Category: Discussion

May 5, 2015 / / Discussion

Snowy Settle and Malham – in the Yorkshire Dales It’s not been the snowiest of winters, but on a trip out with Richard Spurdens, we were treated to some great snowy scenes. Add to that fast moving clouds and ever changing light, you get infinite variety without having to move far at all. The trip started near settle where we got the bush and tree shots – lots of walls creating strong shadows on the white snow. Views across to Pen Y Gent were Impressive, using Richard’s 400mm prime you can…

March 23, 2015 / / Business

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Pro I’m sure many pro photographers get asked “How do I become a professional photographer?“. I have and it’s never a straight forward answer – in fact, the answer would be unique for each person. Every photographer is different (personality, experience, confidence, business savvy,  camera skills etc.),  so there’s no “on size fits all” formula for success, or even getting out of the starting blocks. But I do often ask a few questions, so thought I’d share them in this blog…   1- Have…

January 28, 2015 / / Architecture

10 Stop Filters – All the Rage! I’ve got one, have you? Well no landscape or architecture photographer worth their salt goes out without one these days do they ? 😉 It is the current fad – that surreal sky, those misty sea shores… you simply have to use them… They are genuinely interesting to use, and I have on occasion used one commercially to make “people disappear” from photos. So looking back at this photo of Clarence Dock, which it was called then, I wondered what it would have…

January 27, 2015 / / Blog

Shoot to the right… what’s that then? It’s a technique to get better image quality… simple as that really. Why does the “shoot to the right” technique give you better image quality? Well the science is pretty complicated and all to do with how a sensor captures light. Digital cameras sensors are more efficient at capturing the light in the “highlights”, and less efficient at capturing “shadows”, so by getting the exposure more to the highlight end, we are getting the best out of the sensor. Obviously you need to shoot RAW files for this to…

January 11, 2015 / / Architecture

Who’d Want to do Photography in Leeds ? I’ve heard this said many times – along with classics such as… you’ve not got many great buildings, you’ve not got any sky scrapers costs a fortune to park and they charge you at night its really rough and you’ll get mugged. Ok… Parking is Terrible… Well the one I agree with is the parking issue. It’s a pain to park in the city – it has to be said. Hugely over priced car parks, and hour of on-street parking costs more…

September 24, 2014 / / Discussion

“False Praise” on Social Media I joined my first online community in 2004 – it’s called EPhotozine – and since then I’ve learned an incredible amount from the site, lots of useful tips from more advanced photographers guided me away from common mistakes. However, what has been a perpetual gripe on the site, from me as much as anyone, is:- It used to drive me, and everyone else, mad, seeing people with poor photos getting 5 or 10 times more votes than your “better” photos. The same is now true on…

July 24, 2014 / / Blog

The Perennial HDR Photography Debate As someone who’s used HDR Photography to make a living and been a fan since 2006, I often get involved HDR debates. Sigh… The usual comments would be around [notice]I don’t like HDR, it looks a bit weird[/notice] or maybe [notice]I like HDR when it’s done properly[/notice] and sometimes you get the odd concession… [notice]Well your HDR is ok because it looks natural[/notice] I know why people say they don’t like HDR – you can very quickly find thousands of images which make my mental pictures of Grimm Brothers…

May 14, 2014 / / Discussion

End to end screen recording, with strange northern narration, of a dull day photo in Stainforth, North Yorkshire.  

February 23, 2014 / / Blog

Real Ale on the UP! Real ale is on the up – micro breweries are springing up all over the UK, nowhere more so than in Yorkshire. Every small town seems to have it’s own brewery producing everything from pale ales to dark porters. Ossett, Salamander, Daleside, Rooster’s, Leeds Brewery, Wharfbank, Saltaire, Wendworth, Copper Dragon, York Brewery, Acorn, Goose Eye, Bradfield, Kelham Island and Ilkley… just a few to look out for if you’re after a great pint. Celebrate in Style We went to celebrate the UK’s finest ales at…

January 29, 2014 / / Blog

Your business is all about you Not in an egotistical way, but any SME business owner knows that they are the “face” of their company. It’s unavoidable really – we create:- the business idea, the hard graft to get it going, the risks you take, the people you meet These things are all down to you So on their websites and print and social media, why do so many hide their “true” face away – when they could say so much with a great photo that shows them as they…