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[003] Have you lost your mojo?

It happens to us all from time to time, a lack of creativity, feeling like you’re stuck in a rut, treading water and just not taking great photos. In this podcast I chat about why it might happen and what you can do to help get your mojo back.

Towards the end I mention that I’ve recently taken up wild swimming and that this new and exhilarating activity has given a new lease of life to my photography. Read about my wild swimming adventures here.

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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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New camera? Why you need to get off AUTO.

Had a new camera for Christmas? If you are one of the lucky people who have been given your first D-SLR or mirrorless camera as a gift this Christmas, you are probably part excited and part apprehensive about getting to grips with it. Whilst it’s fine to use it on AUTO for a while and enjoy the feeling […]

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Which entry level digital camera?

  I’m sure there’ll be a lot of digital cameras on Santa’s sledge this year! However, if you’re trying to decide which entry level digital camera to buy, then it can be a very difficult process. Once upon a time the choice was between a polaroid, a compact film camera or an SLR film camera. Nowadays […]

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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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Do I need a tripod?

Do I need a tripod? I get asked this a lot and I think it’s because people see professionals with tripods and assume that they, therefore, need one too if they want to take better photographs. I fell into this trap when I started out and between my other half and me we have either three or […]

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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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How to create high impact images for social media

  Two of my passions are photography and  blogging and I offered to talk at a business networking group (Forward Ladies Cheshire and South Manchester) about how to create high impact images for social media. Images are extremely valuable currency in social media terms – take a look at this blog post 4 Ways to use Images in Social […]

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Photography for bloggers and small businesses

I absolutely love hydrangeas. My husband doesn’t get it, he thinks they’re old-fashioned and prefers roses anytime. I find the mop head flowers and profusion of petals stunning and a complete joy to photograph. They come in a variety of colours in shades of white, pale green, pink, red, purple and blue and in some varieties the […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 3 – Distance)

According to my site analytics blog posts with pictures of cute babies and children on get far more views than those with (toy) meerkats, so I won’t be using my little Sylvanian family again! They enjoyed their little trip to the Riviera (side of our pond) but are glad to be reunited with their dad on the […]

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How to photograph flowers, even on bright sunny days

Gardens, hedgerows and meadows are bursting with glorious blooms and the sight of them lifts my spirits. The pollen laden, brightly coloured flowers attract the bees and the butterflies and suddenly it really feels like Summer, especially in the glorious sunny weather we’re experiencing. Local gardens and nurseries have been busy with shoppers feeling confident enough to buy bedding […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 2 – Focal Length)

In Part 1 we looked at how Aperture plays a big role in how to get blurred backgrounds in photos. Low f/numbers (large apertures) give us a narrow depth of field and high f/numbers result in a wider depth of field. This sounds pretty straight forward, but like lots of techie things it’s not quite […]

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How to get blurred backgrounds in photos – with the aid of some meerkats – “simples!” (Part 1 – Aperture)

How to get blurred backgrounds in photos is high on the list for people who want to take better images and it’s one of the things that distinguishes good pictures from snapshots. It can be easy to achieve but if you really want to understand what you are doing and how to control the amount of blur, you should read […]

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How to photograph babies indoors – capturing the every day stuff

Photographs of your baby beautifully dressed in your favourite outfit, with a shiny clean face and huge smile are fantastic and they are the pictures that end up in frames around the house. However, some of our favourite moments may not be “frame-worthy” but are still very special and the ones that make us laugh every time […]

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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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