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Landscape Photographs - Lovely shots whatever the weather.

Advice to help you achieve the finest landscape photographs whatever the weather - and you don't need an expensive camera to do it.

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Last of the Summer Wine


"Before the Leaves Fall"

Something to try when the holidays are over ...

Olympus Project

... and here's another technique to try if you're feeling a little more ambitious.

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100 Best Photo Tips



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Selecting a Camera Tripod - "Choosing the right legs."

A camera tripod is one of the most important investments to make after your camera and lens.

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Calibrating the Camera Screen - how to get the most from it.

Assessing exposure correctly using the LCD camera screen will reduce wasted shots and time spent on the computer.

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The Northern Lights ...


"Aurora Borialis"

This month's selected image was taken by Keith Pointon, the Secretary of the Royal Photographic Society's Travel Group, when he visited Iceland last year. The various shots he obtained inspired so many of the group's members that another trip to see the Northern Lights has been arranged for them next January.


Travel and photography have been an enduring part of Keith’s life since an early age. His first camera was a Christmas present when he was 12 years old and living in Malaya. He never looked back. He quickly learned to develop and print his own black and white prints and has always enjoyed the qualities of monochrome images.

A former teacher of Geography and Geology, it is not surprising, that landscapes and travel have been the backbone of his photography. Field trips and holidays to wide ranging places, Iceland, Antarctica, India, North Africa and the Mediterranean are a feature in his work.


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Intimate Landscape Photography - Look for Detail within the Wider View.

With so many excellent photographs on display, an intimate landscape will often catch the viewer's eye ... and the judge's!

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Leather iPad Case - A Superb Alternative.

Maroo Leather iPad Case - Why buy the standard when you can have better for less.

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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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Photography Composition - Understanding the basics can revolutionise your shots.

It’s a truism that, however good your camera is, your shots will stand or fall by your understanding of good photography composition.

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Shadow Photos - Using the Light and the Shade

With a little thought, a shadow can play a starring role in our photographs.

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Seeking Inspiration?


"Seeking Inspiration?"

RPS Nature Group - Cross Fertilisation of Ideas and Techniques

The RPS Nature Group brings together photographers, naturalists and biologists who encourage each other.

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Photography News.

Global-Source Photography News from Google, Yahoo and Feedzilla.

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Spring has Sprung ...


"Spring has Sprung"

Another project to help you build your skills -

Olympus Project

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Back on the Road Again


"Back on the Road Again"

Fancy a trip to Cambodia with one of the Masters?

The last time I discussed Damien Lovegrove's unique ability to inspire and empower his students was just after I attended one of his workshops in his hometown Bristol, England. Well there is now an opportunity to join him on tour and learn how to take stunning portraits against the beautiful landscapes that are to be found in Cambodia.

Damien Lovegrove in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of those amazing countries in the world where photographers gather colour and light to make visual masterpieces. And the people, it is the people in their locations that bring character to the image.  In a country like Cambodia, emerging from the devastation of a murderous past, a photographer meets it all.

The landscapes are breathtaking. Rivers, lakes and waterfalls exist side-by-side as unsurpassed contrasts. Amazing wildlife and domesticated beasts with a difference roam the countryside. White and gold sandy beaches with coconut palms ring the island retreats that dot the coastlines. There are the monsoon rains that bring out the vibrant colours and the splendours of reflections. The exotic plant life and fields of green take on brilliant hues often decorated with powerful skies and wonderful cloud patterns that create impressive backdrops. The jungle ruins of Cambodia are legendary relics of cultural magnificence felt in relation to the colours, the light and the people.

Damien Lovegrove in Cambodia

Damien says that helping other photographers achieve their goals has been one of his biggest highlights of recent years. He knows how to put soul into the visual and with his mastered skills of studio and on-location lighting; with his ability to shape control, texturise, colour and combine light.

To see a pre-tour video and for more information visit - cambodia-for.better-photographs.co.uk

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Mont St Michel - A Spiritual Spire Ascendent.

Mont St Michel is an absolute must see if you are visiting Normandy or Brittany in the northern part of France.

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To One and All ...



"Happy Easter"



Protect your HARD WORK

BEWARE. Good reasons to remember the guidelines and warnings.

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The Work of Patrick Foster ...


"Beyond the Image Gallery"

'Irish Memories'
by Patrick Foster

Friday 18th - Sunday 27th April

"Perhaps because I am Irish, but have lived and worked in England for most of my life, I use my photography to bring me closer to the Ireland I love and miss, this is my way of 'not forgetting' my roots and especially how things used to be.

My work suggests a rural idyll that today is unattainable. The encroachment of the modern world or new technology into the Ireland of my childhood, I consider to be anathema; I therefore eliminate most forms of modernisation from my work, without destroying the honesty, and intimacy of the scene.

I suppose I am subconsciously encapsulating the heritage of an age."


All are invited to meet Patrick and hear more about his work on Saturday 19th April, 2 - 4pm.



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