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Interview with Robert Morton | GBPW Episode 170

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Photography is more than just an art. It can help people overcome obstacles, improve their relationship with themselves, and get a better understanding of the world around them. In this conversation, Robert Morton highlights the power of photography in his life, how he was able to overcome difficulties, and how he takes outstanding photos of animals today.

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My wife heard me crying at two o’clock in the morning. She came down, put her arm around me, and I just let it all out. She’s been like a rock to me. She’s the light at the end of the tunnel. At the time, I thought, “You know what? I’m going to photograph the way I feel.”

Robert Morton

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wildlife photo of bird by Robert Morton

In this episode, I speak with wildlife and street photographer Robert Morton. Based in the UK, Robert is an incredible photographer who actively shares inspiration in our community. He’s also one of our ambassadors!

We talk about:

  • How photography helped Robert get through a difficult time
  • Macro and wildlife photography tips
  • How to thrive in photography communities

& much more!

This is a candid and touching interview that puts a spotlight on the healing power of photography. Robert shares a lot of helpful tips and tricks related to wildlife photography, so make sure to listen to the entire episode to learn something new today!

Here is a preview of our conversation with Robert Morton.

intentional camera movement photo by Robert Morton

Q: Do you have any tips for taking better macro photos?

Robert Morton: You do not need a tripod. If you set your tripod up and you’re trying to take a picture of a bee, it won’t sit still. Shoot handheld.

I switch off the autofocus because it’s absolutely rubbish, in my opinion. I pre-focus to where I want to be and set my camera to burst mode. While I’m taking the pictures on burst, I will rock ever so slightly backwards and forwards.

You’re going to take a lot of photos, but you will have some really good keepers.

Robert Morton black and white street photography

Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned from the other community members at Photographycourse.net?

Robert Morton: The best thing I’ve learned is how to shoot panoramas.

The other thing I learned was diptych photography. I’ve never used diptychs in my photography. I love them. They tell a story. You can put two, three, or even four photos together. I’ve never used them before, but I’ll be going forward with them as part of my photography.

black and white street shot by Robert Morton

Q: Are there any editing tools that help you improve your images?

Robert Morton: I use Lightroom and Photoshop. I’m totally rubbish at Photoshop, I admit that.

The other one that I was looking at the other day was Luminar NEO. Stitching panoramas takes ages in Photoshop. Luminar has a new software that lets you stitch panorama photos in seconds.

It might be a good alternative for people on a budget.

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Taya Iv is a portrait photographer, 500px ambassador, and host of Great Big Photography World podcast.
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  1. Robert, that was a fascinating podcast with Taya and chock full of your photography know-how. The way you shoot macro and wildlife, street photography, and what it takes to get your great photos was a great lesson for me. Opening up about yourself and offering your voice to help other people comes through in this community. One of my favorite was the story of the wasp. I am flattered you mentioned me today it was unexpected. I have spelling problems big time and I found a free site called “Grammarly” if you’re interested. I had 14 corrections just writing this. Great podcast Taya.

    1. @Dadmeister Hi Stephen for some reason i didn’t get any notifications on your post, anyway I’m glad you liked the podcast, i gave you a mention because you have improved so much its great to see your work
      I’m glad you liked the wasp story (poor little guy ) sometimes you have to work with what you have
      i will have a look for that, is it a app for your computer? thankyou so much for your kind words
      kind regards

    2. Hi Stephen this is the third time writing this 

      Thank you for your kind words, I have only just seen this post for some reason 

      I mentioned you because you are doing so well and your pushing your self in your photography well done

      I’m glad  you like the wasp you just got to work with what you have I came out ok 

      I will have a look at that program 

      Thank you again  @Dadmeister

  2. What a fantastic podcast, my friend. You are an impressive photographer and such a humble person, of course with a great voice. It’s always a pleasure to learn from you !!!

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