Monday, 30 July 2012

More photos from Oxford

Following on from our trip into Oxford on Saturday, here are three photos that were not of flowers (see a couple of posts previous).

Colourful Punts
Bridge of Sighs
St Hilda's College Gardens

Understanding Camera Lenses

This informative article from Cambridge in Colour helps you to understand how lenses work, and how to chose the best one for the job:

Understanding camera lenses can help add more creative control to digital photography. Choosing the right lens for the task can become a complex trade-off between cost, size, weight, lens speed and image quality. This tutorial aims to improve understanding by providing an introductory overview of concepts relating to image quality, focal length, perspective, prime vs. zoom lenses and aperture or f-number.

Understanding Camera Lenses

If you are thinking about purchasing a new lens for your DSLR check out the Lens Buying Guide from Jessops.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

How to Photoshop a Picture – PictureCorrect

If you are looking to improve your photoshop skills, this 2 hour video will show you a number of techniques for cleaning and correcting images:

How to Photoshop a Picture – PictureCorrect

If watching the video inspires you to purchase Photoshop , check out Amazon for a good deal.


Went into Oxford yesterday and spent the day wandering around taking photos (apart from going to the pub for lunch).

Visited Oxford Botanical Gardens and spent a couple of hours pracising my macro or close up photography - a great place to visit for anyone interested in botany or photography,

Here are a few of my favourite shots:

alstroemeria red beauty

Orchid - Encyclia fragrans

Nymphaea mexicana yellow waterlily


Ipomoea purpurea 'Purple Haze'

Dauben's waterlily - Nymphaea daubenyana

Friday, 27 July 2012

What is ISO – PictureCorrect

This latest article from Picture Correct explains all you need to know about ISO - what it is and when and how to use it:

Have you ever been browsing through your cameras’ menu and noticed something called ISO and just ignored it because you didn’t know what it was for? Well, in this article we will explain what ISO is and how to use it to your benefit when taking pictures.

ISO is a rating number that indicates how sensitive your cameras’ image sensor is to the available light. Just in case you didn’t know, the image sensor is the device in your camera that gathers the light from a scene when you are taking a picture. Every digital camera has an image sensor and the image sensor is what has replaced film for producing photographic images.

Click on the link to read the remainder of this article:-

What is ISO – PictureCorrect

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Holiday Festival Photography Tips

Taking Photos At Events And Festivals On Holiday - Quick tips on taking photos at festivals, carnivals, fiestas and other holiday events from ePhotozine:-

When you're on your travels, if you find a festival will be happening in or near to the place you're staying do take your camera to it as these events, even though they can be sometimes tricky to photograph, give you the opportunity to capture vibrant images that are full of energy and life.
To read all of this article, follow the link:-

Festival Photography Tips

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Understanding Digital Camera Sensors

If you wish to learn about your digital camera's sensor, this article from Cambridge in Colour is extremely informative:

A digital camera uses a sensor array of millions of tiny pixels in order to produce the final image. When you press your camera's shutter button and the exposure begins, each of these pixels has a "photosite" which is uncovered to collect and store photons in a cavity. Once the exposure finishes, the camera closes each of these photosites, and then tries to assess how many photons fell into each. The relative quantity of photons in each cavity are then sorted into various intensity levels, whose precision is determined by bit depth (0 - 255 for an 8-bit image).

To read the full article, follow the link:

Understanding Digital Camera Sensors

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Adding Dew Drops to Enhance Macro Nature Photography – PictureCorrect

Here is a secret weapon to add to your camera bag… it’s another simple tip that can take your nature photos to a whole new level!

Flower photography is what got a lot of us interested in photography in the first place! Even if flower photography wasn’t part of you getting bitten by the photo bug – and you have no interest in them at all, they are a very good subject to practice on and learn to master your photo equipment. Think about it, they almost always show the flower covered in dew drops.

To read the full article, follow the link:

Adding Dew Drops to Enhance Macro Nature Photography – PictureCorrect

Pre-order the new Canon EOS M

canon EOS M compact camera
The new Canon EOS M is Canon's highly anticipated entrance into the Compact System Camera market. The range consists of 4 stylish colours (black, silver, red and white) and lens options include an 18-55mm or a 22m lens with an adapter.

Compact System Cameras have the quality of a Digital SLR camera in a small and compact body hence Canon labelling the range "Small and simple".

The camera features an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Intelligent auto shoot programs, a nice big touch screen together with interchangeable lenses and accessories from the EOS system. The EOS M also shoots full HD video's.

Prices start from just £769 for an option that comes with 18-55mm lens and pre-orders from Jessops will get you 20% off a compatible battery pack.

Pre-order the Canon EOS M now.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Panoramic Pictures – PictureCorrect

I have never tried taking or creating panoramic photos, but after reading this articel, I think I may give it a try:

Understanding the way to learning how to do panoramic photography is one of the most exciting and fun things in photography. You can create thousands of photos that look beautiful on your wall or home office. It’s not only a great way to practice the way you look at photography in general, but a great way to master your landscape photography skills as well.

Follow the link to read the rest of the article:-

Panoramic Pictures – PictureCorrect

If you want to extend your panoramic skills, read this guide to panaoramic photography.

 Learn the basics of Panoramic Photography from the best times of the day to take panoramic photos, stitching software and fixing panoramic photos.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Black and White Pictures – PictureCorrect

Many people, including myself up to a few months ago, thought - why take black and white photos, when you can take them in glorious, vibrant colour?

This article from Mary Foster gives some usefull tips on black and white photography:-

Learn self-expression and interpretation using these black and white photography techniques.

This is not to say that the same learning process is not offered in color or digital photography, but by removing the color from your images, you take them one step from the depiction as a simple likeness. They are now unlike the world as we all see it around us. This is where knowing a bit about composition and the elements of photography comes in. You are in essence designing your images. The black and white photography techniques outlined here will help you create some amazing pictures.

To read the rest of the article, follow the link:-

Black and White Pictures – PictureCorrect

If you wish to develop your black and white skills further, this book gives you all the answers.

While many books cater for both ambitious newcomers and advanced darkroom enthusiasts, black and white is too often treated as an afterthought. Since the first edition of this book, the software tools for black and white have moved on, with many photographers preferring to use advanced tools on the frontiers of digital imaging, like Adobe Lightroom 3, which can manipulate entire batches of images at once.
 This new edition more than keeps pace, while covering updates in Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 too. You will discover the most creative ways to convert your picture to black and white, how to fine-tune the monochrome image and how to emphasise your subjects qualities. With quick solutions to common problems and flexible, non-destructive methods for finer control, this book will enable you to produce the finest, most expressive black-andwhite interpretations of your pictures.

Here is a sample of a black and white photo I took earlier this year. (I say "took" actually I took it in colour and converted it to B&W in Photoshop)

More from the garden

Now the sun is shining at last, just popped out into the garden to check on our plants - here are a couple of the geraniums that are now beginning to flower nicely.

Friday, 20 July 2012

More photos from Safari

A few more photos from the safari to Kenya I would like to share with you, Recently added to Photo4Me and Fine Art America where they can be purchased in a range of formats from large canvas prints, to greeting cards to iphone cases.

Kenya canvas prints
Cape Buffalo
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Kenya canvas prints
Agama Lizard
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Lesser Masked Weaver
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A group of barcodes
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Forest of Legs

While going through the photos I had taken on safari in Kenya a couple of years ago, I came accross the companion photo to my "Three Headed Giraffe" - the same giraffes from lower down! What do you think?

Forest of Legs

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How And Why To Diffuse Your On Camera Flash – PictureCorrect

In this article, the author is asked - "When using flash inside a room with low ceiling and white walls I understand how to use the flash to get soft light. But if the ceiling and walls are not white, how do you soften the light with out off camera flash."

A great question about how to diffuse an on camera flash. This is an important concept to understand – not just how, but why! To read his answer, follow the link:-

How And Why To Diffuse Your On Camera Flash – PictureCorrect

If you want to learn even more about flash photography, check out this book:-

Flash Photography
Shooting with any kind of flash whether a simple light on your camera, a remotely triggered unit, or a complete studio setup completely changes the photographic experience.

No longer do you simply need to be aware of light; now you need to know how to shape it to your own ends.

The Flash Photography Field Guide, small enough to be taken on the most arduous shoot, will show you exactly how to do this, whether youre shooting models in a studio, live sports events, or something as special as your friends wedding.

This book covers the details of setting up and using modern TTL flash systems, and the creative and technical choices youll come across, from syncing the flash with the camera to modifying the quality of the light.

A portable, ready reference that will teach you everything you need to know about using flash in your photography Expert guidance about lights, supports, adapters, triggering and placement Provides comprehensive info on essential equipment and what to do with your photos once youve taken them

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

On Safari

Have spent the evening going through some of my old photos from our Safari to Kenya in 2010 and uploading them to 500px and Photos4Me. Here are the ones uploaded:
African Elephant

African Wild Dog




Superb Starling

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Learn how to Dodge and Burn

Dodge and Burn ebook

New Release:

Do you want to add life and depth to your images? Dodge & Burn, Leading the Eye with Lightroom and Photoshop is an amazing eBook package (.zip file) that will guide you through the process of making the most out of your digital darkroom.

Dodge & Burn, from Piet Van den Eynde is a comprehensive eBook (91-speads) about the tools and the techniques you need to quickly make editing your image files in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop easier and more fun.

The FULL package includes Piet’s custom EasyDodge Photoshop Panel (normally a USD $10 purchase on it’s own) and a matching user guide. On top of that, there are 10 exercise files to go along with the tutorials in the eBook so you can practice on your own or go through the included history steps to see the post-processing unfold right in front of your eyes.
Dodge and Burn e-book

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Understanding Exposure and Camera Settings – PictureCorrect

When you start out in photography the first thing you need to know is how to set the exposure and f-stops on your camera. If you don’t learn this, then all your shot will be the same. Exposure and f-stops on your camera is the key to great photographs. They can make or break a picture.

I found this article very informative, if you are ubsure about exposure and settings, read the full article by clicking the link

Understanding Exposure and Camera Settings – PictureCorrect#comment-23574

If you wich to learn more about exposure, Understanding Exposure part of the new series of Expanded Guides, not only focuses on photographic techniques to give you a comprehensive grounding in the subject but also takes you a step further to enable you to get much more from your photography.

Birding in The Gambia (Part two)

Purple Starling
In the first part of this article, which I posted on 9th of this month, I talked about the feeding of the vultures in the hotel we stayed at, The Senegambia, when we visited The Gambia last year. The hotel also has a resident bird guide, who, apart from feeding the vultures, conducts walks around the hotel grounds. Here are a few of the birds we saw in the hotel.

Little Bee Eaters

Red billed Firefinch

Senegal Coucal

There are several organised tours to popular sights, but we decided to visit Lamin Lodge, with a guide organsed by the hotel's local resident guide. Now Lamin Lodge is a three-story wooden construction on stilts, overlooking the mangroves of the river Gambia. Situated at the riverside of Lamin village, Lamin Lodge is basically a restaurant, which can receive groups of up to 140 people.

However as I said, we went on a trip organised by a local guide, and while the next two picures are not of birds, I feel that they do give an idea of the atmosphere we experienced. Nevertheless we had an enjoyable visit which I hope is captured in the following images.


Purple Heron

Purple Heron

If you go to The Gambia it is well worth investing in a good bird guide book, and I can recommend this one: