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Thanks for looking at my portfolio. I hope you find some images you like.
I read all your comments and look through the gallery, but because of time I may only vote rather than comment.
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  • Image Enhancement Still Seen As 'Cheating'?

    It's a long held belief that using software to enhance an image is the devil's own work. I'm not talking about creating misleading, fake or fraudulent imagery but using simple basic adjustments that many images benefit from. The idea for this blog c...0


    28 Jul 2021 9:46PM  |  Read


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  • Wallpaper (Not the Decorating Stuff)

    We all have at last one device (well if you're reading this you must have, unless you're on a public device or borrowing from a friend) that you can display your images on. Following on from my 'A Picture for the Wall' I'm turning to those other dis...0


    13 Jul 2021 3:27PM  |  Read


    Views : 257

  • A Picture for the Wall

    We all like to see a 'good' picture on the wall, but just because a picture maybe 'good' should it be put up on the wall? I've heard it said, and even said it myself, that 'that's a good picture, it would look good framed and put up on the wall'. ...0


    9 Jul 2021 4:14PM  |  Read


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  • Borderless Prints

    A long time ago when you received your printed photos they all came with a border, Then came borderless prints which are now the standard style. But what if you print your own, what do you choose? When I first got interested in photography the borde...0


    6 Jul 2021 6:51PM  |  Read


    Views : 224

  • Calendars

    Creating a personalised calendar is a great way to show off your photography whether for the family or organisation. The difficult and/or time consuming part is creating the images. I first made a calendar using a template that came with Digital Pho...0


    18 Jun 2021 10:11PM  |  Read


    Views : 258

  • RAW Processing Workflow

    It doesn't matter if you shoot RAW or jpg you still need to process your images but there is more to consider for RAW. I want to share my workflow which I've refined over the years to something that works for me. The question of workflow was prompte...0


    11 Jun 2021 10:18PM  |  Read


    Views : 412

  • A Free Lens

    I thought that would get your curiosity aroused. Canon had a promotion in the late 1990s where purchasers of photographic gear could claim a free lens. Which one did I go for? And is it still useful? The exact details are lost in time, at least as f...0


    2 Jun 2021 3:33PM  |  Read


    Views : 278

  • Camera Size

    The size of popular cameras has varied over the years and continues to do so. You think your Nikon D5 is big? You think your latest Olympus is handy? Sorry to disappoint but you're in exactly the same position as photographers in previous decades. M...0


    25 May 2021 5:38PM  |  Read


    Views : 323

  • Sharpness, Does It Matter?

    Sharp images are what most of us strive for and indeed are encouraged by a variety sources from advertisements of the latest lenses to picture library editors. On the whole I like to see something sharp in an image as the focal point to draw me in a...0


    7 May 2021 9:14PM  |  Read


    Views : 333

  • Photography in the Rain

    Why would you pack your camera away at the first hint of a few drops of water falling from the sky? Soft light, glistening surfaces and reflections to name a few of the opportunities you'd be missing out on. Photography is an all weather pursuit. If...0


    28 Apr 2021 6:13PM  |  Read


    Views : 287

  • Mobile Phone Photography

    For many the smartphone is the 'go to' image recording device. Even for photographers. A well known phrase says the best camera to use is the one you have with you. Willesden Practical considerations aside, such as photographing small birds, ther...0


    23 Apr 2021 8:52PM  |  Read


    Views : 270

  • Poor Light?

    What do we mean by 'poor light'? I guess most people, even some photographers, would take that to mean low levels of illumination. At best misguided, at worst woefully inaccurate. Light is the lifeblood of photography, as without light there would b...0


    20 Apr 2021 10:00PM  |  Read


    Views : 268

  • Batteries, Batteries, Batteries

    They're everywhere, and with modern photography we can't do without them. The electrochemical cell. The technical term for what we commonly refer to as a battery. Invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800, predating photography by almost three decades. B...0


    9 Apr 2021 4:52PM  |  Read


    Views : 369

  • Puffin Photography

    Photographing these popular subjects has been difficult this past year with Lockdown preventing travel. That's no reason to not plan for the time when we can return. It's that time of year when our little brothers of the Arctic begin to return to ...0


    30 Mar 2021 3:35PM  |  Read


    Views : 307

  • Why Do You Want To Upgrade?

    There are many reasons to upgrade your gear. And many reasons not to. It's always nice to get flashy new gear, and the marketing people know that too. Before we go any further, if it's new gear you want and you're happy to part with your cash go a...0


    23 Mar 2021 9:23PM  |  Read


    Views : 613