Posts from the category Technique

  • Cable cars emerging from a cloud inversion at Grindelwald

    How to help a viewer to better understand the scale of a scene.

  • Editing multiple shots of the same scene together to get a massively-improved level of sharpness throughout the image.

  • Frozen snow drift at Männlichen

    By applying the right colour profile to your photo, you can get a much more nuanced version than through simple editing.

  • Getting the best shot possible is all about chance, timing and consideration of the correct angle.

  • Because I take so many photos, and because I like sharing photos online, I have to be critical of my results and only share the best. Mainly, so that people don’t get bored of seeing so much of my stuff.

  • Using bounced flash to improve the quality of light in your portraits.

  • Adobe integrates panoramic stitching in Lightroom CC

    Cooing over the lovely new panorama stitching function in Adobe Lightroom 6.

  • Where my love for the square image format comes from, and how it is achieved in the Fujifilm X-T1 digital camera.

  • Schangnau, Switzerland

    In which I exchange pretty much all of my camera equipment for a smaller, lighter, more simple alternative.

  • Creating long exposure photographs with movement and blur leads to great images. But if you want a pin-sharp photo, you’ll need to be patient.

  • Yannick’s lightbox

    Wow. Two years. It’s taken me two whole years to get around to writing about the photos I took for Choo Choo in 2010-2011, which they used to accompany their superb self-produced video for the single We Go. The two photo shoots to produce these photos were a little unusual but I really enjoyed them,…

  • Using an excessive amount of noise reduction in Lightroom produces a lovely, subtle, painterly effect.

  • Unexpected locations

    Unexpected locations

    Brooke Shaden is a wonderfully creative photographer, whose images make me wish that I had the opportunity to spend more time on creating and editing more theatrical images. But I can’t complain; my time is, after all, spent on pursuing other passions and fascinating goals. One of the problems I came across when shooting for…

  • Using your shoulder as a camera rest

    A tip I passed on to a participant at a photo workshop last weekend was one I learned from Joe McNally: not on how to light your subject or how to interact with them, but how to manage your heavy camera. By holding the camera in one hand and the flash in another, with the…

  • It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and he struggled behind the camera, and when he had a success he was beaming. John Sexton It’s a bit scary to think that…

  • What makes a picture is often the main subject. But a little attention to detail can also work wonders and turn a nice picture into a really nice picture. Walking in the park with friends last autumn, towards the end of a couple of hours shooting portraits, the lighter patches between the trees caught my…

  • Adobe Lightroom is a boon to the photographer. With the introduction of intelligent repair tools, it has now entirely replaced Photoshop for me, and I can not only tweak photos but also re-edit them to quite a level of detail. One of the great features of Lightroom is the ability to save a group of…

  • Against the wobble

    Jo commented that the video I shot under windy conditions on Iona was remarkably steady. I did my best to hold the camera as steady as I could whilst filming, but the wind got the better of me and so the original film sequence is quite wobbly. The final version on YouTube, linked in this…

  • Travelling light

    I was planning on writing a nice, long blog post when I returned from Yorkshire a couple of weeks ago about travelling light as a photographer. Despite the fact that David beat me to it when he got back from Cuba, I’ll add my own thoughts. I now honestly feel for the people I see lugging…

  • There’s a lot of criticism in the world of photography. Not just the personal opinion of someone who likes or dislikes your photo, but also more general criticism on the subject of such things as originality and inspiration, equipment, or what makes a “photograph” as opposed to an creative image. The biggest argument used to…

  • The Blue Hour

    The time between sunset and complete darkness is known in photographic circles as “the blue hour”.