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04/05/2009 - 4:02 PM

We are not brain surgeons

Three days ago I had a virus on my home PC. I used the usual virus software - SpyBot, Avast and Remove-it Pro. It appeared to go, but then my hard disk started making a repeated four short scratch sound and the whole thing slowed down. It then stopped. A quick search on the net suggested it was...

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It's been a while since I've added a tip so here goes. I spotted a feature on a Giottos tripod the other day that reminded me of a useful stability tip you could try. One way to make your tripod much more stable is to weigh it down. Doing so will make it seem like a more expensive heavy duty...

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14/04/2009 - 10:57 AM

Which?

Which one would you choose? I was stood in a post office queue the other day. It was long. I looked around. There were two members of staff. Above the head of one was a notice - staff training. The queue is usually long, but there are usually four counter staff and it usually takes about 5mins to...

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10/04/2009 - 7:00 PM

When?

Continuing the series of Ws I guess When can come next. When did you start photography? And what made you take the leap from point and shoot snaps to it being a real hobby? I dived straight in. I started using my brother's Pentax S1a taking photos off TV with the camera on a tripod. I had no id...

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09/04/2009 - 10:48 AM

What?

As my last blog was titled Why? I thought this one could be What? What, as in "what is there in our world that is 100% satisfactory to everyone?" I ask as I read the latest thread on ePHOTOzine awards - a thread that reiterates that we cannot please everyone all the time. That got m...

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19/12/2008 - 1:14 PM

Why?

As most of you know, I had a heart attack last week. I'm at home recuperating - under doctors orders. It all feels weird. I have to rest but I cannot see (or really feel) the scar. What also feels weird is after spending all my wake hours (and some in my sleep) on here, I have to step back and &...

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I was photographing fungi yesterday and, like many ePHOTOzine members, shooting subjects like this along with birds or flowers, I tend to shoot at a wide aperture to throw the background totally out of focus. So today's tip is look at the background, because even when it's out of focus you can o...

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This is a quick way to see how a photo will look once it's uploaded before you upload it. many members at some point upload a photo and find it's not looking how they'd hopes. That's because your image editing program may display the image differently than the browser. To see instantly just drag th...

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You read regularly that a reflector is useful and the normal DIY approach is to mount some tin foil onto a piece of card. I found another option that looks a bit more professional. One of those silver reflectors used to keep the sun out of a car window. It's quite thick, flexible and can be cut up ...

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This tip can come in useful when you're shooting moving subjects. Occasionally you may want to have a predefined viewpoint and your subject is moving into the frame. If, like me, you normally take photos with your right eye and have your left eye closed, try keeping the left eye open so you can see...

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I've done this on a video, but for those who missed it. When burning in a background to make it black create a curves adjustment layer first and adjust the curve so the image looks incredibly light. From this you will see the areas that are already black. Click on the layer below that you want to ...

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Many of my blogs so far have been of topic discussions, so I thought it would be good to start using this blog to share photography tips. Some will be obvious to many, but I hope you pick up a useful nugget of information from time to time. One for outdoor photographers that I used yesterday. Al...

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30/10/2008 - 9:47 AM

another observation

Me again on observing human nature. I cycle to work. Two or three times each week I see an elderly man walking his dog. We pass on a small bridle way. I've seen him every week throughout the year. When I go hill walking I'm the sort who always says hello to walkers passing in the opposite di...

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08/10/2008 - 9:47 PM

How rude?

I've just returned home from London by train and witnessed a most bizarre experiences. It was the busy 7.00pm train. The train was getting close to departure. The seats were mostly taken. A man walked up the aisle, realised that someone was in his reserved seat and politely told the seated man he wa...

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01/10/2008 - 10:46 AM

A whole new world

While we introduce some of you to blogging and some to games playing, and some to communities, you send us into new territories too. I read fotodayz blog a while ago and as suggested subscribed to the 30 day SEO challenge. Just got round to looking last night (i'm 10 days behind) and via their reco...

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