Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Why Photography Is Such A Great Hobby

Todays article from our friends over at Picture Correct is written by David Tong, who is a freelance photographer, blogger, and writer providing quality and free photography-related tutorials, camera reviews, and Adobe Photoshop tips through his blog and workshops. The article provides an interesting insite into David's photography and has several interesting comments from readers of the article, explaining why the writer enjoys photography. 

It’s a simple question. Why am I taking pictures? What’s so special about photography compared to other visual art forms? I’m not writing this to give you an answer, but I’m sharing why I love what photography does for me and why I think it’s such a great hobby to integrate into my life, which also resulted to me starting a photography blog site.

WHY PHOTOGRAPHY MEANS A LOT TO ME.

As I share my personal reasons to these questions and I’d like to encourage you to add yours in the commenting section as well. Feel free to add a link to your blog or gallery for everyone to enjoy as well.

I’m sure everybody has a GREAT story to tell......  To read David's story follow this link to Picture Correct.
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From a personal point of view, my first camera was a Brownie Box camera my father gave me when I was about 15 (giving away my age there!) and although I had various cameras since then and took lots of photos on holidays or family events, I did not take it up as a serious hobby in 2010 prior to going on safari to Kenya in the February, and while it is still very much a hobby, I have have been lucky enough to have photographs published in the national and international press including the UK, France and Australia as well in the local press, and I am pleased to show a few of them below.
Three Headed Giraffe
This was the first photo that I ever had published. It is of three giraffes photographed while on safari in Kenya. 
In January 2013 this photo was a finalist in the "Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year" in the Wildlife section. It has also been published in the national press in the UK and Australia as well as several publications throughout the world.

Windsor Guildhall
A night shot of Windsor Guildhall, also known as the Town Hall, showing the light trails of a passing bus. Close to Windsor Castle, the Guildhall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and finished in 1689. The Guildhall was the venue for the civil wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles on 9th April 2005.
Black Backed Jackal
A black backed jackal in the Serengeti, Tanzania. 
Parliament Building At Night
A nighttime view of the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest. The light spots above the building are either birds or bats.
Ludlow Castle Chapel And Great Hall
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, England, showing the Great Hall and the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene with its circular Nave.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tips for Using Patterns in Photography

Today we have an interesting look at the use of patterns in photography, written by Wayne Turner, who has been teaching photography for 25 years and has written three books on the subject. He has also produced 21 Steps to Perfect Photos; a program of learner-based training using outcomes based education.

Patterns are basically just repeated shapes, objects or colors either ordered in precise formations or just random designs scattered across a scene. The important thing about patterns is that they create images that are very pleasing to the eye and add a new dimension to your photos.

Patterns can be found everywhere in our world, from natural forms to our urban and industrial environments. Use them effectively in an image and you’ll create a photo that is dynamic and attracts the eye to the main subject or focal point. It will help you learn digital photography in interesting ways.

There are two ways to look at patterns. Take a bird’s eye view and look down on say a car park where you’ll see predictable rows of vehicles. Then the other way is to get in closer and look for not so obvious patterns like tire treads and grill patterns. If you really want to be successful in shooting a pattern make sure that you fill the whole frame so that the pattern extends form edge to edge.


So what are the most effective ways to use patterns in your photography? Here are a few ways.......follow this link to read the full article on Picture Correct.
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Here are a few examples of where I have used patterns in my own photography.

Lobster pots on the quay at Brora Harbour, Brora, Scotland.

The Library of Birmingham is situated on the west side of the city centre at Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep (to which it connects, and with which it shares some facilities) and Baskerville House.

Winter logs seen in the mountain village of Jeravna in the Blue Mountains of Bulgaria.

The Spiral Staircase in the Vatican Museum, with a Christmas Tree at the bottom. It was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. It is shaped like a double helix, made of two intertwined spirals; one leading down and the other upwards.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Blackpool

Blackpool is a popular seaside resort in Lancashire, on the Irish Sea coast of England. It is best known for Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an old-school amusement park with vintage wooden roller coasters as well as the UK’s tallest roller coaster, the Big One.  The landmark Blackpool Tower was built in 1894 and visitors can go to a glass viewing platform and then up the metal staircases for a magnificent views of the town and surrounding countryside.In the autumn thousands of visitors go to see the famous Blackpool Illuminations. It also boast three piers, North, Central and South.

I visited there a couple of weeks ago towards the end of the Illuminations, but the following set of images shows more natural illuminations.
Dusk over Blackpool Beach 
Sunset Over Blackpool Beach
Sunset Over North Pier
The following images were taken from the top of Blackpool Tower.
North Shore Blackpool
The North Shore is the northern coastal area of Blackpool. The southern part of the Lake District can be seen on the horizon.
The Comedy Carpet
The Comedy Carpet seen from the top of Blackpool Tower, is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. It contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.
Bloomfield Road Stadium
Bloomfield Road Stadium, the home of Blackpool FC as seen from the top of Blackpool Tower.
South Pier Blackpool
A view of the South pier and Pleasure Beach and The Big One Roller Coaster.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.



Friday, 4 November 2016

Wild Bird Photo Tips

Todays tips about how to capture photos of wild birds come from Picture Correct and are provided by Matt Brading who writes for GlobalEye Images, a site that lists wild bird pictures and stock bird photos. They represent some exceptional bird photographer specialists in their field. In addition to giving some excellent advice, there are also some stunning images included in the article.

Capturing great wild bird photos can be challenging at times, but with good preparation, the right equipment, and a few simple tips, it can also be quite fun and rewarding. What follows are our top tips for capturing better stock wild bird photos. Know Your Venue If you’re hoping to capture some great wild bird...............to read the article in full, go over to Picture Correct.
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Here is a small selection of photos of birds that I have taken, which I hope you will enjoy!
A European Roller in Chobe National Park, Botswana, Africa.
Grey Crowned Crane seen in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.
Superb Starling at Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania.
Lilac Breasted Roller in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

101 Lightroom Portrait Presets

Do you find yourself spending hours tweaking your portraits in Lightroom? Or are you so intimidated by all the bells and whistles that you just don’t even bother? Our friends over at Digital Photography School have launched a new Adobe Lightroom Presets pack, "101 Lightroom Portrait Presets", created by Rachel Devine.

Lightroom Presets have proven to be popular with the DPS photography audience so with Rachel's help this is now their third Presets product. 

Rachel Devine has been honing her craft since she got her first real camera at the age of 14. A professional photographer by trade, mother of three children, author of three books and the creative mind behind photography blog, Sesame Ellis, she is never without some kind of camera in her hand.

Whether you’re new to Lightroom or a seasoned professional photographer, our 101 Lightroom Portraits Presets can save you hours post processing your photos.

Having suffered the same frustrations of processing photos in Lightroom, Rachel has developed a Lightroom editing system dedicated to the task of optimising portrait shots.

Rachel’s Lightroom Portrait Presets pack will give you countless image-enhancing options to make your portraits say exactly what you want them to. Ideal for professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike, they deliver professional results in an instant.

With this pack you’ll be able to:
  • Save time getting your portraits looking just right.
  • Streamline your workflow
  • Use the presets the professionals use to create stunning images
  • Give your photos an instant “pop”
Take advantage of 67 different presets and 36 different portrait brushes for touching up images.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

How to Use White Balance in Photography

Today's article comes from Picture Correct and is written by Keith Jones, who writes for http://easybasicphotography.com. A site geared towards beginners through serious amateurs who want to learn a little more about basic digital photography. 

How to Use White Balance in Photography: Every digital camera has a White Balance or Automatic White Balance (AWB) setting in the camera menu. But how many of us actually use it or even know what it is for? Fortunately, most manufacturers have the Automatic White Balance pre-set in their cameras when they are shipped out. So most consumers are using it even if they are not aware of it.

To read the full article go over to Picture Correct.
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While I usually leave my White Balance on Automatic, I was pleased with the result of the following image which I had set to the tungsten setting on the camera.
Windsor Guildhall

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tips for Photographing Autumn Colors

Today we have an article from Picture Correct which gives an in-depth look at photographing the colours of autumn, written by Terry Girard who formerly moderated ultimate-photography-tips.com.

Photographing autumn colours can be the most fun you have with your camera. The fall is a great time of year for photography. There are an unlimited number of sights, sounds and smells to stimulate your senses. After reading this article you should be able to pick a great subject to display and dress it it up with the fabulous colors of the fall season. This is a very emotional time of year. Think about that when you are out shooting. What you feel when the day is overcast will be different than when the day is bright and sunny.

To read the article in full and to see some stunning autumn photographs, just follow this link
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Here is a small selection of my autumn photos which I hope you will like.
Autumn leaves at Warburgh Nature Reserve, Bix, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in The Chiltern Hills.
The River Thames at Marlow, Buckinghamshire on a crisp November afternoon.
Autumn leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England.

As usual, my work is available to purchase as original  Wall Art, in a variety of formats from stretched canvas or framed prints, metal or acrylic prints,or simply as standard prints for you to mount in your favourite picture frame. They are also available as greeting cards or printed onto iPhone or Galaxy phone cases, throw pillows or duvet covers or tote bags or shower curtains. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.