There’s always something to photograph – try something new, test yourself.

On a recent trip to New Zealand I found myself exploring lots of different locations with lots (and lots!) of different photo opportunities. Having been a professional photographer for over 20 years I would like […]

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Recognise the Oportunity.

Sometimes successful people aren’t necessarily the best at what they do but a trait that is found in a lot of them, along with many others of course, is an ability to recognise when an […]

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How to photograph stained glass using real world examples and showing before and after post-production images.

A comprehensive guide on how to photograph stained glass using a recent shoot as an example.   All pictures shown in this article were taken for Balliol College, Oxford (www.balliol.ox.ac.uk) after stained glass removal, cleaning […]

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Camera, local knowledge and perfect weather doesn’t always lead to perfect pictures!

I often see articles about how a photographer should always have their camera with them just in case they come across a scene that is perfect timing for a perfect picture. Serendipity. However, realistically speaking […]

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Elderberry Syrup

Now that might be an unusual title for a photography blog but bear with me!   Every year my Christmas rush for school, pre-school and nursery pictures starts at the beginning of September. That’s a […]

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Dufay dioptichrome or Lumiere autochrome? World War 1 photography.

Towards the end of last year I took some pictures for a client of a rather unusual object. My client called and said she had in her possession a photograph of an ancestor and his […]

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Passport photographs

New rules for UK passport photographs.   For many years passport photos have been more ‘mug-shot’ than ‘portrait’. No smiling, straight on to camera, nothing covering the face, even lighting etc. This is to do […]

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Reproduction photography

Over the years I’ve done a lot of repro photography for various clients but mainly Colleges at Oxford University. This could be for record purposes, insurance purposes or simply to produce images of items that […]

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Part 2 – How to take better pictures of your children, age specific and other tips.

Part 2 of 2 – Age specific tips for photographing people.       Here’s a few more tips for taking pictures of particular age groups:   0-1 year olds: Don’t make really abrupt movements. […]

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How to take better pictures of your children

Part 1 of 2 – General tips for taking better pictures of your children.     I’ve been a professional photographer since 1997 and I’ve shot a lot of school, nursery and pre-school pictures in […]

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