Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson has been a professional photographer since 1996. His rich, color pictures have been featured in ten PhotoSecrets books about California and Las Vegas.

Andrew’s awards include the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book, the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Coffee-Table/Photography Book, the Grand-Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards, and a finalist in the Book of the Year awards, photography category.

Born in England, Andrew was previously an engineer and sales person. After receiving a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, Andrew worked as a communications engineer in Coventry, London and Iraq for GEC Telecommunications. Entering the promising videoconferencing industry, he moved to New York in 1988, Philadelphia in 1989 and San Diego in 1990.

His last “real” job was as a Sales Manager for British Telecom. During a round-the-world trip in 1994, Andrew was frustrated that none of the guide books he’d brought explained where to photograph the exotic beach used in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. He imagined a series of travel guide books designed for photographers. Two years later in 1996, Andrew quit his job and founded PhotoSecrets Publishing.

In 1999, Andrew started publishing coffee-table books and since 2000 he has also produced books with renowned National Geographic Traveler photographer Bob Krist.

In 2002, Andrew incorporated PhotoSecrets Publishing and renamed the company Photo Tour Books, Inc. Andrew has recently completed his fourteenth self-published book, A Photo Tour of Las Vegas.

Andrew lives in San Diego with his wife, Jennie, their children, Redford and Roxy, and their dogs, Lemon and Hazel. In his spare time he plays in a rock band, has a strange obsession over Who Owns Vegas, and enjoys running. Visit his personal page.

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Reply by Lynn

August 20, 2013

hi Andrew.

2 questions -

1. Do you ever do photo tours of San Diego and if so where can I get more info (when offered, cost, what locations, etc.)?

2. Do you have a list/directory of photo tours and workshops around the country and the world?

thanks so much,


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

September 23, 2013

Hi Lynn:

Thanks for your questions.

1. Sometimes I get hired by convention companies to do private photography tours of San Diego, but I don’t otherwise do tours. That would be fun though.

2. I used to maintain a list at Workshops and Photo Tours but I have taken that offline recently for a potential update.

Sorry that I’m not more helpful!


Reply by Chad Ehlers

November 28, 2012

I just came from Barnes & Noble where I found your book "Orange County" pub. by Photo Tour Books, Inc...and wanted to ask if you were satisfied with their efforts and results, printed in Singapore? My old publisher was Graphic Arts Center up in Portland and they seem to have gone down river with so many other publishers. I started to do some personal projects (bucket list books) on-line with Blurb but to print and sell those works cost way too much. One of the books I did was recently left with the Grand Canyon Assoc. Their review process takes months but if accepted I would imagine most any publisher would then take the project. Thus I wanted to ask you about Photo Tour Books? With basically one distributor I am tempted to print the book myself if the Association does accept it, but hate storing, shipping...or even selling my own work. This particular photo essay is called "Through the Grand Canyon" and was drawn from several dory trips I took back in the late 80’s.

I hope you can find time to give me your feedback and thoughts.

Cordially, Chad Ehlers

Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

December 3, 2012


Hi Chad,

Thanks for the message. Congratulations on tackling a project on your bucket list!

Yes I am happy with the quality of printing in Singapore.

I would recommend publishing the book yourself, as that is what I do. You get to control the layout, content and quality of your work, but have to spend money up front and deal with distribution. (BTW, I do not pay to publish the work of other photographers, as it is too expensive etc.) Unfortunately it is difficult to get the backing of a publish, particulary one as good as Graphic Arts Center.

On this site is an article about self-publishing a photo book.

Feel free to email me for more info.

Good luck,


Reply by Marcella

July 3, 2012

Hello Andrew,

I have read through your information about copyrights of photography,which was very informative and written in simple layman terms. I have a unique situation on my hands. For the last 35 years I have dragged around an old steamer trunk that I purchased at an estate sale in upstate New York in 1978. As it was locked when I bought it, I have used it as a lamp table for about 20 years. In remodeling the house, 2 months ago I decided to open it and use it as a mini armoire,if not to damaged inside. In one of the middle drawers I found 2 shoe boxes filled with 3 x5 or 4 x 6 B/W negatives, there are some that are made on glass.

They vary from Sports, Celebraties, Movies, Geography. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford, Jackie Robinson, etc and other players that I do not know. There are boxing negatives of Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, etc. There are 7or 8 B/W negatives of The Wedding of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. I would say there have to be at least 500 easy.

I would like find out if these have any value, and if they do, am I the owner of these negatives - they are 3 x 5 or 4 x 6, not sure. I would like to insure them if they are valueable.

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