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Behind The Magic – Everyone is a photographer

Behind The Magic – Everyone is a photographer

You may think this post is going to be a rant and it is but perhaps not in the way you will expect... 'Everyone thinks they are a photographer' and the truth is everyone is. In the same way that everyone is a cook. Some do it well, some do it badly, and lots are...

Behind The Magic – The magic of a tight crop

Behind The Magic – The magic of a tight crop

Now I love to photograph tight crops. The reason? The photograph is (normally) all about the subject and cluttered backgrounds detract, tight crops focus in on that subject and allow you to tell a different photograph. Granted there are times where you want the...

Behind the Magic – The golden hour

Behind the Magic – The golden hour

I love love LOVE the golden hour, although actually it's normally not an hour long and there are two of them per day (weather dependant!). As the sun progresses through the sky during the day it starts low to the horizon moves over head until again dropping down to...

Behind the Magic – Do What You Love

Behind the Magic – Do What You Love

There are so many different forms of photography, even within portrait photography you have everything from newborns, maternity, weddings, family and so on and so forth. Different photographers specialise in different areas, some are jack of all trades some are...

Behind The Magic – Bokeh – what is it and how to create it

Behind The Magic – Bokeh – what is it and how to create it

You have undoubtedly seen those lovely dreamy photos where the background is beautifully blurred often to the point of seeing sparkles in the background and wandered how that was created. This is bokeh, and it's what most portrait photographers aim for with their...

Behind The Magic  – Black & White

Behind The Magic – Black & White

When I was going through my photos of the action at Barbury on Sunday I had the sudden strong urge to go almost all black & white for editing. I don't normally put so many black and white images in an event but the backdrop and the competition itself just lending...

Behind the Magic – Printing photos

Behind the Magic – Printing photos

Have you got a collection of photos on your camera, computer or phone that you keep meaning to print but never get round to it? Is that because previously you have been disappointed with the prints you have received or it's just a bit too much of a faff? If I can give...

Behind the Magic – Photographing your pet

Behind the Magic – Photographing your pet

There are a few simple guidelines that will help no end with photographing your pet, so here are my 5 top tips for improving your pet photography 1. Get down to their eye level - this may mean sitting or even lying on the ground or putting them up on a table or...

Behind The Magic – Photographing sunrises & sunsets

Behind The Magic – Photographing sunrises & sunsets

Have you ever tried to photograph a sunset and been disappointed with how bright and lacking in colours it is? This is because when a camera meters the light levels of a sunset it will most likely be using an evaluative metering and will want to over expose the scene....

Behind The Magic – Keeping image quality on social media

Behind The Magic – Keeping image quality on social media

You may have noticed that when uploading photos to Facebook and other social media platforms that the quality is somewhat horrendous even if you uploaded a high resolution image. There is a simple reason for this, and that is whenever you upload an image unless it...

Behind the Magic – Quality not quantity

Behind the Magic – Quality not quantity

When I started my photographic journey I was keen to share my photos wherever I could in large numbers, it didn't matter if they weren't as good as they could be I just wanted to reach the largest audience possible, thinking this was the best way to get my name out...

Behind the Magic – Sizing: DPI, PPI & Pixels

Behind the Magic – Sizing: DPI, PPI & Pixels

There is so much confusion over DPI and sizing it's untrue. I'm often asked for images for printing purposes in 300 DPI with no other information, this normally means that the person asking doesn't actually know what they want other than the photo to be in high...

Behind The Magic – Facing into the sun

Behind The Magic – Facing into the sun

When starting out with photography you will often hear that you should never face into the sun when taking photos on a sunny day. This isn't though a 'rule' but until you learn all the settings on your camera and understand how light works it will make your job far...

Behind The Magic – Following & Breaking The Rules of Composition

Behind The Magic – Following & Breaking The Rules of Composition

Rules are there to be broken on occasion and that is certainly the case with the rules of composition! The 'rules' are great and lead to some fantastic photos but it is ok to bend or even break them on occasion to create something even more special! It is perhaps...

Behind The Magic – Behind the scenes photos

Behind The Magic – Behind the scenes photos

In my last blog regarding working as a press photographer I mentioned about my love of taking photos behind the scenes. After a week at Badminton I thought I would go in to more detail and show you exactly what I love photographing. A lot of photographers will spend...

Behind The Magic – The life of a press photographer

Behind The Magic – The life of a press photographer

As you read this I will be on route to Badminton, arguably the most famous event in the world, for an ultra busy week of media coverage for e-Venting.co.uk. Starting this afternoon with the Mitsubishi Motors Cup continuing throughout the week until the final 4* press...

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