How to shoot night scenes without a tripod

We’ve all been there. Wandering around a city at night, and we come across a great composition. Unfortunately, although you’ve still got your camera with you, the tripod is still sitting in your hotel room as you weren’t planning on any serious shooting. You turn on the camera and set…

Astrophotography basics

I thought it might be helpful to do a brief post as a starting point for astrophotography (i.e. pictures of the night sky). It’s a huge topic and you can spend thousands on equipment such as telescopes, specialist cameras and more… but what if you want to start out with…

Is it photoshopped?

I recently posted an image of the moon rising over Ely Cathedral (below, for those of you not following my Facebook page) – in among the comment thread on a local group appeared the all-too common query: “Is it photoshopped?” This is a tricky question to answer. The short answer is…

Ely Cathedral Octagon – processing

I recently posted a picture showing some detail of Ely Cathedral’s Octagonal “lantern” tower, and was asked what processing was involved – so here goes: This is the original “out of camera” shot: 16mm, f/5, 1/13 sec, ISO100 Because of the bright sunlight, I’d exposed for the highlights here (I…

HTC 10 camera – RAW vs JPG

Thanks to my mobile phone dying earlier this week, I’ve just acquired a new HTC 10. Exploring the new device, I discovered that the camera has the ability to shoot in RAW. As someone who exclusively shoots in RAW with my “real” camera, I was curious how effective this would be…

Print Portfolio competition – Journey on the Paris Metro

My local photography club had a print portfolio competition this week. Print portfolio competitions require you to enter a set of images that have some sort of theme or thread to them, and part of the judging accounts for this as well as the individual picture quality. For my entry,…

Paris with the Sony 28mm F2.0 lens

Note: this is NOT a technical lens review, and most images are processed in some way. Don’t expect pictures of brick walls 🙂 I recently took a trip to Paris, and while there decided to put the 28mm F2.0 lens to work. A common complaint of the Sony A7 line…

Tutorial: Adding a hazy glow effect to landscapes with the High Pass filter

I recently showed a picture to colleagues where I’d added a light haze effect to a woodland scene. Although fairly subtle, it added a little magic, and I was asked how it was done. I figured I’d do a quick tutorial. This effect uses the high-pass filter in Photoshop. The technique…

Tutorial: Panoramic Milky Way

Back in September 2015, we were on holiday in Tenerife. If you weren’t aware, the island is essentially a large volcano, and the national park formed by the caldera is blessed with clear, dark skies. I decided to try a panoramic shot of the milky way as I’d seen these…

Continuing the blog- some more from Iceland

I figured this would be as good a place as any to continue posting “photography stuff” of interest, with processing tips and so on, rather than letting it languish unloved. Recently, I’ve been looking back through some images from my trips and processed a couple more from Iceland. In the…