workshops, sharing their intimate knowledge of diverse landscapes in tremendously different countries. The trips are very much customer driven and recurring feedback suggests that people get way more out of them than they expected.

Alister also continues developing his conceptual fine art work using the landscape as a metaphor for our existence and relationship with the wilderness. This can be viewed at alisterbenn.com

Alister Benn

Alister Benn

Artists Statement

“The landscape serves many purposes for me – it is a playground for recreation, and has been since I was a small boy. Bird-watching, hill-walking and rock climbing – experiential learning in the great outdoors. Yet it is vulnerable and under constant threat from development, progress and exploitation. We are still very fortunate in this generation to have a landscape to enjoy.

A huge part of my motivation for making images is to showcase the majesty and drama of the world around us – as much an expression of my moods and emotions as a reportage of the geology about us.

It is this philosophical approach to photography and the world around us that I enjoy discussing during tours and workshops – techniques, gear and craft and simply tools that allow us to speak emotionally about the landscape we love.”

2005: Founded Available Light Images

2007 – May 2008: A3 Gallery opened in the 798 Art District of Beijing. The A3 Gallery sold large fine art architectural abstracts created by Alister Benn and inspired by the modernisation of the Chinese capital and the juxtaposition to its past.

2009-2012: Seeing the Unseen – How to Photograph Landscapes at Night. During these years Alister spent a lot of time developing his craft and an understanding of the difficulties involved in creating images at night. He traveled from Tibet and the Himalaya, to Spain, Indonesia and Thailand to create the images necessary to illustrate the Ultimate Guide to landscape Night Photography, which was finally published in March 2012 – Seeing the Unseen – How to Photograph Landscapes at Night

2012: The Sacred Mountains of Tibet – The couple have lived in the Tibetan region for over 7 years and in that time developed a deep love for the area, it’s people and landscapes. To celebrate this they published a free eBook in November 2012 –  right click the link  The Sacred Mountains of Tibet and chose download linked file will savel to your computer.

2013:  A Complete Guide to Seascape Photography – teaches Contemporary Photography giving all the information required to get out there and make amazing seascape images. 228 Pages of PDF download and 14 free videos on youtube.

2014:   Adobe Lightroom Essential – Understanding the essential tools of Adobe Lightroom. 

2014:  The Practical Guide to Exposure An in depth, yet simple guide to understanding Exposure. 57 pages of PDF Download.

2015:  Adobe Lightroom Advanced teaches post-processing and the creation of expressive images using Adobe Lightroom.


2012   Memorial Maria Luisa Awards  – Mountain Category First Prize – The Spirit of Tibet
2016   Trierenberg Super Circuit  – Night Photography Gold Medal – Afterglow

Equipment and Software


Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Nik Silver & Colour Efex Pro

Topaz DeNoise

DXO Optics Pro 11

Tony Kuyer Luminosity Mask


RRS Tripod & BH 55 Ball Head

Vixen Optics Polaries Star Tracker

Nikon MC-36A Multi-Function Remote Cord


Nikon D800E & D810


Nikon 14-24/2.8

Nikon PC-E 24/3.5

Nikon PC-E 45/2.8

Nikon 80-400/4.5


Nisi V5 + CPL

ND 64 + ND1000




Juanli Sun is a vital part of the Available Light Images team. She is in charge of all the trip logistic planning, and with her meticulous attention to detail this ensures smooth running. She also  often delights participants with her delicious Chinese home cooking.

She has lived, travelled and led clients to over 5000m often and has the most profound love for the remote parts of Tibet.

She finds peace in the minute details of the landscape; on a boulder, under a leaf, in the reflections of a rock pool. Her attention to detail and delicate insight enhance a quiet and peaceful personality.

In our small group tours and workshops, Juanli also likes to get involved in the field, and although less technically focussed than Alister and more likely to make images by feel, her approach to photography as an expressive art is refreshing in this high tech era.

View Juanli’s Work

Isle of Eigg Sunrise

sea anemone abstract