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There are so many impressive effects we can create with our cameras. The beauty of photography is the creative interpretation and slow shutter speed is one of the great ways we can do this!

Once you have the technical skills and you know how everything works you can bridge the gap between execution and creative thinking. Slow shutter speed is one of these skills. You can achieve some amazing things with slow shutter speed but you need to have the know how to execute it effectively.

We’re going to cover a lot in this blog, such as:

  • What shutter speed is
  • How to use slow shutter speed
  • Tips to achieve great effects 

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There are so many different genres of photography. I love dabbling in a bit of everything myself particularly landscape, portraits and street photography.

Lifestyle photography as a form of documentation has always played a key role in photography history. 

I know that lifestyle photography will resonate with a lot of you which is why this blog is so important. I want to help you explore your creativity and discover new styles of photography.

What is a lifestyle photographer? A lifestyle photographer aims to shoot candid portraits of people.

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I am a big fan of auto focus but manual focus has its place. I’ve written this blog to help you learn a little more about manual focus and how to use it effectively. No one likes blurry photography so focus is really important but you need to know what to focus on. Just because auto focusing has become so advanced, it doesn’t mean manual focus is being neglected. Manual focus is in fact becoming more prominent with enthusiasts and professional camera models.

We’re going to look at what manual focus is, where to focus and top tips.

Manual focus is when you manually focus your lens so you can select your point of focus. Some lenses are manual focus only and don’t have auto focus capabilities. However if the lens has a manual focus ring then any autofocus lens can also be focused manually. Manual focus can be used in cases of very low light, low contrast, or backlighting when autofocus is overwhelmed.  It can be used in static contexts such as landscape photography or macro photography where you absolutely need precise focusing. Manual focus works on DSLRs through a simple rotation of a lens’s focusing ring. The advances in technology mean that manual focus is much more accurate today. 

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Photography offers us so much to learn and explore. Whether you are a budding or seasoned photographer you can create absolute magic with your camera. Not because of your camera but because of YOU and your creativity.

A big part of composition is foreground - but what is foreground? We’re going to learn about what foreground is, how to use it and my top tips...

What is foreground? When you look through your viewfinder, the foreground is what is nearest to you as the photographer. The foreground space in your viewfinder can be used to draw attention to something further away in the frame. For example, you can make use of leading lines to pull someone’s eye down the image. Such as a line of trees that lead to a statue. Foreground is particularly important for landscape photography because this is a great way to add interest to an image.

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We’re jumping head first into a historical debate today and comparing the greats; Nikon and Canon. This is as big as the tea vs coffee debate - so hold onto your hats! We are going to look at as many aspects of this argument as possible and consider:

  • The history of Nikon and Canon
  • Cost differences
  • Lense capability
  • Which to choose

I use both makes and feel that it depends on what you’re looking for, your main photography interest and features of the model itself. Having said that one is more popular when we look at the numbers but I’ll keep that to myself for now!

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You may as well ask how long a piece of string is. If you want to change careers and become a world renowned photographer then you may need a little more than a single day long photography course. However if you are an avid enthusiast of photography who wants to improve their skills then this is a perfect choice. I’ve written this to help you figure out whether a one day photography course is what you’re looking for. 

We’re going to look at goals, what a one day course includes and the benefits of a one day course.

What are your photography course goals?

What do you want to get out of a photography course? 

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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!

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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.

Nowadays it’s much easier but it doesn’t mean we should give it any less consideration and thought.

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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.

There are several rules to composition that help us know how to start practicing it such as;

  • Don’t cut off limbs
  • Rule of thirds
  • Diagonals composition
  • Foreground
  • Leading lines

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