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Aperture is one of the most important tools to understand in photography. I have a handful of foundational controls I expect every budding photographer to understand and aperture is definitely one of them. As always, the best way to test your knowledge is to get out there and practice. Read this blog and once you have a better idea of what aperture is and why it’s important, get out there and practice.

I’ve broken this up into sections so it’s easy to follow and to put into action. This is what you will learn from this blog:

  • What aperture is
  • What aperture priority is
  • Aperture and F-stops
  • Aperture and shutter speed
  • When to use aperture priority

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Animal photography ranges from beautiful portraits of your pet to candid wildlife photographs. We’ve all been amazed by those National Geographic images of animals in action haven’t we?

You don’t have to be on safari to practice your animal photography either. If you’ve got enough images of your pets you could consider taking a walk along farmlands or visiting a wildlife park. Photographing animals is challenging because you have to have the knowledge to control your camera effectively and understand the animal to get that great shot. Photographing animals can be really rewarding and when I have had the opportunity to do animal photography I’ve really enjoyed it! In this blog we’re going to look at how to do animal photography and my top tips for you to get out there and practice!


One of the most beautiful things about this big old complicated world that we all live in is how wonderfully diverse the humans that populate it are. 

The first portrait was taken in 1839 by Mr Robert Cornelius. There was no such thing as digital cameras or fancy phones to snap a selfie in those days and Robert had to set the photo up and sprint to his position and sit in perfect pose until the image was created.


The definition of composition is that it is the arrangement of elements within an image. But what does this mean for us as photographers?

Composition is one of the most important aspects of photography. Mastering it will change your photographs and enhance your skills to the next level.

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Choosing a photography course when you’re getting started can be daunting. There are so many options. Selecting a curriculum that supports your skill development at a pace that suits your lifestyle is the difference between completing the course and never quite finding the time because it’s overwhelming.

A photography course is a teaching aid to help you improve as a photographer. Often online so you can complete it at your speed and to fit around your lifestyle. Don’t be overwhelmed by the fancy certification names that pop up when you search, what you need is an authentic course that will make you better rather than a slap dash course that gives you a certificate you can print off. 

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Depth of field. What is it? How do I use it? What impact does it have on my photography... what is it again?

Having control of your camera gives you the confidence to become a better photographer. Knowing how the core features work so that you are leading the shot is the difference between a fluke and a well thought out photograph.

Having control of your camera gives you the confidence to become a better photographer. Knowing how the core features work so that you are leading the shot is the difference between a fluke and a well thought out photograph.

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Cameras don’t take pictures. People do.

It’s a motto I live by and a lesson I teach every photographer hungry to learn more about photography. It doesn’t matter if you have a second hand camera that’s 10 years old compared to your mate’s brand new state of the art camera. What matters is how you take the photo.

When you’re starting out with your photography journey, you might be wary of being attracted by the wrong features. It can be mind boggling to be faced with so many choices and so much ‘shiny’ as I like to call it.

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Children are an absolute joy (mostly) and we love having beautiful photos of our dear little ones in place of pride in our homes. 

They make wonderful gifts for family and hold memories that dissipate so quickly as they transition from toddler to child to pre-teen and beyond...

1395 Lanzarote 2019-220-HDRSunsets are spectacular. They splash vibrant hues across dull skies and light up clouds with a backlighting that could only come from the heavens.

Sunsets are romantic, overused in happy endings and really exciting to photograph. One of my absolute favourite times of day is the golden hour. That brief interlude between day and night when the sky comes alive…

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Learning the different functions of your camera can seem like an overwhelming task when you first get started. Every upgrade comes with a host of new features supported by spanking new software! You don’t need it all. Cameras don’t take pictures because photographers do.

That being said, there are a few core features that I do encourage you to get to grips with because it will make a huge difference to your images. Here we are going to look at understanding shutter speed and how to use it effectively.

Let’s start right at the beginning. Shutters on cameras are the same as shutters on houses. The shutter is a curtain that blocks the camera sensor until you’re ready to take the photo. When you take the photo, the shutter opens and lets light hit your sensor.