Thomas Heaton is a landscape and travel photographer based in the North East of England. He’s been one of the first professionals to try out Loupedeck. So what did he make of it?

We spoke with Thomas about the Loupedeck experience, his recent trip to Finland’s Repovesi National Park, and the impossibility of taking the perfect photo.

What’s your background?
I’ve been a professional photographer since 2010. I’ve been in love with photography ever since I saw my first darkroom at age 16.

What is it about travel and landscape photography that gets you excited?
It always feels like a new experience. I love wild spaces, nature and the outdoors. My photography lets me spend time in these places, exploring and sharing the amazing world we live in.

What makes the perfect photograph?
I don’t think there is such a thing. If there was, it would not be a very good photograph. Yes, you can create a technically perfect photograph. But does it have soul? Does it tell a story? Perfection does not exist in landscape photography, which is what makes it so wonderful.

How was your trip to Repovesi National Park?
Beautiful and intimate. It’s an incredibly challenging place to photograph. It’s also one of the most calming and peaceful locations I’ve been to – there’s no better place to immerse yourself in nature. I would love to see the park in autumn colors.

Do you use Adobe Lightroom?
On a daily basis. It’s my go-to software for editing.

What were your first impressions of Loupedeck?
It makes for a better user experience of Lightroom. It’s fast, accurate and ergonomic. It does the most important stuff.

Did Loupedeck make your editing easier?
Speaking from a laptop point of view – yes. It makes a huge difference. The accuracy of the dials is incredible. When adjusting the sliders using my trackpad, I can’t get the accuracy needed. But when using Loupedeck’s dials, I’m able to fine tune my editing to exactly how I want it.

Would you recommend Loupedeck to other photographers?
I would definitely recommend it to those who edit and process most of their work in Lightroom. To all wedding, street, nature and event photographers – when the Sync button will not do the job, I would encourage them to look to Loupedeck to improve their workflow.

Were there any other benefits that stood out?
Speed and comfort. It’s nice to not have to use the trackpad and keyboard. I often get sore wrists when using a mouse for too long. Switching to Loupedeck on my desktop will eliminate this problem.

Will you be using Loupedeck in the future?
I’ll definitely be introducing Loupedeck into my workflow. It feels really nice to use, and it’s a great addition to Lightroom.