Tips & Tutorials

Happy Birthday Photoshop

25 Years Old And Still As Controversial As Ever! Adobe Photoshop, the image editing software that’s so commonly used it’s become a verb (‘to Photoshop’) is 25 this week. The program as we know it dates back to in 1987, when Thomas Knoll developed a pixel-imaging program called Display. It was just a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor, but after collaborating with his brother, John, the two began adding features that made it possible to…

New Nikon SLR Reaches For The Stars

First Look At The New Nikon D810A We are not halfway through February yet but it is turning into a bumper month for new camera releases. Last week saw the upgrade of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the new 50.6MP SLRs from Canon, and now Nikon has announced the D810A, which it claims is the first full-frame D-SLR engineered for astrophotography. This is a modified version of Nikon’s D810, a 36Mp bruiser which used to the highest resolution SLR you…

Interview With Master Photographer Clive Nichols

Clive Nichols Flower & Garden Photographer Clive Nichols is one of the UK’s leading garden, flower and plant photographers with a stock collection of over 60,000 images. We are proud to now have Clive as a tutor, and here he talks about his career, technique and inspirations. What do you need to be a garden photographer? Patience, as you have to wait for a garden to be at its best. Sometimes the weather can spoil the whole season and you…

Shooting Chinese New Year

How to Photograph Chinese New Year While Hogmanay may seem a distant and bleary memory, the fun is just about to start in East Asia. The Chinese New Year officially stars around February 19th, and it’s celebrated by Chinese people all over the world; meanwhile areas as diverse as Vietnam and Tibet also celebrate their new year in February. So, even if you can’t get over to China this month, most big cities with a community of Chinese descent will…

iPhone 6 For Photographers

iPhone 6 Camera Review Apple’s iPhone 6 has been around for a while and with Christmas over, there are now some good deals to be had. The market has moved on though, and the iPhone 6 is far from being the only game in town when it comes to cool smartphone-camera features. The quality of the camera (and the accompanying apps) is often a key consideration when buying a new smartphone, so with this in mind, let’s see what the…

Better Valentine’s Day Portraits – Plus 10% Offer!

4 Great Tips for Better Valentine’s Day Portraits Valentine’s Day – we love it. After a long, dark winter, it is the first real hint that spring’s on the way, and is a time of year that is sure to melt even the most cynical heart. To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, here’s a great offer. We have arranged with Arena Flowers to give away a free bouquet of roses to the first four people to book a course with MyPhotoSchool…

New Canon 50Mp 5DS & 5DS R Announced

Canon’s 50Mp SLR Becomes King Of The Resolution Castle Typical – you wait several years for Canon to release a new high resolution full-frame SLR and then over 50 million of them come at once. Pixels, that is. Yes, Canon has silenced the critics (myself included) who watched in surprise as they allowed Nikon to pretty much dominate the market for reasonably priced full-frame SLRs, and poach some big names pros in the process. The game changed on Friday when…

The Importance of Networking for Pro Photographers

Why Networking For Pro Photographers Is So Important To A Successful Business Running a professional photography business is just that, a business, and once you have got all the techniques nailed for your particular genre and bought all the gear, there are lot of wider business lessons to learn. One of the best things you can do for your business is to be a good networker. By this I don’t mean you need to become some oily schmoozer who makes…

6 Tips For Pin Sharp Images

Why Aren’t My Shots Sharp Enough? Lack of sharpness is one of the biggest problems in photography, along with blown out highlights, poor composition and other easily spotted rookie errors. While autofocus systems on digital cameras are more powerful and intuitive than ever, they can’t work miracles and often you need to ensure your basic camera craft is there to keep your shots sharp. Don’t assume you can fix softness in software either – while the Unsharp Mask feature in…

New Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII

Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII Review: First Impressions The Olympus OM-D E-M5 raised the bar for compact system cameras when it was released back in 2012, being a digital ‘reimagining’ of the classic Olympus OM 35mm SLR. The OM-D was aimed at pros as well as well-heeled amateurs, and although Olympus hasn’t been able persuade a large number of leading pros to trade in their SLRs, it’s got some big names on-board. The company has now announced the E-M5 Mark II….

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