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Monday, 10 September 2018

A Free, Personalised Photography Store

A few weeks ago, I reported that I had discovered Picfair, a new platform for photographers to sell their images - follow the link to read the post.

I can now report on some very exciting news from Picfair: later this month, they are unveiling free personalised stores for every photographer on the platform - a sleek, modern home for your photographs and yours alone. For free.

Stores are a major new addition to the Picfair ecosystem. For every photographer - from experienced professionals to budding amateurs - building an online home for your photography is expensive, complicated and disconnected. With Picfair Stores, they are making it simple - a single online home for your photography that does everything for you: beautifully showcasing your images, powering and managing all of your downloads & prints sales, while still connecting you to a global audience through the Picfair marketplace.

Because they know that all their photographers really want to be doing … is getting out there and taking beautiful photographs. Picfair can handle everything else. Once your store is activated, all you need to do is keep uploading!

Act now and get PRIORITY ACCESS once Picfair Stores are launched.


Monday, 27 August 2018

10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas

In our article today, Julie Waterhouse gives ten subject ideas for your macro photography. Julie writes for Ultimate Photo Tips, which provides friendly education and encouragement for photo enthusiasts around the world, presented in a way that’s clear, organized, and easy to understand

Are you looking for some interesting and out of the ordinary project ideas for your close up or macro photography? Want to break away from the usual flowers, leaves, plants and mushrooms? Tired of bugs, butterflies, and spiders? All of those can make great close up subjects, but certainly not unique ones. Here are a few macro photography project ideas that may inspire your creativity. Follow this link to read Julie's ideas:.....10 Macro Photography Subject Ideas:
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Here are a few of my attempts at macro photography which I hope you will enjoy.

Eye of an Elephant
An elephant close up in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, Africa.
Fly on Petal
Macro of a fly on the petal of a lacewing hydrangea at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England.
Azure Damselfly
An azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella) seen in Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire.

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.



Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Repetition and Patterns in Photography

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is written by award winning writer/photographer Tedric Garrison who has 30 years experience in photography.

The root word of repetition is “repeat”. When you repeat a certain size or shape or color you add strength to the overall image. Repetition is a basic concept in the world of art. If you want to make a statement, you repeat certain elements again and again. If you repeat something once or twice it  becomes more interesting. If you repeat something many times it becomes a pattern and takes on a life of its own.

To read the rest of Tedri's article, follow this link....Repetition and Patterns in Photography:
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Here are a selection of my photos where I have used repition to enhance the strength of the image:
Yew Tree Garden
The Yew Tree Garden at Packwood House, Warwickshire, England.
Lobster Pots
Lobster pots on the quay at Brora Harbour, Brora, Scotland.

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

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.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Women Behind The Lens 2018

Picfair, the fair photography platform, has launched its second annual Women Behind the Lens competition, seeking a new generation of female photographers to share their perspectives of the world.

2017’s inaugural competition saw over 4,000 entries from 350 photographers in 40 countries, with the shortlisted entrants exhibited at The Guardian newspaper’s in-house gallery in London. The exhibition will return to The Guardian this year, with the competition open for entries from 1st August 2018 to 1st October 2018.

Picfair - an open photographic platform for photographers of all levels of experience - launched the competition in 2017 to highlight the gender imbalance in the commercial photography industries, where just 2% of photographers on the books at major commercial agencies are women, and only 5% of the images used by leading photography publishers are from the lenses of female photographers.

The shortlisted entrants ranged from an engineer from the Forest of Dean, an archaeologist from the Scottish highlands, and an interior designer from Malaysia. The overall winner was Emma Williams, a paramedic from Milton Keynes, whose “freelensed” shot of her son returning to school through a rain-drenched car window wowed an esteemed panel of judges.

“We were blown away by the quality of last year’s entries, and want to build on the momentum we started by continuing to showcase the exceptional quality of female photography across the world,” said Picfair’s Creative Director Sally Hart.

“Picfair was formed to make the world of commercial photography fairer, more open and more representative. By opening our doors to every type of photographer, from every type of background, we believe we can give image buyers more authentic, lesser-seen perspectives of the world. It’s absurd that female perspectives are in such a tiny minority in this industry, and we want to help change that”.

Competition Details
Picfair's Women Behind the Lens 2018 invites female photographers to submit their images in the categories of: Portrait, Architecture, Nature, Street LevelSubmissions: 1st August 2018 - 11.59pm 30th September 2018

Winners announced: 1st November 2018

Exhibition dates: 29th October 2018 - 30th November 2018

For more information, please visit the Women Behind the Lens 2018 competition page, or email hello@picfair.com

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Picfair a new platform for photographers.

I recently came across a new site for photographers to sell their images. It is called Picfair and they claim to be the World's first fair photography marketplace, with a rapidly-growing community of photographers across the globe. Over 35,000 photographers in 130 countries have already uploaded over 6 million images to the platform. You can see a small selection of my images that I have uploaded to Picfair below.
Licence this image of Franjo Tudman Bridge
Franjo Tudman Bridge - Dubrovnik

So what makes them different from all the other sites that say that they will sell your images for you?

Their systems make it incredibly simple for any photographer to upload their images, name their price, and start selling - they add a 20% commission on every sale they make. Existing image platforms (Getty, Shutterstock etc) exclude “amateur” photographers altogether, and keep up to 85% of the royalties generated by the small percentage of photographers who they do let in. The company  is already working with global brands such as The Guardian, National Geographic, Time Inc., Conde Nast, Lonely Planet, Rapha, Jack Daniels, and Topshop among many others.
Licence this image of Madonna Della Lettera - Sicily
Madonna Della Lettera - Sicily

And image licensing is only the beginning. By the end of 2018, Picfair's platform will enable photographers to make money through multiple additional streams - developing ways for photographers to sell prints to their networks and receive photography commissions across the globe, simply and fairly. They are building a platform for the photographers of the future - from amateurs to professionals - to turn their creativity into income.
Licence this image of African Elephant
African Elephant - Kenya
The company has now launched a crowd funding campaign to raise £350,000 to take them to their next stage. If you are interested in learning more about this, go to Crowdcube.


Friday, 6 April 2018

Prepare for Summer Outings!

As a cold, wet winter makes way for sunny spring days (at least in much of the Northren Hemisphere), we can start to look forward to summer holidays and days out, whether it be a couple of weeks on the beach, or simple picnics on a weekend afternoon.

Now then is the time to start planning for the accessories we need to help make those trips something special. Stand out from the crowd with our lifestyle and beach accessories which can be supplied in matching or themed designs.

We provide medium, large and even round beach towels, tote bags in 3 sizes and extra large weekender tote bags, to help transport everything to the beach, as well as carry-all pouches, again in three sizes, to help carry your valuables. We can also supply i-phone and Galaxy cases to help protect your phones, as well as portable battery chargers for your phone or tablet, to help you stay in touch on even those longer days out.

Below are samples of our products, all of which are available in over 1,000 different designs for you to chose from.

BEACH TOWELS

Beach Accessories - Beach Towels

Our round beach towels are 60" in diameter and made from ultra-soft plush microfiber with a 100% cotton back.
Our standard beach towels are provided in two sizes, 32" x 64" and 37" x 74".

TOTE BAGS
Beach Accessories - Tote Bags
Our tote bags are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and include a 1" black strap for easy carrying over your shoulder. All seams are double stitched for added durability. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed with the same image on both sides. They are available in three sizes, 13" x 13", 16" x 16" and 18" x 18".

WEEKENDER TOTE BAGS
Beach Accessories
Our weekender tote bags are chic and perfect for a day out on the town, a staycation or a weekend get away. The tote is crafted from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric and all seams are double stitched for added durability. The 1" thick cotton handles are perfect for carrying the bag by hand or over your shoulder. This is a must have for the summer!

CARRY-ALL POUCHES
Beach Accessories - Carry All Pouches

Dress it up, or dress it down, oruse it to stay organised while you are on the go. Our carry-all puches can do it all. thye are crafted with 100% poly-poplin fabric, double stitchad at the seams for extra durability, and include a durable metal zipper for securing your valuables. They are available in three sizes:- 6" x 4", 9.5" x 6", 12.5" x 8.5" and there are two bottom styles to chose from, regular and t-bottom.

PHONE CASES

Beach Accessories - Phone cases

Our phone cases are available for the i-phone 5 up to the i-phone X or the Galaxy phone from the S4 to the S8. The image is printed directly onto the impact-resistant, slim-profile, hard-shell case and wrapped around the edges for a beautiful presentation. Simply snap the case onto your phone for instant protection, while maintaining full access to all the phones features. 

PORTABLE BATTERY CHARGER
Beach Accessories - Portable Battery Charger

You'll never run out of power again! If the battery on your smartphone or tablet is running low...no problem. Just plug your deviced into the USB port on the top of this portable battery charger and then continue to use your device while it gets re-charged. With a recharge capacity of 7800 mAh, this charger will give you two full recharges of your smartphone or recharge your tablet to 75% of its capacity. When the charger runs out of power, simply plug it in to the wall using the cable supplied and it will recharge itself for its next use. 

So if you want to stand out from the crowd, get over to our site and start putting together your own collection of lifestyle and beach accessories - PS - we also offer a full range of Wall Art and Home Decor.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Capturing Birds in Flight

Todays article is from Picture Correct and is writen by Andy Long, who gives some excellent advise on the difficult topic of Capturing Birds in Flight. Andy is an award-winning photographer/writer who devotes his photography work to the beauty of the world around us. As a leader of workshops (http://www.firstlighttours.com) since 1994, Andy likes to help people explore new areas and to go home with a memorable experience as well as great images.

A shot of a bird in flight has always been a challenge to photographers. Seeing a perfect print image only serves to make them eager to create the same result. Photographing a bird in flight presents one problem, but capturing that one special bird-in-flight shot that’s in focus and has good composition plus good light can represent a whole set of problems. Everyone has their share of good flight shots where the bird may be just a tiny bit soft. Those are easy. But, how do you get a great flight shot?

Follow this link to read Capturing Birds in Flight and I am confident that you will find it extremely valuable.
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Here are a few of my attempts at capturing birds in flight, but having read Andys article I will certainly be attempting to capture some more Birds in Flight.
Capturing Birds in Flight - Black Kite
Black Kite
Capturing Birds in Flight - Juvenile Herring Gull
Juvenile Herring Gull
Capturing Birds in Flight - Birds in the Mist
Birds in the Mist
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.