A hobby turns into a business with Confidentials.com help
Andy Mallins takes superb drone pictures across the North West. We spotted and featured him last year and this now has become a sideline business.
His speciality is night time, twilight or sunset photography and he does it brilliantly - literally in his case. In the UK there is not finer city for him to photograph than Liverpool. The Times recently used the main picture here (above) of the Olsen Line's cruise liner Borealis.
For the end of 2023 Andy's allowed us to gather together some more of his images pictures. Check his website for others, there are spectacular images from across the North West. His Twitter/X feed is good for keeping up-to-date with his work.
One of his Tweets was very kind to us.
When we interviewed Andy a year ago this is what he said about how it all started.
"My fascination with photography started over ten years ago when I got my first iPhone and setup my Instagram account, at some point in that Instagram journey, and from all the feedback and likes I received, I realised I had a natural eye for taking landscape shots and purchased a mirrorless camera.
"Whilst I loved taking ground shots I was also being heavily influenced with aerial images of the North West that others had been posting so decided to jump straight in and in 2019 I got my first drone.
"Throughout lockdown I studied aerial photography and various drone techniques in order to get the best results from my purchase. At the same time, I also started Andy Mallins Photography and got my Civil Aviation Authority accreditations.
"In late 2021 after all restrictions had been lifted, I decided to get out and about and shoot some of the locations I had seen others posting, but in light conditions, and whilst I loved the results, I felt something was missing. That all changed when I invested in another drone but this time a lot lighter, it meant I could fly in and around cities safely (where permitted) and that's where I started to experiment with night photography and haven't looked back since.
"Of course, night photography is more challenging than daylight, so the camera settings need to be right to capture the light and the detail, without it being too noisy, or over/under exposed. Once I get the shots its back home for light editing in Lightroom before publishing on social media."
It seems to be working out for Andy and we're proud of our contribution to his success.
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