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Hand in Glove (Fingers on Camera)

January 16th, 2022
The Markhof Pro V3 Photography Gloves that Vallerret kindly sent to me

In my most recent video I’m sharing five tips that can help make a shoot in cold conditions just a little bit easier.

As tip number two, I recommend making sure you’re wearing the appropriate clothing when the temperatures start to drop. This includes:

  • Synthetic or Merino base-layers
  • Warm and water-proof trousers
  • Good water-proof boots
  • Thick socks
  • A fleece
  • Water-proof jacket
  • Woolly hat

Until recently I didn’t wear gloves when out on a shoot. Thick ones stop me from being able to operate my camera and thin ones don’t really keep my hands warm anyway. So I was really pleased when Vallerret sent me a pair of their Markhof Pro V3 Photography Glove to try out.

They have ‘FlipTech finger caps with magnets’ that fold back to reveal the index finger tip and thumb tip on each hand. This allows you to use all the controls on your camera and your hands still stay nice and toasty warm. They really do stay warm too; with a 100% Merino Wool inner and Thinsulate Insulation, my hands felt very comfortable in the minus temperatures I found that morning at Surprise View in the Peak District.

Vallerret’s FlipTech finger caps in action

They feel very well made, with DWR genuine goats leather, true Suede lens wipe, stretchy jersey cuffs and a non-slip grip with unique print.

I particularly liked the memory card pocket on the back of each glove and the included tripod key inside one pocket is a very nice touch.

All in all, I’d give these gloves 10 out of 10. They really are great, and I’ll be wearing them all winter.

If you’d like to get a pair, or want to check out the rest of Vallerret’s photography gloves, head over to www.photographygloves.com


My Best Landscape, Wildlife, Macro and Street Shots of 2021

January 2nd, 2022

In my most recent video I’m running through my favourite 10 images of 2021, covering everything from sunrise and sunset landscapes, to bird photography, wildlife, macro photography, street and more. Here are the images, along with Google map locations for each.

1. Woodland Path

Padley Gorge, Peak District

https://goo.gl/maps/9mtMiJ7Ja29CUoDg8

2. Three Sunset Watchers over the Millstones

Stannage Edge, Peak District

https://goo.gl/maps/hW9igBa8mPdqHYkq5

3. The Yellow Sapling

Padley Gorge, Peak District

https://goo.gl/maps/9mtMiJ7Ja29CUoDg8

4. Staring Stag

Big Moor, Peak District

https://g.page/EasternMoors?share

5. Castle in the Mist

Burg Eltz, Wierschem, Germany

https://goo.gl/maps/Zf2guWENfYbu8ApS6

6. Stairways Light the Way

Zeche Zollverein, Essen, Germany

https://goo.gl/maps/P8MgMtzBqNokcn9MA

7. Cool Guy, Chilling Out

Sheffield City Centre

https://goo.gl/maps/cvwX83fuZeYLazAe6

8. Shy Puffin

Bempton Cliffs, Bridlington

https://goo.gl/maps/qSFgb6JArsv2ByhY7

9. The Wild Weather of Wales

Llyn Ogwen, Wales

https://goo.gl/maps/AeHS7X7HdbryPPmG6

10. Snow Crystals on Red Berries

Locke Park, Barnsley

https://goo.gl/maps/Ur2uGvCxm9STjJvw5


Create Separation in Your Photography with Lightroom

November 28th, 2021

In my most recent video, I’m going through my process of editing a woodland shot in Lightroom.

I’m showing you how I use the powerful masking tools to edit my subject independently from the background. This really helps to make the subject stand out from the background and can help to create a stronger image.

Check our the video above, and if you like, you can also download a PDF of all my Lightoom settings here.


A Photographer’s Guide to Padley Gorge

November 14th, 2021

In my recent video I was back at Padley Gorge in the Peak District. It’s a place I visit often, because I live quite nearby and it’s a fantastically photogenic place to capture woodland and waterfall images. If you’ve never been, I thoroughly recommend a trip, and to help out with that, I’ve collected all the information a photographer might need for a superb day of photography at this amazing location.

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Creating a Shallow Depth of Field Effect with Photoshop 2022

October 31st, 2021

In my recent video I was explaining how the new ‘automatic selections on hover’ feature in Adobe Photoshop 2022 can be used in conjunction with the lens blur filter, to create a shallow depth of field effect. I think it’s a much better alternative to Photoshop’s Depth Blur neural filter.

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