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Don’t do it yourself!

Posted in Photography Tips and Techniques on April 24th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Be the first to comment

A lot of people seem to like the challenge of printing the photographs out at home.  We’re far too lazy to get the colours correct, and we find that by the time you have wasted a few copies it would be better to have them printed professionally. This way you have got someone to complain to  if the colours don’t work out. We find that www.instantprint.co.uk are pretty good – might be worth a look.

As a photographer,  we think you should spend your energy on taking great pictures, not desperately trying to make sure that the blue in the sky and in the photograph are replicated on your prints.  We leave it to someone who does this for a living. Most home printers do a decent job for funny pictures you want to stick on a noticeboard at work, but for proper prints you need a proper printer to do it for you.

As for costs, people often seem to forget that they waste any pictures when they print out at home. Once you factor this in, and have a few slightly – not – the – right – colour pictures that you have printed and put up with because you paid for them, you often find it cheaper to just have them done professionally. Hence www.instantprint.co.uk!

Photography Mentoring Service selection of pictures from March, the theme was Sustenance.

Posted in Mentoring Service on April 4th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We decided to use a theme in March that was a bit more vague and broad than usual, to allow a bit more latitude to photographers. Although some people found this quite daunting, others really grabbed it took some interesting pictures. Here is a small selection:
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The Effect of Changing ISO on Depth of Field

Posted in Photography Tips and Techniques on April 3rd, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We’re used to upping the ISO to speed up the shutter speed, but few people consider what it’s going to do the aperture. Increasing the ISO makes the camera more sensitive, so allows a faster shutter or a smaller aperture, which changes the depth of field.

Like this:

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1/8000th, f5.6, 1600ISO

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You can see that the droplets stay the same, but the background comes into focus as the ISO increases.

Photography Mentoring Service Pictures for February, the theme was Rich

Posted in Mentoring Service on March 6th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We have a good selection of pictures for this month’s theme. Lots of chocolate, cheesecake and cash and not in that particular order. This did give people the opportunity to be a little more creative than usual and put some politics into their pictures.

Here’s a collage of everything, and then the individual pictures.  There are more on the Facebook page.

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