Articles

Most of my blog entries are transitory in nature.. they’re about what I shot on that day, or what I thought at that time.

These articles are little different. They are meant as a free learning resource about different aspects of photography, covering anything from the basics of exposure all the way through to digital asset management and colour work flow. Please feel free to share the content or link to it, but if you do, all I ask is that the appropriate credit is applied.

In saying that, my blog itself also contains info relating to equipment reviews, editing and workflow tips and tutorials as well as discussions on technique – most of which are listed below.

Trying Something A Little Different

Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog, Model, Technique | 4 comments

Trying Something A Little Different

Landscape shooters are no stranger to panoramic stitching, where they combine multiple single images to form one larger image, often portraying a much wider perspective than is possible to capture otherwise. Well this sort of idea can also be applied when shooting people and Ryan Brenizer, an American wedding photographer, popularised a technique called the Brenizer method, which also stitches multiple images together, but all shot at a narrow DOF, giving the illusion of massively shallow DOF in the final image- similar to something...

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Did You Know?

Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Blog, Technique | 4 comments

Did You Know?

I’ve been blogging regularly since February 2009, averaging 1 post a week. These posts have varied in content, from the grumblings and moanings of a grumpy old man, through to showcasing images and discussing technique. From looking at the stats over the years, it seems the majority of traffic comes to my site via search engines when people are looking for answers to particular technical questions. These range from questions about flash, to exposure, image editing etc. So, I’ve decided, during a few quite moments sitting here in...

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You Don’t Need Lightroom

Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow | 30 comments

You Don’t Need Lightroom

Photography generally isn’t a cheap hobby. People may start out with quite modest intentions, but as soon as photography grabs you, the costs can quickly mount. New lenses, new cameras, new flashes, camera bags, filters – the sky is the limit. And that’s the hardware, another considerable expense is the software. Photoshop ain’t cheap. Sure there are alternatives from the free (Gimp) through to the inexpensive (Paintshop Pro or Elements), but the de facto industry standard is Photoshop, which will set you back a tidy...

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I Love My D4… BUT…

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog, Equipment | 1 comment

I Love My D4… BUT…

I’ve had my D4 for little over a month now and it’s still to be firmly put through it’s paces. But it has been out of its bag and out and about with me whilst vacationing in New York and on a recent shoot in the UK. So I’ve had long enough to get past first impressions and onto a true gut feeling about the camera. So, having used it a few times over the last month or so, what I can definitively say is that I love the D4. I really do. It’s a superb camera. One of the obvious omissions from my first review of it was...

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10 Tips For Shooting With Natural Light

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog, Technique | 1 comment

10 Tips For Shooting With Natural Light

Given how little I actually use flash, it seems strange that my first “Top 10 Tips” was based on using that, rather than using ambient light, which is what I spend most of my time shooting with. So to rectify that, here are my top 10 tips for shooting with natural light. Of course, it goes without saying that these are tips, as opposed to rules.. breaking one or more of them, doesn’t mean you’ll end up with bad images. 1. Forget Direct Sun Light: Unless it’s really early in the morning or late in the evening as...

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Bronzing – Not In The Medal Sense

Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow | 9 comments

Bronzing – Not In The Medal Sense

I’m not really a trail blazer, in fact I’m more than happy to follow in the footsteps of those in front of me. Having someone else figure out the best way of sharpening an image, or lighting a portrait and then putting those techniques to work, suits me just fine. Similarly, once I settle on a way of doing something, it’s rare I move away from that technique. As long as it works, well…. it works, so why change? There has to be quantum shift in order for me to throw away a previously successful way of doing something, in...

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What is a 72 DPI Image?

Posted by on April 12, 2013 in Blog, Editing & Workflow | 9 comments

What is a 72 DPI Image?

Considering how mature digital photography is at this stage, I’m continually surprised at just how much confusion there is over things like resolution and phrases like 300 DPI or 74 DPI. Whilst I’ve blogged in the past about very closely related issues on resolution versus file size, I’ve never actually discussed PPI/DPI and what exactly is a 72 DPI image or indeed a 300 DPI and the differences between them (if any). If you don’t want to read the rest of this blog, let me summarise it in one short concise...

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Sold – Sigma 24mm-70mm f:2.8 (Nikon Fit)

Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Blog, For Sale | 0 comments

Sold – Sigma 24mm-70mm f:2.8 (Nikon Fit)

Another item up for sale.. this time a Nikon fit Sigma 24mm-70mm f:2.8 EX DG. This is a much loved but also much used lens, dating back over 5 years. It’s in mint condition, but comes un-boxed (I have trouble storing the items themselves without storing the boxes for them). There are lots of comparisons on line, comparing the Nikon own brand to this Sigma one, so perhaps it’s worth having a Google of some of them first. In my experience, for it’s price new (around €800-€900) this is a stellar performer, but the Nikon does...

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Sold – Fotobyte Softbox (x2)

Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Blog, For Sale | 2 comments

Sold – Fotobyte Softbox (x2)

I’m a bit of an equipment hoarder – once I buy something it’s rare I ever sell it. But that habit is slowly starting to change as my house and equipment bags are slowly starting to run out of space. The selling trend started before Christmas when I parted with my much loved but equally much unused Elinchrom Quadras. So in keeping with that trend I’m looking to offload two Fotobyte hot shoe flash softboxes (40cm x 40cm). Originally purchased through E-Bay for €40 each plus shipping (€12) back in January 2011, this...

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D4 – First Impressions

Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Blog, Equipment | 6 comments

D4 – First Impressions

I can not emphasise enough just how much I love my D3. I bought it in late 2007 and still to this day I still find it an amazing camera. OK granted, I don’t have a huge amount to compare it to, considering I haven’t owned that many camera bodies in my time (starting with a Nikon D70, moving on to a Nikon D2x and then in late 2007 on to a Nikon D3), but even leaving comparisons aside and looking at it in its own right, the D3 is damn close to being THE PERFECT camera. Most importantly it offers superb image quality, which when it...

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