The Business Side of Adventure Photography

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All images by Darren Hamlin. Used with permission.

Quit your day job, pack your stuff up, put it in a backpack and go shoot adventure work–that’s the dream for many of you, right? Photographer Darren Hamlin lives the dream, so to speak. We’ve talked to him about his Northern Lights photos, but he’s much more than just a Northern Lights shooter. Darren also goes out shooting and hosts workshops–which makes him quite busy when it comes to business.

In fact, we talked to Darren about the business side of adventure photography. And most amazingly, he tells us that 90% of his time is spent not actually shooting.

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Darren Hamlin: A Guide to Shooting the Northern Lights

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All images by Darren Hamlin. Used with permission.

Photographer Darren Hamlin is based in Sweden and first got into photography after the birth of his son. His interest in photography came from a friend he met in the press who dealt with war photography. After reading the Bang Bang club and getting into street photography, he turned his lens towards the sky.

“I will now hike for two hours to maybe get a shot at sunset, or I will be on the backside of the mountain on a steep waiting for a skier, and all I can say to myself is ‘shit, I am from London, how did this happen’ with a big smile on my face.” says Darren in his pitch email to us.

After leaving his day job, Darren started his own photography company. He shares many of these images on his blog and Instagram. Lots of his Northern Lights photos are incredible, and we wanted to talk to him about shooting the spectacular natural occurrence.

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