June 2017 Photography Mentoring Service pictures – the theme was Strong and Stable

July 12, 2017

Our attempt to catch the zeitgeist, as usual, failed dismally. This month’s theme (set by Conservative Party Headquarters) did however cause the Mentoring students to have a good hard look at their surroundings. On a large scale, this meant bridges…

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Matt and Sue in photography class with Emily in Durham

June 19, 2017

In the past we haven’t had many bookings for photography classes in the North East, which is a shame as there is obviously a lot to photograph and one of our very best tutors lives there. In scorching weather Sue…

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May 2017 Photography Mentoring Service pictures – the theme was Open and Shut

June 8, 2017

This month’s theme was Open and Shut – although lots of pics this month didn’t follow it (that’s ok with us, it’s just a guide!)  With an oppositional composition the trick is to try to balance the open/shut, male/female, thing/other…

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A few pictures from Stourhead

May 15, 2017

Here are a few pictures from another lovely day at Stourhead.  We know it well and have delivered children’s photography classes there for the National Trust.  It is a great place to learn photography, with the proviso that it looks…

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Sometimes weird aspect ratios work!

Richard’s shot at Stourhead shows that strange aspect rations can work! This is stitched together from two separate images, manually keeping all the settings identical. Works well, don’t you think?   The problem with weird aspect ratios is that it’s…

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April 2017 Mentoring Service Pictures – the theme was Quiet

May 11, 2017

A straightforward theme this time, but some interesting and diverse pictures as usual.  Man of the Match the month goes to Rob, well out of his usual comfort zone with well constructed and thought through graveyard landscapes.  We also liked…

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Compromised composition caused by cutting corners

In landscape images, as we always say, you’re trying to give someone an impression of what the landscape felt like when you were standing there.  You need to engage people with a landscape they’ve probably never been to, and it’s…

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Getting down low, again

We say this a lot, but sometimes there’s no substitute for getting better composition by getting down low.  Here’s a couple of pictures that show this from Zoe at Ashton Court’s dog cemetery.

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Why you need a wide angle lens!

May 9, 2017

Zoe borrows my Tamron 10-24mm at Ashton Court – see if you can see the difference from her kit 18-55 lens.

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Great picture from the Photography Mentoring Service – the theme was Quiet

May 5, 2017

Moira’s lovely picture is from the Paul Day mural at St. Pancras station, fantastic detail and exposure. She even managed to compose a nice thirdsy image, and get really good colours too, bravo!

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