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February 2016

OF COURSE IT’S NOT ART, IS IT!
During a Dorset Arts Week exhibition a few years ago, I had a chap enter the gallery and individually inspect all 40 of my images on display. I watched with interest as he spent nearly 45 minutes scrutinising every detail from no more than 4 inches away. Finally, he walked up to me and said, “ Of course it’s not art, is it!” before scurrying away never to be seen again. I have to admit to feeling stunned, slapped in the face and deflated, not least because I had no opportunity to put my point of view over. I felt indignant, harshly treated and hurt. The course of time has softened that hurt and I now realise ...
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November 2015

THUNDERBIRD ONE
It’s been about 6 months now since taking possession of the Fuji XT1, affectionately nicknamed 'Thunderbird One' in our household. (If you get the analogy it probably says more about your age than you would like to admit.) This is not a technical review of the Fujifilm XT1; you will have to do a Google search for that. This is a reflection of how this classic little gem of a camera looks, feels and works for me. Reading through countless technical reviews was a must before taking the plunge to own one. After all, it wasn’t cheap and it had to deliver decent quality images, especially when ...
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October 2015

WHY RAW?
The aim of this post is to highlight the benefits of exposing to the right, capturing the maximum number of tones in an image and then showing how this can benefit and improve the final image. Anyone who has been on one or more of my workshops will certainly know how important good exposure is to making a good image. I frequently bang on about histograms, exposing to the right, balancing the exposure and so on. I can hear you all now saying ...oh yes! Does he go on! Anyway, the great thing about having a blog page is that I can rattle on about these things knowing I have your full and ...
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September 2015

ACCURACY OF NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTERS
Being used to hosting a regular program of workshops in the south of England and in particular Dorset, I find myself regularly tutoring photographers in the art and craft of using neutral density (ND) filters. For anyone who is unfamiliar with how or why neutral density filters can be useful for landscape photography, please see the brief explanation below. There are two types of neutral density filters: ND Graduated Filters, often called grads, are used to balance an exposure when parts of the image are brighter than the range of light the camera can record. The top half of the filter has a ...
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August 2015

DIGITAL SLR AUTOFOCUS CALIBRATION
I realised today that I haven't calibrated my camera's autofocus recently. Keeping your lenses calibrated so that they focus on the correct plane is essential to producing pin sharp images. No matter how good your technique is, if you use the autofocus system on your camera to focus and it is not focusing in the correct place, then this will virtually always produce soft images. I thought it would be useful to see how far out a lens can be set at when attached to our ...