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The Letterbox Crop

The Letterbox Crop

Quite often on our workshops we talk about the ‘Letterbox Crop’, particularly when theres perhaps not much going on in the sky or the immediate foreground of a composition. We all view our surroundings from around 5 to 6ft from the ground, so when an image is taken from either a lower or elevated viewpoint it […]

Spring Woodland Photography

Spring Woodland Photography

Although it’s still rather chilly and there’s a howling gale blowing outside as I write this, our new workshop season is now just a couple of weeks away and we’re looking forward to getting out for a bit of spring photography after a winter of workshop hibernation! There are already a few interesting subjects springing […]

Photographing Autumn Colours in Yorkshire

Photographing Autumn Colours in Yorkshire

Despite the recent mini-heatwave there are definite hints of autumn in the air with the nights drawing in and one or two lovely morning mists – lovely for the landscape photographer at least, not necessarily the commuter! Autumn has to be my favourite time for landscape photography and the period of optimum autumn colour never […]

Black and White Images using Photoshop

Black and White Images using Photoshop

From the end of November to early spring the British landscape becomes a bit more sparse, many of the trees are bare, the grasses are short and more often than not we have grey dull days. Fear not! as these grey, overcast, dull days are perfect for a spot of Black and White photography. However it’s […]

Time of Year and Direction of Light

Time of Year and Direction of Light

Light is a subject that we talk about rather a lot on our workshops. Different times of day – sunrise, sunset, twilight and weather conditions all play their part in determining how your selected landscape subject is lit. Also, time of year has a big impact on lighting your subject due to the different direction […]

Depth of Field and Sensor Format

Depth of Field and Sensor Format

Depth of field is a subject that we talk about rather a lot on our workshops, so I thought it would be worth having a look at it specifically with reference to camera sensor format, particularly as we are seeing an increasing number of workshop participants with compact system cameras with smaller sensor formats such […]

A Big Stopper in Northumberland

A Big Stopper in Northumberland

So the trip was booked, a week at the Northumberland Coast… Perfect! It was in fact a very special trip as it was our honeymoon. Therefore not a photography trip at all, but we had planned to walk the coastline each day. So I was thinking that I probably shouldn’t spend the evenings and early […]

A guide to HDR Photography

A guide to HDR Photography

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a way of capturing and processing images that allows for a wider and deeper tonal range of colors. The “Dynamic Range” is the difference between the lightest and darkest areas that you can capture in a single image. Quite often we are faced with a high-contrast scene where our […]

Intentional Camera Movement

Intentional Camera Movement

One of the things we try to get across in our workshops is the importance of having a good, sturdy tripod to keep your camera nice and still and those images nice and sharp, especially when working with the longer exposures that we inevitably encounter as landscape photographers.  However, once in a while it’s good […]

Exposure Blending in Photoshop

Exposure Blending in Photoshop

If you’ve been on one of our workshops, one of the things that you will have noticed most is that we mention the histogram rather a lot!  It really is the key to accurate exposure in digital photography so understanding it and looking at it after every exposure is essential.  Once you’ve grasped what it’s […]

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