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Sunrise Through the Trees…

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This shot, Sunrise through the trees, was taken in a forest near Sandringham in Norfolk. It was one of those times when I was glad I couldn’t sleep! We were on a camping holiday and I’d just had the night from hell on an airbed… It just kept going down after several attempts at blowing it back up! And we …

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Why Understanding Manual Mode is important

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To be completely honest I very rarely shoot in Manual Mode? When I talk about Manual Mode I’m talking about the ‘M’ mode on your cameras dial, not anything else like manual focus (that’s another post). And there’s 3 specific elements in manual mode that you have full control over – Aperture, Shutter and ISO. Primarily I shoot in Aperture …

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What Can Shutter Priority Mode do for your Photography?

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Last time we looked at Aperture Priority Mode and how depth of field can help you be more creative with your photography. With Aperture Priority mode the camera chooses the shutter speed for the shot. (image: Fireworks at Disney by Express Monorail) So this time we’re going to look at what happens when you flip it around and use Shutter …

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How to Use Aperture Priority Mode to Take Better Photos

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As I was writing 12 Tips for DSLR Beginners I knew I wanted to take each tip further and get into it in more detail. Something that I couldn’t do in the post itself or it would have ended up a book! I talked in tip 1 about getting out of Auto Mode at your own pace. And not feeling …

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12 Tips for DSLR Beginners

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You’ve got your DSLR – what next? Below are 12 Tips for DSLR Beginners that I would give, and have given to beginners, so these should get you started: 1. Don’t get out of auto mode – only if you want to Everyone says ‘get out of auto mode’, and they’re right! To use the full potential of a DSLR …

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How to Reach all your Photography Goals in 2012 in One Easy Step

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Have you made any New Years resolutions, or set your photography goals in 2012? If you have… …don’t let these goals slip away – take action! This is my photography goal for 2012 If I can do this then everything else will fall into place Keep it simple: I’m going to take more photographs this year I think this is …

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20 Photography Quotes You Must Read

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If there is one sure fire way to help inspire me in my photography, then it’s reading photography quotes from esteemed photographers and getting their view on the matter. Don’t you think? Whether they strike a cord with you, stir an emotion or just make you think, it is stimulating to hear how another person can explain or describe what …

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My 6 Step Essential Guide to making a Photobook for SoFoBoMo 11′

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Hopefully you’re taking me up on my photography challenge and joining me on SoFoBoMo 11′! Register now if you haven’t already, it’s great for beginner DSLR owners as it’s a good way to improve your photography skills (or any photographer for that matter!). Firstly what do you have to do to make your Photobook? What are the rules of SoFoBoMo? …

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5 Tips to Inspire Your Photography This Year

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So it’s a New Year and some of us may have new cameras to play with? But where is the best place to start with them or where can you go to just find a good resource for them. Here’s some tips to inspire your photography. Inspire your photography Or are you in need of some inspiration or direction for your shooting this year, …

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How to use the Dodge and Burn Tools in Photoshop

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One of my 10 Photography Goals for 2010 was to learn more about post production editing using Adobe Photoshop. A long time ago I worked for an Advertising Agency and I was trained to use Photoshop 4 (that shows how long ago it was!), Adobe Photoshop has moved on a lot since then and my knowledge is very rusty. I …