Category Archives: Tutorial

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…

January 15th, 2018 Tutorial

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…

September 14th, 2016 Tutorial

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…

July 2nd, 2016 Photo, Tutorial

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…

February 2nd, 2016 Tutorial

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…

January 6th, 2016 Tutorial