Each week, we profile a different member of the Telegraph & Argus Camera Club and publish their favourite images. This week, it's the turn of NICK BAMFORD, from Ilkley

How did you get into photography?

I’ve always loved taking photos, but never had a really good camera, so for Christmas 2017 I decided to treat myself to my first DSLR. I also wanted to use it as an excuse to get outside more and do some exploring of this magnificent county.

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Who or what inspires you the most?

I’ve never been a portrait photographer, it’s always been about landscapes and the occasional wildlife picture. So my inspiration is Yorkshire. I’m very lucky as I can go five or ten minutes in any direction and be looking at stunning scenery. There is everything here – the beautiful Dales, an amazing coast, the North Yorkshire moors, as well as really interesting cities, both ancient and industrial. It all interests me.

What’s your favourite kit at the moment?

Apart from my Nikon DSLR, I recently bought myself a mini tripod, so now when I’m out and about I can take it with me and hopefully use it to take some really interesting shots. I also received a glass lens ball for Christmas, so I’m looking forward to trying that out now the weather is improving.

What would be your advice for any new photographers?

I’ve always been a ‘learn by doing’ person, so my advice is get out there and use your camera, take lots of pictures, try all the settings on your camera and find what works for you. Don’t be put off if you don’t understand all the technical jargon.

Another good tip is to join camera clubs, either in your local town or on social media. I’ve found it’s a great place to ask questions and to receive feedback on photos.

Tell us about some of your favourite photos

The one of Whitby Abbey was one of the very first photos I took and I think probably my favourite. I Photoshopped it so it was in grey with just a splash of colour. It’s the one I have hanging on my wall at home.

The day I took this picture of Staithes was one of the hottest of the year and it’s quite a serious hill to get back to the car park!

On New Year’s Day, I went for a walk at Roundhay Park. As soon as I saw this scene I knew it would be a good photo.

Lythe Bank, looking over towards Whitby, is one of my favourite views in the county.

York is probably my favourite city in the world. It’s very photogenic and I think one of the hidden gems is the garden in the Treasurer’s House. I have always lived around this area, yet I had never been to look at Arthington Viaduct. So one day last summer I did, and I didn’t regret it.

Visit Nick on Instagram: @photos.yorkshire

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