The West Ring

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Puppy Party

April 23rd, 2009 by Iain · No Comments

We spent last weekend in the west country visiting my parents.  By sheer good fortune we were able to meet up with people for walkies on both days.  On the Saturday we met Alison and Nicky with their respective hounds in Cricklade and had a walk in North Meadow.  It’s a lovely place to walk, [...]

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Is It The CPS, Or Is It Just CRAP?

April 9th, 2009 by Iain · No Comments

Whilst having lunch the other week I had a bit of a brainwave.  Given that there are a number of keen photographers amongst my colleagues here at Charter, we should really get out and about together.  My thinking being that we could learn from each other.  In particular, I was curious to try and understand [...]

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Tags: Photography · Photography Projects

The Hawk Conservancy

March 24th, 2009 by Iain · No Comments

Courtesy of T4 Cameras, Canon and my dad (he sent me the newsletter ) I had a fabulous day out at the Hawk Conservancy near Andover on Sunday.  (Yes, I spent Mother’s Day with my dad…)  They put on some wonderful, informative and humourous flying displays and the staff are very friendly and helpful. I [...]

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Photography in Challenging Conditions

April 20th, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

Last weekend we took the hounds to an off-lead socialisation event organised by Greyhound Gap. The idea behind this is that it’s a chance for the hounds to run off-lead in a safe environment, something that not all of them are able to do very often. Though ours do get to run off-lead we like [...]

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Competition Entry – High Key Heat

April 2nd, 2008 by Iain · 3 Comments

I finally found a brief moment of time to take a picture for the DSLR Photography magazine competition. I arrived home Monday evening to find the gorgeous evening sun streaming through the living room window and I knew I had to act fast as I didn’t have long. I placed a piece of A3 paper [...]

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Photoshop’s Preview Option – A Top Tip

March 31st, 2008 by Iain · No Comments

It might be that this is entirely obvious to everyone bar me, but I’m going to post it anyway! When you’re making adjustments using one of the pop-ups (levels: my new favourite toy ) actually use the preview option. Don’t just leave it checked, watch the changes and try and visualise the difference – de-select [...]

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Tags: Photography · Software · Tips

Is Your Exif Data Missing?

March 29th, 2008 by Iain · 7 Comments

I recently noticed a few pictures that I’d uploaded to Flickr didn’t have any Exif data(and in fact still don’t as I haven’t changed them yet). I don’t know about you, but if I see a picture that I like I often take a look at the Exif, primarily as a learning exercise. The fact [...]

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Tags: Photography · Tips

Sunset + Coast != Magic

March 17th, 2008 by Iain · 2 Comments

I don’t know whether to be disappointed or laugh at my naivety. Let me explain. Our holiday cottage in Cornwall was booked long before the 350D arrived and blew me away with its potential. In the weeks before the holiday I read a load of back issues of a variety of photographic magazines (thanks go [...]

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How The Rights To Your Photo Are Being Hijacked Through Photo Contests & Social Media

February 19th, 2008 by Iain · 3 Comments

I’ve just read a very interesting and thought-provoking post by Jim M. Goldstein in his blog. The gist of it is that if you’re entering any sort of contest or even posting your pictures on the likes of Facebook then you’re possibly handing over all future rights to that image. Read his post, it’s worthwhile! [...]

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There Are No Excuses Now!

February 19th, 2008 by Iain · 2 Comments

Dad has very generously lent me one of his lenses on a long term loan. It’s the Canon EF 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM so a real step from the kit lens. I’m looking forward to picking it up at the weekend and giving it a whirl. For those not up with the Canon acronyms the [...]

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