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Pete's Blog


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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  • 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 stopp...

    4 May 2009 4:02PM | Read


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  • Pete's Tips 7 - stablise a tripod

    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 ...

    19 Apr 2009 10:16AM | Read


    Views : 292

  • 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...

    14 Apr 2009 10:57AM | Read


    Views : 361

  • 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 phot...

    10 Apr 2009 7:00PM | Read


    Views : 236

  • 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 plea...

    9 Apr 2009 10:48AM | Read


    Views : 232

  • 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 so...

    19 Dec 2008 1:14PM | Read


    Views : 3733

  • Pete's Tips 6 - check the background

    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 backgro...

    12 Nov 2008 10:15AM | Read


    Views : 332

  • Pete's Tips 5 - check image before upload

    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 differentl...

    8 Nov 2008 9:57AM | Read


    Views : 368

  • Pete's Tips 4 - cheap reflector

    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 wind...

    7 Nov 2008 8:08AM | Read


    Views : 285

  • Pete's Tip 3 - prepared for action

    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 cl...

    5 Nov 2008 9:38AM | Read


    Views : 231

  • Pete's Tip 2 - Better Photoshop burning

    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...

    4 Nov 2008 8:17AM | Read


    Views : 495

  • Pete's Tips 1 - Plastic Bag when raining

    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 f...

    3 Nov 2008 10:18AM | Read


    Views : 334

  • 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 alway...

    30 Oct 2008 9:47AM | Read


    Views : 279

  • 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 re...

    8 Oct 2008 9:47PM | Read


    Views : 267

  • 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 ...

    1 Oct 2008 10:46AM | Read


    Views : 228