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5 Tips for Photographing Great Sunsets

5 Tips for Photographing Great Sunsets | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Photographing great sunset in summer is a much easier task than shooting the sunrise. Okay, sunset times are late in the evening but sunrise times are very, very early (factor in travelling and setting up time and it’s often not worth going to bed).
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Landscape Photographer’s Guide to the Sun

Landscape Photographer’s Guide to the Sun | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Where and when the sun rises and sets: Solstice and Equinox In a few weeks’ time we’ll reach a date that few celebrate, but one that’s important to landscape photographers: the summer solstice.
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Documentary Photography: Weekend Assignment

Documentary Photography: Weekend Assignment | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
There’s something I find strangely compelling about looking at good documentary photography. Documentary photography is about telling a story. To do that well takes time.
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Keeping It Simple: 3 Points to de-clutter Your Photographs

Keeping It Simple: 3 Points to de-clutter Your Photographs | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
I was idly channel hopping the other day when one program in particular caught my attention. I’m not entirely sure what the title was but it was something like ‘Honestly, you really need to get rid of all this stuff.
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Keeping you images simple is one way to significantly improve your photography.  In this article photographer +David Taylor describes how to minimize content, so you focus on the subject.

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Penguins: Close Encounters

Penguins: Close Encounters | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
  Learning of the loss of 300 of my precious transparencies from my first book published in 1995 was at the time devastating.  Now almost twenty years on I have a wry smile because it was the best thing that could have happened to me, at that stage...
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Forward Planning: Preparing for a Photography Shoot

Forward Planning: Preparing for a Photography Shoot | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
There’s a slightly geeky joke that tickles me. There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary and those who don’t. Binary notation gives you two choices: 0 or 1. People can be surprisingly binary at times.
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The Standard Lens

The Standard Lens | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
What is a standard lens and why would I use one? You’re amazing. You really are. And I’m not saying that to curry favour either (I’m sure you’d be too polite to mention it even if I were). No, you’re a true wonder.
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The Decisive Moment: When to Press the Shutter Button

The Decisive Moment: When to Press the Shutter Button | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
It’s good to have a hero or heroine. Someone you can look up to and who inspires you to improve your life or your work or even both. I have my photographic heroes. Perhaps surprisingly not all of them are landscape photographers.
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Composition: Breaking the Rules

Composition: Breaking the Rules | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
You have to know and understand the so called ‘rules of photography ’ before you can break them, but once you have mastered them, you can commit them to your subconscious and start to follow your own inner creativity.
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Black & White Landscape: The story behind the image

Black & White Landscape: The story behind the image | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
The weather in Britain is wonderful. Well, okay…it’s not always great. But we do get a wide variety of different types of weather. Sun. Hail. Rain. Sleet. Wind. Snow. Sometimes all on the same day.
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Landscape photographer David Taylor describes how he took this black and white landscape image by pre-visualising the end result and setting the camera up to make the image he himself envisaged.

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Black & White Photography Filters

Black & White Photography Filters | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Understanding the concept behind Black & White Photography Filters will really help your black and white photography. There are some photography concepts that are maddeningly counterintuitive.
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Understanding the concept behind Black & White Photography Filters will really help your black and white photography. Here David Taylor explained what filters affect which colors in your image and when you can apply them; both in camera and digitally, in post processing.

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Landscape Photography: The ‘Golden Hour’

Landscape Photography: The ‘Golden Hour’ | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Getting Up Early, Staying Out Late: Why Landscape Photographers Work Such Odd Hours Forget spirit levels or waterproof camera covers. The most useful extra piece of kit that a landscape photographer can own is a reliable alarm clock.
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Shutter Speed: Freezing Action

Shutter Speed: Freezing Action | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Whenever you press the shutter button of your camera you record a moment in time. The faster the shutter speed you use the thinner the slice of time captured. This means that we now record events that are far too fast to be seen with the human eye.
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In photography shutter speed often takes second place to aperture when choosing your camera settings, however when you need to freeze the action you need to set you camera to TV mode and crank up your shutter speed.

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Black and White Portraits : Weekend Assignment

Black and White Portraits : Weekend Assignment | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
How to Shoot Black and White Portraits. I’ve a friend who believes that shooting in black and white is the only way to create a photographic image.
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Which Tripod Head to Buy?

Which Tripod Head to Buy? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
You see a lot written about which tripod to buy, but very rarely do you see which tripod head to buy? If you want to get ahead in photography, get a head: a tripod head that is.
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3 Exposures: The Story Behind the Image

3 Exposures: The Story Behind the Image | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Waiting for the light and getting your expose spot on is key for low light landscape photography. I often think that landscape photographers would be good at fly-fishing. Just look at the similarities.
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Dealing with Contrast

Dealing with Contrast | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
I’m just old enough to remember televisions with physical controls on the back. These knobs and dials allowed you to alter the quality of the picture. My favourite was the contrast dial.
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Star Trails: Long exposures of the night sky

Star Trails: Long exposures of the night sky | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Next time you’re in the countryside at night do yourself a favour: look up. If it’s clear and conditions are right you’ll see a seemingly infinite number of stars twinkling like diamonds on a sheet of black velvet.
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Panoramic Photography: Weekend Photography Assignment

Panoramic Photography: Weekend Photography Assignment | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Here at MyPhotoSchool we have some terrific online photography courses, but haven’t talked much about panoramic photography.  So today I want to redress this issue, so this weekend’s photography assignment is to go out and shoot a Panoramic.
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How to Create Balance in Your Photography

How to Create Balance in Your Photography | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
In last weeks blog I talked about breaking the rules.  In this weeks article, let’s talk about sticking to them. Most images are required to have some sort of focal point.
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Colour Harmonies: Watching the Wheel

Colour Harmonies: Watching the Wheel | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Wheels are useful metaphors for all sorts of things. Think the ‘Wheel of Life’, the ‘Wheel of Fortune’, the ‘Wheel has come full circle’ and others.
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Choosing A Tripod: Which Is The Right One For You?

Choosing A Tripod: Which Is The Right One For You? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Which tripod should I buy? There is probably no more agonising decision in photography than buying a tripod. You only have to search an online photography equipment store to see what a bewildering range there is to choose from.
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Event Photography: #PurpleBeachLaunch

Event Photography: #PurpleBeachLaunch | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
In this article, landscape photographer David Taylor tries his hand at event photography at the launch of a new internet start-up oddly called PurpleBeach and reports back on how he gets on. Event photographers are a special breed.
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Have you ever wanted to try your hand at Event Photography? See how landscape photographer David Taylor gets on when he changes hats for a day and tests his skills at the launch of a new internet start-up

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RAW versus Jpeg: Which should you use?

RAW versus Jpeg: Which should you use? | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Life is full of choices. Tea or coffee? Cat or dog? Work or play? RAW versus Jpeg? Quite often there is no right answer. The choice you make could be arbitrary and depend entirely on your mood that day.
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Ian Findlay's comment, April 24, 2013 7:53 AM
RAW is probably the best choice if you have no direct control over the lighting in a particular situation as it allows good shadow detail and (limited) highlight recovery. In the studio, where you have fine control over lighting and exposure, it boils down to a matter of personal choice as there is little difference between the two.
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The Crop Factor Explained

The Crop Factor Explained | Photography Tips & Tutorials | Scoop.it
Understanding the difference between a full frame camera and its smaller ‘sensored’ siblings What is the crop factor and why is it important? And why do some cameras have smaller sensors in them the their more expensive full frame cousins?
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What is the crop factor and why is it important? And why do some cameras have smaller sensors in them the their more expensive full frame cousins? 

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