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Selection of pictures for the Photography Mentoring Service for July 2014 – the theme was “Empty”

Posted in Mentoring Service, Photography Course Students on August 14th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Be the first to comment

We had a great variety of pictures this month, as some people found this theme much harder than others.  Lots of empty buildings, seeds and fruit, and chairs!  See what you think.

 

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Selection of pictures from Photography Mentoring Service for June 2014 – the theme was “Wet”

Posted in Mentoring Service on July 7th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

A small selection of pictures from June’s Mentoring Service, with the theme of “Wet” – as always a great variety and imagination on display. Most of the cameras here (with a few exceptions) and fairly lowly and elderly, and most of the lenses are kit lenses. The flair, however, is clear to see.

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Selection of pictures from Photography Mentoring Service for May 2014 – the theme was “Round and Round”

Posted in Mentoring Service on June 12th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

This month’s theme was Round and Round – a great variety of images (with a few obligatory roundabouts, windmills and bicycles).  Here is a collage of selected pictures, and then individual shots.

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How to improve your photo taking skills with your mobile

Posted in Photography Tips and Techniques on May 9th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

Sometimes it can be difficult to get a good quality photo using your mobile phone. What many people don’t know is that you can easily improve your photography skills by taking into consideration some small tips and tricks that can enable anyone to take a professional looking photograph on their mobiles.

Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important aspects to photography. Bad lighting can ruin even the best of pictures so make sure that the subject of your photo is well lit. While snapping photos indoors make sure that the source of light isn’t behind your object as this will darken the image. Keep a steady hand, find a place where the lighting looks the best and snap away.

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Image from webdesignledger.com

 

 

Composition

 

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Composition techniques can really improve a photography. The rule of thirds is a good example to follow and many phones will even place a visible grid on your screen so that you can see exactly how your image looks with the rule of thirds in clear view. The rule of thirds proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines. Important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. This should create more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centring the subject would.
Remember that the eye is drawn in by many things including lines. Find out what you want your point of interest to be and make sure that it stands out in your image. If for example, you take a still life photograph and you place the object in front of a chaotic background, this means that attention is taken away from your object and it is no longer the main point of interest in your image, so keep this in mind while taking your photos.
Now that you have a better idea of how to take better quality photographs, what are you going to do with them? There are many creative options out there and ways in which you can use and display your photos that are both original and creative, here are some of the best ways to use your photos.

Custom Wallpaper
You can use your own photographs and turn them into printed wall murals using sites that offer this service, such as Photowall. For example, imagine what an amazing picture from your summer holidays would look like in you leaving room. A well taken picture could remind you these summer holidays for the years to come.

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Image from Photowall.com

Mugs and T-Shirts
Personalized mugs and t-shirts are fantastic ways to use your best photos. You can give them away as gifts or keep them for yourself. By having your photo printed on a mug or t-shirt you can be sure that it will be unique as nobody else will ever have anything like it. Be proud of your photographs and display them how they deserve to be displayed!

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Image from fotostation.co.uk