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Photography Exposure - A better understanding.

Some books and lessons to help improve your understanding of photography exposure.

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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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Photo Composition - What is in the picture and where it is

With photo composition, deciding what to include and where to place it can turn a snap shot into a better photograph.

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Photography Techniques - How to take better photographs.

Learning and understanding the basics of how to set up the camera yourself actually takes you a long way towards improving your photography techniques and therefore taking better photographs.

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The Colour Wheel - Understand it and your shots will improve instantly.

An understanding of the colour wheel has always been fundamental to photography. It's not surprising, given that colour is a crucial part of our world.

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Understanding Histograms - Getting perfect exposure on your shots.

One of the advantages of digital cameras is that you can check the exposure of the photos you have just taken. This is easily done using the camera's histograms.

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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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African Safari - An adventure in South Africa.

A South African Safari offers adventure and many photo opportunities. Here's some advice on how to make the most of it.

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The Sky - Taken for granted but offering limitless photo opportunities.

The Sky can function as the main subject of the shot, play a supportive role to a dominant foreground or act as an effective counterpart element.

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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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Fairground Photographs - Simple tricks on how to get stunning shots.

Bright lights and thrilling action are ideal for creating great Fairground Photographs and family memories.

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Photo Copyright - Credit where credit is due.

Photo copyright includes the thorny issues of moral rights, metadata, and more. Here are some suggested strategies that photographers can adopt to protect rights in their imagery in the ever changing digital arena.

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Do you want to take great photos of Birds?

It is rare that I get through a book in less than one day and I put this down to the fact that this one makes compelling reading. In my opinion, it is pitched at the right level for all those interested in the subject, with the possible exception of the most experienced bird photographers and naturalists.



Whilst I found the Introduction (which covers aspects of conservation) interesting, it was rather lengthy; I would recommend that any reader glosses over it and skips to the first chapter, perhaps returning to the detailed Introduction at the end.

Irrespective of this reservation, I look forward to absorbing and practising the book's excellent content and placing it on my coffee table for all to see.

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If you love Big Cats ...

As you probably know, I love big cats and photograph them whenever possible. I am a supporter of England's Big Cat Sanctuary, which you might have seen when they were featured on BBC TV.

The start of 2021 has been incredibly difficult for them. They said goodbye to two members of their cat family and continue to remain closed for the foreseeable future. But they must carry on providing the best possible care for the cats.

It costs £3,000 a day to care for the cats so they are looking for help to keep them warm, fed and well cared for until they can reopen.

They have just launched a 'Cat Care Gift' campaign. Where we can choose our favourite cat and donate an amount of our choice which will go towards the daily care that the cats receive.

Please support them and help care for the cats until the sanctuary can reopen.

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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.

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

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Season's Greetings ...

Conservation of Wildlife ...

Delighted to report that two of my photographs taken in Zambia have been selected to promote a new film. Nariko's Voyage is being produced, with a view to a TV series in 2021, to support the conservation of wildlife.

Please help by supporting this production.

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Using a New Camera - Preparing your Thoughts.

Having chosen it you are possibly about to experience one of photography's more frustrating times; having to wait before using a new camera - well until it's delivered or you receive it, maybe as a Christmas gift, anyway. NOW is the best time to prepare for getting the most out of it ...

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The Big One ...

The lens which many Nature and Sports Photographers are talking about, and with good reason ... because it's a game changer!

STOP PRESS - The New Big Lens. Here's a report from a top wildlife photographer who has used both of the Olympus Super Telezoom lenses.


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