Camera Skills

Aperture choice

When you start out as a photographer, the term aperture and the affect it has on your photo is something of a mystery, writes Andrew James & Jon Adams. But, as you start to develop your understanding ...

Autumnal Wildlife Opportunities

Autumn is the time of year I think the countryside gets interesting, writes Andrew James. There’s nothing wrong with summer of course – it’s great for all sorts of photography but sometimes the overlo...

The lowdown on Low Key

When photographers talk about the highlights and the shadows in a picture, the looseness of language means that they’re often talking about the brighter and darker tones on display in the frame, write...

High Key style wildlife

In this article I am going to look at how you can use the High-Key style in your wildlife photography, writes Andrew James. There are two elements to this and we’ll deal with each one of them in turn....

Understanding High Key

Most photographers bump into the term ‘high key’ at some early stage in their exploration of the hobby, but over the years – and especially with the growth of ‘experts’ on the Internet – the descripti...

Shooting architectural plants

When it comes to photographing flowers and plants, the thing that really interests me is not the subject itself necessarily, but its structure and relationship with its surroundings. In particular, it...

Choosing a macro lens

When you've been bitten by the photography bug, after the usual focal lengths have been covered by a zoom or two, a macro lens is often the first optic that will attract serious interest. It's easy to...

Photographing bee behaviour

Back garden wildlife is an absorbing and accessible subject. In this article we take a look at bees through a macro lens, writes Andrew James. With the lockdown situation we've all been in and to a la...

Creative colour with oil & water

This is an ultra-simple way to use a mixture of oil and water to get some wow photos, writes Andrew James. You won't need any extra lighting other than your iPhone and a normal torch, but to be honest...

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