Tips & Tutorials

Pet Photography – It’s Never Been More Popular!

5 Great Pet Portrait Photography Tips As a photography journalist I get to see a lot of rather tenuous surveys from PR companies hoping to get column inches for their clients, but one from the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) recently caught my eye. NOAH, a trade body for animal medicine in the UK, surveyed 2,000 pet owners across the country. They discovered that the average pet owner takes a whopping 260 images of their pet a year! Even…

Breaking News: New version of Lightroom announced

First, Look: Lightroom 6 Announced Adobe has announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography package with the headline news being a new version of Lightroom – version 6. “Photographers at any level are driven by their passion to capture the perfect shot and make it incredible,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products at Adobe. “Whether you shoot with a DSLR or smartphone, the Creative Cloud Photography plan gives everything you need to organise, edit and…

The Enduring Legacy of Andre Kertesz

Who is Andre Kertesz? A major exhibition of the work of Andre Kertesz is opening soon at the James Hyman Gallery in London. It is well worth going along to, as Kertesz remains one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. As with Henri Cartier Bresson, he was influenced by the surrealists and the avant-garde while living and working in Paris in the 1920s, but he also worked over several genres, including photojournalism. Indeed, Kertesz took along his…

How to Raise Money To Publish a Photography Book

Kickstarter for Photographers It’s tough out there for photographers at the moment, with commissions shrinking and stock image revenue going the same way. So an increasing number are turning to crowd-funding resources to fund creative projects. Even big names like Mary Ellen Mark, one of the finest documentary photographers to emerge in the last 50 years, have used Kickstarter to fund a book and film project. Stuart Freedman, a top photojournalist and MyPhotoSchool tutor, is using it to fund a…

5 Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape Photography Refresher With better weather finally here, the hills and mountains are now alive with walkers, photographers and other people enjoying the spring sunshine. If you have not been out with your camera for a while to shoot landscapes, your skills might be a bit rusty, so here is a quick five-point refresher course… 1) Get used to your gear again If your tripod has been stored for the winter, spend some time getting used to it again in…

Winning The Mental Battle Of Photography

How to be A Successful Photographer Being a successful photographer is all about great technique and gear, right, and that mysterious ‘eye’ that you either have or you don’t? Yes and no. While these are all essential attributes, they will come to naught if you don’t have the right mind-set. Photography is a mind game, and one which you need to win, as the stakes are high. If you allow yourself to get discouraged or depressed or demotivated, you might…

So you Want to be A Photo Journalist

Interview With Leading International Photo Journalist Stuart Freedman Eminent reportage photographer and MyPhotoSchool tutor Stuart Freedman talks about his career, motivations and exciting new course with chief blogger, Geoff Harris You have a lot to condense into your course – was it a challenge trying to encapsulate so much experience and skill? I do have a lot in my course and it was an enormous challenge to condense two decades of practical experience. However, it gave me a very valuable…

Is Nikon Getting Serious About Mirrorless?

First Look at the Nikon 1 J5. Nikon has just announced the Nikon 1 J5 , an interesting compact system (mirrorless) camera that may signal a shift in the thinking of the big two Japanese makers. It’s fair to say that Canon and Nikon came pretty late to the mirrorless party and allowed Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and other makers to test the market before jumping in. Nikon’s first mirrorless series, the Nikon 1, was respectable enough but not particularly exciting,…

Why Use The Back Button Autofocus?

The Pros & Cons of Back Button Autofocus?    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your photography and camera technique and never try new things. If you do feel you have reached a bit of a plateau, and are having particularly problems with focussing on moving subjects, it may be a good time to try back button focussing. This technique is very popular with news, sports and wildlife photographers, who see it as a faster and more…

Easter Photos With a Difference

5 Top Tips What to Shoot This Easter It’s Easter, a joyous time of new hope, Easter eggs and better weather for photography (though not necessarily if you live in the UK). If you’re not careful though, your photos from this Easter can look a lot like the ones from last Easter and the one before, so here are some tips to make your seasonal shots stand out more this year… 1) Easter egg hunts This is a great way…

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