about us (and the site)

Roger William Hicks is a Cornishman who took up photography in Bermuda in 1966 and trundled along as an amateur until about 1975 when, tiring of a hitherto respectable career (law degree, teaching, articles with a firm of chartered accountants) he started working more and more as a photographer in a London advertising studio -- though admittedly interspersing it with producing self-instructional audio-visual material, writing technical advertising and other forms of journalism. His first book appeared in the early 1980s and he has been a full time freelance writer and photographer since Christmas 1981.

Photo by Marie Muscat-King

Frances Eugenia Schultz was born in Rochester, New York, home of the Great Yellow Father (both her father and her uncle worked for Kodak), but she moved to California in her 'teens. Her first degree (at USC) was in theatre; she worked in retail for a while to pay off her student loans; and then she took a Master's in theatre management.  After that she worked in a series of theatre-related jobs until she met Roger in early 1981 and came back to the UK with him in early 1982 to get married. Since about 1990 she has worked increasingly in the same field as Roger: most of our books appear under our joint names, and we both write for many magazines.

Photo by Roger Hicks

Because we get paid to do what most people have to pay to do -- photography and travel -- people assume that we're rich. We aren't. But we aren't complaining. Well, not all the time, anyway. There's an old proverb that we believe to be of Arab origin, which says, "Take what you want, and pay for it, saieth the Lord." We have a lot of fun, mostly on a shoestring, and we precariously support our photo and travel habits by writing books, magazine articles and e-books.

We believe that our readers have a right to well-researched and rigorous books and articles, so we try to avoid waffle, and because our income tends to be miserably low (sorry to keep harping on it!) we always keep a very keen eye on costs; few things annoy us more than journalists who rely exclusively on borrowed kit and free trips, and forget that most people have to pay for such things with their own hard-earned money.

The site adopts the same philosophy, which is why it is hard for us to make money out of it: our readers are as concerned to save money as we are, . This is why the site is all free, but we'll be honest: while we hope you'll find it useful enough to send us the occasional donation, this has not been a successful business model, so we are now looking at e-books as a means of earning money

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