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How to improve your composition

I ran a new workshop for the first time on Saturday – a Focus On Composition – and it was obviously a topic people wanted help with. Both dates booked up within days of me releasing them. Composition scares people a bit with all its rules and terminology. How do you improve your composition and […]

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Set your photography goals for 2019

It’s National Make Your Dreams Come True day today so I thought it might be useful to get you thinking about your photography goals or dreams. We’re already almost halfway through January and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already ditched a few of your New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t tend to make any […]

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From snapshots to great shots: why slow down for landscapes

I’m taking a slightly different approach with this post and not taking you through all the classic composition rules for landscapes. I’d like to concentrate on WHY you are taking the photograph and what you should CONSIDER before you press the shutter. I’m a huge advocate for slowing down and thinking before you click away and end up with […]

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I love this shot! Lovely newly married couple in the midst of a busy street scene with people rushing by oblivious. The closeness of the shot puts me right there - in fact we congratulated them as they strode by.

Great street photography tips for newbies.

Practical street photography tips for “newbies” I was in London last week, having won a four day trip! We had an amazing time sightseeing, eating, drinking and of course, photographing. I decided to try my hand at street photography, well aware that it was out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot and thought you might find […]

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Fine art photography masterclass at the Botanist

What a fabulous day this turned out to be! The idea to hold a Fine Art Photography Course came to me when I first visited The Botanist in Alderley Edge late last year. It is a beautiful and unusually styled venue, with botany and gardening inspired props and plenty of distressed and stained wood panelling. If I’d […]

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WiFi connected SD cards

WiFi connected SD cards – what are they and which one is best for you? One of the features I love the most about my Sony A7 camera is the wireless function, making it possible for me to shoot an image, transfer to my phone, edit it quickly, apply a watermark and post on social […]

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Photo Composition Rules: Balance

  This is quite a tricky composition rule to explain and it’s one that we probably apply unconsciously, as our minds seek balance in images and art. A balanced image feels right, pleasing and stable. In a balanced image there is perhaps some symmetry and the main subjects have equal weight or importance in the shot.   An image […]

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One to One Photography Lessons with Marie

I’d like to introduce you to Marie. She’s a grandmother to two very lively toddlers (I should know as I’ve photographed them!), happily married to Brian and enjoying her retirement. She’s well known in the family for her baking and started a private blog for family and friends some time ago. Marie came to me around […]

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Makers Market Knutsford

    Markets are great places to practise your photography. There are so many interesting and colourful subjects and people generally don’t mind photographers snapping away. At the Easter Sunday Makers Market Knutsford people were in such high spirits in the long awaited Spring sunshine, that there were broad smiles all round! A few market photography tips […]

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Update from the studio

I’ve been in the new studio 3 whole months now and it’s marvellous! It’s changed the way I work, given me a new lease of life, awoken my creativity and given me back my mojo! I’ve posted quick snaps along the way: befores, afters, durings, pictures of courses, shoots and a party, but I’ve not […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [4] – fungi

The wet and mild conditions of Autumn provide the perfect growing conditions for fungi and this exceptionally mild Autumn means that there’s lots around at the moment, without having to look too hard. They have their own kingdom completely separate to plants and animals and there are tens of thousands of different kinds. They are fascinating to […]

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10 things to photograph this Autumn – [2] LEAVES

In the first of this series we looked at How to Photograph Trees (click on the link if you missed it). This time we’re going to concentrate on how to photograph Autumn leaves and capture their many glorious colours, shapes and textures. It’s all about the Light. Well of course it is as without light we wouldn’t have […]

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Holiday photos from Cornwall

We spent the second week of our summer holiday at my brother’s cottage in Marazion, Cornwall, with its famous landmark, St Michael’s Mount. Our accommodation is undergoing major refurbishment and we had been warned to have an “indoor camping” experience. It proved to be far more than this, with a beautiful kitchen, designer chairs in […]

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Summer holiday photos – Llyn Peninsula

Aberdaron and Abersoch with niece, great niece and nephew. Camera: Canon 350D with Tamron 28-300mm lens We’re having a two-centre holiday this summer, with a week on the Llyn Peninsula and a week in Marazion, Cornwall. You might think we’re mad choosing two locations so geographically far apart, but there was method in the madness! […]

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4 ways to use images in social media posts

We all know this, right? We all know the statistics from Facebook: Posts with photos on Facebook generate 53% more likes and 104% more comments than those without. And the two fastest growing social media services are image based: Pinterest and Instagram. These apps are now widely accepted as  extremely effective platforms for businesses to communicate with […]

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Red Arrows over Falmouth

  Saturday promised to be a glorious sunny day and we had planned to head to a beach for a spot of boating, crabbing and exploring, but talk of a display by the Red Arrows over Falmouth changed our minds. It was windy on the harbour but we found a gem of a cafe with […]

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Love Your Lens – what is it all about?

  Hi – I’m Jane, thanks for clicking on my brand new blog, Love Your Lens. You might guess from the name that it’s got something to do with photography! I’ve been a professional photographer since 2007, mainly lifestyle, on location (couldn’t afford a studio!) portraits of babies and children, with the occasional dog thrown […]

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