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

By: Michael Pilkington

How IR helped me capture one of my favourite shots

Infra-red can offer you a different perspective on the world around you.  However, the effects it produces can be garish exaggerating the highlights in the scene but there are times when this can be used to good effect.  One such occasion is in low light situations. 

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By: Paul Gallagher

Hokkaido

I have been fortunate to photograph many landscapes in a variety of different countries throughout the world but the photographs I had seen of Japan always seemed to have a difference that was difficult to categorise and I have always been drawn to places that may challenge me as a photographer.

My default position is to normally head to locations that could be regarded as remote, or certainly feel that way. As well as feeling a long way from cities and towns, the landscapes I regard as my favourites are ones that appear almost untouched, although in reality, this is seldom the case as almost all of the landscapes I have experienced have been modelled and influenced by the hands of mankind.  One of the main factors that made Japan, and Hokkaido in particular, fascinating was the apparent simplicity of the place, certainly in the deep winter months. One of the approaches I take as a landscape photographer is to distil the elements of the landscape down to understandable parts of a composition so that the photograph is not an overwhelming record of every aspect of the scene.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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By: Michael Pilkington

Andrew Williams

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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