Chris Gatcum

Chris Gatcum – Editor

Highly experienced writer, editor and photographer with more than 15 years' experience in publishing


With almost 20 years' experience in magazine and book publishing as both a writer and editor, I'm ready, willing and able to take on any and all of your editorial tasks.

From writing press releases to producing web copy or copywriting for your brand, I can produce the words you need to communicate with your clients. I can also edit, proofread or manage your print and digital media projects, and am fully conversant with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

I have written a dozen books and hundreds of articles about photography (which is my 'specialist' subject), but have also written about a wide range of other craft / popular culture subjects, including Minecraft, LEGO, Raspberry Pi, cross-stich and much, much more, as well as editing and project managing hundreds of books for a wide range of publishers, including DK, Thames & Hudson, Ilex (Octopus/Hachette), GMC and Bright Press (Quarto).

So whatever your writing or editing task, I am more than a match for it!
Art Design DIY & Crafts Photography Technology
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA Hons (Photography)

Work experience

Travel Chapter

Apr, 2019 — Mar, 2020 (11 months)

Ongoing freelance work writing property descriptions for one of the UK's leading holiday property rental companies.

Outdoor Photography magazine

Jul, 2017 — Feb, 2020 (over 2 years)

Having initially joined Outdoor Photography to provide one year of maternity cover for the magazine’s deputy editor I was asked to continue in a part-time freelance capacity as the magazine’s sub-editor. My responsibilities included sub-editing the magazine’s editorial content each month, and researching and writing a number of pieces.


Mar, 2010 — Present

At the start of 2010 I entered the freelance world of writing and photography. Since then I have worked for a number of book and magazine publishers in a wide range of editorial roles. This has included commissioning, project consultancy, project management, writing, photography, copy editing, proofreading and Americanizing / anglicising. I have also authored 12 books.

Ilex Press / Ilex Photo

Jun, 2007 — Feb, 2010 (over 2 years)

I joined the illustrated book publisher, Ilex Press, at the end of 2007 as a senior editor, and became managing editor three months later. In 2008, the company formed a new, specialist imprint – Ilex Photo – and I headed up the photographic team. This role covered every aspect of the editorial process, including generating and commissioning new titles; formulating budgets and schedules; liaising with authors, designers and clients; copy editing; commissioning freelancers and signing off proofs.

What Digital Camera magazine

Oct, 2006 — Jun, 2007 (8 months)

In addition to standing in for the editor in his absence, I was responsible for coordinating the technical department, developing ideas for the magazine and its website, and writing reviews of digital cameras, photographic accessories, software and books. The role also involved general sub-editing and checking proofs before going to press.

Amateur Photographer magazine

Oct, 2002 — Oct, 2006 (about 4 years)

I spent four years working for the UK’s longest-running photographic magazine, writing weekly reviews of the latest camera equipment and accessories, as well as producing regular technique-based articles.


从1:1的恐龙骨架到知名的历史遗迹,再到神奇的蝙蝠战车,克里斯·盖特姆著汤璐译的《乐高梦工厂(29个世界经典乐高模型)》集中展现了乐高历史上29件激动人心的里程碑式作品。这些作品涉及的题材广泛,每一件作品都展示出了其搭建者天马行空般的想象力和和炉火纯青的技艺。 本书序言由世界知名乐高艺术家内森·萨瓦亚编写,除了其代表性作品外,还囊括了全球20多位乐高搭建大师的优秀作品。他们对细节有着无微不至的关注,对乐高积木有着天生独到的鉴赏力,对创作过程有着全身心的投入。相信你在阅读过程中对此将有着更深入的体验。
Do you wish you could take better, more exciting photos? Now you can, with 'Creative Digital Photography: 52 Weekend Projects'. Through this collection of handy weekend projects you will get expert insights and clear step-by-step instructions across the field ... read more
Experiment with new projects and techniques, and create arresting images time and again Digital cameras have made it easy for us all to take photos that are, technically, perfect: clearly exposed, sharply focused, and beautifully composed. However, what most p... read more
A practical guide to shooting with a plastic camera, with loads of tips and tricks Decidedly low-tech and highly idiosyncratic plastic cameras enable shooters to create images that, while not technically perfect, display a quirky sense of fun, spontaneity, and... read more
All the know-how necessary for the beginner or enthusiatic amateur to produce compelling and stunning pictures This comprehensive handbook covers every aspect of photography from capture through to output. It gives detailed instruction from the fundamental con... read more
Whether you prefer the term retro, vintage, or “old skool,” next-generation photographers are already reacting to the established digital norm and actively seeking out something more soulful and personal than the pixel-pushing, quick-fix of the digital age. Ma... read more
52 Assignments: Experimental Photography is filled with prompts and projects, nudges and sparks, innovations and inspirations, and—most importantly—experiments in shooting, processing, and printing, to help you kick your photographic habits, step out of your c... read more
The changing of the seasons presents the landscape photographer with nature's most dramatic sights, as well as many of the genre's most rewarding photographic challenges.Chris Gatcum uses the work of the field's most exciting contemporary photographers to illu... read more
Have you ever wondered what it really takes to be a fashion photographer? Want to learn what the pros do in the field on a daily basis to create compelling, artistic, iconic fashion imagery? Then this is the book for you! With a focus on lighting, Light and Sh... read more
Go Beyond Auto

Gatcum Chris

If you love taking photos, and you want to express yourself creatively, then Beyond Auto will show you how. Until you turn that camera dial away from ‘Auto’ mode, you’re doing little more than point and click; it’s a start, but it’s not expressive.This book qu... read more
Whether you're a complete beginner, a casual snapper or a seasoned photographer, there is a lot to be learned from this extensive photography guide. Take the guesswork out of your photography and understand not just what to do with your camera, but how and why... read more
The Beginner's Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is DK's bestselling manual for any novice photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their new digital camera.Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide's easy-to-follow, step-by-step layout makes it accessible... read more

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Tom R.

Tom R.

Oct, 2022

Chris was great. Great communication and he understood what I was aiming for. 10/10

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