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Download a Free Camera Exposure Guide

January 17th, 2021
Camera Exposure Guide
Guide to camera exposure

In my recent video, I provided a basic overview of the exposure triangle. This is how Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work together to create exposure in your photography.

As well as the video, I also made a downloadabled PDF guide, which you can download here.


Prints Now Available

January 11th, 2021

If you follow my photography vlog on YouTube, you might have seen one of my recent videos in which I was unboxing a newly acquired Epson XP-970 printer.

I was fairly new to printing my own images at the time, but since the video went out I’ve been doing a ton of research and tests. I’m now set up with some really great papers and accurate ICC profiles for the printer.

So I’m pleased to announce that three of my best images are now available to buy through my website

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Amateur Photographer of the Year 2020 Winner

December 23rd, 2020

Earlier this month, Zay Yar Lin was announced as the Amateur Photographer of the Year, 2020. I’m a big fan of his work and he is a very worthy winner.

By day, he works as the Captain of a ship, but manages to find enough time to capture some fantastic images, two of which won rounds in this year’s APOY competition. He was announced overall winner with 77pts, just above Tony North in second place with 66pts.

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Experiments in Printing My Photos

December 10th, 2020

I recently purchased an A3 printer. You can see my unboxing video here.

A print I made from a woodland shoot I did recently

I’ve been wanting to get one for a while and have read quite a few different reviews for various models. From what I read, it seemed the Epson XP-970 would make an excellent value printer. Perhaps not quite as good as some of the options sitting around the £400-£600 mark, but certainly punching above its own £200 price tag.

So far I haven’t been disappointed – the prints are coming out great. The detail is really good and I’m really happy with the colours. I’m currently experimenting with different papers to see what gives the best results.

It’s really convenient to be able to print your own images whenever you feel like it, and it feels great to be able to hold something tangible that you created. I certainly recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already.

I will be posting further experiments with the printer in upcoming videos, so stay tuned for those. The best way to do that is to subscribe to my channel, and that way, the videos will pop up in your feed.


Another Milestone Reached

November 26th, 2020

I’m extremely pleased to announce that I’ve recently just hit 200 subscribers over on my YouTube channel.

I never thought I would have reached that many so soon, and I’m very grateful to each and every one of you that has subscribed. It really means a lot and gives me extra motivation to keep making videos each week.

If you’re not part of the club yet, why not go and do it now? Just click on this link to subscribe.

Thanks everyone.


Friday Night Behind the Lens – My chat with Paul Cook of Pc3photos

November 6th, 2020
The video is live now over at Paul’s Channel, pc3photos

Every week, Paul Cook of pc3photos puts out an episode of “Friday Night Behind the Lens”. In each video he interviews a different YouTube photography vlogger, and I was very pleased to be invited to chat with him earlier this week.

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What is Computational Photography?

October 27th, 2020

Rather than relying purely on optical processes, computational photography makes use of digital computation to augment the image making process. If you use a smartphone camera, you’re almost certainly already benefiting from computational processes.

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Is it okay to use your phone to take photos?

October 12th, 2020

I was out at a local woodland area this weekend. I was with my wife, and since I spend about 95% of the week taking photos everywhere we go, I had agreed that this particular Sunday would be a photography free day!

Well not quite! I couldn’t resist taking a few shots with my phone camera. I have a Google Pixel 3, and even though it’s an older model now, it does take great photos. Okay, so you can’t fully control depth of field, and there’s no shutter speed control, not to mention there’s no choice of lenses. What it does do though, it does very well. The exposure blending and processing is great, and produces really sharp images with plenty of dynamic range.

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8 Amazing Photography YouTube Vloggers to Inspire You

September 18th, 2020

When I decided to really start taking photography seriously a few years ago, I spent a lot of time watching YouTube vloggers to help me improve and also inspire me to get out there and get some shots.

Watching people’s videos can be a great way to find out all kinds of tips on how they made their photo, the gear and the settings they used, the locations they visited and how they edited their raws to come up with amazing end results.

I was inspired by a wide range of photography vloggers and decided to make my own channel earlier this year.

Here are eight of the best channels that have helped and inspired me the most.

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Travel Photography with One Body and One Lens

September 13th, 2020

I’ve just returned from my (socially distanced) holiday in the South West of England. Having left South Yorkshire on the 29th August, my trip started with a two day stop at Glastonbury, where I got chance to climb the Tor and see the colourful characters in the town centre.

Glastonbury Tor. Nikon Z7, 70mm, 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 64
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