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WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT: Restricting Depth of Field

WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT: Restricting Depth of Field | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Differential focusing: Restricting depth of field for effect.
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Looking for photography inspiration this weekend?  Why not enter our Depth of Field Challenge and upload your best results to our FREE monthly photo competition for a chance to win a 4 week online photography course of your choice
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Camera Insurance Explained

Camera Insurance Explained | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Do I Need Camera Insurance? If you don’t have any kind of insurance for your precious camera and lenses, it’s time to start thinking about getting some – and if you don’t have any insurance and you are working as a commercial photographer, you could find yourself in big trouble. There is an old saying that insurance and pensions are only interesting when you need them, and it’s very true… General insurance Since a decent collection of camera bodies and...
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Do You Need Camera Insurance?
We look at the different options and weigh up the pros and cons of dedicated camera insurance vs. other insurance policies like home and contents insurance.

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Fresh Ideas For May Day Photography

Fresh Ideas For May Day Photography | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
What to Shoot This May Day Public Holiday Today is May 1st, an important day in many parts of the world. As well as marking the start of summer and the promise of rebirth and renewal, it’s also a day loaded with left-wing political significance in many countries. When it comes to photographing May day you have a lot of options, so here are some ideas to get you started… Traditional European celebrations May day could be a quite a...
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Looking for ideas on what to photograph this may day bank holiday? Here we give you several examples and suggestion where to get out with your camera and capture the essence of spring.

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Pet Photography – It’s Never Been More Popular!

Pet Photography – It’s Never Been More Popular! | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
5 Great Pet Portrait Photography Tips As a photography journalist I get to see a lot of rather tenuous surveys from PR companies hoping to get column inches for their clients, but one from the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) recently caught my eye. NOAH, a trade body for animal medicine in the UK, surveyed 2,000 pet owners across the country. They discovered that the average pet owner takes a whopping 260 images of their pet a year! Even...
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5 Great Pet Portrait Photography TipsWant to Take better Pet portraits? Its estimated we take a whopping 260 images of our pets a year. Here is how to improve your pet photography.
See ==> http://www.my-photo-school.com/2015/04/24/pet-photography-its-never-been-more-popular/
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The Enduring Legacy of Andre Kertesz

The Enduring Legacy of Andre Kertesz | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Who is Andre Kertesz? A major exhibition of the work of Andre Kertesz is opening soon at the James Hyman Gallery in London. It is well worth going along to, as Kertesz remains one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. As with Henri Cartier Bresson, he was influenced by the surrealists and the avant-garde while living and working in Paris in the 1920s, but he also worked over several genres, including photojournalism. Indeed, Kertesz took along his...
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Who is Andre Kertesz?

Kertesz remains one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, although few people outside of the cognoscenti know who he is.

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5 Landscape Photography Tips

5 Landscape Photography Tips | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Landscape Photography Refresher With better weather finally here, the hills and mountains are now alive with walkers, photographers and other people enjoying the spring sunshine. If you have not been out with your camera for a while to shoot landscapes, your skills might be a bit rusty, so here is a quick five-point refresher course… 1) Get used to your gear again If your tripod has been stored for the winter, spend some time getting used to it again in...
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Need a quick refresher on your landscape photography skills? Here are 5 great tips to get you back in the driving seat to make some awesome landscape photography images.

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So you Want to be A Photo Journalist

So you Want to be A Photo Journalist | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Interview With Leading International Photo Journalist Stuart Freedman Eminent reportage photographer and MyPhotoSchool tutor Stuart Freedman talks about his career, motivations and exciting new course with chief blogger, Geoff Harris You have a lot to condense into your course – was it a challenge trying to encapsulate so much experience and skill? I do have a lot in my course and it was an enormous challenge to condense two decades of practical experience. However, it gave me a very valuable...
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So You Want to Become a Professional Documentary Photographer? In this interview with international reportage photographer Stuart Freedman, he talks about his new 8 week online photography course An Introduction to Professional Reportage, Documentary & Photo Journalism

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Why Use The Back Button Autofocus?

Why Use The Back Button Autofocus? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
The Pros & Cons of Back Button Autofocus?    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with your photography and camera technique and never try new things. If you do feel you have reached a bit of a plateau, and are having particularly problems with focussing on moving subjects, it may be a good time to try back button focussing. This technique is very popular with news, sports and wildlife photographers, who see it as a faster and more...
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Do you have problems focusing on fast moving subjects? Then it may be a good time to try back button focusing. This technique can be further enhance by decoupling focusing from the shutter button and assigning it to the AF button.

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Better Composition In 5 Easy Steps

Better Composition In 5 Easy Steps | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Understanding Photographic Composition Composition is one of the hardest aspects of photography as it’s very subjective – what you might think is nice framing might not appeal to somebody else. While it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s also true that there are some common pitfalls that you should avoid to ensure more effective framing. With this in mind, here are five quick ways of getting more creative and pleasing compositions. 1) Changing your angle...
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You never stop learning about Photographic composition. Here with the help of Tony Worobiec's stunning imagery we give you 5 easy steps to better composition. Plus 2 FREE eBooks to further your study

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Posing vs. Candid – What’s Best For Street & Travel Photography?

Posing vs. Candid – What’s Best For Street & Travel Photography? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Are Posed Images True Street Photography Or Are Candid Images The Only Ones That Count? I recently got involved in an interesting debate on the Facebook page of the APF Magazine Street Photography Group about ‘staged versus candid’ when it comes to portraits in street and travel photography. One of the senior members of the group seemed to criticise an image of an Indian saddhu for being staged, and came up with this equation. "Guys – it’s really not so...
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Are posed images true street photography or are candid images the only ones that count? What is best for street photography?

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Photography & The Law: Know Your Rights

Photography & The Law: Know Your Rights | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
The news that Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger recently got stopped by police for using a tripod on Hampstead Heath in London shows that even the great and good aren’t immune from hassle when it comes to photography. So, here’s a quick update of what you can and can’t do as a photographer in the UK. Please note this is written as general advice only for readers in the UK, and is NOT legal advice or guidance. While other countries like...
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Do you know your rights as a photographer? If you were stopped and questioned by police or security would you know where you stand? In this article we explain what you can and can not do as a photographer out on the street. 

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How to Photograph St Patrick’s Day

How to Photograph St Patrick’s Day | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
After a long, dull winter, things start to get lively again in March and St Patrick’s Day is guaranteed to bring out the green on Tuesday March 17. While not everywhere celebrates it with the same gusto as Dublin or Boston, chances are there is something St Paddy’s-related going on where you live. Pubs and bars The Irish (and wannabe Irish) are known to like the occasional drink, so bars are often great places to soak up the craic –...
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Pro Photography: The Importance Of Customer Care

Pro Photography: The Importance Of Customer Care | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Customer Care For Your Photography Business Customer care is one of the bedrocks of modern marketing theory, but there is much more to it than replacing faulty goods or giving refunds, like the customer care desk at a big supermarket. It’s much more about being customer-focussed – anticipating and meeting customer needs, making clients feel valued, seeking and listening to feedback, and so on. Here are some ideas of how it can be used in the sphere of commercial photography....
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Looking to improve your Customer Care For Your Photography Business? Customer care is much more about being customer-focussed – anticipating and meeting customer needs, making clients feel valued.

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How to Shoot Early Spring Flowers

How to Shoot Early Spring Flowers | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Tips On How To Photograph Spring Flowers As I look out of my home office window I can already see spring flowers are getting established here in the UK, so it’s the perfect time to start to brush up your flower photography techniques. Getting natural-looking images of early spring flowers is a different skill to shooting still-life flowers or even formal gardens in high summer, so here is a quick refresher of the equipment and skills you need. Camera and...
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Spring is on it way and this is a fabulous time for flower photography. Here are some great tips on how to shoot early spring flowers including Snowdrops, Daffodils, Magnolia, Wisteria & Clematis.

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Sony World Photography Awards Revealed

Sony World Photography Awards Revealed | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Sony World Photography Of The Year 2015 The winning images have just been announced in this year’s Sony Word Photography Awards, and provide plenty of inspiration. The overall winner was US press photographer John Moore, who won the Iris D’Or award for his work documenting the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Let’s look more closely at Moore’s work, before that some other award-winning entries from the UK. John Moore. “I had covered many areas of war and conflict, humanitarian disasters and...
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The Importance Of Blogging For Photographers

The Importance Of Blogging For Photographers | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Why Professional Photographs Need A Blog It may seem a tad odd that I am writing a blog about blogging, but it’s surprisingly how many photographers still don’t realise what an incredibly powerful tool it is for raising your profile and getting new business. Whether you blog via WordPress or one of the many WordPress template services, or use a specific blogging tool, it’s well worth getting into blogging without further delay 1) Why blogging matters I mentioned in an...
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Why Professional Photographs Need A Blog
Do you need a blog to be a successful photographer?  In today's world of social media Facebook, Google+ and Twitter are an important part of your marketing strategy and blogging gives you the content to service these outlets. 

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Breaking News: New version of Lightroom announced

Breaking News: New version of Lightroom announced | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
First, Look: Lightroom 6 Announced Adobe has announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography package with the headline news being a new version of Lightroom – version 6. “Photographers at any level are driven by their passion to capture the perfect shot and make it incredible,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products at Adobe. “Whether you shoot with a DSLR or smartphone, the Creative Cloud Photography plan gives everything you need to organise, edit and..
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How to Raise Money To Publish a Photography Book

How to Raise Money To Publish a Photography Book | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Kickstarter for Photographers It’s tough out there for photographers at the moment, with commissions shrinking and stock image revenue going the same way. So an increasing number are turning to crowd-funding resources to fund creative projects. Even big names like Mary Ellen Mark, one of the finest documentary photographers to emerge in the last 50 years, have used Kickstarter to fund a book and film project. Stuart Freedman, a top photojournalist and MyPhotoSchool tutor, is using it to fund a..
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Winning The Mental Battle Of Photography

Winning The Mental Battle Of Photography | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to be A Successful Photographer Being a successful photographer is all about great technique and gear, right, and that mysterious ‘eye’ that you either have or you don’t? Yes and no. While these are all essential attributes, they will come to naught if you don’t have the right mind-set. Photography is a mind game, and one which you need to win, as the stakes are high. If you allow yourself to get discouraged or depressed or demotivated, you might...
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So you want to be a more successful photographer?  In this article we give you a few slogans and insights to help you keep your head on track.

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Is Nikon Getting Serious About Mirrorless?

Is Nikon Getting Serious About Mirrorless? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
First Look at the Nikon 1 J5. Nikon has just announced the Nikon 1 J5 , an interesting compact system (mirrorless) camera that may signal a shift in the thinking of the big two Japanese makers. It’s fair to say that Canon and Nikon came pretty late to the mirrorless party and allowed Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and other makers to test the market before jumping in. Nikon’s first mirrorless series, the Nikon 1, was respectable enough but not particularly exciting,...
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Is Nikon Getting Serious About Mirrorless? Here we take a first look at the new Nikon 1 J5. Nikon came pretty late to the mirrorless party and allowed Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and other makers to get ahead of the competition.

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Easter Photos With a Difference

Easter Photos With a Difference | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
5 Top Tips What to Shoot This Easter It’s Easter, a joyous time of new hope, Easter eggs and better weather for photography (though not necessarily if you live in the UK). If you’re not careful though, your photos from this Easter can look a lot like the ones from last Easter and the one before, so here are some tips to make your seasonal shots stand out more this year… 1) Easter egg hunts This is a great way...
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Professional Photography Bodies: Are They Worth Joining?

Professional Photography Bodies: Are They Worth Joining? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Which Professional Photographic Body Should I Join? As you progress in your photography, you may consider joining a professional group for your particular genre, or a more general national/international photographic society. These groups don’t tend to come cheap, however, so here we look at what some of the larger ones in the UK have to offer. The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) While some would question whether this is technically a professional photographic body, there are certainly lots of p
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Pro Photo Websites: Design Mistakes To Avoid

Pro Photo Websites: Design Mistakes To Avoid | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to Build a Photography Website That Works For supposedly visual people, it’s surprising how many photographers massively fail when it comes to designing their websites. Now, websites have been around for over 20 years, so there is no excuse for this any more, particularly if you run a photography business. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert in coding or pay big bucks to employ some whizz-kid designer; often it’s just about following a...
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Thinking of setting up your own photography website? Here are our 5 top tips on what to include and what to avoid if you want a successful photography website that works.

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Book Review: Photography Visionaries

Book Review: Photography Visionaries | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Photography Visionaries By Mary Warner Marien There are lots and lots of books about great photographers but Photography Visionaries, published this month by Laurence King, is one of the better examples I have seen. Author Mary Warner Marien, a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at New York’s Syracuse University, covers some the most influential photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day, and pulls of this difficult task with aplomb. Her book sticks to a chronological order
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Photography Visionaries By Mary Warner Marien covers some the most influential photographers from the mid-19th century to the present day, and pulls of this difficult task with aplomb

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Competition + How To Make It A Very Photogenic Mother’s Day

Competition + How To Make It A Very Photogenic Mother’s Day | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Where To Go For Photographic Days Out On Mothers Day Mother’s day is on Sunday March 15th this year, so here are some tips to ensure you get some great images of your ma that everyone will treasure long after the event. We’ll start by looking at some photogenic places to take her, before moving on to some specific portrait techniques. 1) Gardens Gardens are starting to look better at this time of year so if it’s nice weather this...
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How about a lovely portrait for Mother's Day? In this article to not only give you some hints and tips on where to go but also how to get beautiful images of the most important woman in your life.

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Hashtag365

Hashtag365 | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
TIPS ON HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN 365 PROJECT Taking a picture every day of the year – a so-called 365 project – is a great photographic discipline as well as a lot of fun. One of the biggest problems that amateurs face is that they get rusty after a while, and miss great photo opportunities (and great light) as they have to spend time reminding themselves of key functions and settings, particularly if they only go shooting a couple...
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Have you ever considered embarking on a 365 project? - Taking a picture every day of the year. Hashtag365 is the record of a daily photographic odyssey by a young Dutch duo Sjoerd Spendel and Lennart de Jong, who started their 365 project over three years ago.

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