Cliff Smith


Hi, I’m Cliff Smith. I’ve been a professional photographer for more than 30 years, although it’s not been my only career. Here’s a bit of information about me.


I was born in Nottingham more years ago than I care to think about, but my family moved to Devon in the 1970s and I’ve lived here in Exeter for most of my life since then. I’ve grown up in this wonderful city, surrounded by Devon’s beautiful countryside and coastline, so it’s not too surprising that my first love is landscape photography.


After studying at Exeter School and Exeter College, I graduated from the University of East London in 1992 with a BA in photography and journalism. After university, I worked for a while in London as a professional photographer, shooting mainly portfolio shots for models and some commercial work. After moving back to Exeter, in 1996 I started working on for Rapide Publishing on Ultimate PC, at the time the UK's most popular PC games magazine.


In early 2000 I was asked to help start a new publishing company in Exeter called Predator Publishing, and became Deputy Editor of DVD Monthly, and a year later I moved to Paragon Publishing in Bournemouth to work on Digital Photography Made Easy and help with the launch of Digital Photographer and Digital Camera Buyer. In 2002 I was recruited by IPC Media to help with the launch of a new magazine called Better Digital Photography. I worked on the magazine for two years as Deputy Editor, also contributing to What Digital Camera and Amateur Photographer .


After a couple more years as a freelance writer and photographer, with my reviews, tutorials and features appearing in several different magazines, I was approached to work full-time as Digital Photography Editor for the popular website, where I worked until the end of 2010.


Since then I've been working as a freelance writer, mainly for Black Dog Media producing a series of tutorial books on digital photography, image editing and the Windows and Android operating systems, among other topics. I’ve also contributed to several other magazines, writing on topics ranging from camera reviews to the history of the Batmobile.


I also work as a professional photographer, shooting nightlife and event photography for Licklist, shooting for stock libraries as well as other commissioned work. You can find my work on Alamy stock image library, and if you’d like to buy any prints or purchase a licence to use any of my photos for commercial purposes, please click the Store link .