Thursday, 30 November 2017

How to Photograph Christmas Lights

We have a seasonal tip today courtesy of Keith Jones, writing on Picture Correct, who gives some very useful hints on the best way to photograph Christmas Lights. You can read more of Keith's articles at

Holiday lights brighten the mood no matter where they are. They might be in a downtown area, at a mall, or even at your own home. For those who love taking pictures, those lights can represent an opportunity to capture beautiful, out of the ordinary images. 

Taking pictures of holiday lights can be fun and exciting as well as a little tricky at times. So in this article, we will cover the most important things to know about photographing holiday lights.

To read the rest of this article, follow this link ....How to Photograph Christmas Lights

I am sure you will agree that there are some great photos in Keith's article and here are a couple of mine showing Christmas Lights, first in the Via Mario De Fiori, Rome and the second in Covent Garden, London - hope you enjoy!
Via Mario De Fiori
Christmas lights along the Via Mario de Fiori at the junction with Via Condotti, near the Spanish Steps, Rome.

Let it Snow
The Christmas Tree in Covent Garden London. Although it was a chilly evening, the snow is being created by a snow machine!

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.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

When the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announced a contest for the funniest animal photo, they received entries from all over the world. Now authors and the original Award founders Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam showcase the best of the best - as well as some never before seen - to present the most joyful photographs of wildlife ever printed. A pelican losing its lunch; a three-headed giraffe; a meerkat having a rough day... this is the must-have book that is perfect for animal lovers of all stripes!

As some of you may know, the three headed giraffe referred to above, was an image of mine, taken while on safari in Kenya.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The annual awards are run in partnership with the Born Free Foundation and aim to raise awareness about the animals and areas of the world that are in serious danger. 

There are about 100 fabulous, funny photographs in the book and 10% of all revenue received from the sale of the book go the Born Free Foundation. Click on the image above and have look at the book on Amazon (also available to download to your kindle) - it would make a great Christmas present!!

For those of you who haven't seen a three headed giraffe, here is my image of it:

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

That time I ignored my exposure indicator

We have just been sent this cautionary tale from our friends Rob & Lauren over at Photography Concentrate. To ensure that you don't make the same mistake, I recommend that you read the article and then take advantage of their fantastic Black Friday Offer of 50% 0ff their Essential Camera Skills tutorial

It was my first ever Christmas mini session - can’t believe so many years have gone by since then - I was so nervous... and excited!tuto

The twin toddlers were precious in matching red & white outfits.

I was getting big smiles from everyone and the session was a dream come true, especially considering the kids were so little.

I was in the zone, snapping away, creating memories I knew the family would love.

The only problem was…

I didn’t keep an eye on my exposure indicator.

I realized after the session that many photos of this adorable family were overexposed, simply because I got a little careless.

Fortunately, I was shooting RAW, so I was able to fix the problems in Lightroom.

The danger of losing this precious session, and the wasted time fixing it in Lightroom, were a great reminder to ensure I’m always aware of my exposure indicator.

If you haven’t given much thought to that little meter on your camera, learn from my mistake of not keeping that arrow where it should be!

The exposure indicator is visible on your LCD and in the viewfinder on your camera.

Each number represents a stop change in light, with the central point being the correct exposure in most cases.

I say “in most cases” since you have a choice of different ways your camera measures and determines the correct exposure. Knowing how to control that is priceless as well (I’ll get to that in a sec)

In some cases, you may choose to over- or underexpose an image depending on the look you want.

It’s true, there is a lot to keep in mind during a photo session - including your exposure indicator and what exposure metering mode your camera utilizes.

So, getting to know your camera controls front to back is indeed necessary.

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Happy photographing!

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Street Photography Tips at Night

Today's article from Picture Correct gives some valuable tips on taking street photographs at night, and is written by Juan Jose Reyes, a street photographer based in Miami, Florida. 

Taking pictures at night gives an image a completely different feel because it captures different stories of daily life—sometimes more dramatic than the ones captured during the day. There is also a whole new cast of characters at night that make taking pictures on the streets after dark an even more adventurous experience in street photography.

Read the full article here...Street Photography Tips at Night


Here are a selection of my own night photos, most of which show the Christmas Lights in London, which I find a great subject for night photography.
Buy canvas print of Windsor Guildhall
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.
Buy canvas print of Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Christmas lights in Oxford Street, London, taken from outside Selfridges.

Buy canvas print of John Lewis Lights
John Lewis Lights
The John Lewis store on Oxford Street, London, lit up for Christmas.

Buy canvas print of Lights On The Strand
Lights On The Strand
Christmas decorations on The Strand, 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 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.