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My Top 5 Peak District Locations

October 17th, 2021

If you have seen any of my photography videos before, you might know that I love the UK’s Peak District. Not only is it close to my home, but it’s an amazing area for landscape and wildlife photography. Here are my top five locations.

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The Photography Show 2021

September 26th, 2021

As covered in my most recent video, I attended this year’s Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC. It showcases all the latest gear from all the major brands throughout the world of photography, as well as hosting a number of talks, masterclasses and demos.

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The Importance of Scouting Out Your Photography Location

September 5th, 2021

In my latest video I’m discussing the importance of planning a landscape photography shoot and the benefits of scouting out your location so that you can be ready when you get the right light to capture your image.

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6 Tips for Photographing Castles

August 15th, 2021

In my latest video I’m sharing six tips to help you improve your castle photography.

Burg Eltz on a Misty Morning in Germany by Robert Bishop

For ease of reference, here are the tips:

  1. Do your Research
    If you’re not able to scout out your location before you visit, be sure to do your research so that you don’t waste any time when you arrive. View other people’s photos of the castle and use Google Maps and Google Earth to plan where you are going to set up and take your shot. Apps like PhotoPills and The Photographer’s Ephemeris will help you determine the direction that the sun will light the castle, and you can check weather websites or use apps like Clear Outside to find out what kind of weather you can expect on the day of your shoot.
  2. Lens Consideration
    Experiment with different lenses and focal lengths. A telephoto lens will allow you to get in close and capture details, whereas a wide-angle lens is better for capturing the castle in its natural surroundings. This gives context to the image and can help to tell a story about your subject.
  3. Leading Lines
    Castles provide no end of great features that can be used as leading lines, directing the viewers attention to key parts of your photo. Look out for bridges, paths, walls and more, to guide eyes to your all important subject, the castle.
  4. Create Atmosphere
    Photograph your subject at golden hour, or during dramatic weather conditions. Castles can look great under dark moody skies and fog or mist can help to create an element of fantasy in your image.
  5. Verticals
    Finding an unusual angle to create your castle photo can really bring your image to life, but pay attention to how straight the vertical lines are in your scene. Shooting upwards or downwards at extreme angles can produce the effect of walls leaning inwards or outwards due to perspective. Counteract this by shooting from a more natural angle, using a tilt-shift lens, or adjusting your image in post-production.
  6. Visit Germany!
    My latest video was made at Burg Eltz in Germany and the country is a fantastic place to find castles of all shapes and sizes. From medieval fortresses to 19th Century palaces, there’s an amazing array of opportunities for castle photographers.

A great Peak District Photography location

July 24th, 2021

I was recently out in the Peak District making my latest video which will go live this weekend (25th July).

I love to get out to far-flung, exotic locations, but sometimes everything you need is right on your doorstep! After a full day at work, I needed somewhere I could get to within an hour, that had fantastic photo opportunities and would be easy to access without too much of a hike. Stanage Edge turned out to be the perfect spot.

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