Richard Gaston

Landscape | Last Updated: February 1, 2021

My name is Richard Gaston. I’m a photographer from Scotland.

Specialising in landscape photography, I began my self-taught education in the Highlands of Scotland photographing in the wild regions of the country. A hobby soon became a profession through years of experience committing to personal projects and working on commissions.

With a passion for mountain culture, my personal work utilises natural light and colour aiming to illustrate experiences literally as I see them, documenting the overwhelming pastoral peace that the natural world has to offer.

Furthermore, I have written a travel guide book to Scotland which was published in May 2017. ‘Wild Guide Scotland’ is an Amazon, No. 1 Best Seller in UK Travel Guides & Adventure Travel Guides & Waterstones and Scottish book of the month (June 2017).


Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Canon 85mm f/1.2
Canon 100mm f/2.8

MacBook Pro 13”

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fibre Tripod (review here)
Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way Tripod Head

Peli 1535 Case (for camera gear)
iWorkCase (for laptop)

I exclusively shoot with Canon products. Personally, I think they offer better quality lenses and a user friendly interface.

For personal projects (landscapes), I use telephoto lenses. I often go hiking into wild areas which prevents me from carrying heavy equipment, hence the reason to have flexible lenses which can cover all grounds – I carry a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 for a wide range of focal lengths without having to carry numerous lenses.

I regularly shoot with a low ISO (around 100-400), f/8 and the highest shutter speed possible.

A useful tip: increasing the brightness in post has the same consequences as increasing the ISO in camera, so it is better to reduce the ISO before the shutter speed in order to have a sharper image.

Professionally, I use fixed lenses for the higher quality outputs. More specifically, I use the Canon 85mm f/1.2 for portraits and the Canon 100mm f/2.8 for detailed shots.

I aim to capture a soft and dreamy effect in my professional work (portraits, details or interiors). In order to achieve this, I shoot at f/1.2 – f/2.8.

I use camera tripods ultimately in lower light situations; interiors or at sunset/sunrise.

The iWorkCase is my professional station that allows me to have my laptop at a comfortable height. Ideal for tethering. I rarely use this for personal (landscape) work however. | @richardgaston

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