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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:


1/8000th, f2.8, 400ISO


1/8000th, f5.6, 1600ISO


1/8000th, f13, 6400ISO

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

Casinos in Birmingham!

Posted in Birmingham mac on March 20th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

If you are in the Midlands on a photography trip and fancy a taste of the Brummie nightlife, you are in for a real treat. Like most other cities in the UK, Birmingham has plenty of casinos to tempt those who have had their appetites whetted by playing roulette, slot machines or blackjack at one of the online casino sites. However some of the city’s casinos stand out head and shoulders above the others in terms of quality, with the Grosvenor G being one of them. This offers all the most popular table games seen on sites like http://www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-roulette, like poker, blackjack, roulette and poker, alongside cutting edge slots like Lucky Lady’s Charm and Cleopatra, but also much more beside the gaming.

Found in the Fiveways Leisure Complex, this is a place where you can happily spend a night out with your partner, or some friends, even if they aren’t as keen on casino as you are. The entertainment lounge provides live music and other alternative forms of fun, while the bar and restaurant will ensure everyone in your party is fed and watered to the highest standards. It’s hard to find fault with the Grosvenor G, but it’s easier to find other casinos in Birmingham that can match its standards – for example the Broadway. Located at 1-4 Broadway Plaza, this offers a splendid choice of games – including both American and Touchbet Roulette, three-card stud poker and punto banco.

Most of these are also available at the best online casino sites though, and like the Grosvenor G, it is the other entertainment that helps distinguish the Broadway. Here there are two bars, multi screen televisions with Sky Sports, and live music – making it the perfect place for a celebration as well as a gaming night. Last but not least there is Genting Casino, near Hagley Road, which is open every day and offers the chance to sample Electronic Roulette, alongside the usual casino favourites. The last Friday of the month is live music night at Genting which, coupled with the newly refurbished late bar, makes it another fine place to spend a night out with a party of friends – or even arrange a themed party night.

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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2 Detaill - and more detail






Feb14 Rich - Jewel Beetle


Top Tier from BloomsBury Wedding Cakes



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