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dark_lord

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  • Bird Photography (On a Budget)

    Not everyone can afford extreme telephoto lenses for bird photography. Lower cost gear is perfectly effective and getting the best out of it will improve you as a photographer. We've all looked at fantastic bird images and thought that if we too had...0

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  • Black and White, We Can Learn From the Old Days

    It's simple to produce a monochrome image these days. Creating a good one and realising your vision is another matter. Black and white images can be intensely powerful, muh more so than colour. Just think of some of the iconic images from the 20th C...0

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  • Mentoring

    When you start out in photography, or any other activity for that matter, it helps enormously to have honest and constructive feedback. I wish that had been the case for my photography. The learning process and being pleased with my results took a l...0

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  • Red, White and Blue

    Creating pure white backgrounds in a studio, for portraits or flowers for example, makes for clean old images. So why do we hate white skies? It's either ironic or perverse. As photographers we strive to create unfussy, clean and non-distracting bac...0

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  • Picture Captions

    Adding captions to your images is one of those tasks that takes some discipline but is worth it in the long run. How many times have you looked at a photo and wondered who is in the picture, where it was or what the occasion was about? Don't kid you...0

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  • Orwochrome

    Orwochrome was a cheap transparency film from behind the Iron Curtain and had a unique colour signature. It was never going to challenge the likes of Kodachrome and Fujichrome. It was advertised in the pages of Amateur Photographer and other enthusi...0

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  • Home Printing Curse or Celebration

    Home printing is the final stage of your creative photographic process that's under your control,. Technical issues or cost unfortunately mean not everyone can enjoy it. Photographers have always had the option of printing at home. Perhaps that shou...0

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  • Restoring Old Photos

    I've talked about scanning old images before, and while many will require little post production tweaks some require much more wok to regain their former glory. Time can take its toll on everything and photos are no exception. While browsing throug...0

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Replacing skies is one of the latest fads with some of the newest software making it an effortless task, but the idea is almost as old as photography itself. I was just going to call this blog 'Replacement Skies, but that was too boring and the cur...0

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  • Texture Screens and Overlays

    Adding textures to images is a creative tool and isn't something new, so why not personalise your work. You may have seen, and indeed liked, images that have an overlaid texture. Whether you readily identified the technique or wondered how to create...0

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  • Ask the Family

    Cast your mind back nearly fifty years to a BBC early evening television show. I was an intellectual game show but it could inspire photography. This show aired at something like 7 pm after the news magazine programme Nationwide. I think those detai...0

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  • Film Scanning (Part III)

    So far I've looked at scanning colour film. In the third and final part of this mini series I'll look at black and white. There is a huge quantity of black and white film images out there in addition to to colour that contain important family, local...0

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    30 Mar 2022 9:08PM  |  Read

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  • Film Scanning (Part II)

    You've got your film originals ready to scan, so let's look at how you can get the best out of them. Scanning colour transparencies can be a little tricky as they can sometimes be very high in contrast. That's great for projection, and as it should ...0

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  • Film Scanning (Part I)

    I have a large collection of images on film, mostly transparencies, which I'm in the process of digitising. Why might you want to scan images in the first place? Most people build up a large collection of images these days from various electronic de...0

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  • Photobooks

    Electronic storage is inexpensive with external hard drives and multiple cloud based solutions available so there's plenty of choice for different needs. Don't your best images deserve more, though? Most people's images languish on some kind of stor...0

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