Gordon Charlton

I have been a photographer since I bought my first camera back in 1982, while I was in the Royal Navy. Photography over the years has seen many trends come and go, however the craft of photography fundamentally has not changed since 1826 when the French inventor Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce made the View from the Window at Le Gras, (the earliest surviving photograph from nature i.e., of an image of a real-world scene, as formed in a camera obscura by a lens).

Over the past 35 years I have used an array of cameras, film Canon SLRs for many years mainly while I was still in the Royal Navy. However the widely regarded first proper, mainstream consumer digital camera, the Kodak-made Quicktake 100 was not on the market until 1994. It produced 640×480 pixel images, in colour! My first digital camera was in 1998, which I bought at Heathrow departure lounge before flying to Saudi Arabia, where I was working at the time, this was a point and shoot 1.3 Mega Pixel Olympus. The first Digital SLR in 1991 was a modified Nikon F3 tethered to a separate 200MB hard disc drive that was carried over the shoulder, this was capable of storing up to 156 uncompressed 1.3MP images. It cost around $30,000, however as the technology moved forward and DSLRs became more affordable, I moved from film SLR Canons to the Nikon range of DSLRs, I have had the D300, D700 and the D4, along with a wide range of their professional Lenses ranging from 10mm to 400mm.

In recent years I moved away from the DSLR to the Mirrorless world of photography, starting with the Fuji system, the XT-1 and more recently I have added to my collection the Sony A7RM2, a fantastic 42 Mega Pixel mirrorless full frame camera, that allows you to capture every detail, no matter the subject but particularly fantastic for Landscapes.


In 35 years of photography I have travelled the world, taking photographs in all genres of photography, portraits, wildlife, fauna and flora and landscapes, you can see some of my work here: Galleries. I have had success in regional, national and international photography salons. Although I have not been a fulltime professional photographer during this period, I have now retired from the rat race of corporate life and become a fulltime photographer based on the Isle of Skye.


The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland and was voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of mind-blowing scenery, geology and wildlife.


Why don’t you come and join one of my residential workshops or book a day photo tour of Skye. It will broaden your photography, you will capture some of the best landscapes available in the world, learn something new and of course have some fun with likeminded photographers.

Gordon Charlton and the Old Man of Storr
Skye Photo Tours