More than one person recently asked me if A Year With My Camera is just for women. It was a surprisingly difficult question to answer, and this post has taken a while to put together. The short answer is, “No, but…”Read More
You’ve planned a great day out on a group photo walk, and when the morning dawns you are faced with a steady drizzle, a grey sky and a depressing outlook. Do you call it off? Go and leave early? Carry on but moan about the weather? Having just been on a very successful photo meetup in the pouring rain, I can offer you some tips to make the whole day a joy.Read More
The advice used to be simple - leave only footprints, take only photographs. But in leaving our footprints and taking our photographs are we still damaging the environment? Is there any impact-free photography left?Read More
Giving feedback to a photographer about their work is much harder than it might seem, if you are going to leave them with their dignity intact, and even send them on their way fired up to try again.Read More
Mindful photography is: the process of directing your attention first to your thoughts, and then to your environment.
Mindfulness has an undeserved reputation for being a passive activity, where you clear your mind and allow things to happen to you. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim is not to empty your mind of thoughts (it’s not possible); the aim is to be actively aware of your thoughts, and by extension, your surroundings. And once you are properly aware of your surroundings, you can start to interpret them with your camera.Read More
Is Affinity a good alternative to Lightroom? Yes is the short answer, but with a few critical caveats, especially if you are used to the speed of Lightroom.Read More
"Stops" are measures of light, just as inches are measures of length.
The human eye, at any one time, can see the difference between around 12 stops of light. A digital camera however can only see around 8-10 stops of light.Read More
1. Hold the camera firmly, but not over-tightly. You don't want to be tense. You're aiming for solid but not rigid.
2. Support it with two hands - one to press the shutter button and the other to take the weight of the lens.Read More
Imagine how it would be to have a thriving club, with new members queuing up to join, recommending it to their friends and finding a new outlet for their creativity. I asked my students what they'd like to see camera clubs do differently for new beginner members. This is what they said.Read More