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Monday, 18 December 2017

Christmas Light Photography Tips

Today we have a topical and excellent article from our friends at Picture Correct, giving you all the advice you need to help you take images of Christmas Lights, both in the home and outdoors. It was written by Chuck DeLaney who has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. Since 1998 he has been the director of the New York Institute of Photography, America’s oldest and largesphotography school

At this time of year, many of the world’s cultures and religions celebrate holidays that involve lights. While the use of lights and candles is often explained in terms of the rites of the particular culture, most scholars agree that the lights came first; the explanations followed. After all, since humans gained control of fire, light has been used to illuminate the darkness – especially, during the depths of winter – rather than curse it.

To read the article in full, which includes some very good images to illustrate the advice given, follow this link: Christmas Light Photography Tips.
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Here are a couple of my attempts at photographing Christmas Lights, both taken in London last Decmber.
Buy wallart of Christmas Angels
Christmas Angels

Buy wallart of Old Bond Street Lights
Old Bond Street Lights
Christmas lights and decorations looking down Old Bond Street, London.

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, duvet covers or tote bags. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

How to Photograph Birds in Flight

Today we have a great article from Picture Correct, written by Clive Anderson, which gives some valuable tips on how to learn to photograph birds in flight. For those of you who have tried this, you will know that it can be quite difficult to obtain a sharp, well positioned image. If you follow thesed basic tips you will soon be taking photos that you are pleased with!

Being able to capture good images using a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera can be extremely rewarding. And some of the best pictures that we can take tend to be the hardest. Once we have a pretty good understanding of some of the camera’s functions both on automatic and manual mode, we can focus on the job of putting this information to good use. One of the hardest images to capture tends to be of something that is moving, but there are ways to make it a little easier to master.

Follow this link to read the article in full, and to start improving your bird photography...... How to Photograph Birds in Flight:
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I have to admit that I have not done much practise on this topic and consequently, while I have dozens of images of "birds on sticks" I only have a few decent ones of them in flight, including the following two. 
Buy canvas print of a Black Kite
Black Kite
Black kite at Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania.

Buy print of a European Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owl
A European Eagle Owl at a falconry display at Dunrobin Castle, Dunrobin, Scotland.

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. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.

Monday, 4 December 2017

A New Photographer’s Guide to Composition

I took photography up as a serious hobby, quite late in life, only about 7 years ago, but had been taking photos of holidays, family events etc., for about 50 years before then! It was only after I had joined a local camera club and started to learn about the art of composition that I began to actually look through the lens and think about what I was doing, instead of simply pointing the camera at an object and pressing the shutter.

This excellent article from Picture Corect, written by Alphonso Sanchez, founder of www.IrisMasters.com, shows others how to open their eyes to the breathtaking photo opportunities all around them.

It’s easy to be swept away by the technical demands most DSLR cameras require. But as a new photographer, it’s critical that you develop your composition skills. Your ability to compose a powerful, visually captivating image is one of the most important keys to a great photograph. So how do you begin? First, let’s dive into what composition is and what composition isn’t. Many beginners get the wrong notion of the skill and as a result find improvement difficult, if not impossible.

To read this article in full, follow this link: A New Photographer’s Guide to Composition

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Here are three of my images which, I hope demonstrate some of the composition points made in Alphonso's article.
Wall art  from stretched canvas or framed prints, to metal or acrylic prints.
Reach For The Sky

Wall art  from stretched canvas or framed prints, to metal or acrylic prints.
Tree On Serengeti
Wall art  from stretched canvas or framed prints, to metal or acrylic prints.
Mill Street Warwick
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. Simply click on the  image and you will be taken to my gallery where you will find full details.