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Close up Photography - Sometimes flash is the only option.

Using flash for close up photography of insects, other invertebrates and flowers in the field.

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Want to learn to Shoot Like a Pro?

Following the announcement of Olympus Camera's future plans, acclaimed international wildlife photographer, Andy Rouse demonstrates his confidence in Olympus Cameras and their future by organising a terrific conference not to be missed.

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Andy Rouse, Olympus

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Super Macro Photography - Up Close with Greater Depth.

A Super Macro Photography technique enabling you to achieve greater depth of field when using a wide aperture.

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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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Food photography ...

"Try to resist eating it before shooting it!"

Join Gavin Hoey for another live photo shoot. In this session Gavin will be covering his essential lighting and photography tips to help you get better food photos at home.

If you’re new to the world of food photography then this session is for you. Gavin, along side his wife Sam, have years of food photography experience and as you’ll soon discover, they know that great food photography starts with great light, the right camera settings and a little imagination.



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Wildlife and Nature Photography Books - A Selection of Good Buys

A selection of Wildlife and Nature Photography Books which have helped our visitors take Better Photographs.

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Wildlife needs you ...

"A chance to Help and Learn"

UK wildlife photographer Andy Rouse is giving a 1 hour Zoom talk at 19.30 on Friday 29th May on his Top 20 African Wildlife images.

If you have attended one of his sessions before you will know that, as well as being an outstanding photographer, he is a great teacher and entertaining speaker.

It's £10 to attend, and all the income is going to support the charity Community Wildlife Fund for Kenya, which has been set up during the pandemic to re-employ laid-off wildlife guides and equip and train them for antipoaching operations.

To attend Andy's session be sure to click here and purchase your ticket at the very top of Andy's fundraising page.



Please share this with anyone you know who might want to support the cause, even if they are not interested in wildlife photography, especially during Lockdown.

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Something for the Weekend

"Wildlife or Travel?"

One of the very few advantages of COVID-19 is that a lot more videos have been recorded by top photographers. Two of the several that I have seen this week might make enjoyable viewing for you, if not giving you some tips for your own photography.

The first is the latest episode in Andy Rouse's "Wild Angle" series where you will enjoy a taste of his new e-Talk and Webinar series (which are booking up rapidly). In these he teaches his techniques in shooting some of his stunning images -



Secondly, the RPS has been recording some interviews with its Fellows. David Noton FRPS, one of our best known travel photographers, gives an insight to his thinking when creating his iconic images.




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Food for Thought

"Capturing healthy lives through photography"


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Great Wildlife Pictures - How to take that Special Photo.

Wish you had taken those great wildlife pictures? Well here's how you can.

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BBC Wildlife Photography Tips

Easy to use Wildlife Photography Tips from BBC Wildlife Photographers.

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Stuck at Home but Safe

"Mental Health"

Whether or not we have mental health problems, it is becoming clear that nature and photography are helping many of us during this awful period of lockdown.

For some, they have been very enjoyable pastimes for years and will continue to be so when COVID-19 is just a memory. In saying that, I do understand that the loss of lives will be a sorrowful recollection that will never leave some of us.

Yesterday, I took part in a free on-line session led by the renowned photographer, Andy Rouse. It was only supposed to last for 30 minutes but he did not end it until he had answered all of our questions - 55 minutes. Thank you Andy, for sharing your knowledge and tips so unselfishly. The session was recorded and can be seen here -




I would add that Andy has also been running a series of free youtube videos ‘Wild Angle’ which are full of hints and tips about how to improve our nature photography whilst we are stuck at home - and afterwards!!




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My Road to Recovery

An interview with Trevor Parsons discussing how wildlife photography helped him in his recovery from mental health problems.

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mental health

This article first appeared in Iris - a Royal Photographic Society publication.

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Making Home Videos

Another tutorial in the Olympus series - Home with Olympus by fellow Licentiate of the RPS - Jimmy Cheng.

As you might expect, these feature some of the industry leading functions which can only be found on their cameras however, the ideas and techniques used are beneficial to all photographers, especially as they are presented by top professionals.

Making Home Videos with Jimmy Cheng



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Photography Tutorials - Video Tutorials for All Photographers.

Learn how to take better photos with these photography tutorials.

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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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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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Landscape - A seasonal perspective

The changing seasons can have a profound effect on the landscape and, therefore, photographic techniques.

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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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Video Sound - Recording and Editing Video Sound.

How to ensure your HD Movie has the best possible video sound track.

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