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Diamonds & Sand – The act of mindfulness in the landscape

2018-11-20T12:04:40+00:00Article, Blog|

Introduction: The word mindfulness has taken a dramatic surge in popular culture over the last few years. Everyone from Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley executives and athletes, to me and my 86 year old mum practice mindfulness meditation as a way to create a sense of equanimity in a frantic and often upsetting world. I’ll be [...]

Flow States and the Art of Consciousness Cycling

2018-11-20T11:52:16+00:00Article, Blog|

Introduction:I’m passionate about me! - I believe I have a job to do, and that job is to become the very best version of me; limited as it is by genetics, but otherwise constrained only by my imagination and commitment to apply myself. Over the years, I’ve made more excuses than I care to recall, [...]

What can the landscape tell us about ourselves

2019-01-22T14:46:46+00:00Article, Blog|

Yesterday afternoon, perhaps an hour before sunset, I took a drive up the coast to an isolated beach, most definitely alone as a fresh blizzard stormed in off the Minch between us and the Isle of Harris. A bitter wind stung my face with ice pellets as I crossed the smooth boulders to the [...]



  I am delighted to announce that my 3 images series The Reflection won Silver in the Professional Fine Art Landscape category in PX3 Juried Competition again this year. Full list of 2018winner - click here        

Flight Fit


First and foremost I need to start this with a disclaimer: I am not a doctor and nothing in this article can be taken as specific medical advice. Certain foods and chemicals can interact with some medications and these can have very serious effects. As with any changes in lifestyle, diet, supplementation or exercise, you [...]

Focusing at Night

2018-11-20T11:53:34+00:00Article, Blog|

The Problems It’s dark! - Even cameras with an AF assist beam can rarely function at night. On a very moonlit night with a nice reflective subject with clear edges, the AF system may work, but its best not to bother. I have read many Night Photography books stating that manual focus is the way to go, either at [...]

PX3 Awards Winner


I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded twice in the 2017 PX3 Juried Competition. My 5 images series The Endless Caress won Silver in the Professional Fine Art Landscape category, while The Crystal Embrace was awarded Gold in Professional Nature, Seasons category. Full list of 2017 winner - http://www.px3.fr/winners/winners.php?compName=PX3+2017 Alister Benn's Previous Awards: [...]

Lightroom Basic Adjustment

2018-11-20T11:56:48+00:00Article, Blog|

Develop Module - Basic Tools Adobe Lightroom is an incredibly powerful Raw Development Tool - allowing a huge range of non-destructive adjustments. Being able to make an adjustment, review it and undo it without affecting the raw file allows for infinite experimentation and discovery. The Develop Module in Lightroom is accessed via the top menu [...]

Lightroom – Import & Export

2018-11-20T11:57:22+00:00Article, Blog|

Regardless of which RAW conversion software you use, the principles are the same and the emphasis should be placed on why you are making certain adjustments as much as how you make them. Lightroom shares the same tools and algorithms as Adobe Camera Raw, which came packaged with earlier versions of Photoshop with the Bridge [...]

Trierenberg Super Circuit Winner 2016


I am delight to announce that my image "After Glow " has won Night Photography Gold Medal in Trierenberg Super Circuit contest. Alister Benn's Other Awards: 2017 P3X in Fine Art and Nature  Memorial Maria Luisa Winner - Mountain Category Winner  

It’s all good light

2018-11-20T11:58:33+00:00Article, Blog|

One measure of photographs is their impact – essentially how they make you feel. There are numerous tools to elicit reactions from viewers, but at their core is contrast – both global and local.