It’s all about the light

This shot was taken from the River Thames late one very cold afternoon in the winter of 2012. Low temperatures are good for photographing steam and smoke especially when they are back-lit. What interested me was the reflected light off of the windows of the tower block and the older buildings next to the river. Simple pictures tend to work best when impact is required. This shot was very straight forward to post-process just a square crop, an increase inRead more

FOTO Alpujarras Workshop

I am excited about the FOTO Alpujarras Workshop that takes places next week in the beautiful authentic Sierra Nevada. The workshop is based around the south west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains National Park, the coastal region around Salobreña and the city of Granada.   The workshop offers a wide variety of exciting pictures taking opportunities in the real Spain. For example we will have a rare chance to see and photograph the culture and customs such as flamenco dance,Read more

Newport Photographic Club

I am off to Newport to do a print only talk tonight called “Marvelous Monochrome”. For those of you who look at this picture full size which I recommend, you are not looking at camera noise but film grain put in to the mid tones and shadows with Silver Efex Pro 2. To the trained eye the two are totally different. The downside of this added feature to the picture is you need Photoshop to do the masking of whereRead more

A lighter camera bag – 5

Any new camera takes a little getting used to. This is certainly been true with the Fujifilm X-T1, I did say in my last post I was thinking of sending the camera back because I was unhappy with the way which it did or did not do things. I’m still amazed at how well it can do things and conversely I’m still incredulous at how badly it does things. For example this shot taken in the crypt of Winchester CathedralRead more

Architectural abstract

I have updated my website with new photography courses commencing next year. An ABC of CameraWork Course in South Wales. A Lightroom 5 for Beginners Course in South Wales. A Photography Masterclass in South Wales. A Monochrome Printing Masterclass in South Wales. Also there are a few places on the FOTO ALPUJARRAS Workshop – six days in the authentic Spain 17th – 22nd Nov 2014.  Book now to avoid disappointment. All very reasonably priced see website for details.   ArchitecturalRead more

How to automatically select pictures in Lightroom

The digital age of photography means that there is a proliferation of frames taken suggests that its easy to forget what you have done and not take the picture to it’s rightful conclusion. In my case taken to conclusion might mean that a picture ends up here on my blog, on my website, as an A3 sized print or an A2 sized print if the picture is exceptional. To help me bring order to the editing process I use variousRead more