I’ve written about 10 books on digital photography, but I hadn’t worked as a photographer or artist when I wrote the first one. In fact I had been a “spreadsheet warrior”, then in IT, and photography had been merely a hobby. But working for the big printing press manufacturer Heidelberg meant I was familiar with Photoshop about 1990 and while I loved darkroom printing, in the 90s I had built up my digital skills with scanned negatives and slides – a “wet and dry” route. Then in 2003 I mentioned on my blog that I had just bought a Nikon D100, and this led to the opportunity to write the first of three books on digital B&W.

Advanced Digital Black and White Photography is probably my favourite. Partly that’s because I know it contained a few big firsts for books on the subject – Lightroom, Photoshop’s B&W panel, using SilverEfex, and smart object workflows. It’s still bang up to date.