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Project XLV

Lots to talk about today, firstly theme for last week was Childhood Memories and so I shot this as my entry, using my Kindle Fire as the shiny black surface the TV providing back-light (paused at a point where most of the screen was white) and one of my little LED lights as the key…

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Sony Xperia Z5 Review

It’s been a few weeks since I got my new Sony Xperia Z5 phone, and as I have used it quite a lot in the last couple of weeks I thought I’d write a quick review in place of my normal Shot of the Week post. Basically I love it. Having been a Samsung user…

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New Year, New Gear

OK, so my plan was to write a couple of posts about the new kit I got at Christmas, but due to an error on my part I’ll only be writing one. The reason for this is that the Yongnuo remote flash trigger YN-E3-RT and receivers YN-E3-RX, don’t work fully with my two flashes –…

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Mobile Creative Part 5 – accessories

I’ve talked about some of the apps that I use for my mobile photography over the past few episodes including Pixlr, Snapseed, Vignette. Today want to talk about some the accessories that you might find useful; Selfie stick Firstly, let me make clear that I do not advocate the use of selfie sticks for the…

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Snapseed app for smartphones

This is Part three of my series looking at the mobile creative, you can find Part 1 and Part 2 linked. Today I want to explain why Snapseed is my current go-to app for processing pictures on my smartphone. Two separate photos of my grandparents processed in Snapseed, made into a collage on Pixlr. For…

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Christmas Gift Ideas

From Tuesday 17th and for the following 10 days I will be posting some gift ideas that you might like to take a look at – either for yourself or for the photographer in your life. Check the new set of pages in the left hand menu bar which will start to appear from tomorrow (Tuesday…

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Pixlr app for smartphones

This is the second part of my series on the Mobile Creative, here’s the first if you missed it. Pixlr is a great app for simple processing of photos and also for getting more creative. Until recently it was my go-to app of choice, and still is for the more creative shots. The first thing…

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Most Expensive – Part 2

Previously, in Part 1, I talked about some expensive cameras. So what’s the best way to be able to afford a camera worth £25,000?  How about selling a photograph for £2,500,000. Today I want to point you to this post on 500px which talks about the most expensive photographs ever sold. Given that photographs are easy…

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4 Stages of Learning – Stages 3 and 4

Following on from the previous post about 4 stage of learning to be a photographer, we come to stage 3; Semi-Pro Is someone who is consciously competent and knows how much they know. This is someone who understands how most photographs are taken. They recognise lighting, compositional techniques and often where post-processing has been used….

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The 4 stages of learning

Continuing on the theme of whether buying kit is the best way to improve, I thought I’d share with you my take on the 4 stages of learning to be a photographer. It can be hard to define precisely the four stages in terms of what skills you have or don’t have but I like…

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