The Canals of Bruges at Blue Hour

The Canals of Bruges at Blue Hour

Preparation Waiting for the clouds to clear. It's about 6pm on a cloudy grey day in the stunning medieval city of Bruges. It's my first evening out with the camera and things are not looking too promising. I'm standing in front of the most photographed view in Bruges and it's easy to see why. A collection of pretty Flemish brick buildings surround the waters of the canal basin w ...
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Ponte Romana – Tavira, Portugal

Ponte Romana – Tavira, Portugal

I visited the picturesque town of Tavira on the Algarve last January along with 4 photographer friends and my sister who is very talented wedding and portrait photographer. Tavira a pleasant town full of narrow winding streets and some fine examples of Portuguese architecture. Our first night was spent in a convivial local tavern were we sampled a range of local Portuguese drinks purely in t ...
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10 Photos of Dublin at Christmas Time

10 Photos of Dublin at Christmas Time

I love Christmas time. I love almost everything about it even the Christmas jumpers. I especially enjoy walking around Dublin city soaking up the festive atmosphere during December. The Christmas lights and decorations make the streets look really spectacular at night time. The lights along Grafton Street on Dublin's South Side are particularly stunning and is here where I start this series o ...
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Mediterranean Seascapes in Tunisia

Mediterranean Seascapes in Tunisia

Tunisia is a sometimes troubled country. The last few years have been traumatic to say the least. It is nonetheless a fascinating place that provides plenty of photographic opportunities. It is also the home of the delectable shawarma and a liqueur called Boukha, a few shots of which could have downed one of Hannibal's elephants. My French parents in law moved there in 2006 and as a result I' ...
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Featured Photo: Amsterdam at Night

Featured Photo: Amsterdam at Night

Amsterdam is a unique and fascinating place. The city contains 100 kilometres of canals and over 1500 bridges all surrounded by some very handsome Dutch architecture. I spent a few days there a few years ago while visiting my sister who lives in the Netherlands. Much of our time in this historic city was spent under steely grey skies and drizzle. This didn't take away from a thoroughly enjoya ...
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Featured Photos: The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Featured Photos: The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photography and Dodging Drunks at the Eiffel Tower. Today, we know the Eiffel Tower as the much beloved symbol of Paris. It wasn't always like this though. In fact, many Parisians were not too fond of their new landmark back in 1889 and many of them wanted it taken down. Even before its construction, a group of eminent French authors and artists published a public later in which they proclai ...
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Guide to Composition in Photography – 20 Tips

Guide to Composition in Photography – 20 Tips

Improve your photographic composition by following these guidelines. There are no unbreakable rules when it comes to how you should compose your photographs After all, who likes rules except for your old school principal or heads of H.R. departments? There are however, several guidelines you can use to help improve the composition of your photos. In this tutorial, I've listed 20 of ...
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Featured Photos: O’Connell Street – Dublin

Featured Photos: O’Connell Street – Dublin

O'Connell Street in its current form started life in the late 1700s as a residential development for some of the more posh and wealthy citizens of Dublin. Back then it was known as Sackville Street and only extended from Parnell Square to Henry Street. Today it runs right to the River Liffey and is home to illustrious tenants such as Dr Quirkys, Supermacs and Ann Summers. Despite being home ...
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Featured Photos: Piazza San Marco at Night – Venice

Featured Photos: Piazza San Marco at Night – Venice

Venice has been on my bucket list for some time now. There really is no other city like it in the world. Other cities like Amsterdam and Bruges may have canals too but nothing on the scale of Venice. That Venice exists at all is something of a miracle. A marshy lagoon does not seem like a likely location for one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The first Venetians in the early midd ...
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Review: Lightroom Presets by Sleeklens

Review: Lightroom Presets by Sleeklens

Review the "Through the Woods" set of Lightroom presets by Sleeklens I'd never really considered using Lightroom presets before. It just never really crossed my mind. And so, it was with a sense of curiosity and a little skepticism that I installed the "Through the Woods" set of presets by Sleeklens. Installation was simple enough. The presets come with extensive documentation and video tuto ...
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Guide to Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO – Exposure Triangle

Guide to Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO – Exposure Triangle

Understanding Photographic Exposure This guide to photographic exposure aims to help you take full control of your camera. I often tell my students that I want them to move away from the idea "taking a photograph" and towards the idea of "making a photograph". I teach them how to take the camera off auto mode and take full control of the settings themselves in order to create the photograph ...
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Featured Photos: The Dublin Docklands

Featured Photos: The Dublin Docklands

When I was a child, the Dublin Docklands was a derelict no-go area, unless you wanted to be relieved of your wallet. Today however, the docklands area of the city is the financial heart of the city with a rapidly developing infrastructure. The shabby old buildings and narrow streets frequented by shady individuals have been replaced by trendy new apartments and the shiny headquarters of some ...
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Featured Photos: The Charles Bridge, Prague

Featured Photos: The Charles Bridge, Prague

One thing has to be said right at the beginning: Prague is seriously good looking city! If you haven't been yet, GO! I've rarely visited a city so full of architectural gems and atmospheric cobblestone streets. It really is a photographer's paradise. At the heart of the city lies the Charles Bridge, the narrow 15th century stone bridge that connects the old town to the Lesser Quarter and Prag ...
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Featured Photos: The Pont des Arts at Night, Paris

Featured Photos: The Pont des Arts at Night, Paris

Paris is without a doubt one of my favourite photography locations. It is the City of Light after all! The area around the Pont des Arts is a particularly rich area in terms of architecture and history. The original Pont des Arts was completed in 1804 under the reign of Napoleon I. A rather unfortunate accident involving the bridge getting the way of a barge occured in 1979. This resulted in ...
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How to Focus on Landscapes Using Hyperfocal Distance

How to Focus on Landscapes Using Hyperfocal Distance

Do you want to maximise your chances of taking beautiful landscape photographs that are pin sharp from the foreground all the way to the background? Do you want to be fabulously wealthy and live in a mansion? Of course you do! Who wouldn't? Calculating the hyperfocal distance and setting your focus to that distance will achieve just this (the first one anyway). The hyper what now? If you are ...
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Featured Photos: The Bridges of Dublin at Dawn

Featured Photos: The Bridges of Dublin at Dawn

I was recently asked what my favourite time of the day for taking photographs was. This was an easy one. Early morning is by far my preferred time for getting out and about with the camera. I love being out in a city before it comes to life. The streets are quiet and calm. The throngs of workers, shoppers and tourists have yet to arrive and you seem to have the entire city to yourself. Photo ...
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How to Take Better Landscape Photographs – 20 Tips

How to Take Better Landscape Photographs – 20 Tips

How do you make your landscape photographs stand out from the crowd? You set up your tripod at some often photographed location. The scenery around you is stunning. Great, but what next? How do you make sure that your landscape photographs stand out from the thousands or even millions of photographs taken by others in the same spot? Landscape photography is pretty easy to do but it takes a l ...
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