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Snowdonia - The most stunning views that North Wales has to offer.

Snowdonia has so many outstanding vistas on the circular tour that the best advice is just to say - do it!

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Komodo National Park - Home of the Dragon

Komodo offers some of the best diving in Indonesia, but there be dragons as well.

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The Lake District - No other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming.

The Lake District - Surely there is no other place in this whole wonderful world quite like Lakeland...no other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming, no other that calls so insistently across a gulf of distance. All who truly love Lakeland are exiles when away from it.

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Free downloadable photographs, free Wallpaper and Facebook Timeline Covers for your collection.

At Better Photographs you can get free help from fellow photographers, learn from master photographers and receive free downloadable photographs as well.

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Lesvos - A Greek island in the Sun

Lesvos is a very beautiful island. Pine forests, olive groves, and barren mountains, with lots of inland sea, unspoilt countryside, and friendly locals are the draw here! Lots to photograph too.

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Ireland - A great combination of scenic beauty with its rolling green countryside and spectacular coastlines.

Ireland has a great combination of scenic beauty with its rolling green countryside and spectacular coastlines. It also has excellent historic architecture with the many castles, churches and of course, pubs.

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Costa Rica - An adventure right from the start.

The adventure across central Costa Rica began with drive through Braulio Carillo National Park, lush and mountainous.

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New Zealand - A visit to North Island.

New Zealand is a stunning location with photo opportunities wherever you visit.

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Places to Photograph - Some of the Best

Most photographers are looking for great places to photograph. This section covers some of the best that we have visited.

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RPS Travel Group - Improving the Enjoyment of Travel based Photography.

The purpose of the RPS Travel Group is to help members get more enjoyment out of their travel photography by arranging activities and resources that provide inspiration, assistance in improving skills and opportunities to interact with others.

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The RPS (Royal Photographic Society) - A must for the serious photographer.

You are unlikely to meet an Amateur or Professional Photographer who cannot benefit by being a member of the RPS.

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Depth of Field - Separating the subject from its surroundings.

Using the camera's aperture to obtain the best depth of field is not always possible.

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Slideshow Maker - A professional video from your photos.

Try this slideshow maker to turn your photos into a professional video set to music.

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Mastering Underwater Photography - The combination of two great pastimes.

There are millions of keen divers in the world but not many have mastered Underwater Photography.

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When the going gets tough ...


"Video Trials Underwater"

Because I had taken many photos at this location before and because a sea plane flight meant that I was very restricted on weight allowance, I decided to take no more than a compact camera with me on my recent trip to the Maldives - the Olympus TOUGH.

My wife and I are very keen on snorkelling so I thought it might be fun to take a few shots underwater. As the TOUGH is waterproof to a depth well below our planned swimming, I put on the accessory wrist band which floats the camera to the surface in the event of a mishap and started taking some photos on our first outing.

The sea was quite choppy so it was difficult to hold the camera steady and my expectations of any decent sharp shots were low. However, we came across a sight which we had never seen before - octopuses mating. Once I had taken a few stills, I wondered how well the camera's video function would cope with the scene.

Not wishing to disturb the creatures in their activity, I stayed well clear at the surface and used the camera's zoom lens to record the scene. Despite considerable camera movement caused by the waves, I was very pleased with the camera's image stabilisation capability when I viewed the results during cocktails that evening.

I'm still working on the other images and clips taken on my holiday but thought I'd share this 2 minute show with you in case you are planning to take a similar trip. Also, I picked up some excellent tips and techniques on underwater photography by visiting here.
 

 

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Don't miss it ...


"Even a Mobile"

Do you always have a camera with you?

If you have a mobile phone with you, you probably do. Lynda did and she was able to capture this suberb photo :-

Image of the Month for March is by Lynda Sutton who photographed this landscape of the River Dee with her mobile phone. She was standing next to her husband Ron who shot the same scene with his DSLR, but the result was no better!

An incredible sunset to get red and silver/white in the same sky (plus the convenient swan!). This image has not been enhanced/Photoshopped in any way.


 

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DSLR Video - Shooting Videos on a DSLR Camera.

A step by step guide, looking at how to shoot great movies with your high definition DSLR Video Camera

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Camera Focus - Controlling the Lens to your Advantage

Focus of the Lens - How to take advantage of the lens' shape for better photographs with Depth of Field.

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Photography Exposure - What it means and why it is so important to get it right

Do your photographs always turn out just right or are they sometimes too light or too dark? Discover what photography exposure means and why it is so important to get it right.

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Photography Lighting - A Critical Element, though often forgotten

Photography Lighting - If there is one element that can make or break a photograph it is lighting and yet, it is often the least considered element, even if it is thought of at all.

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