Category: Tips

January 5, 2016 / / Blog

Why does every marketing team love stunning, unique images? It makes their job easy – photos are powerful – they make your business:- stand out from the crowd easy to understand have INSTANT impact communicate who you are show how you do it Well here are just 9 of the many ways photos help boost your business 1 More clicks on Facebook Ads Facebook ads are a great source of leads if you get it right – and the “hook” which grabs attention is a great image. In fact, Facebook limit…

January 4, 2016 / / Musings

3 Easy Steps to Photography Mastery You want to make friends say “wow” when they see your photography? You want to know how to do it…. well read on! Unfortunately there is no guaranteed path to mastering photography, but there are 3 steps you can take to help get you from boring “point and shoot” shots, to “wow” shots. 1 – Find something interesting to shoot This is so blatantly obvious that I’m surprised I’ve mentioned it, but so many images are dull, dull, dull. You definitely CAN get great…

September 28, 2015 / / Manchester

Salford Quays Workshop Media City is right on the canal network  –  so where better to teach night photography skills, a location where you get amazing architecture as well as stunning reflections in each shot. The workshop started at sunset and went on well past the 10PM finish time… when you’re in the zone, may as well keep going! The Technical Bit The main skills we showed people were the basics of night shooting – which on my workshops, uses the camera’s histogram extensively. This feature baffles many – it…

September 10, 2015 / / Composition

Low Light Photography for Beginners 2015’s summer looks to be ebbing away – certainly in the evenings as it’s dark by 8PM now! So last night we started our summer-winter transition and showed a group how to shoot at night. What we did… Kicking off at Clarence Dock, or New Dock Leeds, as the re-brand calls it, we created:- dusk shots of the old docks. night shots of the docks – 30 second exposures, to smooth the water a bit of light painting at Knightsway bridge car light trails. Here…

August 27, 2015 / / Blog

Retouching in Photoshop – Skin and Eyes Lightroom has so many great tools that Photoshop is fast becoming redundant for most tasks. Retouching is one area where Lightroom still needs development. There are tools for skin softening and bumping eyes, but they don’t really have the same accuracy or fine results. For most commercial work I do, Lightroom is fine – the shots are usually small and on websites, a little negative clarity does the trick. But if you’re competing in club competitions, or doing fashion and beauty images, then…

August 26, 2015 / / Tips

Sunrise and sunset provide the best light for photography: Lauren Bath AS THE saying goes, the best camera to have is the camera you have with you. And for must of us, that’s a smartphone. Mobiles with built-in high-resolution cameras have changed the way we shoot holiday snaps. For […] Click here to view original web page at www.dailytelegraph.com.au Here are the tips in summary….. 1. Light it up 2. Pick and choose 3. The professional touch 4. The phone has limits 5. Up close and personal

July 22, 2015 / / Blog

Ever travel long distances as a passenger? I do – as a member of a touring band, we sometimes cover hundreds of miles – and a few weeks ago, that involved going from Leeds to Inverness… and back! Naturally I took the camera – for photos of the lovely Scottish city, but also to capture the band in action… Then it occurred to me that the highlands were beautiful from the main roads, no need to actually go on country roads to see amazing vistas. But we had a schedule,…

July 21, 2015 / / Tips

Photo by David Clapp 1. Lens Choice Use a wider angle lens 16-20mm (about 24-30mm in 35mm terms) 2. Focus On Parts Of The Circle Try isolating two or three of the stones and shoot from a low angle. 3. Get Up High Find a vantage point at a […] Click here to view original web page at www.ephotozine.com

June 17, 2015 / / Blog

[message type=”info”]….this thing isn’t just a “settle for lens” for those who can’t afford the 2.8, but a real contender.[/message] Just invested in the new canon 16-35 F4 – part of the new range of canon F4 L lenses, as opposed to the F2.8 L range, with new generation Image Stabilisation. These are smaller, lighter and cheaper than their f2.8 cousins – so why did I end up with this over the f2.8? Here’s the through process behind it… 1 – I needed to service my current ultra wide lens anyway My trusty…

May 28, 2015 / / Lightroom

Is HDR Photography Dead? In many situations, new cameras do indeed render HDR Photography redundant. We use HDR to increase the “dymanic range” of our work – capturing extra detail in the highlights and shadows. Older cameras had a limited range, was was proved by lightening an under exposed shot. The “noise” would be intolerable, making a mosaic like pattern in the dark areas. However, newer cameras allow you to brighten darks areas, and to an extent, recover burned highlights sufficiently to get away with just 1 exposure of most…