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My new digital photography workshop schedule fo...

Published December 13th, 2011

Here is the new winter/spring 2012 workshop schedule for my digital photography workshops.

I am introducing a range of new workshops and locations for 2012. You will also see I have teamed up with two more very talented photographers as co-leaders on some special locations. I will be posting full details of these workshops on my website in a few days time and soon you will be able to book and pay online via PayPal. Direct booking via email will still be available.

As a special offer for the new season I am offering the first ten who book and pay their deposits a 10% discount off of the cost of a workshop in the schedule. This does not apply to Capture-to-Computer workshops but will apply to one-to-ones. (just four reduced places now remaining)

If your family or friends are struggling to buy the perfect gift for you, why not suggest they buy you one of my gift vouchers. They can select any value they wish from £10 upwards and it can be redeemed against any workshop, one-to-one or Cap ...

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How do I get the starburst effect on sunset and...

Published August 7th, 2011

I posted this image a couple of days ago on Flickr and was asked how I got the starburst effect on the sun so I thought I would post the answer for others who might like to try it.

The solution is very simple but timing is everything. First make sure your lens and any filters you are using are very clean and as scratch free as possible. Any smudges or dirt on the lens/filters along with scratches make the chance of getting unsightly flare effects much higher.

The next step is to be in place and have your shot composed in plenty of time. It is easy to get to a location before sunset and be moving around making images while losing track of how close the sun is getting to the horizon. I try to find the very best composition I can in good time, get everything set and then wait for the sun to dip to the horizon. I keep making exposures and checking the histogram every minute or two to make sure my exposure is spot on as the light levels are changing very quickly by this point. This is so ...

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My entry to the Landscape Photographer of the Y...

Published July 14th, 2011

Like all of us I agonised over this years entry to Landscape Photographer of the Year (LPOTY). Some landscapers have issues with the competition which I understand but I think the competition does nothing but good for photography in the UK and should be supported and encouraged. I think Charlie Waite has created a great showcase for some fabulous images and each year it gets better. (The closing date is tomorrow, 15th July at mid-day, so get your entries in quick).

I would love it to be based on a portfolio of images to decide the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ as this would select a photographer who consistently produces excellence. Last years winner, Antony Spencer, was one such photographer - an amazing and very hard working photographer who produces stunning images year round.

For those of us who make our living from photography or who aspire to, the competition is one way to raise our profile and help us secure work. I think it is safe to say most, if not all, of the previ ...

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