How to Build a Photography Website

Photography website

Photography websites are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable self-promotional tools.

With the right website, stock photographers can sell their photos, wedding photographers can display their best work in online portfolios and hobbyists can share their favourite images with the world.

But what if you have no idea how to build a website? Whether you’re a pro with thousands of pounds to spend, or you have a budget of exactly zero, there’s a solution for you.

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How to Use the New Guided Upright Tool and Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom CC

Lightroom Upright Guide tool

Last week Adobe rolled out the latest updates to Lightroom. Lightroom 6 users will see little change apart from bug fixes and new camera support lens profiles (this Adobe article has the full details).

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The One Skill You Need to Succeed at Street & Travel Photography

Street photography, Shanghai, China

Note: This is an extract from my forthcoming ebook, The Candid Portrait. Join my newsletter to be the first to know when it is published (the sign up box is at the top of the column on the right).

In street photography a lot of things are outside your control. When the street is your studio, you have very little say over what is happening in front of your camera. Regardless, the principles of good photography still apply. Strong photos require an interesting subject, beautiful lighting and strong composition.

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The Power of the Black & White Landscape

San Antonio de Lipez, Bolivia

There are two landscape photographers whose work I admire a lot – Bruce Percy and Ian Plant. Go and have a look at their work. They are skilled professionals who travel widely to photograph some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

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My Favourite Photography Articles from 2015

Painting with light

After selecting my favourite photos from 2015, now it’s time to show you my favourite articles. In no particular order, these are the ones I’m most proud of (and hopefully most helpful to you).

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My Ten Favourite Photos from 2015

Favourite photo from 2015

At the end of every year I take a look back and pick my ten favourites. I recommend that you do the same. It’s an interesting exercise, and one that gains value over the years as you compare each set of favourites. It helps you see where you are right now, and trace the path back through previous years so you can see how you got there. It may also suggest projects and themes you can explore in the future.

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How to use DxO Optics Pro with Lightroom

DxO Optics Pro interface

One of the benefits of using Lightroom is that (provided your lens has been profiled by Adobe) you can use it to correct some common optical aberrations.

Photographer Interview: Spencer Clubb

New Zealand landscape photo by Spencer Clubb

Spencer Clubb is a New Zealand based photographer. Originally from the UK, he lives in Wellington and travels around New Zealand to photograph its mountains, landscapes and wildlife.

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How to Analyse your Lightroom Catalog with Lightroom Dashboard

Lightroom Dashboard analytics

Have you ever wondered how often you use a particular camera or a lens? Or how often you shoot at certain aperture or ISO settings? Or how many photos you shoot per month or year?

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The Extraordinary Tale of the Lightroom Update that Went Wrong – and What it Means for You

   New Lightroom Import window

For those of you that have missed the saga, this is what happened.

On October 5th Adobe released a dot upgrade for Lightroom 6 (6.2) and Lightroom CC (2015.2) that completely (and with very little warning) changed the way the import process works. The big change was a new Import window with a different design and layout to the old one. Adobe also removed some of the import options, leaving a supposedly simplified interface to work with.

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