Is AYWMC just for women?

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…”

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Emma Davies
How to have a photo meetup in the rain

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.

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GeneralEmma Davies
3 mindful photography projects

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.

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GeneralEmma Davies
How to hold your camera

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.

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BeginnerEmma Davies