Video Tutorial: Environmental Portrait in Lightroom

Portrait processing in Lightroom

The other week I posted some photos from a shoot I did recently with artist Chris Meek. This week I thought I’d show you how I processed one of the portraits in Lightroom. It’s an interesting photo to look at because it looked very different by the time I had finished than it did at the start.

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Photographer Interview: Andrew Mulvey

Black & white photo by Andrew Mulvey

Andrew Mulvey is an Australian photographer who works predominantly in black and white. He’s a practitioner of the relatively new field of long exposure photography, and also likes to work in the square format. He has some beautiful work, and I’m sure you’ll love his photos. He gives some interesting insights into his creative process and his approach to composition in the interview which I know you’ll enjoy.

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Recent Work – Chris Meek

Chris Meek at work portrait

At the end of February we spent three days in Raglan, a town on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Raglan is a small community situated close to some very highly rated surf beaches. Not surprisingly it attracts a lot of surfers, and is also home to artists and craftsmen who have settled in the area and built their businesses.

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How to Protect Your Camera Gear and Register it with Lenstag

Lenstag camera gear theft prevention

I’ve never lost any camera equipment or had it stolen but for those of you that have suffered this unfortunate event it must be horrible. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce the risk of camera theft. It’s also possible to register your gear with a service called Lenstag to maximise the chance of recovery if you are the victim of a robbery.

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Perfect Inspiration

Pefect black & white video tutorial

A few weeks ago OnOne Software asked me to create a video for its Perfect Inspiration series. The video shows you Perfect Black & White, part of Perfect Photo Suite 9, in action. If you’d like to learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 9 you can do so by clicking the link. Meanwhile, enjoy the video.

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Behind the Photo – Painting with Light

Painting with light and a FutureHoop

Things have been a bit quiet around here lately (I was away for a couple of weeks at the end of last month) but will be back to normal shortly. I am going to share photos from my trip in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here is an article about another shoot I did a month or so ago.

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How to Choose Your Next EOS Camera (early 2015)

Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras

Note: This is an update of previous articles. You can read the orginals here, here and here.

In my ebook Understanding EOS I write about ways you can improve your photography without buying a new EOS camera. The unwritten premise of the ebook is that you can take better photos with the camera that you already have by learning how to take control of fuctions such as aperture, shutter speed, Picture Style and white balance. I also write about how composition and an understanding of light are just as important as technical mastery of your camera. Those things don’t change, no matter which camera you own.

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Video Tutorial: Black & White in Lightroom

Convert colour photo to black & white in Lightroom

Today I’m trying something new, a video tutorial showing you how I converted a photo from colour to black and white in Lightroom. It’s my first tutorial, but I plan to do more and I’m sure I’ll get better at them as I go along. In the meantime, enjoy the tutorial, and please let me know what you think.

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Five New Canon EOS Cameras

New Canon EOS cameras


Canon has recently announced a total of five new EOS cameras, including the headline grabbing EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which share the same 50.6 megapixel sensor. There’s also the enthusiast level 750D and 760D cameras (named the Rebel T6i and T6S in North America) and the latest iteration of Canon’s compact system camera range the EOS M3 (Asia and Europe only).

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The Fine Art Photography of Alex Schaefer

Fine art photography by Alex Schaefer


Alex Schaefer is a photographer based in New York City. He divides his time between working as a camera assistant on feature length and short films, and photography. You’ll notice several themes running through his fine art work – use of natural light; highly stylised imagery using dark backgrounds; self-portraiture and a lot of Photoshop manipulation. The result is a series of beautiful, thought-provoking images.

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