I am an award waiting landscape and travel photographer from England.
My objective is simply to have as much fun using the camera as a vehicle for adventure. Miserable years of my life were spent as a creative person locked in a non creative working world, so I engineered my escape over seven years and it worked out well.
Almost in a different life, I learned to be creative through playing the guitar and sequencing electronic music, which I still translate into my images to this day. Although that may seem a little difficult to understand, it's as near to the truth as I can put it.
I am fascinated by technology. I read endless manuals, but unbelivable as it is, I have never finished a fiction book.
I do hope you enjoy this website.
Canon 5Dmk4 - a masterpiece
Canon 6DIR - infrared converted body
Canon 6D as a colour backup...
Canon 16-35 f4L IS
Canon 24-70 f4L IS,
Canon 24mm TSEmk2,
Canon 100-400 f4L IS
Gitzo 4 and 5 series tripods, RRS Ballhead
Mamiya C330s - the street portrait camera
Mamiya RZ67 Pro II
Chamonix 045F1 Large Format Camera
Breakthrough Filters for digital / Lee Filters for film
Presenter for Canon Europe - commissioned to work on DVD projects including the 'Power of Photography' DVD that is included with all new Canon cameras.
Canon 6D tutorials - David was commissioned to travel to Buenos Aires and Patagonia to make Canon tutorial videos with Canon Europe.
Lectures and appearances for Canon at all major photography trade shows - Photokina, Photography Show, Outdoor Show and events throughout the UK.
Stock photography for Getty Images (main agent), Arcaid (architecture)
Commissions for UK clients including Visit Britain, Visit Cumbria, many AA Travel publications (UK and overseas commissions including Boston, New England)
Architectural commissions and interiors for construction companies, hotels and practices throughout the UK.
David writes for the best in the business - Digital Camera, Amateur Photographer and most UK major photography magazines, selling work directly to enhance technique.
This is the part of a website where you usually wade through a nauseating self congratulatory paragraph accompanied by a somewhat deceptive list of over-exaggerated career achievements - Of course I'm going to use phrases like 'internationally renowned' and naturally I am 'award winning' within the first sentence - oh and I'm so desperate for you to stay on the page I better over inflate a tenuous Nat Geo connection - "I've been published in Nat Geo"
I'll cut the crap - here's what happened, the brutal honest truth and when.
David Clapp is an award waiting landscape and travel photographer from England. After my fascination with photography ignited into a business pursuit in late 2005, due to a lifetime of crashing into boring jobs in order to simply stay alive, I tackled the hardest part of this professional endeavour head on. After a few successful reader portfolios, I finally had the guts to pitch work to camera magazines and calendar companies. Rejection after rejection rolled in - great. In this period of my career, you would often find me sat in front of the telly with my head in hands, or throwing rocks around on Dartmoor whilst scream at the sky, "someone give me a f%$king break". To this day I have no idea whether I was blessed, whether some divine intervention occurred, or whether I finally beat a hole through the wall I believed the door to be behind, but it worked somehow. The words flowed and a minor editorial career took off shortly after with Digital Photographer, a magazine to which I am forever grateful. I began years of work writing articles for Digital Camera, Digital Photographer, Amateur Photographer and many other leading titles, but due to the internet and dwindling advertising budgets, the work runs very dry these days. I began supplying calendar companies with high quality imagery and as the sales began accumulating, I ploughed the return back into gear, adventures and travel, this time beyond the UK to other countries.
Others were in on the act and as the huge tsunami of digital gained quickening speed, I realised I had to diversify. Landscapes, seascapes, architecture, travel, macro - indeed anything at all. My history teacher wife and I travelled at every availability, closer to home and then further afield and I began to amass a huge collection of images from around the world.
After successive entires in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition (a competition that now sadly looks like a bizarre Instagram feed of mediocre pop hits of the English countryside), I gained multiple guide book commissions from AA Travel and Visit Britain, which rocketed my career upwards. After teaching guitar for eight years, the idea of embracing photography tuition seemed perfectly natural so I began running my own photographic tours. The aurora years had begun and I have been on over thirty trips to Norway and Iceland since then. I have run trips of all styles, from the all over the UK and Europe, Africa, India, the USA and many more.
In 2006 Kingsbridge Camera Club asked whether I gave presentations, an area new to me entirely, so I said I would make a trial presentation. Scores of appearances later, I was approached by Canon in 2012, who had noticed my work and my increasingly diverse style. Although I am not an ambassador as such, I have worked as a presenter / lecturer at industry events across the UK for the last six years. To put if frankly, I love camera equipment, I love Canon camera equipment, I love talking about Canon equipment and I love to share my experiences, a fabulous opportunity to indulge my techincal and creative sides on a regular basis.
Wind the clock back to 2006 once more and a humble stock photography contract with Oxford Scientific Film, lead to Photolibrary, which was bought by Getty Images. They now hold a 6000 strong collection of my work. Despite others turning their backs on this essential revenue stream, I still embrace it, shooting stylised work for Getty Images exclusively. I roll my eyes when I think about the amount of photographers who told me to abandon ship over the years.
So where am I now? I have invested wisely and I now have a building property portfolio. It’s still just me, in a small office but now with a very large idea indeed, because it needs no one else. From this very laptop, I sell work globally and I have amassed a strong distribution network who purchase work directly for license. It doesn’t matter how you dress it up, for me photography is a business and will always be. I am not an artist, I never have been and you sure won’t see me act like one - I am a businessman with a camera. I am branching into greater financial adventures, more complex commissions, even super yacht photography.
I have watched companies and associates come and go and sadly seen those I trusted have let me down, but it’s all about refinement. It's nothing personal, after all, it’s business.Return