Photography articles

Why I decided to have more than one photographic blog

For the whole time I have been taking photographs I have been bothered by one issue more than any others. It all boils down to the publishing of images. This issue is that of keeping images in distinct streams for what they are. A small number of my images are portfolio worthy, more are pretty good (if I do say so myself), a few are for keeping track of camera setups, ideas and plans and others are no more than 'visual tweets'. The issue of publishing was that of keeping them separate and with strong enough content on each of them that they could stand on their own.

With all the sites that have sprung up with the whole 'web 2.0' thing and one of those that manages to survive from round one I finally feel that the issue is almost at an end… only time will tell how well this new policy of mine stands.

Here is how it boils down:

Portfolio worthy: Coming soon - hosted on this site;

The good: Flickr - http ...

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2010 : The year of photographic expression

As the title suggests 2010 is going to be a year where I take more and print off more photos. Some will be normal photo's but hopefully some will be more meaningful and deeper, try new techniques, perfect other techniques or just more interesting. I want to get out of my comfort zone and push the boundaries (but on a low budget!). If you have any ideas for techniques to try, places to go or even how you started to push your photographic skills then let me know in the comments below.You can follow my exploits on Flickr

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10 Photographs of?

A group of friends and I have recently started doing photographic projects to teach ourselves more and have a bit of fun while doing it. The best 10 of each of our results to be posted to Flickr or facebook...Here is my 10 of... Liverpoolhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosthedesigner/sets/72157623119583256/

Interested in taking part (UK Northwest, Cheshire, Wirral Only) then let me know below.

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Photographic rules and tips that everybody should know

When you are out and about taking photographs you can sometimes make some stupid and silly mistakes, especially when you are in a rush. If you follow most of these rules and tips then you should hopefully never miss a moment, break your equipment or injure yourself. Feel free to comment your own basic rules and tips below. I will add them onto the lists.Basic

  1. Always take the lens cap off.
  2. Make sure the camera is on.
  3. A big aperture number is a small hole.
  4. Set the ISO correctly for the scene. Don't leave it at what it was for your last shoot.

Preparation

  1. Charge your battery the day before a shoot.
  2. Copy photos of the memory card after a shoot then wipe the card for next time.
  3. If you are taking a tripod make sure you remember to bring the camera mount!

Safety

  1. Don't try and take photos while crossing a busy road.

Equipment protection

  1. Always have the strap round your neck. You will drop it at some point.
  2. Put your ...
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Snap a day (work in progress)

Another fun but long term project for 2010. I am going to try to take a photo a day all year and then mash-up the results in to another form such as a video or photo mosaic. Look out for the partial results as the year goes by.

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HDR Photographs

Had my first proper go with HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography yesterday and I have to say I am pleased with the results. One of my friends, Dave, has written a blog post about HDR which summarizes the details nicely so if you want to get clued up then head over there for more info. If you want to see more of my HDR images then head over to Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosthedesigner/collections/72157623175252182/

I followed this tutorial http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/HDR_ps/hdr-ps.htm which was really easy to follow and got great results.

HDT Fisheye image of the interior of Chester Cathedral

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