David Wheater is a Scottish Photographer, based in Edinburgh, who specialises in taking photographs from all around Scotland and the city of London. David also runs Edinburgh photography tours and beginner photography classes in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a photographer, teacher and tour guide living in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was born in the city in 1973 and it’s now been my home for over 46 years. Even after all these years, I’m still discovering amazing things about this beautiful city and I love nothing better than to share my knowledge and discoveries with guests and help them appreciate the city on a much deeper level through photography. My combined photography & history tours are small and personal and 100% from a local’s perspective. I will show you my Edinburgh, get you away from all the mass commercialisation that’s taking over the city and give you a very personal and intimate tour of one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
It’s probably fair to say that I’m obsessed with photography. Someone once described their love of photography as an ‘itch they couldn’t stop scratching’ and that most certainly applies to me! My vintage camera collection is now in the hundreds (don’t tell my wife!) and I also collect antique photos of Edinburgh which equally run into the hundreds. Photography is my greatest joy in life. It sustains me through the tough times and enhances my life through the good. It can be a therapy, a meditation and always utterly absorbing and joyful. If you’re looking for a new hobby I can wholeheartedly recommend giving photography a try. Perhaps you’ve tried and just haven’t got the results you wanted. It’s my mission to get as many people as possible to fall in love with the art of photography and to get out of it as much as I do. My photography classes are therefore very different. I only teach private classes, one-to-one, so that I can tailor the whole class to a person’s individual needs. Most large classes can teach the technicalities of photography, but very rarely do they teach the art of photography, which is much harder to do. It’s the art of photography that people really fall in love with - not the camera, lenses and other paraphenalia that camera companies try to sell you and this is what I focus on in all my private classes.
As a working photographer, I’m fascinated by most genres, from street to architecture and landscapes, and accept commissions of all kinds. I have an extensive collection of photographs from all around Scotland and the city of London, some of which can be seen in my portfolio. If you see a photograph you’d like to use, or would like to commission me please call me on 07400 705 357 or send me an email.
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Exploring Stockbridge in Edinburgh
Many of the beginners I teach, worry that they have to be jetting off to exotic, far-flung places to get stunning pictures. This simply isn’t true. I also hear, time and time again, that landscape photographers should only shoot at sunrise and sunset in order to get the best possible light - again simply not true and symptomatic of a complete lack of vision and imagination. This is of course just my humble opinion and I’m sure lots of people will disagree, but I’ve been in photography a long time, and I can quite categorically say that 1) there are beautiful and interesting photos to take all around you, at any time of day or weather and 2) if I’d only got my camera out at sunrise and sunset over the last twenty years I’d have missed out on some of my best shots and also the one’s that mean the most to me. Photography really is all about what you make it - there are NO rules! It is an art - make it YOUR art and don’t apologise to anyone for breaking the “rules” and doing your own thing. In the age of Instagram there is increasing pressure on photographers to make social media-ready photos that will attract the most likes and followers. I have a lot of sympathy for this, but you’ve got to be brave enough and comfortable enough to do your own thing, regardless of whether people like it or not. It’s easy to get addicted to posting popular photos out there, but I believe there’s a hollow satisfaction in this if you’re not being true to yourself. Photographs should not be taken on the basis of how popular you think they’ll be, or for competitions, but because you’ve discovered some truth and beauty in an object or scene before you, which speaks to your heart and mind. Photographs you yourself will look back on in ten or twenty years and still be able to make an emotional connection with. You don’t have to travel far from home either to find scenes that stick in your mind and compel you to shoot. The above photograph was taken within a mile of my home a couple of weeks ago around midday. It’s a field I’ve driven by hundreds of times and not thought much about, but seeing the rapeseed flowers start to bloom and this little tree sticking out over the top of them got lodged in my mind and I just had to get out there and shoot it. Now, whatever the time of day, light is important and there’s no disputing that. This shot simply wouldn’t sing if I’d taken it against a flat, grey sky so when I came back from the shops one day and saw the thundery blue sky developing, the developing drama really spoke to me. It was a mad dash home to get the camera and by the time I got back it was starting to rain which then became a huge downpour, but I still managed to get a couple of shots. Now, it’s far from perfect, it won’t win a competition and it may not get many like on Instagram, but I love it. It’s a scene I connected with every time I drove past and something about it just plain simply makes me happy. It takes courage to do your own thing in photography nowadays, let happiness be your guide and photography will nourish your soul.
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Photography Class Reviews
“David is a very good teacher - amazing”
“From ‘auto’ to manual 100% of the time”
“Truly the best photography teacher ever”
“Lots of incredibly helpful tips on how to take great photos”
“Passion and enthusiasm for his work was infectious!”
“A wealth of information about photography”
“The pictures I shot with David improved a lot”
“The photos I took are amazing”
“It’s been a brilliant experience”
“I feel more confident”
Photography Tour Reviews
"Amazing tour - exceeded my expectations!"
"An excellent introduction to Edinburgh"
"Authentic Scottish hospitality!"
"Such great knowledge of the city"
"Getting to know the real Edinburgh!"
"Excellent photography tour and tuition"
"Lots of incredibly helpful tips on how to take great photos"
"Amazing afternoon, highly recommend!"
"Discover a different side of Edinburgh"
"Your knowledge of Edinburgh is amazing"