Let’s face it – landscape photography is not for me! Successful landscapes seem to involve lots of early mornings, long arduous climbs to the top of mountains, hours of patient waiting for the sun to be at exactly the right point in the sky, or for the tide to turn… All much too energetic!
But I do find cityscapes to be intriguing, – I like the Belfast skyline when I’m passing through the city, and wandering the streets with a camera, making images of historical buildings, churches, dereliction, narrow entries and architecture can be really worthwhile and fulfilling.
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If you run a business, then you know the importance of web advertising. Your website can be a powerful sales tool – but the images need to reflect your brand identity. Make sure that you don’t undersell your product or project a substandard image by using photographs that are less than professional.
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Want to learn how to do vehicle photography for yourself? If you’re a dealer with a decent camera, and an ambition to upgrade your car imagery, I can help. I can teach you the basics, to get the best from your camera and your stock, and write you a personalised brief for future reference.
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Progressing and Sustaining Your Photography Practice – a Strategy for Personal Progress
I’m starting to panic! In another six months or so, I’ll be an OAP! A ’Senior Citizen!’ Now, I’m not in any way thinking that on my 65th birthday I’ll be locking the studio door and throwing away the key! That’s not going to happen – not in this day and age, – but I’m curious as to how I’m going to practice photography with the same drive and enthusiasm when it’s no longer my source of income! A recent read through a photography degree course curriculum confirmed my own thoughts. One of the modules was ‘Developing a Strategy for Personal Progress’ So what’s MY strategy – for when retirement finally kicks in?
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Keeping it in Perspective.
This church at Hillsborough is popular with photographers. And why not? Look at the image!
There’s a pretty scene in there, with lots of the elements of design. There’s colour and shape, there’s lines drawing the eyes into the church, the central focus of the image. But there’s one problem. In many photographs of the church the trees are seemingly angled inwards, a distortion of perspective. It’s a natural lens effect, because the lens is low (usually at eye level) and the trees are high… Continue reading Keeping It In Perspective
The LensBaby Composer Pro 2 with Sweet 50 Optic.
I’ve recently aquired a LENSBABY! It’s the LensBaby Composer Pro 2 lens with Sweet 50 optic. Basically a LensBaby is just a lens with a ball-joint, so that the lens can be bent! Attached to the front of the lens is a removable optic, in my case a 50mm attachment, with a sweet-spot. That’s an area that is in focus, while the rest of the image is blurred. (Bokeh) Ok, it’s easier to show you than explain in words…
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Shutter Speed Facts
If the aperture controls the amount of light that falls on the camera sensor/film, the shutter determines how long that light falls on the film/sensor. Choosing the correct shutter speed is important because:-
* It can freeze a moving subject.
* It can blur moving subjects.
* It can help reduce camera shake.
So, how can we use the shutter speed to best advantage?
Continue reading Back to Basics #2 – Shutter Speed
DSLR 101 – Bob’s great course for new DSLR owners.
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One Hour Photowalk in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.
Spend an hour with your camera, with other enthusiasts and with a local professional photogrpapher, walking through familiar streets, and seeing Belfast through the lens. Get help along the way with composition and exposure and go home with a days experience, and an SD Card full of great images to share on your social media accounts. Continue reading Belfast Cathedral Qtr Photowalk
If you want to make a photo into a line drawing here’s an easy and effective way to do it. (Just hold on… why would ANYONE want to do that? Lots of reasons, like making a colouring page for children, or creating artwork for a website…)
Here’s how I do it:-
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BACK TO BASICS #1 – APERTURE
The aperture is the diaphram in your lens which controls the amount of light entering the camera. (The shutter controls the time that the light falls on the film/sensor) The diagramme attached to this post illustrates the effect of closing the aperture diaphram, and how it changes the light falling on the film/sensor. Continue reading Back to Basics #1 – Camera Aperture