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Monochrome Berwick

Walking round Berwick with one prime lens and the camera set to take black and white pictures. What could possibly go wrong?

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Ultra-w-i-d-e

Many photographers have a preferred genre, their comfort zone. A place where creativity arrives without conscious effort. For me, it’s ultrawide landscapes

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The importance of editing

Finding someone else to help with editing our pictures and choose our collections can prove useful. It works in other fields; why not photography too?

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Delph Edge

In praise of trees

It might seem a bit odd starting an article on trees with something that is most certainly not a tree. For me though, it’s a tree in all but name.

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Statue of Neptune in Bologna

Critiquing others to improve your photographs

Surprisingly perhaps, you can improve your own pictures by learning how to critique other peoples’ images. Being specific about, and putting into words, what you do and don’t like will help when you come to create your own images.

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Monochrome image of the Town Walls at Berwick upon Tweed

Don’t ask me about my camera settings

When you start out it sometimes feels like other photographers are deliberately hiding the details of their craft from you. It takes a little time to realise that the most important feature of the camera is the viewfinder.

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The Shieling on the Tweed

Make your intentions plain

Being clear about your intentions for a photograph before you actually press the shutter button is the first step in creating images that say what you want them to say.

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Chad. No! A study of brick walls in Manchester

Why monochrome?

Working in monochrome means you can’t rely on colour contrasts to separate elements in your photographs. You have to use the light and capture differences in luminance to produce an image with impact.

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Simplify, simplify! Pictures with impact

One of the hardest lessons to learn when starting with photography is not how to fit everything relevant into your pictures, but how to leave everything else out. Here are three steps I follow when I’m trying to create images with impact.

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Landscape pictures are what, exactly?

Well, that’s an easy question to answer isn’t it? Landscape is a picture of natural beauty somewhere in the countryside. Isn’t it? There, done. We’ve put that in its box, move on. But not so fast. That just raises more questions than it answers.

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Don’t just look. See!

“Seeing Things” by Joel Meyerowitz was conceived as a “Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs”, but it works for older kids too. And why is this just a kids’ book? If you can get past the sub title on the cover page, this is a well written introduction to photographs that might just trigger a few of your own brain cells into action.

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Pose questions, don’t provide answers

In a blink this book by Henry Carroll, apparently for beginners, with pages of detail on how to choose shutter speeds and apertures resolved in a flash how I should be taking photographs for maximum impact.

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