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I am a big fan of shooting from the hip, so you’ll often find me using auto focus. But any good photographer knows that manual focus opens a world of creative possibilities that auto just can’t quite provide.

Yes auto focus in today’s DSLRs has become so advanced, BUT that doesn’t mean manual focus is being neglected. In fact manual focus is becoming a more prominent feature in most camera models, even those that are not of high-professional standard. 

Photography enthusiasts are becoming more accustomed to the variety of settings available when purchasing a camera, and can often become quite daunted by them. It really doesn’t need to be intimidating though, getting to grips with manual mode is easier than you might think!


I’ve written this blog to help you learn more about manual focus and how to use it effectively. No one likes blurry photography so getting it right is really important, but you need to know what to focus on - without the help of auto!

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

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Foreground is a big part of composition and it often requires the photographer to think outside the box.

Any scene or situation, no matter how uninteresting it may seem at first glance, can be transformed into something eye catchingly beautiful. All it takes is a bit of creativity.

There is so much to learn and explore within the art of photography, whether you are a budding or seasoned photographer, you can create absolute magic with your camera.

In this blog we’re going to talk about using foreground and I’ll leave you with some great tips to take away and practice with. First though, let’s get into what foreground actually is...

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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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I often get asked “Would a one day photography course be enough?”

Well you may as well ask me 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 and explore their creativity, then this is a perfect choice. 

I’ve written this blog to share how a one day photography course can massively benefit you as a photographer. But also whether this type of course is the right path to take depending on your goals and preferences.

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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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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. 

I have been a photographer for almost thirty years and I’ve been teaching since 2008. I have designed courses that are relevant, value for money and guaranteed to improve your skills. But this isn't about my courses. This is about what you need to consider when choosing a photography course for you. 

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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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