Monthly Archives: February 2014

The power of the close up

Close up photograph of a pelican

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I was walking through St.James’ Park near Westminster in London the other day with some of our students. The pelicans who have made themselves at home, were sitting very close to the path next to the railings around the lake. Lots of tourists were taking pictures with their cameras and iPhones. Moving between the students giving them advice, I thought it would be interesting to do a really close-up picture of a pelicans head to show them what could be achieved. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance.

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Photographing the Olympics

You may have read the post on this site back in December last year about the death of Monte Fresco. Monte was the Daily Mirror’s chief sports photographer. I mentioned in that story how the job of sports photographer is now commonplace but how it was not always so. I can remember a time in ‘Fleet Street’ when there were no more than perhaps four or five, with much less sophisticated cameras than we have now. How times have changed.

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My friend Darren, who is a photographer himself, is just entering the world of sports photography. He sent me one of his recent pictures earlier this week, it’s of a Romford Raiders ice hockey player powering along the ice at their home stadium in the Romford Ice Arena. A fitting photograph as the Winter Olympics have just finished.

I’ll let Darren’s e.mail continue the story:

“I’ve been following the sports photographers at the winter Olympics with great interest (together with the competitors). I attach one of my favourite images. As a part time sports photographer, I have made lots of notes and have collected lots of tips from all the sports photographers’ blogs who are at the Winter Olympics. Continue reading

New Nikon…


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Nikon D4s announced today. In the shops from 6th March 2014, check out all the spec’s here at Nikon UK. At a shade over £5000, it’ll be interesting to see what users think as and when it becomes generally available. Having had a chance to have a brief look at the specs, particularly the video aspect, I think this will give the Canon 1DX a run for it’s money.

Published on Amazon Kindle.

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As you may or may not know a while ago I published my own little handbook on how to use and take pictures on a digital camera. I found most of the other books that I read about this subject too confusing, concentrating more on the technical side rather than getting you up and running taking pictures. I decided to write my own handbook Continue reading


Not a photographer, but one of the worlds great visual artists. A sculpter, painter, architect and poet. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, was born 6th March 1475 and died 18th February 1564 aged 88.

If photography had been around in his lifetime he would probably have been a great photographer as well.

Best £35 I ever spent..

landscape photograph taken in Italy with early morning mist

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If you have been to or attended a workshop at our Gallery there’s a good chance that you would have seen this picture hanging on the wall. I took it years ago, before digital was even a twinkle in anybodies eye. Remember film, curly stuff with sprocket holes, came in a metal can, how long ago that seems now.

This picture was taken in Italy where I was on location for YOU Continue reading

Going up..

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I took this picture while I was teaching a night workshop on the south side of the river last year. We were working around Southwark Cathedral and Borough Market, the students were getting some great shots. I managed to grab this while moving between groups. As you will have guessed the building on the right of the picture is The Shard, obviously what appealed to me was the arrow of the ‘one way street’ pointing up as well. I think having a little of the Cathedral with its old stone creeping in on the right hand side provides a nice contrast as well. It was quite a difficult picture to compose, there wasn’t a lot of room to manoeuvre to get everything in. I ended up using a wide angle lens to make it work, worth the effort I think.

Technical info: Leica D Lux 6, 24 to 90mm zoom (35mm equivalent) at 24mm. The exposure was 1/250th of a second at f1.4, the ISO was 800.