Friday, 30 November 2012

Make Your Last Shot Your Best Shot

An interesting and informative article from Digital Photography School, by Anne McKinnell, a photographer, writer and nomad. She lives in an RV and travels around North America photographing beautiful places and writing about travel, photography, and how changing your life is not as scary as it seems. Here she is saying that once you have taken what you think is your main shot, stop and look closer at what is around you, and what other views you can take of your subject.

Lately I’ve noticed a common occurrence when I review my images from a photo shoot. More often than not the very best frame is the last one.
I think it’s because I’ve been pushing myself further than I used to by consciously carving out my vision of the subject.

For example, when I was in Charleston, South Carolina, I scouted out a beach location that had a lovely pier and faced east. Perfect for sunrise. I got up extremely early, while it was still dark outside, went to my location flashlight in hand and got set up for the morning’s first rays.
When the sun came up it didn’t take me long at all to get the shot I had envisioned. Here it is: Make Your Last Shot Your Best Shot

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Another Photo Published

I heard today that I have had an image selected for next years calendar for a local courier company, Delivered of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England.

This year I had my photo of Low Tide at Rye used as the November image, now they have selected "Colourful Punts on the River Cherwell, Oxford" for June, 2013.
Colourful Punts on River Cherwell, Oxford
Colourful Punts on River Cherwell, Oxford

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

5 Quick Tips for Coastal Photography

This article is by Darren Rowse, the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and gives five excellent tips for taking coastal photographs.


There’s nothing like a great coastline to get me excited about photography. Whether it be unmarked sand dunes, sea grasses blowing in the sea breeze, rugged outcrops of rocks and cliff faces or a beach scene complete with all the color of families on their day at the beach – coasts can present photographers with some great opportunities.

Here are the 5 tips for your next coastal photography outing! 5 Quick Tips for Coastal Photography
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Scotland's Coast: A Photographer's Journey 

Following the success of his best-selling First Light, Joe Cornish has now turned his attention to the magnificent scenery of Scotland’s 6,000-mile coastline. 


He has travelled from the Mull of Galloway in the south to the tip of Unst in the Shetlands, the northernmost point in the British Isles, and from remote St Kilda out in the Atlantic to the Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve on the North Sea to capture the enormous variety of scenery that characterises the Scottish seacoast. 

Some of the sites he has photographed, like St Kilda or the sandstone peaks overlooking Loch Torridon, belong to the National Trust for Scotland, but many others are privately owned; some, like the majestic Cuillins on Skye, are well-known to tourists, others are hidden coves or remote sea stacks that few visitors will ever have seen. 

Whatever the subject, be it a wide Hebridean vista or fragmentary patterns of ice on a frozen beach, Joe Cornish, with his artist’s eye and his dramatic use of light, helps us to look at it afresh and reveals new and unsuspected beauties. In the text which accompanies his photographs he explains the aspects of each particular landscape that made it special to him, its geology, its flora, its history or its associations. 

The result is a stunning book which will delight Cornish’s legion of admirers and all those who have found enchantment on Scotland’s wonderful coastline.

P Mode on Digital SLR Cameras

This informative article from Picture Correct talks about the advantages of using the P mode on your DSLR instead of automatic or manual.

It seems that some folks are determined to make photography more difficult than it has to be. You might hear some photographers say, “I only shoot using the manual exposure mode” while others might say, “I only use the Aperture or Shutter Priority exposure mode”.

That is fine and well for those who understand the basics of camera exposures. It is also great to use those shooting modes when a change of the lens aperture opening and/or shutter speed setting will give better results for an image. But, is it really necessary to fumble with exposure controls for every shot? No, not really. That is why all cameras have Automatic Shooting Modes. Pictures taken using the automatic mode will generally come out pretty good. When you use the automatic mode, the camera will choose just about every setting for you to get a proper exposure; however, there are times when changing certain camera settings will produce a better image. Unfortunately, those settings cannot be changed when you are shooting in the automatic mode.

Follow the link toread the full article: P Mode on Digital SLR Cameras – PictureCorrect

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Professional Sports Photography Tips

Today's post is from Picture Correct and is by a leading sports photographer. In addition to some useful tips and great sports photos the main part of the post is an interesting and informative hour and a half long video.

Much like it’s subject matter, sports photography is one of the most competitive styles of photography. There are limited spaces available to photographers at many sporting events and those fortunate enough to get a press pass are usually competing with other highly skilled photographers in hopes of taking a photograph worthy a Sports Illustrated cover. 

Damian Strohmeyer, professional sports photographer, has done just that numerous times  and he is here to share some of his experiences and advice with those who have an interest in the genre. Strohmeyer’s presentation is about an hour and a half long and packed full of great photos and helpful tips. Have a look: Professional Sports Photography Tips – PictureCorrect
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In The Moment: The Sports Photography of Tom Jenkins

In The Moment: The Sports Photography of Tom JenkinsTom Jenkins has been photographing international sporting events for over twenty years. His most celebrated pictures show his unerring ability to create indelible, insightful and sometimes iconic images. His famous picture of Usain Bolt winning his second gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games has rightly become one of the most indelible images of the early 21st century.

Here, for the first time, the best of his work is drawn together in one volume, proving that whether he is portraying football or rugby, tennis or cricket, cycling or sumo, Tom has an unmatched talent for seeing the bigger picture and for appreciating both the pain and the passion of sporting endeavour.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Three new Wall Art Prints now available

You are able to buy prints of my photos in a variety of formats from Fine Art America including canvas, acrylic or metal prints as well as standard prints and greeting cards and from Photo4Me where you have the option of canvas or giclĂ©e prints, posters,or acrylic sheets.

The following three photos have been recently uploaded:
Leopard at Sambura National Reserve, Kenya
Leopard at Sambura National Reserve, Kenya

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European Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owl

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Windmill in Coralejo Fuerteventura

Windmill in Coralejo Fuerteventura

Fine Art America                                 Photo4Me
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5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes.

An article from Digital Photography School to help you make the most of the snow that you may be getting over the next month or two. It is written by James Maher, a professional photographer based in New York, whose primary passion is documenting the unique personalities and stories of the city.

It’s that time again when we get to burn off those holiday pounds by trudging through the snow to capture those stunning winter shots.  I’ve got a few extra ones this year, so you’ll see me out there a bit more than usual.

In this article, I want to share with you a few, fairly uncommon tips that I often use, which can make the difference between an average snow photo and an epic one.  Do you do any of these things?

Follow the link to read James' tips:  5 Uncommon Snow Photography Tips That Can Transform Your Winter Scenes.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

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This is a complete guide to Adobe Lightroom 4 and we know you'll love diving into this beefy book. At 312 spreads this PDF is full of high-resolution screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and the tips, tricks and ideas that make digital darkroom work productive and more enjoyable. If you’re looking to learn Lightroom 4 and need a resource to help you do that quickly, or you’ve just upgraded and need to get up to speed, this is a great value.

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A BIGBOOK is like an eBook but bigger. A lot bigger! It's a PDF that, other than the fact that it's fully searchable and loaded with hyperlinks, is really the text book you've always wanted, like those big, heavy ones you'd normally pay the big bucks for! We put our elves to work and we've produced a digital text book. Instead of carving up the content into smaller chunks we've created something BIG so that you can have a definitive resource at your finger tips while saving money at the same time.
Featuring 60 (that's right... sixty) cases! Piet puts the tools and features into context, helping you learn and apply what you read along the way. Every module is covered in-depth, even third-party applications and plugins are tackled head-on. Lightroom-to-Photoshop integration is also included.

Piet Van den Eynde is an Adobe Certified Expert and he's left no stone unturned. Whether you're new to Lightroom, or are upgrading, you can be at ease here as this BigBook is up to date (Lightroom 4.2). If you're looking to gain a deeper understanding of Lightroom or want to nip in the bud those novice issues that have plagued you for too long, then Lightroom 4 UnMasked is the perfect edition to your digital library.

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

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We've seen first hand what a huge difference a great questionnaire can make in our own portrait business. So we're giving you our questionnaires, totally free! Included are questionnaires for a couple, family, newborn and individual session. Each one comes as a PDF that you can print or email, and an InDesign file that you can customize. 




Sunday, 18 November 2012

5 Tips for a Faster Lightroom Workflow

This article from Digital Photography School, is written by Jason Weddington, an American photographer currently based in Japan, who shoots portrait, fine art, street, and travel photography, and gives some valuable tips on helping you  use Lightroom more efficiently.


At a recent workshop I joined, several of the attending photographers expressed frustration with the slowness of Lightroom, and were surprised to see how quickly I am able to process my photos in Lightroom. So I thought I’d share some of the workflow tricks that I’ve picked up over the last few years that have helped me get faster in Lightroom.

In addition to specific workflow practices, there are also some important configuration changes you can make to optimize Lightroom performance. However, in this post I will focus on workflow technique, not application configuration.

Follow the link to read Jason's tips5 Tips for a Faster Lightroom Workflow
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Otmoor Nature Reserve

Spent a crisp, sunny Sunday morning at Otmoor Nature Reserve, Oxfordshire.



















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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Photoshop Masks 101

This article on using masks in Photoshop is from Digital Photography School and is written by Helen Bradley, a Lifestyle journalist who divides her time between the real and digital worlds, picking the best from both. You can view her site at helenbradley.com. She writes and produces video instruction for Photoshop and digital photography for magazines and online providers world wide

When it comes to fixing images in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements the ability to use masks to do your edits is invaluable. By using a mask instead of, for example, the Eraser you get an edit which can be changed or even removed any time in the future.

However masks aren’t easy to use or even understand when you first get started. In fact they can be downright scary. To help you get started here is a quick and easy technique that can be achieved using masks. Doing it will show you a situation in which a mask is a good editing choice. You will see how to add a mask to a layer and how to use it to edit the image. By the end of the process you will be on your way to understanding how to use masks in your photo editing workflow.

The effect that I’ll be creating is one that you see in a lot of wedding albums and advertisements. It is an element of color in an otherwise black and white image. It can be achieved using masks and that’s what we’ll do here.

To read all of Helen's tips, click here:  Photoshop Masks 101
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Getting the Most out of Photoshop – Part Two

Today we publish part two of an article from our friends at Light Stalking, written by Jason Row, and giving some valuable tips to using Photoshop.

Welcome to part two of our look at simple but effective Photoshop tips that will make your images stand out (see part one here). In this article we will look at four different techniques, including replacing an entire block of colour, adding a graduated filter to a sky, removing dust spots quickly and creating a metadata template for stock photography.

Click here to get the four techniques: Getting the Most out of Photoshop – Part Two 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Photography tips: respecting locals

This article is from the travel site, Wanderlust, and is by Steve Davey, who leads a range of travel photography tours to such exotic destinations as India and Laos.

It can be fascinating watching local people going about their daily toil – but while the resulting photos can be great, you need to shoot with respect, says Steve Davey

Follow the links to read Steve's tips Photography tips: respecting locals | Advice | Wanderlust
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National Geographic Image Collection


Latest in the series of National Geographic mini illustrated photography books that include "National Geographic: The Photographs" (31,000 cop+ies in the UK to date) and "Through the Lens" (16,000 copies in the UK to date). 

The large format edition of "The Image Collection" has sold nearly 4,000 copies in the UK since publication in 2009. 

This is "National Geographic's" most expansive and sumptuous photography book ever, in a new mini edition, showcasing more than a century of world history, culture, and majesty chronicled and preserved in its immense, world-renowned archive of more than 11 million images. 

For all the fans of "National Geographic", this is a must-have book.


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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Getting Down Low in Wildlife Photography

These basic, but valuable tips are from Digital Photography School, written by Elliot Hook, a wildlife and landscape photographer based in Hertfordshire, UK.

When photographing wildlife, the images that most resonate with the viewer are those that evoke emotion and offer an insight into the world of a particular animal.  There are numerous tips and pieces of advice that can be given to help improve your wildlife photography but the one tip that is the easiest to implement, and will show immediate benefit, is to get down low when taking your wildlife images.

Here are three reasons to persuade you to try it next time you are out taking photos of wildlife:  Getting Down Low in Wildlife Photography
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British Wildlife Photography Awards


This superb collection of imagery showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual competition celebrating the breathtaking diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. 

The photographs within the book demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and differing approaches. Every picture is accompanied by the photographer's personal account of the inspiration behind the image: wonderfully varied, amusing and illuminating stories that help bring us closer to the fascinating and often unseen world of nature.

 Also included are the photographer's notes, outlining their technique and the type of equipment used, making this an invaluable resource for anyone interested in improving their photography or investing in new equipment.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

5 Things to Know About Photoshop Brushes

Some useful tips from Helen Bradley for Digital Photography School about using brushes in Photoshop.

Brushes are used a lot in photo editing from removing blemishes and smoothing skin to dodging and burning and painting on masks. Here are five important features of the brush tool in Photoshop.

Follow the link to read the tips 5 Things to Know About Photoshop Brushes
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In addition to learning the key elements of the Photoshop interface, this completely revised CS6 edition covers new features, including precise cropping with multiple overlays, expanded content-aware toolkit with skin tone-aware selections and masking, three new blur effects, re-engineered design tools, adaptive Wide Angle adjustments, improved Camera Raw engine, improved auto corrections, Background Save and Auto-recovery, modernized user interface, intuitive video enhancements, simplified 3D interface, improved editing speed with real-time results, and more.
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The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography

New PDF e-book from Craft & Vision.

Download Andrew S. Gibson's latest eBook

SLOW: The Magic of Long-Exposure Photography.


New PDF eBook 

If you're looking to explore the creative possibilities behind the slow end of the shutter dial, looking for some new ideas, or wanting a primer on intentional camera motion, panning, long exposure techniques, and the equipment to help you get there, SLOW is an excellent place to begin.

SLOW is 64 spreads of teaching and inspiration on the techniques and aesthetics of using a slow shutter to create expressive images skillfully captured through exposure and movement. To complement his own work, Andrew also includes two case studies from photographers Doug Chinnery and Joel Tjintjelaar, which help to provide tangible insights on the subject of long-exposure photography.
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Sunday, 11 November 2012

New e-book - Tasty Food Photography.

A great new e-book with all kinds of useful tips covering everything from shutter speed to lighting and composition to editing. There are also video tutorials to complement the step by step tutorials.
The book is written by Lindsay who has been  cook, writer, and photographer for a food blog called Pinch of Yum, and this is what she says about the book.
A couple years ago I started writing a food blog called Pinch of Yum as a hobby for my evenings and weekends.  As an amateur cook and photographer, I had a lot to learn.  I was using a DSLR camera, but I had no idea how to use it.  My blog readers consisted of my mom and a handful of co-workers. I still remember how thrilled I was the first time I had 50 visitors on my site in one day.
As time went on, I started to get more comfortable with the using the manual settings on our DSLR.  I started using more complex photo editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. My photos were starting to improve which fueled my desire to keep learning.  I eventually had my first photo accepted to Tastespotting.com, and I was beside myself with excitement about being published and about the number of visitors that it brought to my blog.
BEFORE & AFTER

As my photos continued to get better, I saw an immense increase in my blog readership.  My average number of unique visitors went from 50 a day to 5,000 a day, which lead to lots of opportunities for monetizing and growing my blog.  In the last 6 months, I’ve had the honor of being pursued by web magazines, e-newsletters, and book publishers. There’s no doubt in my mind that these opportunities were presented to me because of my improved food photography.

Photography is an incredible tool that can have a profound impact on the life of your blog or website.  I’ve learned a lot of things – both big and small – in the last few years, and this book is my way of sharing all that with you. My hope is that these tips and tricks will be practical, easy to read, and ultimately help you take food photos that make people say, “I am dying to eat that right now!”
SAMPLE PAGES
Click for a sneak video preview and to order the book, Tasty Food Photography eBook

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Nature Photography Tips from a National Geographic Photographer

Today we are bringing you an in depth video from Picture Correct, in which National Geographic contributor Michael Melford shares his advice on taking photographs of Nature.

We’re all familiar with National Geographic, if not captivated by the endless amount of gorgeous photography the publication fill it’s pages with. The magazine, which allows no editing of the photographs it uses, has set high standards for nature photographers everywhere. 

Being able to capture an image worthy of National Geographic takes quite a bit of talent and, as Michael Melford explains in the following video, a little bit of luck. Melford, a seasoned nature photographer, has shot for National Geographic as well as many other popular publications. If you can spare an hour and half of your time, Melford shares some of his photographs, insight, and tips that might get you one step further to becoming published yourself, have a look:

Nature Photography Tips from a National Geographic Photographer – PictureCorrect
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National Geographic 125 Years 
Over the last century and a quarter, the National Geographic brand has earned worldwide recognition, popularity and respect. 

This book is a celebration of achievements on the cutting edge of exploration and photography, and new reporting from the forefront of National Geographic research. Featuring show-stopping imagery and thrilling behind-the-scenes tales, it reveals how much we've come to know about our fascinating world in the past 125 years, tapping key voices at the vanguard of ocean and space exploration, climate science, archaeology, mountaineering, and many other disciplines to celebrate the spirit of discovery and peer over the horizon at worlds that remain to be explored. 

From the top of Mount Everest to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, National Geographic has brought the world into our lives. This book chronicles a storied history and signals an exciting future. It will have enduring appeal beyond the 125th, standing alongside such iconic volumes as "The Photographs" and "The Image Collection".

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Backyard: Weekly Photography Challenge

If you ever wonder where you can go to take photos, the answer can often be on your own doorstep, or in this case, your own back yard. This challenge from Digital Photography School, can be taken up by anyone - give it a go!

This week your photographic challenge is to take and share a photo from your backyard. If you don’t have a back yard – you’re welcome to substitute your front yard, a local park or some other outdoor garden type area.

The key is to explore an area that may not spring to mind as a great photographic location but which might contain some interesting subjects if you let your mind go there.


See full details of the challenge here: Backyard: Weekly Photography Challenge

Here are a couple of shots I took recently in our back yard.




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Friday, 9 November 2012

Travel Photography Inspiration Project: Brazil

Digital Photography School are running a series of articles featuring readers travel photos from countries around the world. Today they focus on Brazil.

Brazil is known for its golden beaches and the Amazon rainforest, but there is more to be had in the largest country in South America. DPS readers like you submitted their photos for a look around the county from the comfort of your computer.

Follow this link to view some beautiful photos from Brazil: Travel Photography Inspiration Project: Brazil
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Amazonia is, without doubt, the greatest rainforest on earth. Covering two and three quarter million square miles, it crosses the political borders of nine countries. 

Some 50 percent of the world's terrestrial species, including rare - and often unique - animals and plants are found here, while during the rainy season, a staggering one fifth of all fresh water on the planer flows along the mighty river Amazon.

Nick Gordon's photographs give us an unrivalled insight into that wilderness. Having lived in Amazonia for more than ten years, filming and photographing the wildlife and indigenous peoples of the area, he has amassed a unique and wide-ranging collection of images. 

Written in a lively and accessible style, the accompanying text is both informative and entertaining. Features in Wildlife, Travel and Photography magazines.

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Tim's Top Car Photography Tips

If you enjoy taking photographs of cars, you will find this article very interesting. It comes courtesy of ephotozine and is qritten by Tim Wallace is the founder, AmbientLife.co.uk, a company specialising in high quality car photography. He has clients including Aston Martin and Jaguar. 


Here, he shares with us his top car photography tips, together with some great classic photos: Tim's Top Car Photography Tips 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Magic of the Pancake Lens

If you are looking to buy perhaps your first, prime lens you should find this article by Andrew Gibson for Picture Correct of value.

The concept of the pancake lens has interested me for a while now, so when Canon announced its new 40mm pancake lens I bought one. So far it has proved a useful addition to my lens collection. But what exactly is a pancake lens? Is the lens as good in practise as I hoped? Here are my thoughts.

A pancake lens is simply a lens that is shorter than it is wide. This is unusual in lens design and as a result a pancake lens is smaller and lighter than a regular lens.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article: The Magic of the Pancake Lens – PictureCorrect
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  • Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Flash Photography Tips

    If, like me, you have never used flash in anger in your photography, you should find this article, from Picture Correct, of value.

    Flash photography is the use of a camera flash bulb in a variety of possible situations where there doesn’t seem to be enough light. The most common use of flash photography is group portraits at gatherings where there is not enough light to take a satisfactory exposure.

    But there are many other situations where the flash could be used such as: fill-flash situations when the background is brighter than the subject, using the flash to light up a room and creating better coloring, or using the flash to freeze a moving object in a dark situation.


    To read the article in full, and to take advantage of  a special 50% discount off a related update, follow this link  Flash Photography Tips – PictureCorrect


                        

    Monday, 5 November 2012

    Practical White Balance and Why You Should Learn It!

    An introduction to using white balance in your photography, something many of us just leave to our camera auto setting. The article is from Digital Photography School and is written by Russell Masters is a photographer, blogger and international man of meetings. 

    White balance can be a tricky subject to master and as a beginner I found both the concept and application difficult. Getting to grips with white balance was a landmark in my early learning, gone were the days of funky looking indoor shots and chilly looking portraits, from then on the world of warm sunsets and natural skin tones lay at my feet. It’s amazing how different an image can look with and without white balance correction applied and consequently the impact on your images can be profound. The basics of white balance adjustment are relatively simple, what takes more time is training your eye to know when you’ve got it right. In doing this you will not only improve the quality of your images but will also save a whole load of time. Here to help you is a basic run down of practical white balance.

    Follow the link to read the full article Practical White Balance and Why You Should Learn It!

    Saturday, 3 November 2012

    HDR Photography How To ...

    If you want to learn the mysteries of HDR this video tutorial from Picture Correct will show you all you need to know.

    If you’ve been looking for a tutorial on creating HDR images, look no further. Alan Kesselhaut has made a great video explaining all the aspects of high dynamic range photography starting with the equipment and ending with the editing process. Kesselhaut covers the three most popular pieces of HDR editing software: Photomatix, Adobe Photoshop, and NIK HDR Efex Pro. If you’re willing to donate a hour and a half of your time to the following video, you will more than likely come away from the experience with an enriched knowledge and greater appreciation of the photographic technique:

    Follow the link to view the video: HDR Photography How To – PictureCorrect


                       

    Children in Need

    The 32nd Children in Need, takes place in  a fortnights time, 16th November.

    In an attempt to raise some money for this worthy cause, I have decided that for any sales I make of my photographs through Photos4Me, I will donate my profit to Children in Need.

    This will apply to all sales made on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Children in Need week.

    So why not go over to Photos4Me now, decide which photos you like and in what format, and then make a note to go back in Children in Need week and make your purchase.

    Photo4me is a unique printing service and online gallery that brings together buyers of prints and our community of photographers and digital artists. You can have the photographs printed as framed, box framed or unframed prints or even have them printed on MDF. The most popular option though, is to order them as ready to hang pieces of canvas wall art or giclee canvas prints. Canvas print art is an excellent way to create mood in a room. All canvas prints are printed using the finest materials.