Camera Settings no.1: Frome, UK by Dan Hopkins

Catherine Hill

“Only listen to the critics that you respect and don’t be put off improving your art.” Photographer Dan Hopkins on his home of Frome, UK.

Please tell us about Frome.

I live in Frome, Somerset – A popular market town just outside of Bath in the UK. Frome is a great town, there is always something going on; music at the Cheese (and Grain), it has two theatres, a myriad of small independent shops, a selection of great independent coffee shops and a huge monthly market that takes over the town. It has an independent spirit electing a progressive group of Independent Town councillors to all the council seats at the last election. Unlike other councils they get things done!

Catherine Hill after the rain

Catherine Hill


The crooked man


Long shadows on Gentle Street

Why did you choose these photos?

Catherine Hill after the rain – Nice colour and textures

The Crooked Man – just spotted the shapes of the people matching their surroundings, quite a humorous sight.

Long shadows on Gentle Street – Some interesting tension and narrative – timeless.

I’ve got just one hour to take some photos of Frome. Where should I go?

Head to Catherine Hill for a spot of street photography or if there is a market on, you will be spoilt for choice.

As well as photos of Frome, what other kinds of photos do you take?

I take landscapes and portraits as well as documentary photography.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned about photography?

Only listen to the critics that you respect and don’t be put off improving your art. Brene Brown who is a sociologist talks about the sweaty creative (you’ll find it on YouTube – – she says that you should only listen to other creatives who are doing similar things to you and have put their stuff out there too. Don’t listen to all your critics only to the ones who are in “the arena” with you. So don’t be put off.

What camera kit couldn’t you live without?

I have just invested in some new kit; a Sony A7Rii but I’m a bit of a mirrorless fan having started my digital career on a Sony NEX-7. The 55mm 1.8 Sony Zeiss is great for informal portraits and the Sony 10-18mm for landscapes.

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