Odds and Ends

I’ve resolved to keep a camera with me as much as I can. So yesterday evening I took my camera with me as we sat outside watching the sun going down. It’s been a scorching hot week so we’ve been sitting outside every evening. We light a citronella candle to keep the annoying, biting bugs away and just talk about our day. Continue reading

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Rainy Day

It’s July, Summer’s peak, so of course it’s raining and it’s so easy to just stay inside. Now I’ll admit that there are plenty of interesting images to be made in the house, not least by controlling the light using flash, reflectors and other shenanigans. But, more often than not, I’ll leave my camera in its bag and not use it. But today I was feeling a bit cooped up so I ventured out into the rain. Continue reading

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Pick a Project

One of the traps that I fall into with photography is to wait until I have some grand, artistic idea before I start shooting. And, to be honest, I rarely have the inspiration to create a set of specific images at the moment. So I will just pick a subject on a whim and then work with that. You don’t need inspiration … just a random imagination and a ‘have a go’ mindset. Continue reading

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Do You Have to Follow the Rules?

In my photography lessons I introduce the ‘rules’ for altering shutter speed, aperture and ISO to achieve an appropriate exposure without blur. But there are times, actually many times if you’re so inclined, when you might want to bend or break those rules. Last week we were playing with longer exposures while moving the camera to create motion blur on purpose. Continue reading

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A Windy Beach Walk

I’ve made a resolution. I’m going to take a camera with me wherever I go, not my phone camera but a real one, one with a proper lens. Helen and I drove to Newgale and enjoyed a walk on the beach with my daughter Ellie and her dog Gannet.

Now Newgale is a big beach. So what do you do, do you try to take in the entire landscape or do you concentrate on detail? Well, I don’t know the definitive answer to that, but today I focussed on the detail. I’m glad I took my camera with me though.

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