ABOUT - updated November 2021
Cameron Sharp has had an interest in photography from an early age and ever since he was given his first digital camera (FinePix HS10), his passion for the hobby has remained constant since he started in 2009.
Cameron grew up in Teesdale, a fascinating place with seemingly endless photographic possibilities. Living near Barnard Castle, Cameron has been able to travel to many local places including High Force (England's largest waterfall) and The North Pennines (AONB). Places such as these have allowed him to focus his skills and become a better photographer.
Cameron has been inspired by national photographers including Gordon Buchanan and Chris Packham. He also admires the work of national ecologists and conservationists including Sir David Attenborough and George McGavin, and local ecologists including Ian Findlay, Neville Turner and Dr Margaret Bradshaw.
Cameron enters his work into his local Village show. In 2013, the 'Red Squirrel' image came first in the show's photographic competition and the 'Two Horses' image made it into the village calendar of 2012. Other images have been included in the local newspaper, the Teesdale Mercury. The 'Waxwing' image was featured in 2012 and the 'Royal Mail Van' was featured in 2016. The "Red Grouse" image made "Image of the week" in Summer 2018.
In early 2016, the 'Lunar Eclipse' image made it onto the region's news programme, BBC Look North East and Cumbria. In 2015, Cameron was given the opportunity to be part of the team at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale. The centre was hoping to create a nature trail and use photographs to illustrate the map guide. The 'Footsteps to Nature' trail is now a feature at Bowlees and Cameron's images are included in the leaflet that accompanies the trail. In the same year, he upgraded to an APS-C Canon 760d DSLR. This has allowed him to capture higher quality images in conjunction with the Sigma 150-600mm lens.
In Summer 2017 Cameron published a beta version of Cameron Sharp Photography. Since then the website has been a work in progress with work uploaded regularly. It is his hope that soon he can publish the full version of his website, which will have enhanced functionality and even an online shop.
In September 2018, Cameron relocated to Bangor (North Wales) to study for a Zoology degree at the Bangor University. In between studying, Cameron visits local reserves and areas in and around Bangor to photograph wildlife. In the same year, after subscribing to Adobe creative cloud, he started to shoot in the RAW imaging format. This allowed greater control over colour and lighting settings.
In February 2019, Cameron's photo of the Llandudno Rose Coloured Starling made the local newspaper, The Daily Post. Later that year, the same image along with a few others was featured in the Welsh Ornithological Society's 'Birds in Wales' 2018 report book.
As of March 2020, after the Canon DSLR malfunctioned due to excessive shutter wear, Cameron switched systems to Sony Mirrorless. With the silent electronic shutter, 10 frames per second shooting, extended ISO and 100fps Slow-motion capabilities to name a few, it has proved to be a very effective piece of equipment.
In June 2020, Cameron gave a talk to the Durham photography club via zoom on wildlife photography in Teesdale.
In September 2020, Cameron began work on redesigning his website and creating a canvas print service, with the aim of achieving a low price for quality items.
As of October 2020, after 4 weeks of trials, all camera batteries are now powered by a 100% renewable solar panel system. This is the first step towards the goal of all operations by Cameron Sharp Photography to be powered by renewable energy sources.
On the 28th of October 2020, Cameron's Slow-motion raven video was featured on BBC's Autumnwatch. It went out live, and was accompanied with a voice-over by Iolo Williams!
On the 11th of November 2020, Cameron re-released his website with a new material design update with a more efficient layout. On the same day, Cameron launched his own on-demand canvas printing service.
On the 6th March 2021, Cameron's images were featured in the Bird of Wales 2019 Report, and the 1st edition of the Natural History of Upper Weardale.
On the 10th of March 2021, Cameron gave a talk to the Bangor Bird Society about 'Birds In Durham', featuring photographs and videos of the region.
In August 2021, Cameron released his first ever "Wildlife of Teesdale Calender for 2022" in an A4 size and portriat format.
Also in August 2021, following several requets for 1-1 tuition, Cameron now can offer 2h 30m 1-1 wildlife photography tuition aroudn Barnard Castle and Teesdale. Between August and October, four sessions took place along the River Tees. Lots of wildife was seen incuding Stoat, Heron, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Treecreeper and Kingisher - the latter seen during every session!
Cameron hopes that by posting his images online, he can encourage more people to take up photography as a hobby, and raise awareness of wildlife to promote its conservation through digital media.