Photography Articles - a collection of photography tips, lessons, thoughts, interviews and more

By: Paul Gallagher

How to use the Epson Advanced Black & White Driver

An advantage of using Epson printers is the Advanced Black & White printer driver. This helps ensure that you get perfect black and white prints every time.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Has Iceland Been Done to Death?

If you visit any photography forum, Facebook page or open the covers of any of the many photography magazines on the shelves, you will without too much effort see photographs of many of the attractions that Iceland has to offer. Can we consider all of this vast landscape covered photographically and all that is left for those intending to travel there is to head out in the hope that what they will get is their own copy of someone else's image?

read more

By: Tom Peck

Is Photography Art?

Is Photography Art? It's a great question, isn't it? Right from the beginning of photography (Joseph Nicephore Niepce View from the Window at Le Gras in 1827 and Fox Talbot's views of Lacock Abbey in 1835) through to the modern day (think of Andreas Gursky's The Rhine - £2.7 million at auction in 2011!) debate has raged over whether a photograph can be considered as art?

read more

By: Stefan Shillington

Modernism & Post-modernism

How to understand Modernism and Post-Modernism in the context of photography and how it may affect the way we see and take our photos.

read more

By: Andy Phillips

De-Mystifying the Tilt & Shift lens in Landscape Photography by Andy Phillips

The ideal depth of field in the majority of landscape photographs is that there is front to back sharpness throughout the image. Simply using depth of field doesn't always achive the result you want. However, tilt & shift lens will give you extraordinary front to back sharpness. Andy Phillips tells us how.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Taking Long Exposures

Long exposures are somewhat fashionable in photography at the moment and rightly so! Michael Pilkington loves the abstraction it can lend to your images, simplifying busy scenes and giving either a great sense of movement or ironically stillness. In this article, Michael shows you how to take successful long exposures.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Why Post Process?

For some people post processing of images is the equivalent of manipulating their images and is not acceptable, it is changing reality. Michael Pilkington explains why this an essential part of the photographic journey.

read more

By: John Miskelly

Cold Weather Gear

Many of us photographers are really interested in the latest camera gear and equipment, yet how many of us give as much thought to what we wear whilst out photographing the landscape?

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Striving For Simplicity

As contradictory as it sounds trying to make photographs that are simple is more complicated than you would think in practice. Paul Gallagher takes a look at how to bring simplicity to your images and give them more impact.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Time and Tide

Why and when should use neutral density filters such as Lee Filters' Big Stopper. Paul Gallagher demonstrates a simple but effective method for long exposure photography and some of the pit falls to beware of.

read more

By: John Miskelly

Shooting Panoramas

Shooting Panoramas is popular way of capturing wide vistas or indeed bringing a different perspective to any subject matter. John Miskelly tells us how he approaches the subject.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Everyday Infra-red

Why are infra-red images typically taken in bright sunlight? is this the only way? can a diffrent approach be used and what are the consequences of this? Paul Gallagher shares his thoughts and approach to infra-red photogrpahy. An approach that results in much more sophisitcated images and many more opprtunities to get out there with your infra-red camera.

read more

By: Mike McNamee

Understanding Media

Mike McNamee concludes his explanation of the different aspects of media and ink and how the two come together to help create the perfect print with this article on choosing the right paper.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Why I shoot RAW

There are many articles out there on the web that extoll the virtues of either shooting in RAW or JPG. This article by Michael Pilkington explains why he made the choice to shoot in RAW.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Key Lessons from Photography Workshops

Why go on a workshop? You would hope that it is more than just a 'photography holiday'. After all, you are there with a top photographer so you would expect to learn something. Michael Pilkington lists the top tips he has picked up by going on workshops over the past 5 years.

read more

By: Mike McNamee

Understanding Media

Mike McNamee continues his explanation of the different aspects of media and ink and how the two come together to help create the perfect print.

read more

By: Andrew Williams

Ten things I love about Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom, now in its 4th major release, offers a comprehensive environment for processing and managing your images. Andrew Willimas tells us 10 things that really make this the platform of choice for him.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

My Top 5 Camera Accessories

Your camera bag is full of different lens and camera body, but you will have a plethora of additional bits and pieces in your bag. These are often essential to capturing your perfect image or at the very least make capturing the photo easier. Do you have a favourite camera accessory? Michael Pilkington talks about his top 5 bits of kit in his camera bag.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

The Histogram

The histogram is an invaluable in camera tool that can help ensure you get the right exposure for the image you are after. In this article, Michael Pilkington provides the essentials of reading and using your histogram.

read more

By: Mike McNamee

Understanding Media

While it is something we take for granted, paper is also something that many people know little about. Paper is vital to the image making process, it is the thing that the viewer holds in their hands when they look closely at a print. An appreciation of fine paper is an essential trait in a fine art printer or exhibition print maker. In this article, Mike McNamee gathers together the important features of what has be learned in the quest for the perfect image/printer/paper combination.

read more

By: Piet van Den Eynde

Using Flash in the Field

Using flash on location is not about adding more light, it's about being able to control the light. It is also about changing the quality of light than the quantity and a big part of getting that quality is taking the flash of the camera. Piet van den Eynde tells how.

read more

By: Sue Bishop

The Background Story

Flower photography is a very accessible subject and can be enjoyed in the field or indeed in the home. In this article Sue Bishop explores the importance of chosing the right background to promote and enhance your subject.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Black & White Photography

When we look at photographs or any images do we really need the colour aspect of the information to "see" the message the image is trying to convey? The monochrome image has been around for well over 100 years and even considering the advancements in image making and print production there remains a desire for people to see monochrome images to this day.

read more

By: Trevor Waldron

Composition - Rule of Thirds

Strong composition is one of the cornerstones of photography. It can be immensely satisfying when it works, but frustratingly difficult when struggling with decisions about where to place key subjects and how to divide the picture space. The 'Rule of Thirds' is a very simple concept which can make life easier.

read more

By: Paul Coghlin

Photography Competitions

If you've never entered a photographic competition before, you may be wondering where to start. Which contest to submit to? Which, out of all the images you have, do you enter? Even when you do chose a particular shot, how can you be reasonably sure it will stands-up well against the other competitors' pictures?

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Keith Hern

Keith Hern runs the 'Living the Dream - Going Professional workshop. During this interview we get some more insights into the man behind the commercial photographer.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Tilt and Shift Explained

Trying to get front to back focus by stopping down doesn't always work. Sometimes you have to go one step further. A tilt and shift lens brings a whole new dimension to your photography bringing more creative opportunities to the photographer.Venturing out to one of his favourite stretches of coastline in Scotland, Paul Gallagher puts the Nikon 24mm PC-E through its paces.

read more

By: Karen Messick

iPhone Photography

The iPhone equipped with a 5 megapixel camera can capture excellent photos, if the photographer is zeroing in on great compositions and understanding light. There are no camera settings to be made so working with the iPhone distills the photograph down to composition and light.

Karen Messick shares with us some of the great images she has captured and explains how she got them.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

The Joy of Printing

Printing your photographs brings a whole new dimension to your photography. To glide your cursor over the button that says "Print" is not printing at all. Printing is creating and nurturing the true potential and essence of your composition "prior" to "clicking print".

In this article, Paul Gallagher explores his love of the print and why you should really be printing more.

read more

By: Keith Hern

Living the Dream - Going Professional - Part 3

You are now in business as a photographer, and are developing a client base, have an improving grasp of your preferred methods of self-promotion, and have the basics in place to support the business. How do you keep going, keep growing the business, and avoid becoming one of those cheerful statistics that states 70% of businesses fail in the first 2-3 years?

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Photography is Art

Karen Messick is a professional photographer based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Her work covers more conventional landscape photography but she also embraces Art as Photography as a concept and uses digital technology, both in camera and in the studio to produce her unique work. In this article Karen explains her thoughts and approach to photography as art.

read more

By: Keith Hern

Living the Dream - Going Professional - Part 2

The first article will have given you a good idea of the basics that are involved in setting up a new business and what steps you will have to consider in order to make the change, so the next step is to move into the area of ’now the decision has been made how do I prepare for my new business?’

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Taking a Different Perspective

Sometimes just moving a little top the left or right can dramatically change the success and impact of an image. Paul Gallagher demonstrates this whilst reminding us that the first thing to do in photography is to put your bag down and walk!!

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Andrew Williams

In this series of articles we interview our workshop leaders to learn more about their photography.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Into The Red

In September of 2008 I received a call from Tony Howes of Advanced Camera Services who offered me the chance of trying out an infrared converted Nikon D70. My first thoughts were that I was a large format photographer and at that time not really using digital. It had also been a long time since making an infrared image and that was on film. Nonetheless I agreed.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

The World at Your Feet

Looking into the landscape, identifying what is evocative within it can bring a new dimension to your photography. It can also provide great subject matter for those many locations you visit where the grand vistas are not so grand - often just outside your doorstep.

read more

By: Paul Coghlin

Capturing the “Behind The Eyes” Series

Paul Coghlin, winner of the 2010 Black & White photography magazine photography competition provides some insights as to what inspired these images and how he went about capturing them.

read more

By: Paul Gallagher

Numb Fingers and Thumbs

Winter is here again with some heavy snowfalls. Paul Gallagher explores some of the delights and challenges of winter photography.

read more

By: Andrew Williams

Exploring Flower Photography

Flowers are a popular subject for many photographers captivated by the sight of a wild flower meadow, a stunning garden or maybe a single rose from the florist. You do not have to be a keen horticulturalist steeped in Latin names to appreciate the ephemeral beauty of a flower with their wide range of textures, colours and shapes.

read more

By: Trevor Waldron

Understanding White Balance

For many the White Balance control on a digital camera (DSLR) is one of those irritating under-the-bonnet thingies that's best ignored. For others it's an essential feature to achieve realism with anything from a wild landscape to a close portrait, or ultimately a creative tool to enhance the ’mood ’ of an image. In this article discover how White Balance works.

read more

By: Keith Hern

Living the Dream - Going Professional - Part 1

To many an enthusiast the idea seldom gets past the stage of being an idealistic dream, but there are people out there who have successfully made the transition and are now enjoying a new career that happens also to be their passion. One such individual, Keith Hern, is now working with Aspect2i and running a introductory course about making the ’big change’, or as he puts it his ’midlife career enlightenment.

read more

By: Michael Pilkington

Successful Photography

What are the key skills you need to take and make great images? There are just three key areas that you need to have a basic understanding of to achieve successful photos. This article explains what they are and provides hints and tips to create that high impact image.

read more