Category: Tips

April 12, 2011 / / Blog

When you start getting interested in photography and look to improve, there are a few “rules” which help – things like the Rule Of Thirds or ensuring you’ve got a Single Focal Point/Subject in shot are very useful. The rule I like best is “lead lines” – these are what they say on the tin really, lines that lead the viewer through the shot. They’re like “pointers” which we use to guide out viewers across the image. They can be subtle, like the imagined line of a couple looking into each others…

March 30, 2011 / / Blog

F stops, shutter speeds and ISO can be confusing. I like to think in terms of things I understand when trying to explain difficult concepts, and it happens that beer can be roughly equated to exposure… F-Stops So the F stop relates to how fast a beer flows from the pump:- Guinness takes ages, that’s got a tiny flow – so that’s a small aperture, like F16, F22 or even F35 Hand pulled bitter comes out really fast – that’s like a fast aperture, say F1.4 or F2.8 Lagers and…

March 15, 2011 / / Architecture

HDR’s (High Dynamic Range) a very much maligned and misunderstood beast, most people associating it with eye popping colours and cartoon like portraits. Well yes, you can very easily end up with images just like Loony Tunes if you want, but there’s not much use for them out there in the big wide world, so I’ll take you through a few of the steps I use to create HDR images like this shot of Lendal Bridge in York. HDR requires 2 or more images to be truly “H” DR. The Dynamic range of a…

March 11, 2011 / / Photography

It may be heading towards Spring now, but there’s still time to make the most of the dark evenings with you camera. Here are a few ideas and tips…. You really need a tripod for all but the most creative “camera moving” shots – this is because the low light means you need long shutter speeds, often up to 30 seconds or more. There’s no way you can hold the camera still that long and not move it – giving blurred shots. Try to include moving lights in the shots…

March 4, 2011 / / Blog

LINKED IN – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – all need a great profile photo We all social media – we’re all on Linked IN, Facebook and Twitter, they all use profile photograph to identify us. In most cases, this photo is the first impression people have of you! So what impression is your profile photo giving? Recognise Yourself – The 10 Profile Photo Types? 1 Egghead – No Picture Some have no profile picture, this leaves the picture holder empty or with a default grey silhouette. What does this say about you? Having no avatar can give…

March 3, 2011 / / Blog

Flash is often seen as a necessary evil by many photographers, and when the flash is “on camera” (like most are) it can be a bit bland and create “bunny in the headlight” portraits. However, get the flash (speedlite) on a stand and trigger it remotely,  you’ll see the true creative power of flash. Here are a few starter tips. Take note of your camera’s “synch speed” – it’s usually around 1/20oth second. If you go faster than this, you’ll get dark areas on your photos Learn how to use…

February 28, 2011 / / Blog

I guess the traditional “Family portrait” is usually thought of as:- a visit to a shop on the high street where you sit in a little room with umbrellas, choose a slightly mottled blue background get posed in a traditional way feel awkward and have to calm the kids down get a few shots taken and then wait for ages to see the results. Studio based photography has of course moved on a lot since then, many people using white backgrounds or bold colours, getting you jumping around and lying…

February 27, 2011 / / Architecture
February 23, 2011 / / Blog

We all take photos of people these days, be it on the phone, a little camera or a £5000 pro camera. Here are a few ideas which apply to any camera and any skill level… 1 – Don’t put the person in the middle of the shot, but slightly to one side 2 – Get them to face “in to” the shot – if they’re on the left of the photo, get them facing to the right & vice versa 3 – Rather than getting them just to “smile”, get…