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Hello From The Highlands of Scotland

15 Nov 2013 4:36AM
... well, from Kenya actually, where I am on holiday (avoiding shopping centres!) and waiting to get out to the Masai Mara. I am a wildlife fanatic, but despite several thousand shots, still waiting for 'the one'! Hoping also to visit Lake Naivasha and also have a crazy idea about taking images of fish eagles from a couple of rafts I've built.

I have just retired from the family business (glass & crystal importers) and left my two sons to keep it going. Now it's time to learn how to really use the Canon kit I've accrued over the years. Composition is my enemy, but I can't find a listing in the Forums - can anyone offer guidance? I have several 'inspirational' photographers whose work I admire and wish I knew how they got their positioning...

Looking forward to chatting to you all.

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alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 8:31AM
Hi Simon, welcome to EPZ and our mad eclectic world.
You can find tutorials on EPZ TV - on the left hand side of the home page under "New Articles" click on "Videos" and then "More videos." That will get you into a list. Look also on the "Techniques" tag.
Since you're on-line in Kenya, if you have an iPad go to iBooks and buy David Noton's iBook The Composition Tutorials. It's a bit lightweight, but it does cover the basics quite well. I have it to remind me of what I'm trying to get when I'm out on location. When you get back home, join your local camera club. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but contrary to popular opinion clubs aren't totally full of old farts like me.
All the best,
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2013 9:16AM
Try Youtube, there's thousands of videos on there.
15 Nov 2013 9:35AM
Hello Alan, Thanks for your welcome (from one old fart to another!).
Sadly, I don't have an iPad, still stuck on Windoze. But I will certainly investigate EPZ TV, which sound very interesting. It is quite amazing how much there is on this website! Thanks also for the suggestion regarding camera clubs. I have recently investigated one based in Cromarty (near Inverness), which sounds very friendly.
Puertouk, thanks for your suggestion. As you say, there are thousands of videos on YouTube, but I often wonder how one sifts through them all to obtain 'sound' knowledge?
pablophotographer 6 931 333
15 Nov 2013 1:18PM
Hello Simon. My advice will cost you 20 pounds, it's solid, will last for ages and doesn't need electricity to work with. Interested? Go get Tom Ang's book 'Digital photography essentials'. Best of all, you can borrow it from a library!

Bob's (your uncle)
15 Nov 2013 1:54PM
Hello Pablo, Thanks very much for your advice. I shall look for it in a very large book shop I know of in Nairobi. Simon
pablophotographer 6 931 333
15 Nov 2013 7:35PM
You are very welcome Simon. Enjoy your new hobby!

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