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Landscape Photography at Wast Water and Wasdale Head in the Lake District
26th September 2013 - 0 comments
Wasdale is has a very different feel to many areas of the Lake District and is different in many ways, the difficulty in accessing the area means that there are far few visitors than to other parts of the Lakes making it an unspoilt naturally beautiful area with a great sense of escape. You can walk around the hills and valleys here and see very few people (the exception being the main paths and climbs to Scafell).
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Understanding camera histograms and the importance of shooting to the right
18th September 2013 - 0 comments
The histogram is a tool in most DLSR cameras and photo editing software which at a basic level shows you a graph of the range on tones throughout your photograph. The term 'Shooting to the right' gets thrown around photography forums usually without any kind of information or guidelines showing what this actually is and why it is such a useful thing to know. The technique of shooting to the right is incredibly useful when you are hoping to get the absolutely best quality in the RAW file
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Understanding Social Media and its uses for Professional Photographers - 10 Top Tips
15th September 2013 - 0 comments
The social media boom is far from over, it is becoming more important every day to be on the numerous social channels and to generate interest through good content and regular updates. Finding time to be so active on these sites is the main hurdle faced by so many people, but updating your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other social networks can be very rewarding.
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Android Tablet Review - Gobstopper Tablet by Sweet Tablets
12th September 2013 - 0 comments
I’ve been looking at various tablets for around a year but have never found one that I thought would be able to do everything I wanted it to without too much messing around and at a price point that is acceptable. I’ve been looking for a tablet that I could use to show off my photography on the go and to look after all of my emails and social media from home without having to sit at the computer. I stumbled across the Sweet Tablets website by chance, here was a UK based company offering tablets with similar specs and designs to the Samsung tablets at a much lower price point, I assumed there would be a catch but there hasn’t been one so far.
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Full day photography tour of the English Lake District | Derwent Water and Buttermere Loop
09th September 2013 - 3 comments
The same question comes up on many photography forums throughout the year - "I've got a day to spend in the Lake District, where shall I go?". I tend to suggest a loop starting from Derwentwater outside of Keswick and taking in Borrowdale and Buttermere where you can find a while variety of Lake District photography locations including lakes, waterfalls, fells, mountain views, stone circles, rivers, becks and wildlife.
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Image in the September Edition of Countryfile Magazine
06th September 2013 - 0 comments
My latest published image appears in the September 2013 edition of Countryfile Magazine which has one of my images from Wentworth Village just south of Barnsley as part of their feature on 12 must-visit British villages, it's nice to get my name alongside the picture with the image credit.
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NuOla Flag Football Tournament Sports Photography
05th September 2013 - 0 comments
Last Sunday was the inaugural NuOla Flag Football Tournament held at Calederdale College in Halifax, I was asked by the event organisers to take some sports photographs of the action. Flag Football is quite different to most sports photography that I have done before. You can see the full set of images from the day in my Facebook Album >
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Off Camera Flash for Sports Photography
02nd September 2013 - 0 comments
I’ve done a lot of sports photography in the past few years working with events companies, but not always had the opportunity to explore techniques within the sports genre. One of the things I’ve always wanted to try was sports photography using off camera flash, I had the opportunity to try this in one of my basketball teams training sessions with some great results.
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The delights of Landscape Photography during the autumn months
01st September 2013 - 1 comment
What a fantastic summer! The weather has been very un-British during past few months with warm temperatures and lots of sunshine, there has been little moaning in the office about the weather perhaps only a few verses of ‘it’s too hot!’ which can’t be a bad thing. Autumn is my favourite time of year for photography (along with many other photographers). The more sociable sunrise times fit better with everyday working life, mixed with the incredible freshness that comes with early autumn mornings make for improved enthusiasm to get out there and chase the light.
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Photos of Sheffield City Centre - Winter Garden and Tudor Square
28th August 2013 - 0 comments
Now becoming one of the most visited locations in Sheffield, the Sheffield Winter Garden is a city centre is a large temperate greenhouse which was opened by the Queen in 2003. The Sheffield Winter Garden was built as part of the Sheffield City Centre Heart of the City regeneration project which included the nearby Peace Gardens and development of the Sheffield Millennium Galleries.
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A few days in Paris - travel photography from my recent trip
25th August 2013 - 0 comments
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in Paris as part of a weeks holiday to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I managed to get by with my little Panasonic TZ8 and a handy Gorilla pod bendy tripod and managed to get a few shots in among the thousand of other tourists and photographers all aiming for similar spots. The buildings in Paris are beautiful, the architecture and history is truly amazing.
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Two images in the latest South West Coastal Path Walking Guide Books
23rd August 2013 - 0 comments
I had a nice surprise in the post the other morning, a hot off the press copy of one of the new South West Coastal Path guide books which includes two of my seascape photographs from Cornwall. The photographs that were used are both from Crantock Beach just around the headland from the popular Cornwall holiday destination of Newquay.
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2014 UK Landscape Calendar - now in stock!
21st August 2013 - 0 comments
I’m pleased to say that my 2014 British Landscape Calendars are now back from the printers and ready for dispatch! This years UK landscape photography calendar is also available for the first time on Amazon.co.uk and will be available through eBay, Folksy and nationwide through the outdoor retailer Towsure.
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Comparing Digital Film Scanners
20th August 2013 - 0 comments
For photographers both at the amateur and professional level (and in between), everything is digital these days. To some extent, this fact is the source of a great deal of convenience and simplicity for photographers. Many photographers still like the idea of experimenting with "old school" film photography, the idea of being able to experience Film Landscape Photography whilst still enabling the use of the latest technology is particularly appealing.
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Photography at Padley Gorge - the Peak Districts best intimate landscape, waterfalls and woodland
15th August 2013 - 0 comments
Padley Gorge is a firm favourite with photographers visiting the Peak District National Park on a photography holiday or photo trip. The Peak District is quite different to other national parks when it comes to waterfalls or should I say the relatively small number of waterfalls.
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Eilean Donan Castle - The Scottish Icon Photographs and Viewpoints
10th August 2013 - 0 comments
The Scottish icon viewed and photographed by many on the road to the Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle is one of the classic famous castles which is instantly recognisable. The castle sits on a small island near to the village of Dornie on the road to the Kyle of Lochalsh, as you drive past the castle looms on the horizon and does feel like it has been put there by a film crew as the setting is just perfect.
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Graduated Filters for Landscape Photography
07th August 2013 - 0 comments
I often get asked how I manage to capture such a range of brightness values in my photographs, most people assume that they have been ‘photoshopped’ or fed through a HDR program such as Photomatix. People tell me that they have tried landscape photography at sunset and dawn and have always found that they either have blown out skies and detail in the foreground or a well exposed sky and a foreground deep in the shadows.
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Chesterton Windmill - Photographs and History of this Warwickshire Landmark
02nd August 2013 - 0 comments
Landscape photograph in Warwickshire can be difficult and requires a different approach to landscape photography in other areas of the UK. Whilst living in Warwick I visited Chesterton Windmill on a few occasions at different times of the year to capture the windmill in a number of different conditions.
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Landscape Photography Print Discount - Prices Reduced Throughout August!
01st August 2013 - 0 comments
I have decided it is time to have a clear out of some of my current stock in order to refresh this with some more of my recent work. The stock comes from a number of craft fairs that I have attended in the past few years with varying success. The sales promotion will run for a month throughout August 2013 and includes huge discounts on mounted prints.
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Newcastle Quayside Night Photography and my Photographic Beginnings
26th July 2013 - 0 comments
One of the reasons I originally started gaining an interest photography was after looking through some of the photographs from around the Newcastle Quayside from both during the day and at when lit up at night, in particular shots from Greame Peacock who at the time had shots in nearly every Tourism and University brochure showing the area. Another photographer who had a great portfolio of images from Newcastle is Steve Mayes, I remember seeing his black and white prints at the Biscuit Factory and thinking this is something that I would like to get involved with.
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