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Action stations

September 9, 2022

One of the most difficult things you can ask a photographer (or a camera) to do, is get a pin-sharp picture of a moving subject. If the subject’s moving, then so is your camera, and if your camera’s moving, then so are you, write Andrew James and Jon Adams.

Taking a wider view

September 2, 2022

In the game of definitions and descriptions, photographers can be a vague bunch, write Jon Adams and Andrew James. But when it comes to lenses and focal lengths, we have the opportunity to be fairly precise, because the focal lengths we use have specific numbers attached.

Buzzlive: Judging the True Colours FM

August 26, 2022

Andrew and Jon talk through the images entered into the True Colour-themed Foto Mission in this Buzzlive. Find out which images caught their collective critical gaze…

Shooting with creativity and vision

July 29, 2022

Macro photography is never easy. You’re dealing with small subjects that are hard to see, and your depth of field is so limited that you know – unless you are able to do a photo stack to increase the sharpness – that a large part of your image is going to be blurred, writes Andrew James. But this is also the exciting bit. How do you use the ‘soft’ part of your image to accentuate the sharp and how do you position yourself so that the light and subject add to the story you are trying to tell.

Processing a backlit butterfly in Lightroom

July 22, 2022

Shooting some images with the main light source directly behind them will often result in more atmospheric images but it’s easy to process them the wrong way and lose the element that gives them that edge. In this Lightroom tutorial Andrew processes a butterfly shot to ensure it doesn’t lose its aesthetic qualities, even if that is at the expense of some detail.

Buzzlive: Eye Spy FM judging

July 15, 2022

Catch up on this week’s Buzzlive where we looked at the entries in the Foto Mission – Eye Spy. This session features image critiques from Andrew and Jon, as well as some excellent points from Foto-Buzz members.

Tips for summer shooting

July 8, 2022

The weather-men and women are predicting hot weather ahead, lots of sunshine, and blue skies for UK-based photographers. This isn’t something we’re generally used to and while shooting in bright conditions has its benefits, it also has its negatives, writes Andrew James and Jon Adams.

Underexposing to retain detail

July 1, 2022

There are occasions when a little underexposure isn’t necessarily a bad thing! But you need to be sure that you can underexpose, or allow the camera to underexpose, without causing issues of image degradation when you process the photo. AJ explains why and when he sometimes deliberately underexposes to retain detail. 

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